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10-11 March, Geneva, Switzerland. EXPERT MEETING ON MAINSTREAMING GENDER IN TRADE POLICY.  This meeting of experts will discuss the impact of trade policies on gender by presenting cases where trade liberalisation has been associated with rising employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for women, as well as cases in which trade liberalisation has exacerbated existing gender inequalities and worsened women’s economic and social status. The meeting will also provide the opportunity to discuss relevant strategies to make trade policies more responsive to gender considerations. Lastly, the meeting will attempt to present the occasion for member countries to agree on possible ways that UNCTAD, in cooperation with the United Nations Task Force on Gender and Trade and other relevant stakeholders, could further promote and advocate gender mainstreaming in trade policy.  For more 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.
9-11 March:  WTO: Trade Policy Review Body—Brazil 
13 March: Committee on Trade and Development
16-17 March: Technical Barriers to Trade Committee Workshop on the Role of International Standards in Economic Development
23-27 March: Standing Committee on the Law of Patents
Other Upcoming Events
13-16 April, Ooty, India. THE GRADUATE COURSE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER. The central role of this four-day programme is to examine the role of Intellectual Property (IP) as a technology transfer tool using case studies, best practices, and interactive discussions. Faculty for this program is comprised of senior IP practitioners, decision makers, academicians, drawn from prominent public research institutions and global international organisations involved in IP Management. For further information please refer to
16-22 March, Istanbul, Turkey. 5TH WORLD WATER FORUM: BRIDGING DIVIDES FOR WATER. This forum will be an open, multi-stakeholder process that aims to raise awareness and understanding of water issues and propose concrete solutions addressing global challenges. Organised every three years by the World Water Council, this forum, which was last held Mexico City in March 2006, focusses on putting water firmly on the international agenda. For more information please refer to
27-29 April 2009, Geneva, Switzerland. EXPERT MEETING ON TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE: TRADE AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES UNDER THE CDM. At its fifty-fifth session, UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board approved terms of reference for a single-year expert meeting on trade and climate change. Accordingly, the expert meeting will focus on the trade and investment opportunities and challenges under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). For more information contact: Lucas Assunção; fax: +41 22 917 02 47; e-mail:; Internet:
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
27 April- 1 May, Geneva, Switzerland. COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CDIP): THIRD SESSION. WIPO’s technical assistance programmes and activities are undertaken at the request of Member States and are designed, formulated and implemented in close consultation and cooperation with the countries concerned in order to respond to their specific needs, and dovetailed with their development priorities. The assessment of needs and country demands will be reviewed with the country and the plan updated every biennium.  Mechanisms will be developed to dovetail and integrate them with national plans.  Over time, project design frameworks will be standardised for WIPO to ensure full project definition and description, quality control and approval processes, objective setting and monitoring activities, risk identification and management, performance and results definition and appraisal. For more information please refer to

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