14 January 2009

For a more comprehensive list of events in trade and sustainable development, please refer to ICTSD's web calendar at:  If you would like to submit an event, please email

Coming up: 15-21 January

14-18 January, Singapore City, Singapore. CAPACITY-BUILDING WORKSHOP ON IMPLEMENTING NBSAPs AND MAINSTREAMING BIODIVERSITY FOR SOUTH, SOUTHEAST AND EAST ASIA (CBD). This workshop is the first of a series convened to discuss national experiences in implementing national biodiversity strategies and action plans. The aim of this program is to provide an opportunity for countries to synergise shared knowledge, identify relevant tools, and develop strategies for overcoming challenges associated with implementing NBSAPs. For further information, please refer to

15-16 January, Makati, Philippines. ASEAN COOPERATION ON ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS AND EDUCATION. The Association of South East Asian Nations, or ASEAN, with a combined population of close to 600 million and a GDP of US$ 1.07 trillion is one of the fastest growing regions in the world. ASEAN’s growth and prosperity is now challenged by the reality of low-cost export processing with the promise of a large domestic market. This business-orientated conference will address the current challenges of the region as well exploring the intrinsic business and economic realities in ASEAN in the longer term. For further information, please refer to

19-20 January, Mumbai, India. FIRST ANNUAL RENEWABLE ENERGY BUSINESS CONFERENCE INDIA’S EMPHASIS ON BIO, WIND & SOLAR ENERGY. As their energy demands increase, India is emerging as one of the most attractive markets for investors in renewable power. Acting as a meeting point for financiers and industry specialists, this conference seeks to explore the opportunities for investment and to examine the steps which India’s national and regional governments has taken to spur development of sustainable energy. For more information please refer to

20-21 January, Brussels, Belgium. CEPS 4TH ANNUAL EUROPEAN ENERGY POLICY CONFERENCE 2009 – IS EUROPE’S ENERGY SECURITY AT STAKE? The conference will once again bring together major players from across the European Union and internationally, to discuss a range of issues including: Diversifying supply; ensuring safe and reliable transit, and partnerships with transit countries; low-carbon energy technologies; effectiveness of the Gas Security of Supply Directive; global demand and supply balances and environmental pressures; macro-economic implications; future energy systems; unbundling and investment; renewables and biomass; geopolitical issues and the role of partnerships; and the role of renewables and energy efficiency. For further information, please refer to

WTO Events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted 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

26-27 January, Bonn, Germany. FOUNDING CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (IRENA). A successful preparation process has paved the way to the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agency, or IRENA. All United Nations member states are invited to sign the Treaty (Statute) at the Conference establishing IRENA, on 26 January next year in Germany. From that day forth, the Statute will be ready for signature by any states interested in becoming a member of the Agency. For more information contact: e-mail:; Internet:

5-7 February, New Delhi, India. DELHI SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT 2009. The theme of this summit is ‘Toward Copenhagen: an equitable and ethical approach’, indicating this event’s focus on developing a global consensus on climate change. Gathering leaders in industry, government and research, the summit will attempt to stimulate debate and constructive discussion, formulating meaningful policy options within the area of sustainable development generally. For further information, please contact: Mangala Dubey Tewari; tel: +91-011-24682100 (Ext. 2545); e-mail:; and refer to the website:

10-12 March, Copenhagen, Denmark. CLIMATE CHANGE: GLOBAL RISKS, CHALLENGES AND DECISIONS. This international scientific conference, hosted by the University of Copenhagen, will bring together a diverse array of international scholars and governmental leaders in cooperation with nine other universities. As part of the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-15), this event will expound upon current and emerging thinking in science, technology and policy with the goal of developing strategies for long term sustainability. For more information and registration, please refer to

4-15 May, New York, US. SEVENTEENTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. This policy session will focus on agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. For more information, please refer to

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