15 March, Washington, US. GENDER AND TRADE: CATALYZING WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT GLOBALLY. Organised by the Washington International Trade Association, this event hosts a panel of experts who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of empowering women economically. Questions that will be explored at the event will include: the role of trade; how to use capacity building in addressing the economic challenges facing women; and how the private sector can more closely collaborate with the public sector to accelerate economic gains for women. For more details, please visit WITA's website for this event.
15 March, Geneva, Switzerland. DE-FRAGMENTING AFRICA: DEEPENING REGIONAL TRADE INTEGRATION IN GOODS AND SERVICES. Held at the WTO, this event will present the findings of a new World Bank report that focuses on regional trade integration in Africa. The report shows how African countries are losing out on billions of dollars in potential trade earnings every year because of high trade barriers with neighbouring countries, and that it is easier for Africa to trade with the rest of the world than with itself. The report argues that three issues need to be addressed by African leaders to overcome the existing fragmentation and generate much-needed jobs and growth: improving cross-border trade; removing a range of non-tariff barriers to trade; and reforming regulations and immigration rules that limit the potential for trade in services. For more information, please visit the World Bank's website.
15 March, Edinburgh, UK. RENEWABLEUK WAVE AND TIDAL CONFERENCE 2012. This event, hosted by RenewableUK, aims to explore the primary challenges facing the industry as well as highlighting the opportunities that exist for involvement in the wave and tidal energy sectors. The challenges include identifying funding and incentives that will encourage utilities and equipment manufacturers to deliver the world's first marine energy arrays over the next few years. The conference aims to bring together anyone interested in the development of the sector's potential. Nearly 500 government and industry professionals are expected to attend. Fifty companies active in the UK wave and tidal sector will be on display at the accompanying exhibition. For more details, please visit the event's website.
16 March, Geneva, Switzerland. WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE REPORTING. Held at the United Nations, this event is jointly sponsored by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The objective of this event is to take stock of current corporate climate change reporting frameworks and assess the benefits of greater consistency of approach to the demand for, and supply of, corporate climate change-related information. The workshop will focus on providing information, evidence, and resources to support greater understanding of the policies, initiatives, and practices. Lastly, organisers hope the event will pave the way for further discussions on consistency in the demand for and supply of climate change-related information. For more details, please visit the event's website.
17-18 March, New York, US. SECOND GLOBAL TRANSITION DIALOGUE ON THE NEW ECONOMY. The Global Transition 2012, in collaboration with several other organisations, is hosting this dialogue for stakeholders to engage in open discussion regarding practical, implementable solutions that could facilitate a global transition to the new economy. The dialogue will focus on the ‘priority areas' of the green economy that were identified in the Rio+20 zero draft document, and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, with the aim of facilitating partnerships and ‘coalitions of the willing' who intend to play a significant role in this area. For more information about the event, please click here.
21-22 March, Geneva, Switzerland. SIXTH AVIATION AND ENVIRONMENT SUMMIT. This annual summit, hosted by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) and various other organisations, will bring together around 350 industry and stakeholder representatives to explore ways in which aviation can continue to provide jobs, power economic growth, and serve the public while minimising the industry's environmental footprint. This year's summit will build on the 2008 Summit, which provided a forum for the signing of a declaration on climate action by leaders from across the aviation industry. The event will consist of four informative discussion-based sessions that will focus on topics such as the role of aviation in sustainable development, developing sustainable capacity for aviation, tackling the challenges with using biofuels, and creating a global framework for future solutions. The summit will also include panel and roundtable discussions. For more details, please visit the event's 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 WTO 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.
15 March: Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology
16 March: Working Party on the Accession of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
19 March: Working Party on GATS Rules
19 March: Committee on Trade in Financial Services
20-21 March: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements
20 March: Committee on Specific Commitments
20-22 March: Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade
20+22 March: Trade Policy Review Body - Philippines
20 March: Committee on Trade and Development - Special Session
21 March: Committee on Agriculture
21 March: Working Party on Domestic Regulation
Other Upcoming Events
22-24 March, Bloomington, US. CONFERENCE ON CHINA AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE. Organised by the Indiana University Research Centre for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB), this meeting will focus on issues of trade, investment, intellectual property rights, public health and labour, foreign aid, the environment, and sustainable development. The event is being co-sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), among others. Elinor Ostrom, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics, will be the event's keynote speaker. For more information about this conference, please visit the event's website.
