21 October, Rome, Italy. ENDING HUNGER: WHAT WOULD IT COST? This conference is being organised by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), who have analysed what the goal of ending hunger by 2030 may cost, along with and the contribution that donors would need to make to accomplish this goal. More information and registration can be found here.
24-27 October, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. UN GLOBAL COMPACT CONFERENCE: "MAKING GLOBAL GOALS LOCAL BUSINESS." This four-day conference is being organised by the UN Global Compact as part of the “Making Global Goals Local Business” campaign, which aims to provide a platform for exchanging views on the partnerships needed to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Organisers say that over 600 participants from private and public sectors, as well as civil society and intergovernmental organisations, are expected to attend. More information can be found here.
25 October, Washington, US. IEA'S WORLD ENERGY INVESTMENT 2016. This conference is being hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and features as its guest speaker Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Varro will discuss IEA’s new World Energy Investment 2016 report, which aims to evaluate the state of energy-related investment across technologies, sectors, and regions, while also examining recent trends and challenges in this field. More information and registration is available here.
26-27 October, Kolkata, India. SERVICES TRADE AND REGULATORY REFORMS IN ASIA: IN SEARCH OF A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. This event is being held by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and aims to foster a greater understanding of what services trade can achieve in facilitating structural reforms in the region. Expected participants include government officials from various Asian developing countries. Additional information can be found here.
27 October, Geneva, Switzerland. TALKING DISPUTES: PHILIP MORRIS V. URUGUAY. This event is being jointly organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and WTI Advisors will focus on the recent arbitral award in the investor-state dispute case between tobacco giant Philip Morris and the country of Uruguay. Please note that registration for this event is mandatory. More information is available at the ICTSD website.
27 October, London, United Kingdom. CHATHAM HOUSE CONFERENCE: THE FUTURE OF UK TRADE POLICY: PRINCIPLES & CHALLENGES. This conference is being hosted by Chatham House, featuring as its guest speaker Professor Jim Rollo CMG, who is an Associate Fellow of International Economics at the organisation. Rollo will focus particularly on the trade-related aspects of the UK’s planned exit from the EU, including with relation to the WTO and other existing trade deals. To learn more, 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.
21 October: Working Party on State Trading Enterprises
24 October: Committee on Safeguards
24 October: Workshop – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
25 October: Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures – Special Meeting followed by Regular Committee
25 + 27 October: Trade Policy Review Body – The Democratic Republic of the Congo
25 October: Workshop - Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
25 October: Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
26 October: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices – Working Group on Implementation
26 October: Dispute Settlement Body
26 October: Informal Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
26 October: Informal Dispute Settlement Body – Dedicated Session
27 October: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices – Informal Group on Anti-Circumvention
27 October: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
27 October: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices
Other Upcoming Events
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) aims 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 Cantellano. To learn more, visit the COP22 website.
21-22 November, Geneva, Switzerland. TOWARDS INCLUSIVE RULES OF ORIGIN. This meeting is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The meeting is the first in a series of “RTA Exchange” dialogues scheduled throughout the coming year to examine options for convergence and coherence across regional trade agreements (RTAs) and the multilateral trading system. To learn more, visit the ICTSD 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.