Bridges Weekly Trade News DigestVolume 12Number 22 • 18th June 2008

Events


Coming up: 19-25 June

19 June, London, UK. CHINA’S INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND THE MARCH TOWARDS MODERNITY. Presented by Chatham House, Tung Chee Hwa, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference will analyse the process of reform and development which China has undergone in the past 30 years and the direction in which it is heading. He will look specifically at China’s relationships with the international community and how these are likely to progress in the future. For further information, please click here.

19 June, Copenhagen, Denmark. INNOVATION IN CLIMATE AND ENERGY: A GLOBAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE. Sustainable solutions to the climate crisis require the development of new technologies, appropriate policy approaches and innovative business models. Innovation in Climate and Energy - convened by the Copenhagen Climate Council and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) - brings together some of the world’s foremost scientists with industry and government leaders to explore which research and technology development objectives must be met in order to successfully make the transition to a low carbon economy. The outcome of the meeting will serve as an innovation agenda for the World Business Summit on Climate Change to be held in Copenhagen in May 2009. For further information, please contact Johannah Christensen: tel +45 33 93 93 23; email [email protected]; and refer to the website

19 June, Washington DC, US. FOREIGN INVESTMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: LESSONS FROM THE AMERICAS. This panel will take place at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is also hosted by the Heinrich Boll Foundation. It features economists from across Latin America who have conducted a comprehensive assessment of the economic and environmental impacts of foreign investment in Latin America. While the region has attracted unprecedented amounts of investment, its performance in terms of sustainable development has been more limited. For more information, please contact Evelina Yeghiyan at [email protected].

20-23 June, Iqaluit, Canada. PLANNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: WEATHERING UNCERTAINTY SYMPOSIUM. The City of Iqaluit invites you to join a group of thinkers, researchers and practitioners on an interdisciplinary journey of discovery and mutual learning. What planning strategies are communities implementing to mitigate climate change and deal with its impacts? What can planners learn from scientists to help them prepare for changes to our land, air, and sea? How do communities plan for the next 100 years? Focused debates, workshops and spontaneous discussions on these and other issues will create a legacy for northern and southern communities alike. For further information, please contact Debbie Nielsen: tel 867-979-5605; email [email protected]; and refer to the website www.planningforclimatechange.ca.

22-25 June, Hanoi, Vietnam. ASIAN WETLAND SYMPOSIUM 2008. The Asian Wetland Symposium will be organised around the theme “Wetlands- The heart of Asia” and will feature presentations on the status of wetlands in the Asian Region; discussion panels on key issues in relation to wetland management; preparation of “declaration” of key issues in wetland management in the region; identification of priority issues to be included in the meeting of parties to the Ramsar Convention to be held in Korea in late 2008; and opportunities for regional programmes and agencies to lead specific and focused discussions on specialised topics. For more information contact: e-mail: [email protected]; internet: http://www.aws2008.net.

23 June, New Delhi, India. INDIA-EU FTA TRADE SUSTAINABILITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP. The workshop is part of the ongoing investigation, “Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment of an FTA between the European Union and the Republic of India,” to assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of a free trade agreement between the EU and India. The investigation was launched following the recommendation of the High Level Trade Group in 2006. The EU is the world’s biggest economic bloc and India the world’s second-most populous nation. The EU is India’s top foreign investor and biggest trading partner. The two share many economic philosophies and objectives. Forging an economic alliance is therefore vital to both. The EU-India action plan recognises this important facet of their relationship and, to that end, India and the EU are successfully pursing joint initiatives to promote cooperation in a number of important areas that include trade and investment. For further information, please refer to http://www.cuts-citee.org/events.htm.

23-24 June, Jaipur, India. NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ECO-LABELLING. Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) and the Confederation of Indian Textiles Industries (CITI), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is organising this workshop. The event is the first occasion to introduce to national stakeholders the ‘Enabling developing countries to seize eco-label opportunities’ project. This four-year project, funded by the EU and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, is aimed at promoting eco-labelling in Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa. The national eco-labelling workshop will bring together relevant government decision makers, textiles industry’s and industrial designers’ representatives, as well as representatives from textile associations, national laboratories associated with the manufacturing of textiles, national representatives of the Ecomark scheme and standardisation bodies, non-governmental organisations and consumer organisations, representatives of the EU eco-label scheme, international eco-label and sustainable consumption experts, industry representatives that got their textiles successfully eco-labelled, as well as UNEP and the European Commission representatives. For further information, please refer to http://www.cuts-citee.org/events.htm.

