20 September 2018

Coming Soon

24 September, Geneva, Switzerland. NEGOTIATIONS ON FISHERIES SUBSIDIES: IMPROVING TRANSPARENCY. This dialogue is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) as part of its “WTO: Paths Forward” initiative. The event will be focused on different questions related to transparency in the context of possible WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies, such as the use of available data sources in meeting proposed notification requirements. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.

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 the 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.

27-28 September, Geneva, Switzerland. COPING WITH SPILLOVERS FROM POLICY NORMALIZATION IN ADVANCED ECONOMIES. This event, held at the Graduate Institute and co-organised by the Capacity Building for Central Banks (BCC) Programme at the Graduate Institute and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), will feature a series of sessions on monetary, fiscal, and financial policies, looking both at advanced and emerging economies. A programme and list of speakers is available online. To learn more and to register, visit the Graduate Institute website.

28 September, London, United Kingdom. THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE: MODERNITY, GEOPOLITICS AND THE GLOBAL ORDER. This Chatham House event will feature Dr. Shirley Yu, Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Associate, Lau China Institute, Kings College London, as its guest speaker. The subject for discussion will be the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its possible implications, economic and otherwise. She will also look at the BRI in the context of the UK’s interest to develop closer ties with China and other partners in the region following Brexit next year. To learn more, visit the Chatham House 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.

21 September: Dispute Settlement Body

21 September: Informal Open-ended Committee on Agriculture – Special Session

21 September: Working Party on the Accession of the Bahamas

25 September: Informal Committee on Agriculture

25-26 September: Committee on Agriculture

26 September: Dispute Settlement Body

27 September: Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF) Meeting

Other Upcoming Events

1-3 October, Geneva, Switzerland. TRADE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FORUM 2018. This annual event, organised by the International Trade Centre (ITC), will focus on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, which is devoted to “responsible consumption and production.” It will look at possible trade-related practices that could support the achievement of this goal and its associated targets, along with looking at the possibilities and implications for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as they work towards implementing more sustainable practices and thus fulfil SDG 12. More information, including an event programme, speakers list, and registration form, are available at the ITC website

2-4 October, Geneva, Switzerland. ICTSD AT THE WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2018. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) will be organising and partnering at various sessions during the WTO’s Public Forum, along with hosting a booth in the Delegates’ Lounge featuring various ICTSD publications and Bridges periodicals. The sessions that ICTSD is hosting or co-hosting include: “The Left Behind in Sustainability Practices: Children and Women” on 2 October; “Delivering on Development by 2030: What Role for the WTO in the New Economy” on 4 October; and “Disrupting the Gender Digital Divide: What Role for International Trade Policy?” on 4 October. More details on exact times and locations, as well as a list of which other sessions will feature ICTSD experts as presenters, can be found at the ICTSD 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 full 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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20 September 2018
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