17-20 July, New York, US. ECOSOC HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT 2017. This 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.
18-19 July, Astana, Kazakhstan. ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE: THE SECOND CAREC ENERGY INVESTMENT FORUM AND ASTANA EXPO. This energy conference, hosted by the Asian Development Bank, will focus on how the changing energy landscape will shape infrastructure in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) region, looking specifically at new technologies, market barriers, and renewables. For more information, please visit ADBI’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.
18-27 July, Geneva, Switzerland. 29TH MEETING OF THE ANIMALS COMMITTEE AND THE 23rd MEETING OF THE PLANTS COMMITTEE. Hosted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), these two committees will meet to discuss progress on the various CITES-related issues, such as reviewing trade in different species listed in the CITES appendices. For more information, please visit CITES’ 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.
13-14 July: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
13-14 July: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules
14 July: Working Party on the Accession of Sudan
14 July: WTO TFAF and World Bank Joint Workshop on Border Agency Coordination and Collaboration
17 + 19 July: Trade Policy Review Body – Brazil
18 July: Committee on Budget, Finance, and Administration
18 July: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules
18 July: Working Group on Trade, Debt, and Finance
19 July: Committee on Trade and Development – Special Session
19 July: Committee on Trade Facilitation
19-20 July: Informal Open-Ended Committee on Agriculture – Special Session
20 July: Dispute Settlement Body
20 June: Informal Council for Trade in Services
Other Upcoming Events
24-28 July, Toronto, Canada. APEC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL 3. This quarterly meeting of the Business Advisory Council, hosted by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, will focus on creating detailed recommendations to APEC members that represent private sector issues. These council members are appointed by APEC members, with participants from various different business sectors. For more information, please visit APEC’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.
16 October, London, UK. THE BELT AND ROAD. This conference, hosted by Chatham House, will take a closer look at China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and its implications for the global economy. This discussion will dive into political and strategic considerations, as well as the implications for countries directly and indirectly involved, among other actors in this field. For more information, visit Chatham House’s website.
11-13 December, Buenos Aires, Argentina. TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM (TSDS). This biennial event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in collaboration with select strategic partners, in parallel with the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference. A dedicated website to the TSDS is now live, with information on how to become a knowledge partner; the event’s format; and other relevant details. Additional information will be made available closer to the date. To learn more, visit the TSDS 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.