23-25 June, Norway. BERN CONVENTION GROUP OF EXPERTS ON THE CONSERVATION OF INVERTEBRATES. This meeting is organised by the Secretariat of Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). For more information contact Carolina Lasen Diaz, Secretary of the Bern Convention; tel: +33(0)3-9021-5679; fax: +33(0)3-8841-3751; e-mail: [email protected]; internet: Bern Convention.

23-25 June, Singapore. WORLD CITIES SUMMIT. World Cities Summit is a premier international conference series on effective public governance and sustainable development of cities. The inaugural event in 2008 will focus on urban development and environmental sustainability; discussion topics will address the challenges of developing cities that are both liveable and vibrant. It will cover issues related to urban infrastructure development, clean environment, good quality of life and economic competitiveness. The conference will feature thinkers and practitioners who will share their insights and practical experiences. It will address issues from practitioners’ perspectives and showcase global best practices. Apart from plenary discussions, there will be breakout sessions on specific areas of interest and specials site visits. The conference will be held at the same time as the Singapore International Water Week 2008. For further information, please refer to http://www.worldcities.com.sg/.

23-25 June, Singapore. CARBON MARKETS ASIA. Building on its past success and supported by Green Power Conference’s unrivalled database of industry contacts, this year’s meeting will provide a forum in which new project hosts can learn about the latest market developments and do business with CER buyers from Asia and beyond. For more information, please contact Victoria Adair: tel +44 207 801 6333; email [email protected]; and refer to the website
www.greenpowerconferences.com.

23-27 June, Geneva, Switzerland. STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE LAW OF PATENTS: TWELFTH SESSION. For further information, please refer to http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/details.jsp?meeting_id=15486.

23-27 June, New York, US. NINTH MEETING OF THE UNITED NATIONS OPEN-ENDED INFORMAL CONSULTATIVE PROCESS ON OCEANS AND THE LAW OF THE SEA. UN headquarters, New York, US. The Secretary-General of the UN will convene the ninth meeting of the Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea to provide it with the necessary facilities for the performance of its work and to arrange for support to be provided in cooperation with other relevant parts of the Secretariat, as appropriate. For more information contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea; tel: +1-212-963-3962; fax: +1-212-963-5847; e-mail: [email protected]; internet: visit site

23-27 June, Santiago, Chile. 60TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION (IWC-60). The meeting will be preceded by meetings of the Scientific Committee and other committees and sub-committees, and by a workshop on welfare issues associated with entangled cetaceans. For further information, please contact: IWC Secretariat; tel: +44-1223-233-971; fax: +44-1223-232-876; e-mail: [email protected]; internet: http://www.iwcoffice.org.

23 - 25 June, Kongsvoll Alpine Garden, Norway. BERN CONVENTION GROUP OF EXPERTS ON THE CONSERVATION OF INVERTEBRATES. This meeting is organised by the Secretariat of Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). For more information contact: Carolina Lasen Diaz, Secretary of the Bern Convention; tel: +33(0)3-9021-5679; fax: +33(0)3-8841-3751; e-mail: [email protected]; Internet: visit site

23-27 June, Rome, Italy. FAO TECHNICAL CONSULTATION ON IUU. This Technical Consultation is aimed at drafting a legally binding instrument on port state measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. For more information contact: David Doulman, FAO; tel: +39-6-570-56752; fax: +39-6-570-56500; e-mail: [email protected]; Internet: visit site

23-27 June, Singapore. SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL WATER WEEK. The inaugural Singapore International Water Week is designed to be a platform for government officials, industry leaders and water specialists to meet and discuss policies, business solutions and water technologies. Comprising the Water Leaders Summit, Water Convention and Water Expo, it culminates in the presentation of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, a prestigious international award to recognise outstanding contributions in solving water issues. The Asian Development Bank has agreed to support Singapore International Water Week to stimulate water investments, reforms, capacity development and knowledge sharing under its Water Financing Programme 2006-2010. This event promises to offer an exciting week of activities to a congregation of 6,000 water professionals and government officials from all over the world in Singapore. For further information, please click here.

