Events

2 April 2008

Coming up: 3 - 9 April2-4 April, Rovigo, Italy. EUROPEAN CLIMATE CONFERENCE 2008: CLIMATE PROTECTION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. The European Climate Conference, hosted by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), is a capacity-building event that aims to transfer good practice and know-how from experienced local governments to medium and small communities who are currently starting up with climate protection or busy revising their local action plans. For more information, please refer to the conference website at http://www.iclei-europe.org/index.php?id=5449. 4-8 April, Miami, Florida, USA. INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ANNUAL MEETING 2008. Finance ministers, business leaders, civil society representatives and top artists from Latin America and the Caribbean will participate in the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank. The IADB is the world's largest regional development bank and the leading source of multilateral financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. Miami will become the premier forum on Latin America and the Caribbean, as the IADB will bring together thousands of participants for five days of discussions on some of the region's most pressing economic and social issues. This year's program will include a special seminar on partnerships for development, focusing on the increasingly influential role played by individual and corporate donors in promoting innovative ways to combat poverty. This event, on Friday, April 4, will feature a dialogue between Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and IADB President Luis Alberto Moreno. For more information please visit the meeting website at http://www.iadb.org/NEWS/articledetail.cfm?artid=4477&language=En. 7 - 9 April, Arusha, Tanzania. MAKING SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS SUITABLE FOR SMALL SCALE FARMERS: A UNCTAD XII PRE-EVENT. Agricultural producers and farmers in developing countries are facing increasingly complex and stringent standards and codes if they are to market their products on world markets. In addition to technical standards, such as the colour or size of apples, there is a growing range of quality, environmental and social requirements. Known as sustainability standards, these include pesticide-free production, child labour bans and decent pay. While these help to promote better practices in agriculture, their economic, social and political impact is all too often overlooked by wholesalers, governments and non-governmental organizations. They can run counter to development strategies aimed at the most disadvantaged by excluding small farmers in developing countries from international agricultural supply chains. The meeting will aim to identify the impact of the spread of sustainability standards on smallholder farmers in developing countries, particularly in Africa. The goal is to map effective strategies to minimize the costs and maximize the benefits of this global trend, and identify real economic, social and environmental win-win-win opportunities. For more information, please visit the UNCTAD website at http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Meeting.asp?intItemID=1942&lang=1&m=15274&year=2008&month=4. 8 - 9 April, Copenhagen, Denmark. RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR FUTURE GROWTH STRATEGIES. This conference, hosted by the Danish Development Research Network (DDRN), hopes to address two main questions. What are the current trends in development assistance to rural economic development? How can knowledge and research inform and inspire policies and practices on rural economic development? There will be presentations on the World Development Report 2008, Rural Economics development from a territorial approach, and markets impacts on small scale farmers. For more information, please visit the DDRN website at http://www.ddrn.dk/index.php?side_id=20. 8 - 11 April, New Delhi, India. GLOBAL AGRO-INDUSTRIES FORUM 2008: IMPROVING COMPETITIVENESS AND DEVELOPMENT IMPACT. The development of competitive agro-industries is crucial for creating employment and income opportunities and for enhancing the demand for farm products. Agro-industry development has the potential to provide employment for the rural poor in off-farm activities such as handling, packaging, processing, transporting, and marketing of food and agricultural produce. Unfortunately, there are also risks and trade-offs in agro-industrial development often affecting the most vulnerable countries and people. Thus, it is important to build on experiences and understandings of trends, in order to formulate sound policies and strategies for fostering agro-industries. The GAIF 2008 hopes to help develop a shared vision on the factors critical to future developments of agro-industries, key factors affecting competitiveness and potential action areas. For more information please visit the conference website at www.gaif08.org. WTO EventsAn updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at: http://www.wto.org/meets_public/meets_e.pdf. Please bear in mind that dates and times of WTO meetings are often changed, and that the WTO does not always announce the important informal meetings of the different bodies. Unless otherwise indicated, all WTO meetings are held at the WTO, Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland, and are open to WTO Members and accredited observers only.2-3 April: COMMITTEE ON SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES 2, 4 April: TRADE POLICY REVIEW BODY - MADAGASCAR 4 April: WORKING PARTY ON THE ACCESSION OF ETHIOPIA 9 April: ZEROING PANEL (DS294) Public Viewing Other Upcoming Events20-25 April, Accra, Ghana. TWELFTH SESSION OF THE UN CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD XII). The conference, the largest ever organized by Ghana, will bring together heads of government, ministers and about 4000 participants from UNCTAD’s 193 member countries to focus on the global economy and its impact on development. Delegates will consider how to spread the benefits of globalization more equitably so that no countries or peoples are left behind. This reflects the conference theme chosen by member States: addressing the opportunities and challenges of globalization for development. The conference will specifically focus on enhancing the worldwide policies for sustainable economic development and poverty reduction, with considerations of the current trade and development realities in the global economy. The conference will also focus on ways to strengthen UNCTAD’s influence and effectiveness within the International Development community. For more information and a complete list of conference documents, please refer to the website at http://www.unctadxii.org/en/

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