17 October, Geneva, Switzerland. GRADUATE INSTITUTE LECTURE: "THE WTO IN A TIME OF CHANGE: SOME REFLECTIONS." This lecture is being hosted by the Graduate Institute, featuring as its guest speaker Ambassador Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative. His talk is expected to review key WTO developments during US President Barack Obama’s time in office, along with discussing future prospects for the global trade body. More information and registration is available here.
18 October, Washington, US. CLOSING ELEPHANT-SIZED LOOPHOLES IN THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE: CITES COP17 AND THE PATH FORWARD. This conference is being hosted by the Wilson Centre and will feature panellists who were involved in the most recent Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. The panellists will discuss what lies ahead for wildlife trade in light of the CITES conference outcomes. More information is available here.
19-20 October, Changsha, China. ASIA-PACIFIC SUMMIT ON LOW CARBON TECHNOLOGY: BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FOR LOW CARBON TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION. This Asian Development Bank (ADB) event will feature a series of plenary discussions relating to different aspects of low carbon technology deployment and investments. Over 300 representatives from governments, businesses, academic institutions and think tanks are expected to attend. Additional information can be found here.
20 October, London, United Kingdom. CHATHAM HOUSE RESEARCH CONFERENCE "NAVIGATING BREXIT: WHAT SORT OF DEAL MIGHT THE PUBLIC SUPPORT?" This Chatham House conference is being organised with the support of the European Social and Research Council under the auspices of its “UK in a Changing Europe” initiative. Participants will discuss possible lessons learned from the 23 June referendum, along with how to navigate the “Brexit” talks in a way that will attract public backing. For more information, click 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.
14 October: Dispute Settlement Body
17 October: Committee on Trade-Related Investment Measures
17 October: Workshop on Aid for Trade
17 October: Committee on Trade and Development – Session on Aid for Trade
17 October: Informal Committee on Import Licensing
18 October: Dedicated Discussion on Electronic Commerce
18 October: Informal Committee on Regional Trade Agreements
19 October: Committee on Government Procurement
19 October: Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries
19 October: Informal Committee on Government Procurement
20 October: Negotiating Group on Market Access
20 October: Working Group on Trade, Debt, and Finance
20 October: Informal Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
Other Upcoming Events
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.
18-19 October, Paris, France. 16TH IEA-IETA-EPRI ANNUAL WORKSHOP ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION TRADING. The workshop will cover the following themes: an opening session on the Paris Agreement and how international trading can be used to achieve and surpass nationally determined contributions (NDCs); an update on China’s national emissions trading system (ETS) and in the Asia‐Pacific region; a dedicated roundtable to the EU ETS; a session about the new market mechanisms that might emerge from the Paris Agreement; a discussion on the evolution of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading in North America; and a session on the global market-based mechanism that was negotiated for the aviation sector this month. For more information, click here.
20 October, Geneva, Switzerland. BEYOND 2016: OPTIMISING THE EGA’S POTENTIAL TO SUPPORT GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS IN CLEANTECH. This conference is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and SETI Alliance Finland. This event aims to examine the key drivers of clean technology trade and barriers beyond tariffs, based on interventions from industry representatives and drawing on recent research. The objective is to inform the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) negotiations as they aim to clinch a final deal, draw the attention of negotiators to possible future steps for the EGA. More information can be found 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 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 various other partners. 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 for the Paris Agreement on climate change’s entry 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.
5-7 December, Abuja, Nigeria. AFRICAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2016. The theme of this year’s African Economic Conference will be “Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth.” The meeting is being organised jointly by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Coming in the wake of the 2015 adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key international events, this meeting will focus on how agricultural policy in the content must evolve to achieve improved growth and help address poverty and hunger. More information is available here.