5 February, Washington, US, and online. WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO MOVE BEYOND GDP? This Brookings Institution and World Bank event will feature an expert panel discussion, which will address the use of GDP as an economic indicator when measuring a country’s prosperity. Panellists will examine what other indicators could be used to provide a better, more comprehensive measure. The event can be attended in person or viewed online via webcast. To learn more and to register, visit the Brookings website.
6 February, Washington, US. AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION: PROMOTING GROWTH WITH POVERTY REDUCTION. This event is being organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and will feature a book launch on the subject of economic transformation, with a particular focus on the farm sector. It will also tie this discussion to the issue of poverty reduction. The guest speaker will be John W. Mellor, author of the book and a Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. More information is available at the IFPRI website.
6 February, London, United Kingdom. TRADE TRENDS IN LATIN AMERICA. This Chatham House event will feature a presentation by Paolo Giordano, principal economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), on recent trends in trade involving the Latin American region, as well as future prospects. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. For more information on this event and related meetings, visit the Chatham House website.
7 February, Washington, US, and online. THE FUTURE OF DEVELOPMENT FINANCE: A CONVERSATION WITH WORLD BANK GROUP PRESIDENT JIM YONG KIM. This event is being organised by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and will feature as its guest speaker World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. Among the subjects up for discussion are development financing in the current context, including the Bank’s work in this area, as well as multilateralism and related topics. The event will also be webcast live. To learn more and to register, visit the CGD website.
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), including 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.
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.
8 February: Working Party on the Accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina
9 February: Dispute Settlement Body
Other Upcoming Events
12 February, London, UK. FOSSIL FUELS EXPERT ROUNDTABLE: FORECASTING FORUM 2018. This Chatham House event will look at the prospects for fossil fuels in 2018, along with how certain developments at the political or other levels could affect these forecasts. Please note that meeting attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the Chatham House 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.
21-22 February, New Delhi, India. UNDERSTANDING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY: WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN IT TRANSFORM ASIA? This event is being hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and will bring together finance and economic officials, along with experts, private sector representatives, and policymakers, to discuss digital transformation and the digital economy in Asia. Event partners include the ASEAN-India Center (AIC) and Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS). Please note that attendance to this event is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the ADBI 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.