24 March 2010

24-25 March, Langat Basin, Malaysia. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: HARMONISING ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS WITH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF RIVER BASINS. This international symposium is an initiative of the Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) Initiative of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and aims to identify business opportunities for the water sector to integrate into an expanding environmental services industry, and in so doing support the expansion of a sustainable and diversified water business environment. This concept is based on improving water-based businesses by establishing enduring business partnerships that connect water managers with environmental services, as well as boost the multifunctional productivity of water. For more information contact: Shahbaz Khan at or visit

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

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.

24 + 26 March: Trade Policy Review Body - Croatia

24 - 25 March: Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade

25 March: Committee on Rules of Origin

Other upcoming events

6-8 April, Cartagena, Colombia. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON LATIN AMERICA. For almost a decade, Latin America has enjoyed more stable and, on average, more positive economic growth than in past decades. However, one-fourth of the population still lives on two dollars a day with limited access to basic services and infrastructure. Latin American countries also face the global challenges of building a solid financial architecture, providing quality education for all, developing clean and diversified sources of energy and sustainably using natural resources. With the support of the Colombian government and the Forum's key Strategic Partners, the World Economic Forum will convene 400 leaders from Latin America and other parts of the world to build on the success of the 2009 World Economic Forum on Latin America. For more information, please visit

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:

24-25 April, Washington DC, USA. 2010 SPRING MEETINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND THE WORLD BANK GROUP. The Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group provide an opportunity for discussion of the work of these organizations on sustainable development. Press registration is open until April 24. Civil society registration is open until April 12. Events are not open to the public. The tentative schedule includes a Development Committee meeting, an International Monetary and Financial Committee meeting, a G-24 meeting, and multiple press briefings. For more information, please 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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