15 February 2018

Coming Soon

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, and 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.

22 February, Geneva, Switzerland. GREEN INDUSTRIAL POLICIES FOR TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE. This launch event is being held at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and is being jointly organised with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), UN Environment, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The event will feature an expert panel who will discuss various aspects and applications of green industrial policy, including trade. To learn more and to register, visit the Graduate Institute 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 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.

16 February: Trade Policy Review Body – Malaysia

19 February: Committee on Trade and Development – Session on Aid for Trade

20 February: Informal Committee on Agriculture

20 + 22 February: Trade Policy Review Body – Egypt

20-21 February: Committee on Agriculture

20 February: Transparency Tools – Secretariat Information Session

21 February: Country policy presentations – Committee on Agriculture side-event

Other Upcoming Events

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 information to inform future initiatives. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. More information is available at the Chatham House website

27 February, Brussels, Belgium. EU ETS: LOOKING AHEAD IN 2018. This event is being organised by the European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST), with a particular focus on the EU’s Emissions Trading System in the 2021-2030 period. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. The ERCST falls under the umbrella of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), and is associated with various other think tanks. Additional information and a draft agenda are available at the ICTSD 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.

5 March, Tokyo, Japan. ASIA LAUNCH OF THE 2017 WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REPORT—INTANGIBLE CAPITAL IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS. This event is being hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), and will feature the regional launch of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) biennial report on different aspects of intellectual property. The focus on the 2017 report was on the impact of “intangible capital” in the value chains for certain manufactured goods. The event’s main speaker will be Carsten Fink, WIPO’s chief economist. To learn more, visit the ADBI website.

16 March, Buenos Aires, Argentina. TOWARDS MORE EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE MARKETS FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE: ADVANCING AGENDA 2030 IN THE G20, WTO, AND FTAs. This event is being organised jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The meeting will look at the rules, policies, and frameworks that govern food and agricultural markets, tying this discussion to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 on ending hunger, improving nutrition, achieving food security, and promoting sustainable agriculture. The discussion will look at the role of the G20, the WTO, and free trade agreements in this context. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. More information is available at the ICTSD website.

5 April, Paris, France. OECD GLOBAL FORUM ON DEVELOPMENT. This event is being held by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It will have as its theme “Inclusive Agendas for Women and Youth,” and will look at how removing obstacles for women and young people to pursue economic and other opportunities can play a major role in generating positive change across the board. More information about the event, including an agenda and registration details, can be found at the OECD website.

16-20 April, Geneva, Switzerland. E-COMMERCE WEEK 2018: DEVELOPMENT DIMENSION OF DIGITAL PLATFORMS. This event is organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and will place a particular focus on digital platforms, looking at what these mean for trade, social interaction, work opportunities, and other aspects of economic activity and development. More information, including on how to register, is available at the UNCTAD website.

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15 February 2018
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