22-27 March, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. FIFTH JOINT CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN MINISTERS OF FINANCE, PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. The Fifth Annual Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will be held under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth." The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for African ministers to deliberate on Africa's role in solving the problem of low global growth, high unemployment, and global imbalances, while addressing which challenges must be addressed in order to position Africa as the new pole of global growth. For more information or to view the conference programme, please visit the event's website.
26-28 March, Geneva, Switzerland. UNCTAD POLICY DIALOGUE: REDEFINING THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN TOMORROW'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Classified as a UNCTAD XIII Pre-Event, this policy dialogue will be held at the United Nations. This three-day event brings together trade policymakers, business representatives, civil society, leading scholars, and opinion leaders to clarify the role of the government in achieving inclusive development through trade in the face of "new realities" in international trade. Key issues for discussion include redefining the role of trade policy for inclusive growth in the 21st century; the government and business sector in trade policymaking; the 21st century international trade agenda; and partnership for inclusive development through trade. For more information about this event, please click here.
19 April, Doha, Qatar. UNCTAD XIII GLOBAL SERVICES FORUM 2012. Jointly organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Global Services Forum 2012 will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The Forum will bring together ministers and high-level policymakers, trade negotiators, business leaders, coalitions and associations of services industries, international organisations, and other stakeholders to address the growth and employment potential of services sectors. Other topics for discussion include new strategies for building services' productive and export capacity, and removing barriers to services trade in a manner conducive to inclusive and sustainable economic and social development. Participants are requested to register with the UNCTAD secretariat by 20 March 2012. For more information about this event, please click here.
21-26 April, Doha, Qatar. THIRTEENTH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD XIII) AND CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM. This conference will convene under the theme "Development-centred globalization: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development." The conference's aim is to enhance the understanding of specific trade and development issues, especially after the fallout of the economic crisis. In parallel with the conference, UNCTAD has also partnered with the United Nations Non-Government Liaison Service and the Qatari National Human Rights Committee to organise a Civil Society Forum, where representatives from the private sector and civil society will explore different ways to strengthen partnerships with UNCTAD to boost the effectiveness of trade and development efforts. The Civil Society Forum will begin its work on 17 April. For more information on the UNCTAD XIII Conference and the Civil Society Forum, please visit the UNCTAD XIII website.
7-11 May, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and 20-24 May, Beijing China. COMPANIES AND MARKETS IN TODAY'S CHINA. This executive programme is designed for private and public executives from Latin America with current or future work prospects in China. The two-week course will be held first in Rio de Janeiro at the headquarters of Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (FGV) and then in Beijing at Tsinghua University. The course aims to provide international expertise about China's current political and economic landscape, as well as direct access to executives, innovating companies, planners, and opinion formers in China. For more details, or to register, please click here.
15-20 July, Frankfurt, Germany. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FINANCE SUMMER ACADEMY 2012. Held by the Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance, this event is a summer academy course that aims to provide participants with a comprehensive framework for financing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in both emerging and developing markets, including practical, integrated knowledge and tools. There will be a second Summer Academy held on 21-26 October in Nairobi, Kenya, which will have a special regional focus on Africa. This year the Frankfurt School expects to welcome participants from more than 50 countries. Topics to be discussed include: climate change and policy negotiations; sources of financing in the public, private, and carbon markets; and project analysis of risk identification and allocation, cash flows, and financial modelling. Please note that this event requires an application process. The application deadline for Frankfurt is 15 May 2012. For more information, please visit the event's website.
24-26 September, Geneva, Switzerland. WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION PUBLIC FORUM 2012. Convening under the theme "Is multilateralism in crisis?", the Public Forum is the WTO's largest annual outreach event. It aims to provide a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. The event regularly attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians, and intergovernmental organisations. For more details about this event, please visit the WTO's website.