7-8 June, New York City, US. GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE ROLE OF MICRO-, SMALL- AND MEDIUM- ENTERPRISES (MSMEs) IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs). The objective of this United Nations symposium is to provide contributions to the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on the role that companies of smaller and medium sizes can play in terms of meeting sustainable development objectives, with participants meant to help clarify and elaborate possible recommendations in this field. To learn more, visit the event website.
11 June, London, UK. COMPETITION POLICY 2018. This Chatham House annual conference will examine various facets of competition policy in the current context, particularly amid wider developments in fields such as investment and technology. Speakers from the private sector, academia, and government will reflect on the connections between antitrust, innovation, and investment. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
11 June, New York City, US. FINANCING FOR SDGs – BREAKING THE BOTTLENECKS OF INVESTMENT, FROM POLICY TO IMPACT. Convened by the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, this meeting on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will aim to bring together a range of perspectives on the various challenges and opportunities that private and public sector actors face in developing partnerships that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information, visit the event website.
11-12 June, Geneva, Switzerland. FACILITATION 2.0 IN REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: ENABLING TRADE IN THE DIGITAL AGE. This event is being convened under the RTA Exchange dialogue series, a joint initiative by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It will examine the increasing sophistication and scope of trade facilitation provisions that have emerged in regional trade agreements (RTAs), looking at potential best practices and how these could feed into wider discussions, including multilaterally. Event attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.
11-14 June, Lilongwe, Malawi. CBA12: LOCAL EXPERIENCE DRIVING CLIMATE ACTION. This meeting is being organised by the International institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to bring together investors, donors, and government representatives for dialogue around local experiences of climate change. The workshops will be centred on three streams: transforming local experience into improved policy and investments; developing a mutual understanding of climate finance; and developing new innovations in adaptive technology. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
12-15 June, Washington, US. DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS, VALUE CHAINS, AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT. Sponsored by the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) and the World Bank Group, this conference will look at how the agricultural sector is adapting to new value chains and technology, as well as what these changes mean for policy. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
13 June, Geneva, Switzerland. ONGOING EVOLUTION OF INVESTMENT POLICYMAKING IN RTAs AND IIAs. This event is being convened under the RTA Exchange dialogue series, a joint initiative by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It will examine recent trends in investment policymaking under regional trade agreements (RTAs) and international investment agreements (IIAs), aiming to support other rulemaking processes. Participants will be from governments, civil society, international organisations, the private sector, and academia. Event attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.
13 June, Paris, France. 2018 STATE OF THE EU ETS - PARIS MEETING. This event is part of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development’s (ICTSD) outreach meeting series on the 2018 State of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) report. During the event, the authors will present their independent research on the issue to add to the policy debate. Stakeholders will then be given an opportunity to discuss report findings in a roundtable setting. To learn more and to register, visit the event website.
13 June, Brussels, Belgium. EU FOR TALANOA. The European Commission is organising this “Talanoa Dialogue” in a bid to support continued discussions around the implementation of the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change, with a specific focus on the bloc’s potential contributions in this area. Talanoa Dialogues are part of the UN Climate Change programme initiative to increase inclusive, participatory, and transparent conversation on climate change. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
13-14 June, Geneva, Switzerland. GLOBAL FORUM ON INCLUSIVE TRADE FOR LDCs. This event is being organised by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The event will examine how trade has evolved in least developed countries (LDCs) over the last 10 years and where it could go next, along with focusing on how to use trade in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Expected participants will include government and international organisation representatives, private sector actors, and academics, among others. To learn more and 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.
8 June: Working Group on Trade, Debt, and Finance
8 June: Meeting of the Informal Working Group on MSMEs
11 June: Informal Committee on Agriculture
11-12 June: Committee on Agriculture
11 + 13-14 June: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies)
12 + 14 June: Trade Policy Review Body – Colombia
13-14 June: Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs
Other Upcoming Events
15 June, London, UK. GLOBAL TRADE LANDSCAPE SERIES: US TRADE IN AN AGE OF PROTECTIONISM. This Chatham House event will explore the implications of the Trump administration’s economic rhetoric and decisions on domestic and global trade policy. Presenters will address what the future of US trade policy may look like, and whether it will benefit the US economy and US job growth. It will also consider implications for the rules-based global trade system, including at the WTO and in terms of bilateral relations with major economic players. This event is for Chatham House Corporate Members only. For more information, visit the event website.
15 June, Berlin, Germany. 2018 STATE OF THE EU ETS – BERLIN MEETING. This event is part of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development’s (ICTSD) outreach meeting series on the 2018 State of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) report. During the event, the authors will present their independent research on the issue to add to the policy debate. Stakeholders will then be given an opportunity to discuss report findings in a roundtable setting. To learn more and to register, visit the event website.
15 June-27 July, online. COURSE: THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE AS A DEVELOPMENT AGENDA. This course from the UN System Staff College aims to help participants develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is being offered jointly with UN Climate Change. For more information and to enrol, visit the course website.
19 June, London, UK. THE FUTURE OF US-UK TRADE RELATIONS. This Chatham House roundtable event focuses on the likely key issues of a potential US-UK bilateral trade agreement. Panellists will discuss the geopolitical landscape for negotiation of an agreement, as well as issues that may hamper an agreement and how they might be resolved. To learn more and to register, visit the event website.
2-4 October, Geneva, Switzerland. WTO PUBLIC FORUM. This annual WTO outreach event will have as its theme “Trade 2030.” More specifically, the three-day meeting will consider “sustainable trade” between now and 2030, addressing topics such as technology-enabled trade and making the trading system more inclusive. Please note that the deadline for submitting proposed sessions has been extended to 15 June 2018. More information is available at the WTO’s dedicated site for the Public Forum here.
22-26 October, Geneva, Switzerland. WORLD INVESTMENT FORUM 2018. Over the course of 50 events including roundtables, summits, and private sector-led sessions, this annual forum, hosted by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will address global challenges for international investment in the era of globalisation and industrialisation. Stakeholders from governments, investment treaty negotiation teams, global companies, and other significant areas will come together to discuss investment-related policymaking, particularly in relation to sustainable development. For more information and to register, 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, 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.