This knowledge-sharing seminar will provide an opportunity for negotiators to participate in informal dialogue around the identification and disciplining of subsidies to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Experts will explore state-of-the-art technological developments that can assist in monitoring fishing activity and identifying potential IUU fishing. They will also discuss the implications of the options on the table in the WTO negotiations to discipline subsidies to IUU fishing.

The event will build on previous ICTSD dialogues and research on these topics, in particular ICTSD’s recent publication: "Fisheries Subsidies Rules at the WTO: A Compilation of Evidence and Analysis". 

This dialogue is part of the ICTSD initiative "WTO: Paths Forward". Building on the outcomes of MC11 in Buenos Aires, this initiative will provide a platform to exchange perspectives and in-depth analysis on possible options for WTO-based processes going forward and into the 12th Ministerial Conference.

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Monday, 23 July 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

While the universally endorsed and widely ratified Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC aims to limit temperature increases to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, recent estimates indicate that countries' current added mitigation pledges only cover a third of the emissions reductions needed to achieve this goal.

To allow countries to scale up climate action at home without risking to see their efforts undermined by carbon leakage, some experts and policymakers are suggesting the introduction of border carbon adjustment measures.

While such measures have so far not been put to practice, the current climate urgency combined with the fact that the world’s largest economy and second largest emitter is now choosing to step aside has led John Odell, Professor Emeritus of International Relations with the University of Southern California, to revisit the border carbon adjustment topic.

At this talk, he will explain what a border carbon adjustment could look like if it is to be effective; compatible with the rules of the World Trade Organization; and sensitive to development considerations. These ideas are further elaborated in his recent think piece for ICTSD.

To attend the event, please register via the Graduate Institute at this link

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - 5:45pm to 7:15pm
3 June 2018

This knowledge-sharing seminar provided an opportunity for negotiators to engage in informal dialogue around the negative impacts of subsidies on overfished stocks and the issue of how the state of fish stocks can be assessed, including in data-poor environments.

The dialogue covered technical issues related to the management of overfished stocks, as well as key legal questions in the development of disciplines on fisheries subsidies. The discussion underscored the distinction between overfished stocks and the process of overfishing, and the tools governments could use to establish if a stock was overfished. These ranged from sophisticated data-intensive stock assessments through model-driven estimates of stock status and interpretations based on more informal data, such as the size of catch.

The presentations and debate also addressed the question of unassessed stocks, referencing the results of a recent model of these stocks developed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which indicated that overall, unassessed stocks appeared to be less healthy than assessed stocks, and that smaller stocks were almost certainly over-exploited, but also that not all unassessed stocks were necessarily overfished.

Discussion of legal questions focused on the possible implications of a “negative effects” test being included as part of a discipline on subsidies to fishing of overfished stocks. This included the possible roles of national governments or regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) being charged with establishing if a subsidy had a negative effect on a fish stock, and the degree of deference a WTO panel might – by analogy to the approach taken in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) cases – take to reviewing technical determinations including of the state of a fish stock.

Main takeaways

  • Modelling suggests that unassessed fish stocks appear to be declining, and that smaller stocks are particularly likely to be severely overfished. However, modelling also suggests that not all unassessed stocks are necessarily overfished at this point in time.
  • A negative effects test would significantly narrow the application of a rule on subsidies to overfished stocks. It could be built based on existing models in the WTO agreements.  Past jurisprudence of WTO panels in the SPS context, if applied in an analogous way to fisheries subsidies disputes, could result in panels reviewing the logic of policy decisions, but not the underlying science, of technical issues like assessments of stock status.

The event built on previous ICTSD dialogues and research on these topics, in particular ICTSD’s recent publication Fisheries Subsidies Rules at the WTO: A Compilation of Evidence and Analysis and the policy brief Building Comprehensive and Effective WTO Rules on Fisheries Subsidies.

The meeting is part of the first set of dialogues of the ICTSD initiative WTO: Paths Forward. Building on the outcomes of the 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, this initiative will provide a platform to exchange perspectives and in-depth analysis on possible options for WTO-based processes going forward and into the 12th Ministerial Conference.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

While migration issues are at the front and centre of the global agenda, the trade-related dynamics have not been sufficiently explored. IOM and ICTSD are organizing a Geneva-based workshop with the aim of deepening the understanding of the nature of the relationship between trade and migration, and articulating a strategy for advancing a global agenda.

Since times immemorial, migration has been at the core of human history. It has responded to different factors, ranging from humanitarian crisis and political persecution, to the peruse of better living conditions and economic prosperity. Whatever the motive, migration has been a continuous force behind the human experience. 

