22 September 2010

Coming up this week

23-24 September, London, England. THE CHATHAM HOUSE CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE 2010. This conference will look at whether an international deal on climate will be reached in the next year. If not, it will look at what alternative forms of governance will emerge and what practical steps governments and business can take. For more information, please refer to the Chatham House website at

24 September, Copenhagen, Denmark. CONFERENCE ON UNDERSTANDING THE POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATIONS FOR AFRICA TO ACCESS INTERNATIONAL MARKETS: A GOOD BASIS FOR REAL DEVELOPMENT. This conference will bring together private companies from Europe and Africa to spur growth through the private sector rather than through government. Experts from Denmark and Africa will come together to discuss the rules of international trade and their consequences for African producers' access to European Markets. For more information, please refer to The Danish Development Research Network's website at

28-30 September, Tokyo, Japan. ADBI-OECD CONFERENCE ON SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN THE POST-CRISIS CONTEXT. The Asian Development Bank Institute and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development's joint conference will look at how skill sets will need to be developed and changed in export oriented countries as world consumption (US consumption) remains sluggish over the years to come. The conference will look at skills development as a national rebalancing aspect, as well as at the local level with integration of employment, skills and economic development. For more information, please refer to the Asian Development Bank Institute's website 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.

23 September: Committee on Agriculture

24 September: Working Party on the Accession of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

27-28 September: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements

28 September: Working Party on GATS Rules

29 September + 1 October: Trade Policy Review Body - United States of America

Other upcoming events

4-5 October, Rome, Italy. EIGHTH ANNUAL WIPO FORUM ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES (SMEs). The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing this forum for IP offices and relevant institutions to discuss and share experiences on the effective use of IP system by innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and SMEs. The aim of the forum is to provide and open and interactive platform to raise questions and share experiences and views on matters concerning intellectual property for industry and business. For more information, please refer to the WIPO website at

7-8 October, Geneva, Switzerland. UNCATD AD HOC EXPERT MEETING ON THE GREEN ECONOMY: TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPLICATIONS. This ad hoc meeting is being organized in close collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Environment Programme. It aims to explore ways in which the green economy, through trade-led growth, could become a pro-development income-generating instrument that will directly contribute to meeting the sustainable development imperative universally adopted in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. For more information, please refer to the UNCTAD website at

9-11 October, Washington D.C., United States of America. 2010 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND THE WORLD BANK GROUP. The annual meeting each year of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. For more information, please refer to the IMF's website at

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