17-19 January, Colombo, Sri Lanka. SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA FOR SOUTH ASIA. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia (ESCAP), and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) regional partnership on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is organising a series of regional and sub-regional workshops and consultations on the post-2015 development agenda and the post-Rio+20 process, which will lead to the publication and launch of the next Regional MDG Report (2012/13) - The Post 2015 Development Agenda in Asia and the Pacific: Regional Perspectives. These consultations will seek the views of stakeholders in the Asia and Pacific region on their development priorities for the report, and aims to bring together government, civil society, think tank representatives, and development partners. For more information, visit the event website.
7 February, Geneva, Switzerland. DIRECTOR GENERAL'S MEETING WITH NGOS. The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is inviting accredited non-governmental organisations together for this bi-annual meeting, which aims to serve as a forum for exchanging views on the international intellectual property system generally and the work of WIPO specifically. The meeting will offer an opportunity for a direct dialogue with the Director General on the priorities and objectives of WIPO in 2013, as well as a reflection on the achievements of 2012. For more information, visit the event website.
8 February, Washington DC, US. 2013 CONGRESSIONAL TRADE AGENDA. This off-the-record discussion hosted by the Washington International Trade Association will feature several congressional trade leaders, who will share their perspectives on the incoming 113th Congress' trade agenda. Featured guests include Angela Ellard, House Ways and Means Committee Chief Trade Counsel (Majority), Trade Subcommittee Staff Director; Jason Kearns, Chief International Trade Counsel (Democratic Staff), House Ways and Means Committee; Amber Cottle, Chief International Trade Counsel (Majority), Senate Finance Committee; and Everett Eissenstat, Chief International Trade Counsel (Republican Staff), Senate Finance Committee. For more information, visit the event website.
6-8 March, Incheon, South Korea. EXPERT CONSULTATION ON KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITY NEEDS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN POST-RIO +20 ERA. The UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) is organising an expert consultation aimed at providing an initial mapping of sustainability knowledge assets, activities, and actors, allowing a definition of needs and priorities in policy-making knowledge and capacity, particularly in the post-Rio+20 context. The consultation will specifically explore what technical and policy knowledge and capacities are needed to foster a transition toward sustainability, with a particular focus on the themes of food security, energy poverty and dependency on fossil fuels, and access to safe drinking water. The event will bring together senior policymaking experts, representing both governments and various organisations. For more information, visit the event website.
18-22 March, Montreal, Canada. AIR TRANSPORT CONFERENCE: SUSTAINABILITY OF AIR TRANSPORT. The objectives of this conference, held at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are to develop guidelines and an action plan for a global regulatory framework. This will be developed in areas such as air carrier ownership and control, market access, consumer protection, and taxation, while focusing on the best means of implementation with the aim to build a more sustainable international air transport system. For more information, visit the event website.