11-13 February, Nairobi, Kenya. FOREIGN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGRICULTURE. This training workshop will focus on a range of tools available to facilitate sustainable, responsible investment in the farm sector, particularly in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC). Additional details, including a concept note and full workshop programme, are available at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) website, given IISD’s role as one of the event organisers. To learn more, visit the IISD website.
14-16 February, New York, US. FIRST GLOBAL CONFERENCE OF THE PLATFORM FOR COLLABORATION ON TAX - TAXATION AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. This event is being organised by the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT), which is a joint initiative involving the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN, and the World Bank Group (WBG). This is the PCT’s first such international conference, looking at topics such as how tax affects trade, investment, and sustainable growth, along with the societal and developmental implications of tax policy, among other subjects. The wider focus will be on the role of tax policy in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More information is available on the World Bank 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.
9 February: Dispute Settlement Body
14 + 16 February: Trade Policy Review Body – Malaysia
Other Upcoming Events
20 February, online. GGKP WEBINAR: WIN-WIN SOLUTIONS FOR CLEAN ENERGY, SMART AGRICULTURE, SANITATION, AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES. This webinar is being organised by the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and will focus on communities at risk of climate change, along with how to ensure these have access to energy, sanitation, and development opportunities. Speakers will share experiences from past projects aimed towards those ends. The webinar will be held from 10-11:30 AM CET on the announced date. To learn more and to register, visit the GGKP event website.
26 February, London, UK. NEXT STEPS FOR THE INDICATORS OF ILLEGAL LOGGING. This Chatham House workshop will focus on illegal logging, looking at different efforts underway in monitoring policy directed at the forestry sector and using this monitoring information to inform future initiatives. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. More information is available at the Chatham House website.
26 February, online. CHINA’S GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND THE ASIAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BANK. This Chatham house webinar will feature as its guest speaker Lee Jones, Associate Professor in International Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London. The webinar will focus on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and look at Beijing’s past and present history in the field of development finance. To learn more, visit the Chatham house 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.
27 February, London, UK. STAYING ALIGNED? THE FUTURE OF UK-EU TRADE. This Chatham House event examines the next chapter in the Brexit talks, with a specific focus on the future UK-EU trading relationship and the potential for regulatory alignment between the two sides. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the Chatham House website.
28 February, Geneva, Switzerland. PLURILATERALS, THE NEW WAY FORWARD IN GLOBAL TRADE? This roundtable discussion is being held at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and will focus on the next steps for the various multi-country initiatives launched during the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last December. Roundtable participants will include ambassadors, deputy ministers, and agency heads of intergovernmental organisations which work on trade. The event will be followed by a reception. To learn more and to register, please visit the Graduate Institute event website.