18 March 2009

19-21 March, Taj Chandigarh, India. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT. This conference, conducted by the National Institute of Technology, aims to address the challenges in the emerging areas of energy and environment to achieve sustainable development. The Conference, EnviroEnergy 2009, shall provide a forum for academics, technologists, entrepreneurs and policy makers to exchange concepts and emerging technologies in the fields of energy and environment. It shall include a highly focussed technical programme consisting of presentations on regular and specialised tracks at the intersection of business and technology; exhibits of new products, technologies and solutions from academia and industry will also be on offer. For more information visit
23-27 March, Geneva, Switzerland. STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE LAW OF PATENTS: THIRTEENTH SESSION. The Committee will continue its work on various issues relating to patent law and the international patent system, as agreed at the Twelfth Session of the Committee, held in June 2008. The comprehensive review of issues will be attended by member states and observer delegations. For more information please refer to
24 March, London, United Kingdom. GLOBAL FINANCIAL REGULATION: THE FALLOUT FROM THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. This event examines the crucial issue of the global regulatory system, bringing together many international actors and stakeholders. The day will be divided into three general areas of discussion: lessons from the financial crisis; restoring confidence and stability to the financial markets; and market regulation after the credit crisis. Panel discussion will follow presentations by several speakers from academia, the media, and the financial industry. For information and registration refer to
24 - 27 March. Bonn, Germany. FIFTH ADAPTATION FUND BOARD MEETING:  The Adaptation Fund has been established to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol. This will be the fifth meeting of the Board. For more information 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.
20 March:         Dispute Settlement Body
24 March:         Council for Trade in Goods
25+27 March:   Trade Policy Review Body- Fiji
26 March:         Informal Committee on Import Licensing
30 March:         Working Party on GATS Rules
30 March:         Committee on Trade and Development - Special
31 March:         Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance
Other Upcoming Events
26 March 2009, Geneva, Switzerland. SUSTAINABLE WATER USE AND MANAGEMENT: LEADERSHIP FOR POSITIVE CHANGE. The Geneva Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will hold this symposium on the occasion of World Water Day.  The symposium is the first in a series aimed at harmonizing policy and leading scholarship in water management. Case studies will be presented, followed by roundtable discussion, as the symposium aims to both identify patterns of effective leadership and provide guidance for policymakers. For more information please see
26-27 March 2009, Cape Town, South Africa. THIRD ANNUAL AFRICA TRADE AND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE. Exporta’s 3rd Annual Africa Trade & Investment Conference is an international event attended by the senior decision-makers of the trade and export industry. With a consistent year-on-year growth in average GDP, the African continent represents the final frontier for intrepid investors looking for long-term gains. Moreover, the return to traditional banking activities like trade, structured commodity and export finance mean that deals are becoming bankable that were not just a year ago. This conference looks at the opportunities that the current climate is creating, and the challenges that are still discouraging potential risk-takers from entering the fray. For more information please visit
30-31 March 2009, Auckland, New Zealand. ELEVENTH ANNUAL STRATEGIC & SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT CONFERENCE. Senior management are increasingly looking to the supply chain, and in particular the procurement function, to drive down costs while at the same time to find new and innovative ways to become sustainable. Sustainability has moved from being a nebulous social responsibility concept to being a driver of competitive advantage, a key marketing tool, and a method of extracting new efficiencies from your supply chain. This conference will look at how sustainable procurement can lead to overall operational performance. For more information please refer to
2 April 2009, London, United Kingdom. G20 SUMMIT. World leaders from the Group of 20 nations will meet to enhance global coordination in order to help restore global economic growth amidst the current financial crisis. Summit goals include initiating action to stabilise financial markets and enable families and businesses to get through the recession, to strengthen and reform the financial system, restore confidence and trust, and put the economy on track for sustainable growth. For more information please refer to
27 April- 1 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland. COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (CDIP): THIRD SESSION. WIPO’s technical assistance programmes and activities are designed, formulated and implemented in close consultation and cooperation with the countries concerned in order to respond to their specific needs. 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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18 March 2009
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18 March 2009
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy met with a high-level group of bankers and finance officials at WTO headquarters in Geneva today to assess the market for trade finance, which has been crumbling...