2 October 2008

Coming up: 2 - 8 October

2 October, Paris, France. OECD HIGH-LEVEL PARLIAMENTARY SEMINAR ON CLIMATE CHANGE. With over 20 years experience analysing climate change from an economic perspective, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is uniquely placed to help countries define strategies to produce results at lowest cost. The OECD will facilitate discussions and build a common understanding on issues such as cost sharing, carbon leakage, financial management of catastrophic risk and the potential impacts of climate policies on sectoral competitiveness. Additionally, the OECD will help countries design and implement national policies to stimulate innovation and diffusion of clean technologies. These issues, discussed at the recent OECD Ministerial Council Meeting and OECD Forum, as well as at OECD meeting of environment ministers in April 2008, and at the high-meeting of the OECD Development Assistance Committee in May 2008 will be revisited. For further information, please refer to,3343,en_2649_34495_40994582_1_1_1_1,00.html.

2-3 October, Chisinau, Moldova. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TRANSBOUNDARY DNIESTER RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT AND THE EU WATER FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE. This Conference is supported by the MARTA Programme from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information contact: Ilya Trombitsky, Eco-TIRAS, Moldova; tel: +373-22 225615; e-mail:; Internet:

5-9 October, Bali, Indonesia. INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE ON TROPICAL RAINFORESTS AND AGROFORESTS UNDER GLOBAL CHANGE. This meeting aims to advance our understanding of human-induced global change processes, such as agricultural intensification and climate change, which threaten rainforests, by using an integrated scientific approach linking ecological, economic and social approaches at different scales. For more information contact: e-mail:; Internet:

5-14 October, Barcelona, Spain. IUCN WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS. This forum is a grand public gathering hosted by the world's conservation community, bringing together people from all over the world to discuss, share and learn. Addressing the world's most pressing sustainable development challenges, the forum offers four days of debates, workshops, dialogues, art and film, roundtable discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions on the following three streams: a new climate for change; healthy environments - healthy people; and safeguarding the diversity of life. For further information, please refer to

6-7 October, Gainesville, Florida, US. WORKING FORESTS IN THE TROPICS: PARTNERING RESEARCH WITH PRACTICE FOR CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT. This conference will explore how scientists from universities and research organisations have worked in partnership with government agencies, policy-makers, the private sector, social movements, and natural resource managers to advance conservation and development through applied research and capacity-building. For more information contact: Jhanna Gilber, University of Florida; tel: +1-352-392-5930; fax: +1-352-392-9734; e-mail:; Internet:

6- 7 October. Geneva, Switzerland. EIGHTH AND FINAL MEETING OF THE UNCTAD-FAO-IFOAM INTERNATIONAL TASK FORCE ON HARMONISATION AND EQUIVALENCE IN ORGANIC CULTURE (ITF). The project is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The ITF has worked since 2003 to remove technical barriers to trade in organic agricultural products that result from the lack of harmonisation and interoperability of organic regulations, private standards, and certification requirements. The six-year working period of the ITF (2003-2008) has led to an increased understanding of issues, dialogue between private and public sectors and among governments, improved cooperation including catalysing regional harmonisation processes and increased influence on new regulations and revision of existing ones. For more information contact email:; Internet:

6-8 October, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. NEXT GENERATION BIOFUELS MARKETS - DRIVING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT GENERATION BIOFUELS. As competition between food and fuel threatens to become a pressing constraint on the current biofuel industry, the biofuels world is starting the transition to next generation biofuels. Green Power's 4th next generation biofuels event will bring together key players who are pioneering the development of next generation biofuels to address the latest developments in creating cost competitive, industrial scale production of next generation biofuels technologies. For further information, please refer to

6-8 October, Macau, China. SECOND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON 'FOOD AND WATER SUSTAINABILITY IN ASIA 2008'. Expanding the focus area to the whole of Asia from previous year's "Food and Water Sustainability in China," this symposium is intended to provide opportunities to develop academic networks among researchers engaged in issues relevant to food and water sustainability in the Asian region. For more information contact: Ken Fukushi; fax: +81 3 5841 1549; e-mail:; Internet:

7 October, Montreal, Canada. ELECTRICITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: CARBON MARKETS AND ADAPTATION MEASURES. Climate change is a reality. How can we slow its pace and what we can do to adapt to its effects? Symposium participants will have an opportunity to discuss these questions and hear concrete answers based on the experience of experts in the field. For further information, please refer to

7-9 October, Paris, France. EUROBIO 2008 CONFERENCE: MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN. EuroBiO 2008 is an opportunity for Europe's life science community to attempt to bridge the gap between the pro-innovation rhetoric and the reality of the struggle to create and maintain life science businesses. Organised by the European Union presidency with participation of the UN Secretary-General the goal of this event is to send the attendees' home charged with ideas and opportunities and to generate a snapshot of the collective mind of all those present at EuroBiO regarding burning issues that will be of use to policy makers at national and European levels. To achieve this, EuroBiO 2008 is based on two highly innovative and interactive formats: the 'House of Commons' debates and the 'BioDialogues', which will take place respectively on 7 and 8 October. During the Grand Reporting Plenary on October 9, Europe's decision makers will officially ask Conference what needs to change, for change to take place. In the weeks that follow EuroBiO, representatives of all those present will be consulted through a Green Paper which will lead to the presentation of a White Paper to the European Institutions. A follow-up meeting will be held with the European Institutions in the spring of 2009 to monitor progress. For further information, please refer to

WTO Events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at: http:/ 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.







Other Upcoming Events

13-16 October, Accra, Ghana. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRADITIONAL FOREST-RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT IN AFRICA. This conference will highlight the importance of traditional forest-related knowledge towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable forest management. It is organised by the Forestry Commission, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the University of Ghana in association with the International Union of Forest Research Organisations. For more information contact: Alfred Oteng-Yeboah; e-mail:; Internet:

13-17 October, Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO IGC-13. The thirteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is taking place in October 2008. For more information contact: tel: +41-22-338-8161; fax: +41-22-338-8120; e-mail:; Internet:

14 - 17 October. Rome, Italy. FAO COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will host the 34th session of the Committee on World Food Security from 14-17 October 2008, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. This Committee will assess the current global food situation and implications for the future. Special events will also be organised to consider the impact of high food prices on nutrition and the theme of high prices, food security issues and policy responses. For more information contact: Kostas Stamoulis; e-mail:; Internet:

19-22 October, Manila, the Philippines. THIRD GLOBAL CONGRESS OF WOMEN IN POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE. The theme of the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance is "Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction." The congress is jointly organised by the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR). The congress will focus on how to strengthen women's involvement in areas of environmental management and governance. For more information contact: Internet:

3-4 November 2008, Paris, France, OECD POLICY DIALOGUE ON AID FOR TRADE. The OECD, with the support of the European Commission and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, is organising a Policy Dialogue on Aid for Trade on 3-4 November 2008 in the OECD Conference Centre. The main objectives of this two-day event is to discuss between policy makers, practitioners and academics how the developing community can help developing countries to build trade capacity and address supply-side constraints, in order to realise the full benefits from their integration in the world economy. Participation to this event is by invitation only. For more information, contact: e-mail:; fax: : +33 1 44 30 61 59; Internet:

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2 October 2008
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Luzius Wasescha, the Swiss Ambassador to the WTO, has been nominated to be the new Chair of the WTO's negotiating group on market access for non-agricultural products (NAMA). Wasescha will replace...