Events

5 October 2017

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2-11 October, Geneva, Switzerland. ASSEMBLIES OF MEMBER STATE OF WIPO: 57TH SERIES OF MEETINGS. This event is the annual meeting of all the members of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). There will also be various sub-meetings of each individual country and committees. To learn more, please visit the WIPO website.

4-6 October, Geneva, Switzerland. INTERGOVERNMENTAL GROUP OF EXPERTS ON E-COMMERCE AND DIGITAL ECONOMY. This three-day meeting of the Trade and Development Board will be hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to discuss how developing countries can take advantage of e-commerce and maximise their usage for sustainable growth. To learn more and register for the event, please visit the UNCTAD website.

9-10 October, London, UK. CLIMATE CHANGE 2017. The two-day conference hosted by Chatham House will be looking at the new questions that have arisen in the global climate change actions. It will be an open debate that allows for discussions on new dynamics of international leadership and how that will affect going forward with global climate initiatives. For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Chatham House website.

9-11 October, Geneva, Switzerland. UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT, MULTI-YEAR EXPERT MEETING ON INVESTMENT, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY-BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, FIFTH SESSION. This three-day meeting will be hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Its fifth session will take stock of the sustainable-development-oriented reform of the international investment agreement regime to date, as well as policy options for the next phase of the reform. To register for this event and more information, please visit UNCTAD’s website.

9-13 October, Rome, Italy. COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY. This is the annual meeting on world food security of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This year the committee will be drafting initiatives on food security and assessing the effectiveness of current initiatives. For more information and to register, please visit the FAO Committee website.

10 October, Brussels, Belgium. CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES - POLICY OPTIONS FOR THE GLOBAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT SYSTEM. This event is organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Chatham House, Climate Strategies, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. It will present a selection of the findings from the E15 Initiative and discuss policy options for decision-makers in trade, investment, and climate change in the context of the post-Paris world. For more information, please visit ICTSD’s website.

10-11 October, Yangon, Myanmar. TRADE AND INVESTMENT POLICIES IN THE NEW ECONOMY: OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCLUSIVE TRANSFORMATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. This two-day event is organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). The dialogue will be structured to generate awareness of global and regional trends in business and policy and help develop strategies to pursue sustainable and inclusive growth. For more information, please visit ICTSD’s website.

11 October, London, UK. INVESTMENT TREATIES: A DEBATE OVER SOVEREIGNTY, TRADE, DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS. The debate will be hosted by the Chatham House and held between prominent policymakers and legal practitioners to discuss recent legal and policy developments in the area of investment law. To register interest and for more information, please visit the Chatham House website.

12-13 October, Geneva, Switzerland. UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT, MULTI-YEAR EXPERT MEETING ON COMMIDITIES AND DEVELOPMENT, NINTH SESSION. This event will be hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It will discuss the developments, challenges, and opportunities in commodity markets, giving due attention to those commodity sectors that are relevant to commodity dependent developing countries. It will also review and evaluate the contribution of the commodities sector to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. For more information and to register for the meeting, visit the UNCTAD 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.

6 October: Council for Trade in Services

6 October: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules

6 October: Trade Policy Review Body – Iceland

10 October: Informal Open-ended Dispute Settlement Body – Special Session

11 October: Informal Open-Ended Negotiation Group on Rules (Trade Remedies/Horizontal Subsidies)

12 October: Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration

12 October: Informal Open-ended Committee on Trade and Development – Special Session

12 October: Working Party on the Accession of Comoros

Other Upcoming Events

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.

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 strategic and knowledge partners, in parallel with the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference. A dedicated website contains 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.

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5 October 2017
THE CONTRIBUTION OF SERVICES TRADE POLICIES TO CONNECTIVITY IN THE CONTEXT OF AID FOR TRADE. By Martin Roy for the World Trade Organization (2017). The paper finds that services sectors play a...
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5 October 2017
The fifty-seventh series of the annual World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Assemblies kicked off this week at the UN agency’s Geneva headquarters from 2-11 October. The 10-day meetings...
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