1 February 2012

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2-3 February, London, UK. SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING. Held at the Chatham House in London, this annual international forum will bring together over 100 policymakers, researchers, civil society groups, and industry delegates from across the world to discuss the latest initiatives and research in the subject of fisheries governance and trade in illegal fish products. This year the forum will focus on the latest developments in Europe and in West Africa and will also address various document schemes, port state measures, and organised crime in the fishing sector. For more information and contact information regarding this forum, please visit the event's website.

2-4 February, Stanford, US. RIO +2.0: BRIDGING CONNECTION TECHNOLOGIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Hosted by the US Department of State and representing the US government's premier event in advance of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), this event will focus on the use of connection technologies to advance sustainable development solutions in the fields of health, environment, agriculture, and sustainable economic growth. It will explore existing and proposed technologies, the opportunities and attributes of the innovation culture, and the role of governments and civil society in fostering broader innovation. Participants will be asked to define "innovation challenges" for how connection technologies can help advance solutions to cross-cutting sustainable development problems, with outcomes to be presented at the UNCSD. Please note that an invitation is required for this event. For more information, please visit the event's website.

2-4 February, Delhi, India. DELHI SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT (DSDS) 2012. Organised annually by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) since 2001, this conference seeks to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development. This year's theme will be "Protecting the Global Commons: 20 Years Post Rio," and will bring together heads of state, academics, and policymakers to deliberate over environmental issues. The debates at this DSDS will revolve around the global commons and take stock of developments since the Rio summit of 1992. The conference also has the objective of evaluating the existing climate change situation and charting a roadmap for the future. The summit aims to serve as an important milestone in the context of global negotiations regarding sustainable development. For more information, please visit the event's website.

8 February, Geneva, Switzerland. TALKING DISPUTES, VOL. 4: CHINA-RAW MATERIALS. Organised by ICTSD and WTI Advisors, this event aims to introduce the recent WTO appellate decision on Chinese export restrictions applied to raw materials, and will address topics such as the implications of the ruling for resource conservation in the mining sector, and the availability of the GATT's Article XX to non-GATT claims. This event marks the fourth in a new series. ‘Talking Disputes' is designed to allow for the discussion of WTO dispute cases, one at a time, in a round of interested experts, delegates and others in Geneva. For more information, including on how to register, visit the website.

8 February, London, UK. THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND POLITICAL OUTLOOK FOR 2012. Held at the Chatham House in London, this event aims to provide analysis into the global economic, financial, and political outlook for this year. Speaker Roger Altman, Founder and Chairman of Evercore Partners and former US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (1993-95) will discuss the global outlook for 2012 in the context of the continuing rise of emerging economies, the political and financial trends in Europe, and a relatively weak US economy. He will explore the US presidential election landscape and the opportunities available for resolving the US fiscal standstill. To register for this presentation or for more information, please visit the event's website.

WTO Events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted here. 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.

7-9 February: Trade Policy Review Body - Kuwait

14-15 February: General Council

Other Upcoming Events

21-22 February, Basel, Switzerland. GLOBAL ENERGY BASEL (GEB) SUMMIT: THE SECOND SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING SUMMIT. The GEB founders and their network partners, which includes ICTSD, believe that sustainable infrastructure is key to answering four of the major challenges of the 21st century: climate change, resource scarcity, population growth, and urbanisation. This two-day conference will bring together high-profile representatives from governments, the private sector, and civil society to address the financing of sustainable urban infrastructure. The goal of the conference is to enable investment in modern cities, while proposing solutions to urban ecological challenges, including resource scarcity, energy security, and global warming. GEB also provides international organisations and industry representatives with a forum to discuss innovative financing of sustainable urban infrastructure projects. To register for the Summit or for more information, please visit the event's website.

28 February, London, UK. AN INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE TREATY: IS IT WORTH FIGHTING FOR? In recent years, there has been an increasing sentiment expressed that an international legally-binding treaty on climate is unlikely to be agreed to and is therefore perhaps not worth fighting for. Held at Chatham House in London, this presentation will evaluate the need for such a treaty. Speaker Yvo Boer, Special Global Advisor on Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG and former Chief of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2006-2010) will discuss the advantages of an international treaty in light of global forces such as climate change, energy security, natural resource scarcity, and population growth. To register for this event or for more information, please click here.

21-23 February, Rome, Italy. SECOND GLOBAL MINOR USE SUMMIT. Coming five years after the first Global Minor Use conference, GMUS-2 will continue the progress on highlighting the many issues and obstacles that growers of minor or specialty crops face. Held at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization headquarters in Italy, this event will focus on global agreements for pesticide policy, procedure, and methodology to help deal with minor use issues while providing growers with access to safe tools to grow their crops and to promote free and fair trade. The purpose of the summit is to provide a forum for the international exchange of information on current activities that address minor use issues and to identify future opportunities and challenges. The conference is expected to attract nearly 300 participants from more than 60 countries, including government pesticide regulators and FAO/WTO members, agricultural producers, pesticide industry representatives, and environmental group members. For more information, please visit the event's website.

2-3 April, Brasilia, Brazil. THE CLIMATE INVESTMENT FUNDS (CIF) FOREST INVESTMENT PROGRAM (FIP) PILOT COUNTRIES MEETING. The Forest Investment Program is a targeted programme of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). It supports developing countries' efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and promotes sustainable forest management that leads to emission reductions and the protection of carbon reservoirs. This meeting aims to evaluate progress and work ahead in reaching the FIP's objective of reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and promoting sustainable forest management (SFM). Pilot countries participating in the Forest Investment Program are: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Laos, Mexico, and Peru. For more details about the FIP or this event, please click here.

21-26 April, Doha, Qatar. THIRTEENTH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD XIII) AND CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM. This Conference will convene under the theme "Development-centred globalization: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development." The Conference's aim is to enhance the understanding of specific trade and development issues, especially after the fallout of the economic crisis.  In parallel with the Conference, UNCTAD has also partnered with the United Nations Non-Government Liaison Service and the Qatari National Human Rights Committee to organise a Civil Society Forum, where representatives from the private sector and civil society will explore different ways to strengthen partnerships with UNCTAD to boost the effectiveness of trade and development efforts. The Civil Society Forum will begin its work on 17 April. For more information on the UNCTAD XIII Conference and the Civil Society Forum, please visit the UNCTAD XIII website.

29-31 May, Tucson, US. ADAPTATION FUTURES: THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE ADAPTATION. This conference, the second in a planned bi-annual series, is co-hosted by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) and the University of Arizona. It will focus on adaptation to climate variability and change and will bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share insights into the challenges and opportunities that adaptation presents. It will showcase cutting-edge research from around the world, focusing on themes of equity and risk, learning, capacity building, methodology, adaptation finance and investment, and ecosystem-based adaptation approaches. It will also explore practical adaptation policies and approaches, and share strategies for decision-making from the international to the local scale. As a special reminder, the deadline to submit abstracts of related papers to the conference has been extended until 15 February. For more details, please visit the event's website.

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