6 April 2017

Coming Soon

7 April, Beijing, China. ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGH INNOVATIVE ENERGY MANAGEMENT. This event is being co-hosted by the Brookings-Tsinghua Centre for Public Policy and the Penn Wharton China Centre. This event will feature as its keynote speaker Darrel West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies of the Brookings Institution. The speaker will discuss his latest research regarding energy management in China, particularly in relation to innovation technology. For more information and to register, please visit the Brookings Institution website.

11 April, Washington, US. DEVELOPING A NEW ACCOUNTABILITY AND DISPUTE SETTLEMENT MECHANISM ON INVESTMENT – EXPERT MEETING. This event is being hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the American University Washington College of Law’s Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law. The discussions will focus on possible upgrades to past models of investment-related dispute settlement, among other related topics. The event takes place just prior to the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). For more information on this event, please visit the IISD website.

11 April, London, UK. ASSESSING THE REALITY OF A US-UK TRADE DEAL. This Chatham House event will feature as its guest speaker Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs for the United Parcel Service (UPS). Lane will discuss the possible bilateral trade deal between the US and UK, particularly in relation to the new deals that the latter country will have to ink with the EU following its withdrawal. Please note that attendance is open to corporate members only. For more information on this event, please visit the Chatham House website.

12 April, Washington, US, and online. GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROSPECTS: SPRING 2017. This semi-annual webcast is being hosted and organised by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE). Topics for this webcast will include the forecast for both the American and global economy, along with expected policy changes in areas such as fiscal and monetary policy under the Trump Administration. This event is open to the public and will be streamed online. For more information and to watch online, please visit the PIIE 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 April: Trade Policy Review Body – Mexico

11 April:  Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules

12 April: WTO Introduction Day

Other Upcoming Events

23 May, Stockholm, Sweden. TRADE AND CLIMATE ACTION POST-PARIS: LEVERAGING SYNERGIES. This event is being jointly organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The event will consist of a dialogue exploring the interlinkages between trade, development, and climate action, with the latter involving the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change. Organisers aim to encourage the exchange of ideas for facilitating the use of trade in meeting climate action objectives, particularly given what this could mean for sustainable development. To learn more and to register, please visit the ICTSD website.

9-10 June, Geneva, Switzerland. ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WTO LAW. This conference is being jointly organised by Georgetown Law and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Session topics for the two-day conference include Brexit’s trade implications; US trade policy under President Donald Trump; developments in trade remedies legislation and jurisprudence; improving dispute settlement within and outside the WTO; and the ongoing debate over the merits and definition of free trade and investment. For more information on this conference and to register, place visit the Graduate Institute website.

23 June, London, UK. FUTURE OF WORK 2017. This annual conference is being organised by Chatham House in partnership with the McKinsey Global Institute. The conference will focus on the factors that are changing the global landscape in the area of work, ranging from the transformation of the digital economy to the different challenges facing various economies in their respective labour markets. The conference will feature a number of speakers including Deputy Director-General for Policy of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Deborah Greenfield and Permanent State Secretary for Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany Thorben Albrecht.  To learn more and to register, please visit the Chatham House website.  

25-26 October, Budapest, Hungary. 17th WORLD EXPORT DEVELOPMENT FORUM (WEDF). The International Trade Centre's (ITC) flagship event will have as this year's theme "Trade - A force for good: include, innovate, integrate." The forum will explore how trade can generate positive change at a time when global challenges – economic, social, and environmental – are changing how trade works. WEDF will be co-hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and will gather business leaders, policymakers, and representatives of international organizations and trade and investment support institutions for interactive sessions and facilitated business-to-business meetings. For more information, please visit the WEDF 2017 website.

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