5 July 2018

Coming Soon

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 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

10-13 July, Singapore. ASIA PACIFIC CLIMATE WEEK (APCW2018). This event is organised by the Nairobi Framework Partnership, and features a variety of events related to climate action, including implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme for APCW2018 is “Climate Action for Sustainable Development: Driving Change in Asia Pacific.” For more information, visit the event website

11 July, London, UK. A NEW BEGINNING? ASSESSING THE FUTURE OF TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE WITH AMERICA. At this Chatham House event, Koji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambasssador to the United Kingdom, will discuss the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), currently at the ratification stage. He will draw on his experience working on negotiations for the original Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), looking at the implications of the US withdrawal both regionally and globally. For more information, visit the event 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. 

6 July: Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology 

9 July: Informal Committee on Import Licensing 

9 + 10 July: Workshop – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures 

10 July: Informal Committee on Customs Valuation 

11 July: Informal Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures 

11 + 13 July: Trade Policy Review Body – China 

12-13 July: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures 

12 July: Informal Open-ended Dispute Settlement Body - Special Session 

Other Upcoming Events

16-17 July, Geneva, Switzerland. 2ND OCEANS FORUM ON TRADE-RELATED ASPECTS OF SDG 14. This forum, organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), aims to provide a platform for information exchanges and policy debates over how to meet the trade-related targets of SDG 14 on life below water. The forum will also identify public and private best practices to meet the trade-related targets of SDG 14, building on existing tools. For more information, visit the event website.  

18-19 July, Yokohama, Japan. INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 2018 (ISAP2018). Organised by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), this annual forum has the theme “Driving Transformative Actions through Integrated and Innovative Approaches” for 2018. It aims to facilitate diverse discussions on sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in light of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sessions will assess progress in the region as well as priorities for the future. For more information, 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. More information is available at the WTO’s dedicated site for the Public Forum here.  

2-4 October, Manila, Philippines. ASIA WATER FORUM 2018: INFORMATION, INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will host the Asia Water Forum, focusing on the theme, “Information, Innovation, and Technology.” The conference aims to facilitate discussion of a variety of water issues, including issues of supply, water use for food and energy, sanitation, and water resources management. It will also explore themes that affect these issues, such as resilience, inclusiveness, finance, and sustainability. The conference will examine how increased knowledge and advanced technology can aid member countries and improve development projects in the region. All sessions will be conducted in English. For more information, visit the event website

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.  

27-29 November, Paris, France. SIXTH GREEN GROWTH KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM (GGKP) ANNUAL CONFERENCE. The GGKP annual conference will take place in conjunction with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum. The focus of the GGKP conference is “Inclusive solutions for the green transition: Competitiveness, jobs/skills and social dimensions.” The conference seeks to address distributional impacts of green and low-carbon policy reforms, analysing inclusive solutions for stakeholders who might be harmed by such a transition. The conference will include panel discussions among a variety of stakeholders, including policy makers, academia, civil society, business, and labour. To learn more, 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.

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