The last eight decades have witnessed unparalleled global economic growth and peace. Migration has continued to take place, but now in a context of relative global prosperity. In the heart of this new scenario lies the phenomenon of the accelerated integration of national economies into global markets. The rapid expansion of a globalized economy supported by a system of rules, processes and institutions seem to be interacting with migration flows in ways that we had not experienced before.

Recognizing these emerging dynamics and acknowledging the need for updated governance systems dealing with trade and migration, ICTSD in partnership with IOMand Fundacion Foro del Sur, hosted the first “Forum on Migration, Trade & the Global Economyin Buenos Aires, Argentina, last December. Organized back-to-back with the World Trade Organization Eleventh Ministerial Conference, the Forum served as an academic, high profile and inclusive platform to explore the challenges and opportunities lying at the intersection of migration and international trade.

In continuation of the work started in Buenos Aires, IOM and ICTSD are organizing a Geneva-based workshop with the aim of deepening the understanding of the nature of the relationship between trade and migration, and articulating a strategy for advancing a global agenda.

The workshop will bring together about forty international experts from the fields of trade, migration, and economics, as well as representatives of international organisations and relevant actors in the diplomatic community based in Geneva. In each of the sessions, all participants will be invited to engage in an open discussion following a short intervention by an expert. 

Attendance at the event is by invitation only.

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This is one of the outreach meetings of the 2018 State of the EU ETS Report, organised in 4 European capitals. During this meeting, the authors will present the Report and their findings through a presentation, after which the Report will be discussed in a roundtable setting with stakeholders. 

The “2018 State of the EU ETS” Report, the third of its kind, aims to provide such an independent contribution to the policy debate, which is needed to ensure that the EU ETS is “fit for purpose”. This Report discusses the current state of play in the EU ETS, analyses whether the system is performing and delivering, and discusses how the recently concluded Phase 4 review could affect its functioning from 2020 onwards.
 
This meeting is hosted by Confindustria, and will take place at their premises. 
 
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The 2018 State of the EU ETS Report is a joint initiative by ERCST/ICTSD, Nomisma Energia, I4CE, Wegener Center at the University of Graz and EcoAct

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Monday, 18 June 2018 - 1:00pm

This is one of the outreach meetings of the 2018 State of the EU ETS Report, organised in 4 European capitals. During this meeting, the authors will present the Report and their findings through a presentation, after which the Report will be discussed in a roundtable setting with stakeholders. 

The “2018 State of the EU ETS” Report, the third of its kind, aims to provide such an independent contribution to the policy debate, which is needed to ensure that the EU ETS is “fit for purpose”. This Report discusses the current state of play in the EU ETS, analyses whether the system is performing and delivering, and discusses how the recently concluded Phase 4 review could affect its functioning from 2020 onwards.
 
This meeting is hosted by Confindustria, and will take place at their premises. 
 
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The 2018 State of the EU ETS Report is a joint initiative by ERCST/ICTSD, Nomisma Energia, I4CE, Wegener Center at the University of Graz and EcoAct

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Friday, 22 June 2018 - 10:00am

This is one of the outreach meetings of the 2018 State of the EU ETS Report, organised in 4 European capitals. During this meeting, the authors will present the Report and their findings through a presentation, after which the Report will be discussed in a roundtable setting with stakeholders. 

The “2018 State of the EU ETS” Report, the third of its kind, aims to provide such an independent contribution to the policy debate, which is needed to ensure that the EU ETS is “fit for purpose”. This Report discusses the current state of play in the EU ETS, analyses whether the system is performing and delivering, and discusses how the recently concluded Phase 4 review could affect its functioning from 2020 onwards.
 
This meeting is hosted by I4CE, and will take place at their premises. 
 
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The 2018 State of the EU ETS Report is a joint initiative by ERCST/ICTSD, Nomisma Energia, I4CE, Wegener Center at the University of Graz and EcoAct

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - 10:00am

This is one of the outreach meetings of the 2018 State of the EU ETS Report, organised in 4 European capitals. During this meeting, the authors will present the Report and their findings through a presentation, after which the Report will be discussed in a roundtable setting with stakeholders. 

The “2018 State of the EU ETS” Report, the third of its kind, aims to provide such an independent contribution to the policy debate, which is needed to ensure that the EU ETS is “fit for purpose”. This Report discusses the current state of play in the EU ETS, analyses whether the system is performing and delivering, and discusses how the recently concluded Phase 4 review could affect its functioning from 2020 onwards.
 
This meeting is hosted by Confindustria, and will take place at their premises. 
 
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The 2018 State of the EU ETS Report is a joint initiative by ERCST/ICTSD, Nomisma Energia, I4CE, Wegener Center at the University of Graz and EcoAct

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Thursday, 7 June 2018 - 10:00am