Events

20 December 2002

For a more comprehensive list of events in trade and sustainable development, please refer to ICTSD's web calendar at: http://ictsd.iisd.org/cal/index.htm. If you would like to submit an event, please email events@ictsd.ch.

Coming Up In January 2003

2-7 January, Hyderabad, India: ASIAN SOCIAL FORUM. The main themes of the forum are the following: Peace and Security; Debt, Development and Trade; Nation State, Democracy and Exclusions; Ecology, Culture and Knowledge; Social Infrastructure, Planning and Cooperation; and Alternatives and Peoples Movements. The events that are envisaged over a period of 6 days are: 2 public/ plenary sessions; 2 conferences daily (total 6-8); 25 parallel seminars daily (total 50-100); Up to 50 workshops daily (total 100-200); Testimonials, and open "spaces" for mass movements; A Youth Camp; Cultural Events; and a Film Festival. For further information on this conference, visit http://www.wsfindia.org .

9-12 January, Chennai, India: INTERDISCIPLINARY DIALOGUE ON "LEGACY OF WATSON AND CRICK: BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR FOOD, HEALTH, NUTRITION AND WATER SECURITY". Organised by Swaminathan Research Foundation. For further information, contact: Dr. Ajay Parida, Swaminathan Research Foundation, tel:(91 44) 2541 220 / 254 1698; fax: 254 1319, email: ajay@mssrf.res.in.

10 January, Paris, France: EUROPEAN SEMINAR ON FINANCE, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. This event is intended to highlight the issues addressed during the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. Financial leaders will debate around issues of fundamental importance to capital markets and the financial services community. The seminar will introduce innovative tools and techniques for enhanced risk management and assessment of emerging commercial opportunities linked to sustainability. For further information on this seminar, contact Kiki Lawal at UNEP Financial Initiatives, email: kiki.lawal@unep.ch  or visit: http://unepfi.net/SocGen/index.htm.

13-15 January, Leuven, Belgium: SYMPOSIUM ON HISTORY AND FOREST BIODIVERSITY: CHALLENGE FOR CONSERVATION. Organised by International Union of Forest Research Organization. For further information, contact the IUFRO, tel: (43 1) 877 01 51 0; fax: 877 01 51 50; email: iufro@forvie.ac.at. Internet: http://iufro.boku.ac.at/iufro

13-17 January, Bangkok, Thailand: TECHNICAL CONSULTATION ON BIOLOGICAL RISK MANAGEMENT IN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE. Organised by UUN FAO. For further information, contact: Ms. Ezzeddine Boutrif, FAO Food Quality and Standards Service, tel: (39 6) 5705 6156; fax: 57054593; email: ezzeddine.boutrif@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org.

23-28 January, Davos, Switzerland: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING. The theme of the next meeting of the World Economic Forum is "Building Trust". During the Annual Meeting, civil society organizations - including church, non-governmental and non-profit organizations - will hold discussions for the general public. These events will be held in conjunction with the Forum under the heading "Open Forum Davos 2003" and will be held in the assembly hall of the Schweizerische Alpinen Mittelschule secondary school on Guggerbachstrasse 72 in Davos. Entry will be free of charge. For information contact: World Economic Forum, 91-93 route de la Capite, CH - 1223 Cologny/Geneva; tel: +41-22 869 12 12; fax: +41 22 786 27 44 email: contact@weforum.org; Internet: http://www.weforum.org.

WTO Events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/meets.pdf . 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 WTO meetings are held at the WTO, Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland.

13 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO SPECIAL SESSION OF THE COUNCIL FOR TRADE IN SERVICES.

15 & 17 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO TRADE POLICY REVIEW BODY - MALDIVES.

17 January, Geneva, Switzerland: INTEGRATED FRAMEWORK STEERING COMMITTEE.

22 & 24 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO SPECIAL SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE.

23 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO COUNCIL FOR TRADE IN GOODS.

24 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO SUB-COMMITTEE ON LEAST-DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

24 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO WORKING PARTY ON THE ACCESSION OF BELARUS.

27 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO DISPUTE SETTLEMENT BODY.

27-29 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO TEXTILES MONITORING BODY.

28-30 January, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO SPECIAL SESSION OF THE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT BODY.

Other 2003 Events

6-7 February, The Hague, Netherlands: CHANGING DIMENSIONS OF THE FOOD ECONOMY: EXPLORING THE POLICY ISSUES. This Conference is organised by the OECD in collaboration with the government of the Netherlands to examine the changes underway in the food economy and explore the policy implications. The main themes of the conference are: changing balance of power along the food supply chain; food lifestyles and challenges for the food industry; and Transparency and responsibility in the food economy. For further information, visit http://www.oecd.org/oecd/pages/documentation/displayxml/0,3375,EN-document-0-nodirectorate-35999-0,00.html .

7-8 February, Budapest, Hungary: EMISSIONS TRADING AND PROJECT-BASED MECHANISMS: SYNERGIES BETWEEN EMERGING REGIMES. This Concerted Action on Tradeable Emission Permits (CATEP) workshop is organised by FIELD, UNEP and the Central European University. It aims to explore synergies, possibilities for linking instruments and possible conflicts between the new and emerging frameworks for the implementation of GHG emissions trading at the domestic, regional and international levels. It includes workshops focusing on the following questions: What role can project-based activities play in domestic and regional trading regimes? How can coherent accounting and institution building be ensured? (How) can different domestic, regional and international trading regimes be linked? What lessons can be learned from GHG emissions trading for other environmental issues?. For further information, visit http://www.ucd.ie/~envinst/envstud/CATEP%20Webpage/publications/ceuprog.pdf .

15-16 February, Japan: WTO MINI-MINISTERIAL. Reportedly, Egypt has also offered to host a mini-ministerial sometime between February and the Fifth WTO Ministerial in Cancun in September.

20-21 February: SEMINARIO:¿EL ALCA, NEGOCIO PARA TODOS? Se analizarán las amenazas y consecuencias del ALCA para la soberania, la industria, la agricultura, el mercado interior y exterior, los recursos naturales, los servicios públicos, la educación, la salud y los derechos humanos. For further information contact: Hernan Perez Zapata, email: hernanperezapata@hotmail.com .

25–26 March, Mexico City: SECOND NORTH AMERICAN SYMPOSIUM ON ASSESSING THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF TRADE. At this meeting, organized in collaboration with UNEP, sixteen research papers will be presented and discussed on issues ranging from energy subsidies to invasive species and intensive livestock operations. For more information visit: http://www.cec.org/calendar/details/index.cfm?varlan=english&ID=1819 .

24-26 April, Beijing, China: WIPO SUMMIT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY. Heads of State, government officials, CEOs, judges and academics will discuss issues of relevance for the future of intellectual property and its role in stimulating innovation and creativity, and in generating economic growth through business development. An Industry and Private Sector Forum will be held in conjunction with the Summit, and World Intellectual Property Day will be celebrated on 26 April. For more information visit: http://www.wipo.int/summit-china .  

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