23-27 June, Bali, Indonesia. NINTH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES (COP) TO THE BASEL CONVENTION. The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (COP-9) on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste will convene in Bali, Indonesia. COP-9 will address, inter alia, the implementation of the Strategic Plan; Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres; synergies and cooperation with other chemicals conventions; e-waste and end-of-life equipment; and ship dismantling. For more information contact: Secretariat of the Basel Convention; tel: +41 22-917-8218; fax: +41-22-797-3454; e-mail: [email protected]; Internet: visit site

23-27 June, Panama City, Panama. 78TH MEETING OF THE INTER-AMERICAN TROPICAL TUNA COMMISSION. For more information contact Dr. Guillermo Compean; tel: +1-858-546-7100; fax: +1-858-546-7133; e-mail: [email protected]; internet: visit site.

23 June - 11 July, Minsk, Belarus. TRAINING COURSE ON KEY ISSUES ON THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC AGENDA. The course will focus on the links between trade, investment, finance and development, including in the context of international trade negotiations. The course syllabus will draw on the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) analytical work and the lessons learned from its technical cooperation activities, with input from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, as well as regional and national experts. The course is mainly aimed at government officials in ministries, academics and institutions dealing with trade, investment, finance and development issues, and involved in formulating and implementing national trade and development policies. For further information, please click here.

24 June, London, UK. JAPAN-AFRICAN ENGAGEMENT: THE OUTCOMES OF TICAD IV AND THE G8 HOKKAIDO TOYAKO SUMMIT AGENDA. Japan holds the Chair of the G8 in 2008, and African development remains a key focus. The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) forms an integral part of Japan’s current relationship with African countries. The 4th TICAD conference has just concluded in Yokohama and the summit declaration had a strong emphasis on supporting economic growth. This international conference at Chatham House will bring policy makers from Japan and around the world to examine the declaration and debate the context of Japan’s development agenda and how it may best relate to recent G8 agendas on Africa. The aim is to maximise African input into the Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit in July 2008. For further information, please click here.

24 June, Washington DC, US. OECD BREAKFAST SERIES: ENERGY TECHNOLOGY PATHWAYS TO ACHIEVING CLIMATE CHANGE GOALS. The world needs ever-increasing energy supplies to sustain economic growth and development. But energy resources are under pressure and CO2 emissions from today’s energy use already threaten our climate. What options do we have for switching to a cleaner and more efficient energy future? How much will it cost? And what policies do we need? The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Director of Energy Technology and Research and Development, Neil Hirst, will address these questions and more while drawing on analyses from the second edition of Energy Technology Perspectives. The IEA analysis demonstrates that a more sustainable energy future is within our reach, and that technology is the key. Increased energy efficiency, CO2 capture and storage, renewables, and nuclear power will all be important. For further information, please click here.

24 June, Brussels, Belgium. SUSTAINABLE FINANCE SUMMIT. Ignoring environmental and social concerns is no longer an option, and just as we’re all coming to terms with Kyoto, the recent meeting in Bali - and other preparations for 2012 - will further blur the goal posts and put new demands on the financiers holding the purse strings - and considered to be in a position to make a difference. The race to be the keenest green is well on the way and no financial institution can afford to be left behind. Feedback from a wide panel of experts has shown that there is an increasing demand for clear, pragmatic answers to all the questions posed by ‘ sustainable ‘ finance. This conference agenda has been designed accordingly and will help businesses address immediate challenges as well as some of the longer term issues. For further information, please click here.

24-26 June, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. SEVENTH WORLD WIND ENERGY CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION: This conference will focus on renewable energy technologies for electricity generation. The theme of the conference will be ‘Community Power’, reflecting issues relating to ownership and development of renewable energies. As well as the conference, an exhibition and training sessions on project management, financing, governance and community engagement will be held. For more information, please contact: e-mail: [email protected]; internet: click here.

24-27 June, Como, Italy. FIRST GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON GMO ANALYSIS. This Conference is organised by the European Commission Joint Research Centre. It aims to address the science and technology underpinning control and analysis of genetically modified organisms by bringing together international experts willing to share knowledge and participate in promoting international scientific dialogue across diverse yet interdependent areas. For more information contact Rossella Speroni, event manager; tel: +39-0332-789315 / 785959; fax: +39-0332-786159; e-mail: [email protected]; internet: http://gmoglobalconference.jrc.it.

24 June - 1 July, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. 11TH AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT. This Summit will take as its theme ‘Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitation’. It will involve the African Heads of States and Government, and will comprise three elements: the Permanent Representatives Committee (24-25 June); the Executive Council (27-28 June); and the Assembly of the African Union (30 June-1 July). For more information, please click here.

