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 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 that work on trade. The event will be followed by a reception. To learn more and to register, please visit the Graduate Institute event website.
28 February, Washington, US. MANAGING NATURAL RESOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION SYSTEMS: A RESEARCH AGENDA AT THE CROSSROADS. This event is being co-organised by CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets. This policy seminar will focus on natural resource management, looking at what lessons can be learned from past experiences involving smallholder farmers, and what can be done to help support the creation of food production systems that are more sustainable and meet development objectives. To learn more and to register, please visit the IFPRI website.
28 February, Washington, US. TRUMP’S TRADE POLICY IN ASIA: A ONE-YEAR REVIEW. This Brookings Institution event, held in partnership with the US-Japan Research Institute, will examine the trade policy approach of US President Donald Trump over the past year, with a specific focus on policies and investigations with implications for Asian countries. For additional information, including an event agenda and registration details, please visit the Brookings 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.
27-28 February: Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
28 February: Dispute Settlement Body
28 February: Informal Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
1-2 March: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
Other Upcoming Events
6 March, London, UK. THE FUTURE OF UK INTERNATIONAL TRADE. This Chatham House event will look at what Brexit means for the UK’s future international trade policy with non-EU partners, along with the possibilities for the UK-EU trading relationship going forward. The event will feature speakers from the private and public sectors and is available to Chatham House’s corporate members. To learn more and to register, please visit the Chatham House 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, held by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 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. More information, including on how to register, is available at the UNCTAD website.