Bridges Weekly Trade News DigestVolume 15Number 33 • 5th October 2011

Events


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6-7 October, Brussels, Belgium. GREEN GROWTH INVESTMENT FORUM 2011. Organised by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), this forum will bring together investors, experts, and policymakers from Europe in an effort to build awareness of the development challenges facing the small islands of the OECS. The discussions will also highlight opportunities for targeted and adapted investments in the area of innovation and clean technologies. The event organisers seek to spur an exchange of views among participants that could eventually lead to the promotion of sub-regional strategy on green economic growth with a central role for private sector involvement. For more information, please visit the website.

10-11 October, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. SUMMIT ON GLOBAL AGENDA 2011. This annual event brings together over 700 members of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. These members include experts from academia, business, civil society, and government from over 80 countries, who will gather at this event to advance knowledge and discuss possible solutions to issues such as food security, climate change, financial stability, and geopolitical risk. For more information, please visit the event website.

10-11 October, Geneva, Switzerland. GREEN ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: BRINGING BACK THE SOCIAL DIMENSION. This United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) conference will create a forum for analysis aimed at developing a conceptual and policy framework that will position social dimensions at the centre of green economy and sustainable development. Policy reports and other publications will inform the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) 2012 (Rio +20) preparatory process and subsequent policy discussions. More information, including an event programme and a press kit, is available at the event website.

11 October, Geneva, Switzerland. BRIDGING THE POLICY GAP ON GENETIC RESOURCES IN WIPO’S INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folkore (IGC) has witnessed an acceleration of its work in the last 18 months as a result of the move towards text-based discussions and the creation of inter-sessional working groups. In this context, genetic resources remain one of the most challenging areas in the IGC’s deliberations, and requires further work and convergence between countries. In light of new research commissioned by ICTSD, this informal dialogue will assess options and debate solutions to bridge the current policy gap on intellectual property and genetic resources at the IGC. For more information visit the event webpage.

12 October, Washington, US. TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) NEGOTIATIONS: AN UPDATE WITH DEPUTY USTR DEMETRIOS MARANTIS. This event, sponsored by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), will focus on the proposed nine-country accord between Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. With trade negotiators preparing to meet in Lima, Peru in mid-October for the ninth round of negotiations, and with a tentative deadline for the broad outlines of this accord set for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Honolulu in November, this event will attempt to answer several key questions regarding the TPP talks.  Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Deputy US Trade Representative, will discuss the current status of the TPP negotiations; how work is proceeding on key new issues, such as supply chains, regulatory coherence and state-owned enterprise disciplines; and the status of traditional issues, such as intellectual property, investment and market access.  More information is available on the event website.

WTO Events

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.

10 October: Committee on Trade and Development - Dedicated Session on Small Economies

11 October: Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration

Other Upcoming Events

13 October, Geneva, Switzerland. TRADE, INVESTMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE: SEARCHING FOR PROGRESS ON KEY ISSUES. This conference, which is being convened by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), will examine how unilateral action on climate change fits into the international trade and investment law regime. In particular, it will address the validity of green industrial policies and preventative measures for competitiveness loss and leakage, and explore the role of the trade community in securing international co-operation and solutions. More information is available at the event website.

17-22 October, Rome, Italy. THIRTY-SEVENTH COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY. This United Nations forum is being held to review and follow up on policies concerning world food security. With the recent rise of food prices in 2007-2008, there is a heightened awareness of hunger issues and poverty around the world. The international community is mobilising to face this situation and end world hunger. The proposed agenda of this forum includes sessions on food price volatility, food security and nutrition actions, governance of natural resources, and the implementation of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Reform. Additional information and session documents are available here.

20-22 October, Basel, Switzerland. POVERTY AND THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LEGAL SYSTEM: DUTIES TO THE WORLD’S POOR. This conference, hosted by the University of Basel and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Basel’s Faculty of Law, will examine “duties to address poverty” from multiple economic law viewpoints. Speakers will address how the legal systems of trade, investment, financial regulation, and commercial arbitration affect poverty, either on a conceptual or more case-specific level. Other subjects on the agenda include regional approaches to poverty; particularly vulnerable groups among the impoverished; dispute settlement; and corruption. Contributions at the conference will be edited into a multi-chapter publication to help spawn further collaborations and solutions. For more information, as well as registration details, please visit the conference website.

21-22 October, Shanghai, China. CHINA’S TECHNOLOGICAL RISE: MYTHS, REALITIES AND LESSONS FOR GLOBAL DEBATES ON INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. China’s technological and scientific development in recent years, particularly in the areas of space exploration, super-computing, and renewable energies, has spurred much debate. Outsiders have wondered what the role of government policies has been and questioned the extent of these advances in such a short period. This dialogue, co-organised by ICTSD, the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT), and the China IP Society, will bring together officials, experts, academics and private sector representatives to discuss the expansion of China’s technological capabilities in recent years, its implications, and the lessons to be drawn for global debates on innovation, technology transfer, and intellectual property. For more information, please visit the event webpage.

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