25 October 2018

Coming Soon

27 October, Beijing, China. 17TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WTO AND CHINA. This event is being co-hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), the China Society for World Trade Organization Studies (CWTO), and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), and organised by the UIBE’s China Institute for WTO Studies. The annual gathering will review China’s role in the World Trade Organization, along with its economic policy approaches more broadly. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website

29-30 October, Bali, Indonesia. OUR OCEAN CONFERENCE. Hosted by the Indonesian government, this conference will convene attendees from the public and private sectors, among other stakeholders with an interest in marine sustainability. The event aims to generate commitments involving the conservation and preservation of marine resources, ocean health, sustainable fisheries, and related topics. The conference will feature plenaries, exhibitions, youth summits, and side events. To read more about the conference, please see the Our Ocean Conference 2018 website

29-31 October, Geneva, Switzerland. FOSTERING 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.” For more information, visit the ITC’s event webpage

30 October, London, United Kingdom. BIG DATA AND THE ECONOMY. This panel, hosted by Chatham House, seeks to answer some of the questions emerging about how big data can be used in the private sector. The event will consider how large-scale data collection and analysis can be used to promote industrial development and open new markets for businesses, while also examining the challenges of using data safely, effectively, and responsibly. The panel is open to corporate members only. To learn more and register, please visit the Chatham House website

1 November, Geneva, Switzerland. GENDERING SPS AND TBT RULES FOR DEVELOPMENT. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), with the support of the Australian government, will host this event to share ongoing research work examining the linkage between gender and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, aiming to enhance the knowledge base in this area. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. For more information, visit ICTSD’s webpage for the event. 

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 October: Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices – Working Group on Implementation 

26 October: Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology 

29 October: Committee on Trade in Civil Aircraft 

29 October: Dispute Settlement Body 

30 October: SPS Committee Thematic Session 

30 October: Sub- Committee on Least-Developed Countries 

30 October: Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products 

31 October: Informal Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures 

1-2 November: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures 

1 November: Committee on Trade and Development – Dedicated Session on Small Economies 

Other Upcoming Events

5-6 November, London, United Kingdom, and online. AFRICA’S RISING DEBT. This event, which will be held both in person and streamed live online, is being organised by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The event will examine the current debt situation in many sub-Saharan African nations, as well as the potential implications and ways forward. Expected participants include leaders from government, development agencies, the private sector, and academia. To read more about the event and view the schedule, visit ODI’s event webpage

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, academia, 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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