30 September, Tokyo, Japan. WORLD BANK GROUP SEMINAR "CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT." This World Bank seminar will feature as its guest speaker Julia Bucknall, the organisation’s acting Sr. Director for the Environment and Natural Resources. She will discuss how natural resources management contributes to green growth, including in the context of the World Bank’s work, and also raise the issue of sustainable fisheries and their importance for developing countries. More information and registration is available here.
3 October, Geneva, Switzerland. BAN KI-MOON LECTURE. This lecture is being hosted by the Graduate Institute in collaboration with the Club Diplomatique de Genève, featuring as its guest speaker Ban Ki-moon, the eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations. He will discuss both the developments seen during his tenure, along with assessing the state of the world today and the potential challenges to come. To learn more, click here.
4-5 October, Hanoi, Vietnam. APEC SEMINAR ON BEST PRACTICES OF WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IN APEC REGION. This seminar aims to build awareness and expertise in the field of wind energy, specifically within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies. The seminar will look at case studies conducted as part of a larger project, among other related topics for discussion. One possible long-term objective could be an action plan for APEC economies in this sector. More information is available here.
4-6 October, Rome, Italy. COMMITTEE ON COMMODITY PROBLEMS (CCP): SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION. This upcoming session of the CCP within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will review international commodity problems that affect production, consumption, and trade, with a view to providing member states with an overview of the current landscape for commodities, among other objectives. More information is available here.
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.
30 September: Trade Policy Review Body – Russian Federation
30 September: Informal Group of Developing Countries
30 September: Informal Heads of Delegation
3 October: Briefing Session on MFN Exemptions
3-4 October: General Council
5 October: Working Party on GATS Rules
5 October: Committee on Specific Commitments
5 October: Committee on Trade in Financial Services
6 October: Working Party on Domestic Regulation
Other Upcoming Events
8-14 October, Kigali, Rwanda. 28TH MEETING OF THE PARTIES TO THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL. This meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will examine a series of topics related to the implementation of the international treaty, including the possible adoption of an amendment on phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Additional information, including pre-session documents, can be found here.
11 October, Brussels, Belgium. POLICY ROADMAP FOR IMPLEMENTING CONSUMPTION-BASED CLIMATE POLICIES. This event marks the final workshop of the Carbon-CAP Project, a three-year endeavour which has sought to examine ways that EU policy may facilitate a move toward reduced carbon consumption patterns. The project’s participants include academics, private sector and government representatives, and consumer groups. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the publisher of Bridges, is part of the Carbon-CAP’s project team. More information is available here.
18 October, Accra, Ghana. ACHIEVING A NUTRITION REVOLUTION: THE ROAD TO HEALTHIER DIETS AND OPTIMAL NUTRITION. This conference is being organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the African Union Commission (AUC) to examine the progress made to date in implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a continental policy framework focused on agriculture, food security, and nutrition. Expected participants include private sector and government representatives, academics, and civil society and farmer groups, among others. More information is available here.
25-27 October, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2016 UNEP FI GLOBAL ROUNDTABLE AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) will aim to use this year’s global roundtable to follow up on the advances seen as a result of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and examine on how the finance sector can help drive sustainable development. The meeting is being hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates with support from the UAE Central Bank. More information can be found here.
7-18 November, Marrakech, Morocco. UNFCCC COP22. The 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will focus on preparations aimed at bringing the Paris Agreement on climate change into force. The UN negotiations are being held this year under the presidency of Morocco, and will be the first under new UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa. To learn more, visit the COP22 website.
21-24 November, Shanghai, China. 9TH GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTH PROMOTION: HEALTH PROMOTION IN THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. This meeting is being organised jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC). The event aims to examine the benefits and possibilities resulting from health promotion, tying these to the recently-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Expected participants include health sector representatives, as well as stakeholders from the fields of trade, agriculture, transportation, development, foreign policy, and environment, among others. More information is available here.