9 March 2011

Coming soon

10 March, London. AN EMERGING MOROCCO IN A CHANGING REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT. At this event, hosted by Chatham House, Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Taïb Fassi Fihri will discuss Morocco's outlook amidst the current upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa region and possible implications for the future of the Maghreb. He will also present the vision and approach underpinning Morocco's project for a modern and open society, highlighting domestic political and socio-economic objectives pursued to this end and their close interaction with the imperatives of foreign policy. For more information, please refer to the website.

10 - 11 March, New York City. MEETING WITH ECOSOC, THE BRETTON WOODS INSTITUTIONS, THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AND THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT. Located at the UN Headquarters in New York, the overall theme of the meeting will be "Coherence, coordination and cooperation on Financing for Development." It will consist of informal thematic debates on the following topics: follow-up to the 2010 Millennium Development Goals Summit outcome; the role of the UN system in global economic governance; financial support for development efforts of Least Developed Countries; and financial support for development efforts of Middle-Income Countries. More information can be found on the UN website.

10 - 23 March, London. NEW CHALLENGES IN DEVELOPMENT. This Overseas Development Institute (ODI) public event series will look at what we know about how progress has been achieved in development and key challenges that remain to be confronted.  These questions will become more urgent as we move towards the 2015 deadline for achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, and as policy makers begin to focus on how to maintain progress on the MDGs after that date.  This series will set the scene, by looking at what has been achieved, and at the key new challenges that we will have to confront to end poverty up to 2015 and beyond. For more information and events included in this series, please consult the ODI website.

11 March, Washington D.C. REBUILDING AMERICA: THE ROLE OF FOREIGN CAPITAL, SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS AND GLOBAL PUBLIC INVESTORS. The Brookings Institution is hosting this public forum to look beyond current paradigms of foreign direct investment in the United States to explore new models of how state investment entities, including sovereign wealth funds, state-owned operating companies, and other public investors, might produce returns and ease U.S. budgetary shortfalls. Governance Studies Vice President and Director Darrell West will present key findings from a Brookings report about the economic, regulatory and political implications of foreign direct investment in the United States and the potential opportunities. For more information, please visit the Brookings website.

14 March, Brussels. EUROPEAN UNCONVENTIONAL GAS DEVELOPMENTS: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND REGULATORY CHALLENGES IN THE EU AND THE US. This conference, hosted by the Atlantic Council of the United States and l'Institut français des relations internationals (Ifri), will discuss unconventional gas production's rapid growth and related technical, environmental and social concerns in the United States.  Despite these issues, which are the subject of a current Environmental Protection Agency review, it is thought that unconventional gas might play a major role in the future energy makeup of the United States.  Europe also has reserves of unconventional gas - in the form of tight sands and coal bed methane as well as shale gas - which may be exploited in the near future if it is viable to do so.  It is thus advantageous for Europeans and Americans alike to seek to gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding this new energy source. More information can be found on the website.

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.

10 March: Committee on Specific Commitments

14 - 15 March: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements

17 March: Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration

Other upcoming events

25 March 2011, Geneva. TRADESIFT TRADE POLICY TRAINING COURSE. TradeSift is an innovative and powerful software tool designed to deliver highly cost effective trade policy analysis. It aids trade policy decision-making using readily available trade data, without recourse to complex and expensive economic modelling. The one-day Geneva course will comprise a demonstration of the capacities of TradeSift to aid the economic analysis of all aspects of trade policy analysis including RTA, unilateral and multilateral liberalisation and export market analysis using trade statistics from international and national sources at 6 digit level of disaggregation and beyond. This will be followed by 3 hours of hands-on training in the use of the software. The course will introduce TradeSift software and demonstrate its use in delivering rapid and reliable empirical analysis of trade policy choices at low cost in human resources, money and data. Further details about the software can be found here.

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