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, 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 supporting 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.
25 October, Geneva, Switzerland. NEGOTIATIONS ON FISHERIES SUBSIDIES: LEGAL ISSUES AND THE CASE OF OVERFISHED STOCKS. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), in the context of its WTO Paths Forward initiative. This seminar is devoted specifically to the WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies, as part of a series of events aimed at advancing the negotiating process. The seminar will cover key legal questions involved in crafting a fish subsidies deal. For more information, including an event agenda and speakers’ list, visit the ICTSD website.
25 October, Geneva, Switzerland. TOWARDS REALISATION OF THE SDGs ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL: CHALLENGES POSED BY INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW. This “break-out session” is being held during the World Investment Forum (WIF) and organised by Nyenrode Business University in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Utrecht University. The session will involve a panel discussion, preceded by a presentation by Hugo von Meijenfeldt, the coordinator for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on how the Netherlands have been working to achieve the SDGs. Topics for discussion will include the relationship between different facets of investment policy and the SDGs, among related subjects. More information, including a list of speakers, is available at the World Investment Forum website.
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.
18-19 October: General Council
19 October: Working Party on State Trading Enterprises
22 October: Committee on Import Licensing
22 October: Committee on Safeguards
22-23 October: Informal Open-ended Committee on Agriculture – Special Session
23 October: Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures – Special Meeting
23 October: Informal Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade
23 + 25 October: Trade Policy Review Body – Vanuatu
23 October: Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures – Regular meeting
24 October: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices – Informal Group on Anti-Circumvention
24 October: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices
25-26 October: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices – Working Group on Implementation
Other Upcoming Events
29 October, Geneva, Switzerland. INNOVATING FOR THE FUTURE OF ENERGY. This event is being organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies’ Centre for International Environmental Studies. The event will feature speakers from WIPO, The Ground Up Project, INSEAD, the Graduate Institute, the Enel Foundation, PwC, and the Moroccan mission in Switzerland, for a panel discussion on leveraging innovation to support the development of new sustainable energy technologies and scale up their use globally. The discussion will be held at the Graduate Institute’s Maison de la Paix. To learn more and to register, visit the Graduate Institute website.
1 November, London, UK. GLOBAL TRADE 2018: PROTECTIONISM, POWER DYNAMICS, AND CHANGING PRIORITIES. This Chatham House conference will be devoted to recent developments and trends in global trade governance and regional policymaking, along with possible risks and the potential emergence of new trading relationships. A detailed agenda, including a full list of speakers, is available online. To learn more and to register, visit the Chatham House website.
6-7 November, Singapore. BLOOMBERG NEW ECONOMY FORUM. The first meeting of the New Economy Forum, set up by Michael Bloomberg, will cover a host of topics relating to the global economy, including trade, climate change, global governance, technology, urbanisation, finance and capital markets, and inclusion. A provisional agenda and speakers’ list are already available online. To learn more, visit the New Economy Forum website.
7-8 November, Jakarta, Indonesia. THE ROLE OF FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE INCLUSIVE GROWTH OF ASIAN ECONOMIES. This Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) event will involve a two-day workshop on the role that digitalisation and “fintech” can play in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in the Asian region. Expected participants include government officials from Asian Development Bank (ADB) member countries, as well as ADBI experts and representatives from the private sector and research institutions. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. More information, including a full list of partners, is available at the ADBI 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.