3-5 April, Manchester, UK. WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND BIODIVERSITY. This event is being organised by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Manchester Metropolitan University. It will look at various facets of biodiversity and climate change, bringing together scholars, activists, government representatives, and practitioners to exchange experiences and debate next steps. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
4 April, London, UK, and online. GROWTH IN A MULTILATERAL WORLD: THE ROLE OF INCLUSIVE TRADE AND QUALITY INVESTMENT. This Chatham House event will feature Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who will discuss the importance of developing an “inclusive growth agenda” in the current economic and geopolitical landscape. Gurría will focus particularly on the roles that trade and investment can play in this context. Please note that the event will also be webcast live. To learn more, visit the Chatham House website.
5 April, Paris, France. OECD GLOBAL FORUM ON DEVELOPMENT. This event is being hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and will examine progress and policies that empower women and youth to become agents of change. It will include collaboration between government representatives, business leaders, NGOs, and civil society members during a series of keynote addresses and panels on the subject. For more information or to register, visit the event 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 April: Committee on Agriculture – Special Session
9 April: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements
9 April: Council for Trade in Services – Special Session
10 April: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements
11 + 13 April: Trade Policy Review Body – Montenegro
Other Upcoming Events
10 April, Geneva, Switzerland. NEGOTIATIONS ON FISHERIES SUBSIDIES: TAKING STOCK AFTER MC11. This seminar is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and will look at the next stage in the WTO fisheries negotiations, in light of the outcome from the organisation’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) last December. The seminar will examine different options under consideration and is one of the first set of dialogues under ICTSD’s “WTO: Paths Forward” initiative. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. Additional information is available at the ICTSD website.
11 April, Geneva, Switzerland. LAUNCH OF THE RESPONSIBLE MINING INDEX. This event presented by the Graduate Institute will involve a discussion on the results from the first Responsible Mining Index. The document looks at how to use the potential of minerals and metals to benefit the economy as well as their impact on environmental and developmental issues. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
17 April, Brussels, Belgium. 2018 STATE OF THE EU ETS REPORT – LAUNCH EVENT. This event is being organised by the European Roundtable on Climate and Sustainable Transition (ERCST) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), as well as Nomisma Energy, I4CE, the Wegener Centre at the University of Graz, and EcoAct. The meeting will feature the launch of the third “State of the EU ETS” report, reviewing the European Union’s Emissions Trading System in terms of its functioning and delivery. To learn more and to register, visit the ICTSD website.
18 April, Geneva, Switzerland. INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES AND THE WTO. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and is part of ICTSD’s “WTO: Paths Forward” initiative. It will examine ways to address low-income countries’ efforts at industrialisation, touching on subjects such as subsidies, local content requirements, and transfer of technology. The discussion will be informal, aiming to exchange knowledge and develop new ideas. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. More information is available at the ICTSD website.
18 April, Brussels, Belgium. LAUNCH EVENT – DEVELOPING THE EU LONG-TERM CLIMATE STRATEGY. This event is being organised by the European Roundtable on Climate and Sustainable Transition (ERCST) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), as well as Bruegel. The meeting will present a “roadmap,” including both a technical document and a policy-focused one, for developing and delivering the EU’s new long-term strategy for decarbonisation, building on the results of past workshops. More information, including an agenda and registration link, can be found at the ICTSD 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, policy makers, and practitioners in this field, aiming for an exchange of ideas and information that can help resolve the gaps that exist between theory and existing practice. More information will be made available closer to the date. To learn more, visit the CPLC website.