26 July 2018

Coming Soon

30 July – 1 August, Fukuoka, Japan. GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM ON URBAN AND TERRITORIAL PLANNING. This symposium will focus on the theme “Improving Planning for More Sustainable Cities and Territories,” seeking to facilitate learning among national and local government actors, as well as planning professionals and civil society. Organised by the UN Human Settlements Programme and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, the event aims to provide an international forum to discuss the role of urban and territorial planning in sustainable development. Specifically, it will focus on the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning as they relate to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, covering sustainable cities and communities, as well as the New Urban Agenda, adopted at the UN Habitat III Conference in 2016. For more information, visit the event website.

30-31 July, Ningbo, China. THE 5TH ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION (APEC) BLUE ECONOMY FORUM. The fifth iteration of APEC’s Blue Economy Forum will focus on the theme “Local Blue Economy Practice: Policy and Approach.” It aims to promote blue economy cooperation and exchanging experiences on local best practices, as well as inclusive growth in line with APEC’s approach to the blue economy. For more information, visit the APEC 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.

26-27 July: General Council

Other Upcoming Events

16-17 August, São Paulo, Brazil. 4TH GLOBAL CLIMATE POLICY CONFERENCE (GCPC). The theme of this year’s GCPC is “Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency,” with additional sub-themes on energy transition, sustainable cities, climate finance, and land use. The conference aims to aid countries in implementing their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change. It is being organised by Climate Strategies (CS), Instituto Clima et Sociedade (ICS), Iniciativa Climática de Mexico (ICM), and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Regional Programme on Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA-KAS). This year’s event will also have a special focus on Latin American countries’ NDCs and strategies to enhance their implementation. Conference organisers request that attendees register by 29 July. For more information, visit the event website.

26-31 August, Stockholm, Sweden. WORLD WATER WEEK. This year’s event, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), focuses on the theme, “Water, ecosystems, and human development.” It will convene experts and practitioners from a variety of sectors and countries to exchange information and ideas and discuss water-related challenges. The event will have a particular focus on the role of water in ecosystems and its connection to the human development agenda, seeking to align thematically with the UN focus on nature-based solutions in its World Water Development Report. For more information, visit the event website.

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, and improves 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

3 September – 21 October, Geneva, Switzerland. VIRTUAL INSTITUTE ONLINE COURSE ON ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF NON-TARIFF MEASURES, 2018 EDITION. This first edition online course, organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),aims to provide participants with the tools to assess non-tariff measures (NTMs) on trade. Organisers see the assessment of the impact of NTMs as instrumental in developing pro-sustainable-development trade policy due to reductions in tariffs and increased regulations related to product quality, safety, and environmental impact. The course is meant for researchers and other professionals from developing and transition countries who are looking to enhance their quantitative and policy research skills regarding NTMs in their countries. Applications are due on 12 August. For more information, visit the UNCTAD Virtual Institute 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, including a draft programme of sessions, 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.  

29-31 October, Geneva, Switzerland. FOSTERING THE ENGAGEMENT OF THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR IN RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE. This conference is organised by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. It will focus on building capacity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agri-food sector to adapt to climate change. It aims to foster dialogue and knowledge sharing among researchers, practitioners, and other experts, with a focus on three main themes: assessing climate risk and adaptation strategies; implementing adaptation strategies; and enhancing private sector investment in adaptation. The three plenary sessions organised around these themes will be accompanied by “Mini Workshops” and “Open Labs.” Organisers are calling for contributors to the workshop programme through these accompanying sessions, with submissions expressing interest due by 15 August. For more information, visit the event submissions webpage.

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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