Events

8 March 2018

Coming Soon

12-13 March, Baku, Azerbaijan. ACHIEVING ENERGY SECURITY IN CENTRAL ASIA: ROLE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. This event is being organised by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute. It will involve two days of training for CAREC country officials, with a specific focus on the relationship between renewable energy and regional energy security. To learn more, visit the ADBI website.

14 March, London, UK. CHINA'S OUTLOOK AND CHANGING ROLE IN SOUTH ASIA. This Chatham House event will feature as its guest speaker Ganeshan Wignajara, Chair, Global Economy Programme, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka. The speaker will examine the economic relationship and prospects between China and the South Asian region, along with taking a specific focus on Beijing and New Delhi. He will also place the issue in the wider geopolitical context. To learn more, visit the Chatham House 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.

12 March: Committee on Budget, Finance, and Administration

13 March: Organizational meeting of the Investment Facilitation for Development Initiative

14 March: Committee on Government Procurement

14 March: Informal Committee on Trade and Civil Aircraft

14 March: Informal Committee on Government Procurement

Other Upcoming Events

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 which 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.

16 March, Manila, Philippines. GENDER MONTH 2018 DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: HELEN CLARK. This event is being hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and will feature as its guest speaker Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister and former Administrator of the UN Development Programme. Event organisers aim to use the event to highlight the significant value of female leadership, voice, and agency in achieving sustainable development objectives and improving the Bank’s operations. For more information and to register, visit the event website

19-20 March, London, UK. ENERGY TRANSITIONS 2018. This Chatham House conference will bring together policymakers, private sector leaders, and industry experts to discuss pertinent questions facing the energy industry. Although there has been progress toward greener energy production and usage, it remains unclear what opportunities and obstacles that producers, economies, and sectors will face across the energy supply chain in the future. Sessions include topics such as “The Geopolitics of the Shift to Renewables” and “Closing the Investment Gap.” For more information and to register, visit the event website

19-20 March, Geneva, Switzerland. MULTI-YEAR EXPERT MEETING ON ENHANCING THE ENABLING ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT AT ALL LEVELS IN SUPPORT OF INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, AND THE PROMOTION OF ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND COOPERATION, SECOND SESSION. This UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) meeting will discuss how digital technologies are changing long-standing boundaries of services and industry. It will focus on how policies can be adapted to facilitate the use of digital platforms for economic diversification and growth. For more information and to register, visit the event website.

19-21 March, Kigali, Rwanda. THE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FORUM FOR EAST AFRICA 2018. This forum, organised by the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) with the collaboration of other international organisations and the Rwandan government, aims to examine ways to facilitate economic transformation in East African Community (EAC) states through equitable access to sustainable energy. Participants will be from public and private sectors, NGOs, civil society, and international organisations. The three-day meeting aims to promote an exchange of ideas and cooperation between stakeholders. For more information and to register, visit the event website

19-23 March, Geneva, Switzerland. INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GENETIC RESOURCES, TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND FOLKLORE. During the 35th session of this World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) intergovernmental committee, the group will prepare several documents, reports, and recommendations focusing on genetic resources and aim to advance negotiations in this subject area. To register, watch the webcast, or view relevant documents, visit the event website.

21-23 March, Bonn, Germany. GLOBAL FESTIVAL OF ACTION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. This festival aims to bring together the global community that is working to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), celebrating the effort and spurring momentum for the next stages in the process. To do this, a range of stakeholders from activists to UN representatives will share their ideas and experiences to better approach sustainable development problems and solutions. This festival culminates in the awarding of UN SDG Action Awards.  For more information and to live stream the event, visit the event website.

January 2019, location TBC. FIRST CARBON PRICING LEADERSHIP COALITION (CPLC) CONFERENCE. This event will be the first research conference on carbon pricing held by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC). It will bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in this field, aiming for an exchange of ideas and information that can help resolve the existing gaps between theory and practice. More information will be made available closer to the date. To learn more, visit the CPLC website.

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