13 September 2018

Coming Soon

17 September, Washington, US. JAPAN IN ASIA: ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY IN THE NEW GEOPOLITICS. This Brookings Institution event will focus on various facets of Japan’s economic relations with major regional partners, including trade deals such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), as well as its potential interest in the Belt and Road Initiative. To learn more and to register, visit the Brookings website.

17 September, Geneva, Switzerland. INNOVATION FOR SDGs IN FRANCOPHONE COUNTRIES. This event, organised by the Représentation de l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) à l'ONU, will feature a series of high-level speakers who will discuss different facets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on innovation, and what they mean for French-speaking countries. The event will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva in Room XVIII. A speakers’ list is available online. Please note that registration is required to attend. To register, visit the following link.

18 September, Brussels, Belgium. EU LONG-TERM CLIMATE STRATEGY: THE BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE. This event, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)/European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST) and Bruegel, will focus on the results of a joint project focused on the EU’s long-term climate strategy, given the expected release of a proposed strategy this November from the European Commission. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. More information is available at the ICTSD website.

18 September, London, United Kingdom, and online. FINANCING THE END OF EXTREME POVERTY. This event is being organised by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and will examine current efforts towards ending extreme poverty by 2030, as called for under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Speakers will also examine where the international aid community can provide additional support towards these efforts. The event can be attended in person at ODI headquarters or online via the live stream. To learn more and to register, visit the ODI website.

19 September, London, United Kingdom. GLOBAL TRADE LANDSCAPE SERIES 2018: TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSITIONS AND THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL TRADE. This Chatham House event, which is open to its corporate members, will feature a panel of experts reviewing how technological evolution may affect different aspects of international trade in the years to come. The meeting is the last in a series devoted to the “global trade landscape.” To learn more, visit the Chatham House website.

20 September, Geneva, Switzerland. LAUNCH: SME COMPETITIVENESS OUTLOOK 2018. The International Trade Centre (ITC) will be launching the latest edition of its SME Competitiveness Outlook, with this year’s version focusing on “Business Ecosystems for the Digital Age.” SMEs stands for small and medium-sized enterprises. The launch will be held at the World Trade Organization headquarters. Further details and past editions of the Outlook are available online. To learn more and to register, visit the ITC 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.

14 September: Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries

14 September: Trade Policy Review Body – Chinese Taipei

14 September: Informal Committee on Safeguards

17 September: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies)

18 September: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements

18 September: Informal Open-ended Committee on Trade and Development – Session on Aid for Trade

19 September: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements

20 September: Informal Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade

Other Upcoming Events

24 September-30 November, online. GREEN JOBS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES. This online course is organised by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) and is designed to give participants a common framework for understanding the different facets of “green jobs,” including through a study of ILO’s agenda and ongoing work involving this field. Topics for discussion include current challenges in this field, key definitions, different examples of green jobs, and policy approaches across different levels of government. Participants can take the course in either English or Spanish. Additional details are available on the ITC-ILO website.

1 October-2 November, online. POLICY COHERENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. This online course is held by the UN System Staff College, with the goal of training participants in policy design skills. It will focus on how to design policies that are “coherent” across different governmental branches and thus facilitate the achievement of sustainable development objectives under Agenda 2030. More information is available on the UN System Staff College 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. A draft programme of sessions is now available online, with additional details forthcoming. 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 forums will come together to discuss investment-related policymaking, particularly in relation to sustainable development. For more information and to register, please visit the event website.  

24 October, Geneva, Switzerland. HIGH-LEVEL INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT AGREEMENTS (IIA) CONFERENCE 2018. Organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) during the World Investment Forum, the theme of this year’s IIA conference is “Going beyond IIAs: Fostering Coherence through Phase 3 of Reform.” The event will follow up on UNCTAD’s Reform Package for the International Investment Regime from 2017, looking specifically at Phase 3 of IIA Reform, which covers reform of national investment laws and policies. The conference will also take stock of progress on Phases 1 and 2 of IIA Reform, which involve guidelines for a sustainable development orientation in investment policymaking and updating the existing stock of old generation IIAs in line with these recommendations. The event will include discussion of how to improve overall investment policy coherence and country-level priorities for Phase 3 of reform. To learn more about, please visit the event 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, policymakers, 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. To learn more, visit the CPLC website.

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