16 November, Washington, US. WHAT MIGHT BREXIT LOOK LIKE? This event, organised by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), will involve a discussion both of what Brexit might look like in practice, along with sits implications for the UK-US relationship, as well as for the United Kingdom’s international relationships more broadly. To learn more, visit the WITA website.
20 November, Tokyo, Japan. WOMEN, DIGITALIZATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES. This Chatham House event will feature a roundtable discussion on how changes in the digital space, including the emergence of “disruptive” technologies, could create challenges and/or opportunities for women and girls. The event’s results are part of a wider initiative aimed at supporting discussions under the Women 20 (W20) process, within the context of the G20 presidency, which will go to Japan at the end of this year. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the Chatham House website.
22 November, Geneva, Switzerland. NEGOTIATIONS ON FISHERIES SUBSIDIES: ADDRESSING IUU FISHING IN WTO RULES. This event, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), is one of a series focused on the WTO’s negotiations on disciplining harmful fisheries subsidies. It is also part of ICTSD’s WTO: Paths Forward initiative. This particular seminar focuses on subsidies for illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, with the aim of generating ideas that can support the negotiating process. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. For more information, please visit the ICTSD 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.
16 November: Informal Open-ended Committee on Agriculture – Special Session
19 November: Committee on Customs Valuation
19-20 November: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements
20 + 22 November: Trade Policy Review Body – Armenia
20 November: Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions
21 November: Committee on Trade and Development – Dedicated Session on RTAs
21 November: Dispute Settlement Body
21 November: Committee on Trade and Development – Dedicated Session on the Monitoring Mechanism on Special and Differential Treatment
21 November: Committee on Trade and Development
Other Upcoming Events
26-28 November, Nairobi, Kenya. SUSTAINABLE BLUE ECONOMY CONFERENCE. This event, co-hosted by Kenya, Canada, and Japan, will aim to bring stakeholders from government, international organisations, academia, civil society, and the private sector to harness the energy from multiple international efforts, including the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to learn more about the vast potential of the blue economy and the importance of safeguarding marine resources to support current and future livelihoods. To learn more, visit the conference website.
27 November, Geneva, Switzerland. INVESTMENT FACILITATION INDEX. This event is being organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the German Development Institute (DIE). This event will focus on how an investment facilitation “index” can make it easier for countries to evaluate and measure the use of investment facilitation provisions in international accords. Discussants will also look at the nexus between investment, trade, and sustainable development. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website.
30 November, Washington, US. YTP TRADE TALKS LIVE! WITH CHAD BOWN & SOUMAYA KEYNES. This event is being organised by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), specifically under its Young Trade Professionals (YTP) programme. It will feature Chad Bown of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist, who are the co-hosts of the “Trade Talks” podcast, for a brownbag lunch discussion on current events in trade and their experience hosting the weekly podcast. To learn more, visit the WITA event website.
10-11 December, Marrakech, Morocco. INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE TO ADOPT THE GLOBAL COMPACT FOR SAFE, ORDERLY, AND REGULAR MIGRATION. This high-level event, convened by the UN General Assembly, will adopt the first global compact on migration. It will feature a plenary debate, two dialogues, and a series of related side events. To learn more and to register, visit the conference 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.