19 July 2018

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23 July, Washington, US. THE MARKET ENABLERS: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES IN COMPETITIVE ENERGY ENVIRONMENTS IN THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA. This webinar is hosted by US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Clean Energy Finance Facility – Central America and the Caribbean (CEFF-CCA). It will explore how USAID CEFF-CCA is working with various stakeholders to enhance clean energy markets in 20 countries in the Caribbean and Central America. The webinar with discuss how regional “market-makers” are expanding private sector investment in sustainable and secure energy solutions in low-income countries. To learn more, visit the webinar registration page

24-25 July, Tokyo, Japan. WORKSHOP ON NATIONAL ADAPTATION GOALS/INDICATORS. This workshop focuses on national climate adaptation goals and indicators and their interaction with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. At the workshop, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Adaptation Committee aims to provide technical guidance on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of adaptation activities. The UNFCCC, the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and various governments are organising or supporting the organisation of the event. It also seeks to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience with respect to M&E, national adaptation goals, data collection, and reporting frameworks. The Committee also aims to discuss how national adaptation goals and indicators relate to the global goal of adaptation. For more information, visit the event website

26 July, Washington, US. THE FUTURE OF ONLINE POLICY: TO LEGISLATE OR NOT. The Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution will host this event to discuss US data privacy policy in the context of consumer protection. Panellists will address opportunities and challenges of potential privacy legislation and look to the California Consumer Privacy Act and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as possible models. Discussion will also address the appropriate scope of potential legislation, whether regulations should be different for different types of companies, and which governmental entity should be tasked with enforcement of online privacy rules. 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. 

20 July: Dispute Settlement Body 

20 July: Geneva Week (Non-resident Members and Observers) 

23 + 25 July: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies) 

24 July: Informal TNC and Heads of Delegation Meeting 

25 July: Informal Trade Policy Review Body 

25 July: Committee on Budget, Finance, and Administration 

26-27 July: General Council 

27 July: Dispute Settlement Body 

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 have 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 various 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 for Sustainable Development. 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 the 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.  

27-30 November, Iloilo City, Philippines. EAST ASIAN SEAS (EAS) CONGRESS. This event, hosted by the government of the Philippines and Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), will bring together a wide cross-section of stakeholders to examine the latest regional developments in ocean governance and policy reform, climate change, the blue economy, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and other related topics. To learn more about the event, please visit the PEMSEA website

14-15 February 2019, New Delhi, India. CARBON PRICING LEADERSHIP COALITION (CPLC) RESEARCH CONFERENCE. This event will be the first international research conference on carbon pricing, hosted by 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. CPLC seeks to foster leadership across the public and private sectors, academic, and NGO communities in order to implement carbon pricing policies more effectively and reduce global emissions. Conference organisers selected 45 abstracts to deliver full papers at the conference, organised in the following categories: learning from experience; carbon pricing design; concepts and methods; political economy; decarbonising the economy; and emerging frontiers. To learn more, visit the CPLC website.

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