25 January, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. WARFARE OR COLLABORATIVE STEWARDSHIP? THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL TRADE & INVESTMENT. This dinner discussion will be convened under the E15 Initiative by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. It will look at global trade tensions; the interlinkages between trade, climate change, and Agenda 2030; and other related topics. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only.
29 January, Washington, US. MODERNIZING TRADE RULES: THE TPP AND BEYOND. This Brookings Institution event will examine the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what space exists to implement these disciplines, along with expanding their use beyond TPP members. Among the areas of focus for this event are the digital economy, competitive neutrality, and state-owned enterprises. To learn more about the event, visit the Brookings website.
29 January, online. A LOOK BACK AT DAVOS. This Chatham House event will look at what came from this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, including the statements made by world leaders throughout the event, such as US President Donald Trump. The event will feature as its main speaker Dr. Robin Niblett, Director at Chatham House. More information is available at the event website.
29-30 January, Geneva, Switzerland. FIRST MEETING – SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES TEAM OF SPECIALISTS. This meeting is being organised by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat, and will launch a process featuring regular meetings of specialists in the field of fisheries management. This process is aimed at ensuring that sustainable fisheries standards are used effectively at the international level, and thus address an information gap involving overfishing and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Participation in this specialist group is open, subject to meeting certain requirements. More information is available on the UNECE 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 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.
26 January: Seminar: How crisis-era foreign trade distortions reshuffle global trade flows: evidence from relative EU export performance
30 January: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies)
31 January: Trade Dialogues Lecture Series – Professor Paola Conconi
Other Upcoming Events
8 February, Geneva, Switzerland. RTA DISPUTE SETTLEMENT PROVISIONS: OPTIONS FOR EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The meeting will examine dispute settlement mechanisms in regional trade agreements (RTAs), looking at how these mechanisms work, the challenges that arise in their use, and the differences between these mechanisms across RTAs. More information is available at the ICTSD website.
21 February, Geneva, Switzerland. WORLD BANK REPORT ON THE CHANGING WEALTH OF NATIONS. This event is being held by the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development (CFD), together with the World Bank and Indosuez Wealth Management. It will feature the launch of two publications involving wealth at the individual country level, with a panel discussion featuring experts in international and environmental economics. To learn more and to register, visit the Graduate Institute website.
26 February, Geneva, Switzerland. WHO-WIPO-WTO TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVES AND WELL-BEING. This event will take a specific focus on health technologies, looking at issues such as global health data, the relationship between policy choices and technological innovation, and related topics, The event will be opened by the directors-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the World Trade Organization (WTO). More information is available here.
19 April, Geneva, Switzerland. FIRST OECD REPORT ON GLOBAL PHILANTHROPY FOR DEVELOPMENT. This event is being held by the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development, the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD). This event will feature of the launch of the first OECD Report on Global Philanthropy for Development, followed by a related panel discussion. To learn more and to register, visit the Graduate Institute website.