25 June, Gothenburg, Sweden. FRONTIERS OF RESEARCH ON CARBON MARKETS: THEORY AND EVIDENCE FOR POLICY. This event, organised by the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics, brings together academics and policymakers to discuss the latest research on carbon markets and implications for policymaking, covering topics such as permit market responsiveness, firm performance, ambition levels, anti-leakage provisions, and inter-connectedness. To learn more and to register, visit the event website.
25 June, Washington, US. THE NEW DYNAMICS OF GLOBAL ENERGY: A CONVERSATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY (IEA) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FATIH BIROL. The Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy & Climate will host Fatih Birol in a discussion facilitated by Initiative Co-Chair David G. Victor. The discussion will focus the latest updates in global energy policy, including market trends, along with what this means for climate change and climate action. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
25 June, Brussels, Belgium. FIVE YEARS AFTER THE LAUNCH OF THE BANGLADESH SUSTAINABILITY COMPACT: TAKING STOCK AND STAYING ENGAGED. This event is being organised by the European Commission and will serve as the fourth high-level follow-up meeting of the Sustainability Compact, which aims to bring lasting improvements on labour rights and factory safety to the garment industry of Bangladesh. The event will address progress made under the compact, which was signed in response to the Rana Plaza tragedy in April 2013, as well as future action. Discussions will address implementation issues, with the event due to bring together the Compact’s partners and other stakeholders, including civil society organisations. To learn more and to register, visit the event website.
27-29 June, Edinburgh, UK. WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY. This symposium is being organised by the University of Edinburgh, along with various partners, and seeks to provide a better understanding of how social responsibility is related to sustainable development, and to identify methods to help connect the two concepts better. It will bring together an international coalition of academic experts, practitioners, and government agency officials who are involved with researching or executing projects focused on social responsibility and sustainability. To learn more, visit the event website.
28 June, Geneva, Switzerland, and online. STRATEGIES FOR SDG NATIONAL REPORTING. This webinar is being organised by various partners, including UN Environment, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Eye on Earth, and the Abu Dhabi Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI). The webinar will focus on national data reporting for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), featuring presenters from the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE). The webinar presentation will focus on current progress towards SDG reporting, looking at best practices, national-level reports, and the merits of different reporting options. To learn more and to register, visit the event website.
28 June, Webinar. WHAT DOES SUCCESSFUL ADAPTATION LOOK LIKE, AND WHAT DO WE WANT TO MEASURE IN THE CONTEXT OF ADAPTATION, NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SDGs? This webinar, hosted by the International Institute for Environment and Development, focuses on the importance of investing in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for climate change adaptation. Presenters will discuss different aspects of adaptation M&E, including in the context of climate risk management, vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity, development outcomes, and climate information and data. A presentation on the implementation of these concepts in Uganda will aim to give additional context. 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.
22 June: Dispute Settlement Body
25 June: Workshop – Gender and Government Procurement
26 June: Committee on Budget, Finance, and Administration
27 June: Committee on Government Procurement
27 June: Informal Committee on Government Procurement
27 + 29 June: Trade Policy Review Body – Uruguay
28 June: WTO Informal Dialogue on Investment Facilitation for Development
28 June: Committee on Trade and Environment
Other Upcoming Events
4-6 July, Toulouse, France. GEO BLUE PLANET SYMPOSIUM. The fourth Blue Plant Symposium focuses on ocean and coastal information needs for sustainable development, “Blue Growth,” and building societal awareness around the subject. It aims to connect those who collect such data, along with stakeholders that use that data in practice. The goal of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative is to ensure the sustained development and use of ocean and coastal observations for societal and environmental benefits. For more information, visit the event website.
9-13 July, Rome Italy. COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES (COFI) 2018. The 33rd session of the Committee on Fisheries, under the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will convene for a week of meetings in July. Topics covered include progress on implementing the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For more information and a complete agenda, visit the event website.
9-18 July, New York, US. HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2018. The High-Level Political Forum is convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and will include three days of ministerial meetings from 16-18 July. Other special events and side events will take place throughout the ten-day forum. The theme of this year’s forum is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.” The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be reviewed in depth are Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 17. More information, including on special and side events, is available on the forum 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. 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.