12-14 October, Bali, Indonesia. 2018 ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE IMF AND WORLD BANK GROUP. The 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) will assemble central bank governors, ministers of finance and development, civil society members and academics to examine the state of the global economy, efforts to advance development work, and related topics. The meetings will also feature high-level report launches, side events, and a host of related gatherings. For more information, visit the Meetings’ official website.
13 October, Bali, Indonesia. 2018 GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM. This forum, hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will focus on the evolution of infrastructure development across different economies, looking at how work in this area can and does support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the various objectives of the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change. To learn more about the event, visit the Asian Development Bank’s website.
15 October, Brussels, Belgium. IPCC 1.5°C REPORT: WHAT ARE THE MAIN MESSAGES AND EU POLICY IMPLICATIONS? This event by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)/European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST) will focus on the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on what an increase of global temperatures of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will mean for the environment, development, and livelihoods. During this event in Brussels, policymakers and stakeholders will have a roundtable discussion on the policy implications of the report, with a focus on the EU in particular. To find more information and register, visit the ICTSD website.
15 October, Geneva, Switzerland. INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION: REDUCING ECONOMIC LOSSES CAUSED BY DISASTERS. This event is being co-organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). It places a particular focus on the adverse economic implications of national disasters, along with how to prepare and recover from them using trade, development, and climate policy. This event is part of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, an annual event. For more information, visit the UNCTAD event website.
17 October, London, United Kingdom. THE US-CHINA TRADE WAR: CONFLICTING PERSPECTIVES. At this research event hosted by Chatham House, speakers Marianne Schneider-Petsinger and Jue Wang will look at the trade tensions between the US and China, looking at the potential economic ramifications and possible political motivations. For more information on the Chatham House event, see their webpage.
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.
12 October: Council for Trade in Services
12 October: Trade Facilitation Workshop
15-16 October: Committee on Rules of Origin
15 October: Information Meeting on the Transparency Mechanism and Process (CRTA)
16 October: Informal Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) and Heads of Delegation Meeting
17 October: Committee on Government Procurement
17 October: Committee on Trade-Related Investment Measures
17 October: Informal Committee on Government Procurement
18-19 October: General Council
Other Upcoming Events
22-24 October, Yokohama, Japan. WORLD CIRCULAR ECONOMY FORUM 2018. The second annual World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2018) will be hosted in Japan by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and Sitra. The event will focus on circular economy, including what it means for climate change, and will also examine Japan’s evolution in developing this circular economy, along with public-private cooperation in this area. Expected attendees include the private sector, policymakers, and other experts. To learn more about the event, visit the Sitra 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 forums will come together to discuss investment-related policymaking, particularly in relation to sustainable development. For more information, please visit the event website.
24 October, Nanjing, China. POLICIES, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT. This event is being organised jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC). The workshop will examine trends in agricultural markets, along with what these trends, as well as policy design and implementation, can mean for supportive a sustainable, equitable food system. Additional information, including an event agenda and useful links, are available at the ICTSD website.
25 October, Geneva, Switzerland. INTERACTIVE BREAKFAST ENCOUNTER: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT FACILITATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES. This meeting is being organised jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the World Economic Forum (WEF). Participants will examine the subject of sustainable investment, looking at past efforts to facilitate such investment, along with current challenges and possible recommendations. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only and that the breakfast is part of the World Investment Forum 2018. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.
11-12 November, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ANNUAL MEETING OF THE GLOBAL FUTURE COUNCIL. This annual gathering of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Network of Global Future Councils will bring together participants from across stakeholder groups to examine regional dynamics and global policy issues, with a view to supporting the development of the agenda for the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, in early 2019. For more information, visit the WEF 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, academia, and NGO communities in order to implement carbon pricing policies more effectively and reduce global emissions. To learn more, visit the CPLC website.