29 September, Geneva, Switzerland. DISCIPLINING FOSSIL FUEL SUSIDIES – TRADE POLICY OPTIONS TO CLIMATE MITIGATION AND TO SDGs. This workshop is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and implemented in cooperation with the World Economic Forum (WEF). It will look at different possibilities for disciplining fossil fuel subsidies, specifically via the WTO, including options for the upcoming WTO ministerial conference this December. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. For more information, please visit the ICTSD website.
2-11 October, Geneva, Switzerland. ASSEMBLIES OF THE MEMBER STATES OF WIPO: 57TH SERIES OF MEETINGS. This annual meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Assemblies is set to have a full agenda, reviewing the work of the UN agency’s regular committees, ongoing negotiating processes, and other related topics. To learn more about the high-level event, please visit the WIPO website.
2 October, Manchester, UK. TRADE AFTER BREXIT: GLOBAL BRITAIN AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. This event will be hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), featuring a panel discussion on the potential trade opportunities for the United Kingdom following Brexit in March 2019. The gathering will look particularly at what this could mean for the UK’s developing country trading partners. An initial speakers’ list is available online. For more information, please visit the ODI website.
4-6 October, Geneva, Switzerland. INTERGOVERNMENTAL GROUP OF EXPERTS ON E-COMMERCE AND DIGITAL ECONOMY. This three-day meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Board will address how developing countries can use e-commerce as a means for facilitating sustainable growth, looking at topics such as physical and technological infrastructure needs. To learn more and register for the event, please visit the UNCTAD website.
5 October, Washington, US. WITA NAFTA SERIES: DISPUTE SETTLEMENT AND CHAPTER 19. This event will be hosted by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and is part of a series of discussions based around the modernisation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). For more information, please visit the WITA 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.
29 September: Dispute Settlement Body
29 September: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules
2 October: Informal Committee on Trade in Financial Services
2 October: Informal Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade
2-4 October: Working Party on Domestic Regulation
3 October: Committee on Import Licensing
3 October: Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries
3 October: Informal Open-Ended Committee on Trade and Environment – Special Session
4 + 6 October: Trade Policy Review Body – Iceland
4-5 October: Committee on Rules of Origin
6 October: Council for Trade in Services
Other Upcoming Events
9-11 October, Geneva, Switzerland. UNCTAD ANNUAL HIGH-LEVEL IIA CONFERENCE - PHASE 2 OF IIA REFORM. This event is being organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It will feature both plenary and working sessions, with the former being streamed live online. It will focus specifically the efforts being made to reform international investment agreements (IIAs), in line with UNCTAD’s Road Map for IIA Reform. Background documents are available online and registration is open. To learn more, please visit UNCTAD’s event website.
10 October, Brussels, Belgium. CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES - POLICY OPTIONS FOR THE GLOBAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT SYSTEM. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the European Roundtable on Climate and Sustainable Transition (ERCST). The meeting will present policy options from the joint ICTSD-World Economic Forum (WEF) E15 Initiative relating to trade, climate, and energy. More information is available here.
Present-15 October, online. TSDS BRIDGES WRITING COMPETITION. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is holding its second Bridges Writing Competition, as part of its Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium (TSDS) this December in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The competition is open to all current university students, with the essay topic focusing on the trade and sustainable development agenda. Please note that the submission deadline is 15 October 2017. To learn more about specific topic requirements, submission procedures, prizes, and eligibility, visit the TSDS 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 organisations and trade and investment support institutions for interactive sessions and facilitated business-to-business meetings. For more information on the event, please visit the WEDF 2017 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 and knowledge partners, in parallel with the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference. A dedicated website to the TSDS is now live, with information on how to register; the event’s format; and other relevant details. More information will be made available at the TSDS website closer to the date.
14 December, Buenos Aires, Argentina. FORUM ON MIGRATION, TRADE, AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Fundación Foro del Sur will be holding the Forum on Migration, Trade, and the Global Economy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of the event, they have a “call for papers” underway, with the deadline for paper submissions being 23 October 2017. Papers will be distributed and discussed at the forum itself in December. To learn more about submission requirements, key dates in the process, and the forum itself, please visit the ICTSD website.