17 March 2010

18 March, London, UK. GLOBAL FINANCIAL SERVICES: THE IMPACT OF REGULATION ON COMPETITIVENESS. As the global financial crisis shows early signs of receding, this is a key moment to ask what will be the likely future shape and structure of financial services firms. If moves to regulate the industry more tightly are successful, what impact will this have on financial firms' ability to do business? At this event sponsored by Chatham House, policymakers and financial services industry leaders from the major economies will discuss the role, structure and regulation of the financial services industry, and which forums, mechanisms and institutions will be effective in restoring confidence in its activities. For more information, please see

22-23 March, Geneva, Switzerland. GLOBAL COMMODITIES FORUM. With the present uncertainty about the path of the development of the world economy and the future direction of commodities markets, governments, commodities companies and employees in the commodities sector are concerned about their future economic prospects. Against this background and pursuant to UNCTAD XII decisions, the UNCTAD Secretariat is launching the Global Commodities Forum (GCF) to discuss the key issues of the commodity economy, including commodity trade finance and logistics, and their role in international trade and development. Issues on the agenda include natural resources focus, policy challenges and outlook for energy, legal and regulatory challenges and sustainable development. For more information, please visit

23 March, Geneva, Switzerland. UNECE/FAO WORKSHOP ON EMERGING TRADE MEASURES IN TIMBER MARKETS. Led by expert presentations, workshop participants will discuss the economic impacts of trade and trade-related measures on timber markets, taking into account the role of trade in timber markets and the link between trade liberalisation and key challenges facing the forest-based sector. The programme will allow ample time for discussion and frank exchanges of views, aiming at a broader appreciation of the situation. For more information, please see

23-24 March, New York City, US. HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT. This year's dialogue, which will be held at UN headquarters, will focus on the theme "The Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration on Financing for Development: status of implementation and tasks ahead." The first day of the Dialogue will consist of plenary meetings chaired by the President of the General Assembly, and the second day will be devoted to three interactive multi-stakeholder round tables followed by an informal interactive dialogue with the participation of all relevant stakeholders. The dialogue will result in a summary by the President of the General Assembly. For more information please see

WTO Events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at 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.

17 - 18 March: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

17 March: Workshop on Aid for Trade and Agriculture

17 March: Committee on Trade and Development - Session on Aid for Trade

19 March: Committee on Trade and Development - Special Session

19 March: Dispute Settlement Body

19 March: Working Group on Standards and Trade Development Facility

22 March: Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions

23 March: Council for Trade in Goods

24 + 26 March: Trade Policy Review Body - Croatia

24 - 25 March: Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade

Other upcoming events

26-28 March, Brussels, Belgium. BRUSSELS FORUM 2010. Brussels Forum is an annual high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic. The Brussels Forum agenda reflects the growing diversity of issues at the core of the transatlantic relationship, as well as the increasing geographic reach of transatlantic cooperation. It includes discussion sessions on broad themes, such as the global financial crisis, Russia, Afghanistan, and NATO at 60. Breakout sessions held under the Chatham House Rule explore challenges like Asia, the Middle East, and climate change. Keynote addresses by senior officials punctuate a gathering heavily tilted toward intimate exchange of dialogue among panellists and participants. For more information, please see

30-31 March, New Delhi, India. TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN EMERGING ECONOMIES: THE COMPETITIVENESS, TECHNOLOGY, AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS DIMENSIONS. The objectives of the dialogue, which is hosted by ICTSD and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), are to explore issues at the interface of trade and climate change that are of concern and interest to the emerging economies; to identify a positive agenda to help developing countries engage in the climate change negotiations in light of developments at Copenhagen; and to provide a platform for interaction among key players in a non-negotiating setting. Thematic subjects for the day will be competitiveness and border measures, technology transfer and intellectual property rights issues and the diffusion of environmental goods and services. Presentations on these subjects will be followed by open discussions. For more information, please email Mahesh Sugathan at

13 April, Washington DC, US. THE 2010 CONGRESSIONAL TRADE AGENDA. At this annual event hosted by the Washington International Trade Association, prominent US Congressional trade leaders will share their views on trade issues. This is an off-the-record discussion of the trade issues which Congress may address in the upcoming year. Speakers will include Viji Rangaswami, Staff Director, Trade Subcommittee (Majority), House Ways and Means Committee; Angela Ellard, Chief Trade Counsel (Republican), House Ways and Means Committee; Amber Cottle, International Trade Counsel (Majority), Senate Finance Committee; and Stephen Schaefer, Chief International Trade Counsel (Republican), Senate Finance Committee. For further information, please visit or contact: tel.: +1 202 312 1600 or email:

21-23 April, Seoul, South Korea. GLOBAL SUMMIT: POWERING GROWTH FOR THE GLOBAL GREEN ECONOMY. The Business for Environment Global Summit (B4E) will address resource efficiency, renewable energies, new business models and climate policy and strategies. At the meeting, CEOs and senior executives join leaders from government, international agencies, NGOs and media to discuss environmental issues, forge partnerships and explore innovative solutions for a greener future. For more information, please contact Michelle Ko: tel:  +65 6534 8683  +65 6534 8683 ; fax: +65 6534 8690; email: or visit:

26 April, New York City, US. GLOBAL FINANCIAL FORUM: BUILDING A NEW FINANCIAL ORDER. Hosted by Chatham House, BritishAmerican Business and the Foreign Policy Association, this forum examines what is necessary to create a new, more stable global financial order. This conference will examine the impact of the proposed regulatory measures on the financial markets, consider the outlook for the global economy, discuss if new financial regulatory rules will contain excessive risk-taking, and debate the extent to which it is possible to prevent future financial crises. The conference will take place in three sessions: Rebalancing the Global Economy, Restructuring the Financial Sector, and Restoring Financial Stability. For more information, please see or contact Chatham House at: email; tel. +44 (0)20 7957 5753; or fax +44 (0)20 7321 2045.

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17 March 2010
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