14 April 2010

15-16 April, Paris, France. ADVANCING THE AQUACULTURE AGENDA: POLICIES TO ENSURE A SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE SECTOR. Organised by the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this workshop will provide a platform for policy makers, technical experts, international organisations, the private sector and nongovernmental organisations to examine policy challenges that OECD governments face in aquaculture development. It will also inform participants about critical economic, environmental and social aspects of the aquaculture sector and analyse interactions with other sectors. For more information, please contact Nicole Franz at or visit,3343,en_2649_33901_44041283_1_1_1_37401,00.html#practical_info.

19 April, Washington DC, US. US REGULATORY AGENCIES AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE. In this seminar, part of the Washington International Trade Association's Professional Development Series, participants will explore how regulatory agencies in the United States affect world trade. Independent regulatory agencies play a critical role in shaping and enforcing domestic US policies on some of the most competitive US issues. How do these independent agencies work in conjunction with the Executive Branch with respect to imported goods and services? The speakers will be representatives from the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. For more information, please visit 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:

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.

20 April: Dispute Settlement Body

Other upcoming events

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 organisations 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.

1-4 May, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ANNUAL MEETING. The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide an occasion for the Governors to discuss ADB administrative, financial and operational directions. Additionally, it will be an opportunity for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernmental organisations, media and representatives of observer countries, international organisations and the private sector. Multiple presentations and seminars will be hosted, including a seminar on 2 May on "Financing Climate Change and Sustainable Development Action in Asia and the Pacific." For more information, please contact Jill Drilon, the ADB Annual Meeting Coordinator: tel +632 632 5999; fax +632 636 2483; e-mail; or visit the event's website at:

5-7 May, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON AFRICA: RETHINKING AFRICA'S GROWTH STRATEGY. The 20th World Economic Forum on Africa will held for the first time in East Africa. In addition, the Forum's Young Global Leaders Summit will be held concurrently in Dar es Salaam, integrating over 200 of the world's young leaders in the meeting. Discussions will address how African nations are managing relations with key economic partners, with an increasing trend towards greater South-South cooperation. As Africa joins India and China in crossing the billion person mark, its young population, natural resources and market potential are catalysts for significant future growth and development. Implications of the financial crisis will be discussed, as well as how African leaders are using it as an opportunity to redesign a sustainable roadmap for the continent's future within the new global economy. For more information, please contact Gemma Burke: fax +41 (0)22 594 8097; email; or visit

28-30 May, Bonn, Germany. FIRST WORLD CONGRESS ON CITIES AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Jointly hosted by Local Governments for Sustainability, the City of Bonn and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, Resilient Cities 2010 will offer an opportunity for participants to share the latest scientific findings, state-of-the-art approaches and effective programs on climate change adaptation and resilience-building in cities and urbanised areas. Case examples of local adaptation practice will illustrate approaches and experiences. The conference aims at setting the direction for future planning of and investment in urban infrastructure. For more information, please contact Alice Balbo, Conference Secretariat; tel:  +49-(0)228 / 976 299-28; e-mail:; or visit:

17-19 September, Hyderabad, India. PHARMACEUTICALS IN DEVELOPING AND EMERGING ECONOMIES: PRODUCTION, INNOVATION, AND ACCESS TO MEDICINES IN THE WAKE OF TRIPS. The Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement imposes global minimum standards for intellectual property protection to be phased in across all members of the WTO. The stated purpose is to improve the conditions for innovation and technology transfer. It is not evident, however, that the overall gap in the global pharmaceutical industry between developed and developing countries has diminished. There is scarce systematic knowledge of the present state and future prospects of pharmaceutical production and innovation across the global South - a deficiency addressed by this conference. Among the papers presented will be detailed studies of the impact of TRIPS on the pharmaceutical industry and public health in particular countries in all major regions of the developing world.  The conference will be co-hosted by the University of Hyderabad, India and Deakin University, Australia. For more information, please see

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