9-18 July, New York, US. HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2018. The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) continues this week, having started on 9 July. The 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.
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.
16-20 July, Rome, Italy. COMMITTEE ON FORESTRY (COFO). The biennial COFO session, organised under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), brings together forest services and government officials, non-governmental organisations, and other stakeholders to discuss policy and technical issues. This session’s theme is “Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – from aspiration to action,” and it will coincide with World Forest Week, a series of events organised by FAO and its partners. At the session, the Committee will explore the role of forests in meeting the SDGs, especially SDG 15, and provide guidance on FAO’s future work in forestry. 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.
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.
13 July: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
13 July: Trade Policy Review Body – China
16-19 July: Geneva Week (Non-resident Members and Observers)
16 July: Informal Open-ended Committee on Agriculture – Special Session
16 July: Informal Open-ended Council for Trade in Services - Special Session
17 + 19 July: Trade Policy Review Body - Israel
Other Upcoming Events
3-4 September, Cape Town, South Africa. GREEN ECONOMY COALITION (GEC) GLOBAL MEETING 2018. The theme of this meeting is “Giving everyone a stake in the green economy.” It will focus on ways to ensure that a transition to a green economy is also equitable, inclusive, people-focused, improving the lives of all. GEC is co-hosting the event with the African Centre and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies. The event will be held immediately before the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference. For more information, visit the event website.
4-5 September, Paris, France. OECD BLOCKCHAIN POLICY FORUM. This forum, organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will explore the potential benefits and challenges associated with blockchain technology. The conference will has as its theme “Distributed Ledgers: Opportunities and Challenges,” and will aim to provide a platform for governments and other stakeholders to discuss blockchain regulatory policy. Experts from business and academia will present on topics, including the potential economic impact of blockchain and its ability to enhance inclusiveness and promote sustainability. For more information, visit the event website.
6-7 September, Cape Town, South Africa. PARTNERSHIP FOR ACTION ON GREEN ECONOMY (PAGE) 2018 MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE. The third UN PAGE Ministerial Conference will focus on “Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies,” and is hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa. PAGE brings together experts from UN agencies, civil society, and government to collaborate and work towards meeting the 2030 Agenda on sustainability. This year’s conference will showcase the role of innovation, entrepreneurship and inclusivity in driving green growth. Other thematic areas include green finance, economic and social inclusion, and circular economy. 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 policymakers, academia, civil society, business, and labour. To learn more, visit the event website. GGKP is also calling for papers for the conference, with a deadline of 30 July. For more information on relevant themes for submissions, visit the GGKP 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.