7-8 July, Hamburg, Germany. G20 LEADERS’ SUMMIT. The leaders of the G20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies will meet in Germany this year to discuss trade and open markets; progress on meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; international climate action; and options for supporting sustainable economic growth within the African continent. To learn more, visit the G20 website.
10-19 July, New York City, US. HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (HLPF) 2017. This forum, convened under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will focus on the progress made towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The selected SDGs for this year are Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 14, and 17. To learn more, please visit the UN’s Sustainable Development website.
10 July, London, United Kingdom. SMART AND FAIR: RECOGNIZING WOMEN’S ROLE IN OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE. This event is part of the International Policy Forum, hosted by Chatham House. This forum was created in order to develop new policy ideas in relation to the G20, and will focus on how to include and support more women in the workforce, especially in sectors such as the digital economy. For more information, please visit Chatham House’s website.
11-13 July, Geneva, Switzerland. SIXTH GLOBAL REVIEW OF AID FOR TRADE: "PROMOTING TRADE, INCLUSIVENESS AND CONNECTIVITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT." This biennial WTO event will feature over 50 sessions focusing on the Aid for Trade Initiative, as well as on how this initiative can support the UN’s Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To learn more, visit the WTO website.
11 July, Geneva, Switzerland. CLICKS NEED BRICKS: PROMOTING TRADE THROUGH QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the World Bank Group, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and Germany as a side event to the Global Review of Aid for Trade. The event will examine the possibilities for developing solutions that are adaptation to national needs with regards to infrastructure. More information is available on the ICTSD website.
12 July, Geneva, Switzerland. AID FOR DIGITAL TRADE: NEEDS AND RESPONSES. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Permanent Mission of Kenya during the Global Review of Aid for Trade. It will look at digital trade within different regional contexts and options for enhancing such trade going forward. More information is available on the ICTSD website.
12 July, Geneva, Switzerland. PROMOTING INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION THROUGH GVC PARTICIPATION: THE ROLE OF AID FOR TRADE AND PRIVATE SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Permanent Mission of Lesotho during the Global Review of Aid for Trade. It will examine how the Aid for Trade initiative can help countries play a greater role in global value chains and achieve sustainability objectives. More information is available on the ICTSD website.
13 July, Geneva, Switzerland. DIGITAL TRADE-RELATED PROVISIONS IN REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) within the context of the RTA Exchange. The event will examine trade deal provisions that involve or affect the digital economy, along with what lessons can be learned from these experiences. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.
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 July: Trade Policy Review Body – European Union
10 July: Workshop on Investment Facilitation for Development
11-13 July: Sixth Global Review of Aid for Trade
11 July: Thematic Session on Regionalization
12 July: Informal Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
13-14 July: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
13-14 July: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules
Other Upcoming Events
17-20 July, New York, US. ECOSOC HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT 2017. This annual conference, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will be analysing the implementation and progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related goals. Events include a high-level meeting on trade and financial institutions, along with dialogues addressing poverty eradication efforts on multiple levels. For more information, please visit ECOSOC’s website.
18-20 July, Geneva, Switzerland. MULTI-YEAR EXPERT MEETING ON TRADE, SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT, FIFTH SESSION. This multi-year expert meeting, hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), looks at the role of the services economy and trade in structural transformation and inclusive development, including in relation to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For more information, please visit UNCTAD’s website.
25-28 July, Melbourne, Australia. SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH IN ASIA-PACIFIC. This multi-disciplinary conference, organised by RMIT University in partnership with various other organisations, aims to provide a forum for discussion regarding sustainability research across various areas, with a specific focus on its application to the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, please visit the International Association of Universities’ website.
18-19 September, New York, US. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPACT SUMMIT. This summit, hosted by the World Economic Forum (WEF), will look at how governments, private sector actors, civil society, academics, and other stakeholders can support the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change. The meeting is timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly. For more information, please visit the WEF’s website.
25-27 September, Geneva, Switzerland. TRADE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FORUM 2017. This annual event by the International Trade Centre (ITC) will examine the topics of voluntary sustainability standards and sustainable value chains, looking specifically at partnerships and other collaboration in this field. To learn more and to register, visit the ITC website.
26-28 September, Geneva, Switzerland. WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2017: “TRADE: BEHIND THE HEADLINES.” This year’s edition of the WTO’s outreach event will have as its theme “Trade: Behind the Headlines.” The meeting will aim to look at the real-life implications of trade, as opposed to rhetoric, and will also look at how trade can support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related issues. To learn more, visit the WTO website.
9-19 October, Chambéry, France. UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN FINLAND – UN ENVIRONMENT COURSE ON MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS. This two-week course on international environmental law and diplomacy is designed for participants from governments, NGOs, the private sector, and academia. This year’s course has as its theme “Trade and Environment.” The course objectives include teaching the necessary tools for current and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Please note that the application deadline is 4 August. To learn more and to apply, visit the University of Eastern Finland website.
8-10 November, Manila, Philippines. 2ND ASIA FINANCE FORUM: FINTECH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVLEOPMENT. This conference, a joint collaboration between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the ADB Institute, will address the relationship between digital finance and the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more and register for this conference, visit the ADB’s website.
14 December, Buenos Aires, Argentina. FORUM ON MIGRATION, TRADE, AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Fundación Foro del Sur, with a view to understanding the interlinkages between trade and migration. The forum is slated to bring together public and private sector participants, along with representatives from civil society and academia. A call for papers will soon be opened. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.