26 November, London, United Kingdom. A SUSTAINABLE FOOD FUTURE 2018: WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY? This Chatham House event, which is held every year, will focus on policy options for making food systems more resilient and sustainability, focusing on specific aspects such as trade policy, agricultural strategies for managing resource use, and opportunities for public-private cooperation. To learn more, visit the Chatham House event website.
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.
29 November, Astana, Kazakhstan. ADBI-ADB-CI FINAL CONFERENCE: LEVERAGING SME FINANCE THOUGH VALUE CHAINS IN THE CAREC LANDLOCKED ECONOMIES. This event will focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in landlocked countries within the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) group. The conference, organised by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the CAREC Institute, will look at issues such as access to finance, regulatory barriers, and related topics. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the ADBI 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.
26 November: ERSD – Trade in Ideas Pilot Study: Next Steps
26 November: Informal Committee on Agriculture
26 + 28 November: Trade Policy Review Body – Hong Kong, China
26-27 November: Committee on Agriculture
27 November: Informal Open-ended Meeting on the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce
27 November: Informal Committee on Government Procurement
27 November: Committee on Government Procurement
28 November: Dedicated Discussion of the Relevant Trade-Related Developments on Cotton
29 November: 30th Round of the Director General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton – Cotton Development Assistance
Other Upcoming Events
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.
2-14 December, Katowice, Poland. KATOWICE CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE. The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will bring together stakeholders from across the climate community for negotiating a series of issues related to international climate change governance, including among others the finalisation of the “rulebook” for implementing the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change. To learn more, visit the UNFCCC conference website.
5 December, London, United Kingdom. US TARIFFS AND SANCTIONS: CAN EUROPE STEER THE TRANSATLANTIC SHIP WITH SHIFTING WINDS? This Chatham House research event will examine recent trends and decisions within US international trade policy, looking at what Washington’s approach to economic and foreign policy mean for the US-EU relationship. Please note that event attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the Chatham House 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.