25 June, London, UK. THE AFRICAN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK. Chatham House hosts this dialogue on the OECD’s African Economic Outlook, released 11 May this year. Africa achieved its fourth year of strong growth in 2007 and prospects are promising for 2008 and 2009. Strong commodity prices are underpinning this performance. Oil-exporting countries are outpacing the rest of the continent. They face the challenge of capitalising on these windfall gains to build endogenous sources of long-term growth. Oil-importing countries face increasing inflationary pressures and potentially deteriorating current account deficits. This session will present the report and its findings and debate the main conclusions. For further information, please click here.

25-26 June, Paris, France. OECD GLOBAL FORUM ON TRADE: GLOBALISATION AND EMERGING ECONOMIES. Political, technological and commercial forces are driving growth in the international exchange of goods, services, jobs and people. These changes have resulted in very significant growth in economic prosperity and some major reductions in global poverty. The BRIICS (Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa) and other emerging economies are playing a major part in these efforts. The opening up of the BRIICS countries, for example, is drawing nearly half of the world’s workforce into the international arena. The 2008 OECD Global Forum on Trade will bring together trade policy makers from OECD countries and a number of emerging economies to discuss these global policy challenges. Specifically, the Global Forum on Trade will examine two important issues: the BRIICS’ impact on recent international market developments, and the political economy of trade. Representatives from manufacturers’ associations, academia, non governmental organisations (TUAC, BIAC and others) and key multilateral organisations will also be invited to participate in the discussion. For further information, please click here.

25-26 June, Ottawa, Canada. FIFTEENTH REGULAR SESSION OF THE CEC COUNCIL. During this session, the CEC Council-composed of the environment ministers or equivalent officials of NAFTA partners Canada, Mexico and the United States, the Hon. John Baird, Secretary Juan Elvira Quesada, and Administrator Stephen L. Johnson-will discuss environmental issues of common interest to the three countries and the CEC’s operational programme. For further information, please click here.

25-27 June, Tokyo, Japan. WORKSHOP ON METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES RELATING TO REDUCING EMISSIONS FROM DEFORESTATIONI AND FOREST DEGRADATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. This workshop is part of a programme of work on methodological issues related to a range of policy approaches and positive incentives for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries undertaken by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Parties will have submitted views and information on how to address outstanding methodological issues, including, inter alia, assessments of changes in forest cover and associated carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions, incremental changes due to sustainable management of the forest, demonstration of reductions in emissions from deforestation, including reference emissions levels, estimation and demonstration of reduction in emissions from forest degradation, implications of national and sub-national approaches. The workshop is expected to address the above outstanding methodological issues. The secretariat will prepare a report on the workshop for consideration of the SBSTA at its twenty-ninth session. For further information, please click here.

25-28 June, Kampala, Uganda. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GROUNDWATER AND CLIMATE IN AFRICA. This conference is organised by the University College London (UK), the Directorate of Water Development of Uganda and UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP). The conference seeks to bring together water and climate scientists from research/academic institutions, government departments, and the private sector as well as representatives from international agencies and donors in order to share knowledge and expertise, and thereby improve current understanding of the impact of climate variability and change on groundwater resources in Africa. For more information, please contact the Conference Secretariat; e-mail: [email protected]; internet: visit site.

WTO Events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at: http:/www.wto.org/meets_public/meets_e.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, and are open to WTO Members and accredited observers only.

20 June: DISPUTE SETTLEMENT BODY

24+25 June: COMMITTEE ON SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES

24 June: DISPUTE SETTLEMENT BODY

25+27 June: TRADE POLICY REVIEW BODY - OMAN

Other Upcoming Events

26 June, Geneva, Switzerland. US AND EU IMPORT REQUIREMENTS - THE CASE OF GREEN BEANS AND SHRIMP. Organised by the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) and the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies. A forthcoming paper of the IPC argues that there is scope for some better “streamlining” to facilitate the imports of food from developing countries, which is after all what the SPS Agreement exhorts us to do. Facilitating trade from developing countries and ensuring safety of food imports need not to be mutually exclusive. Even if the mission of food regulators is domestic consumer protection, it should include to the extent possible the development objectives of their national governments. The information session in Geneva will present the results of this study and facilitate a discussion on its findings. For further information, please click here

30 June - 1 July, New York, US. ECOSOC DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION FORUM. The biennial high-level Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) is one of the principal new functions of a strengthened Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Mandated to enhance the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs, and promote dialogue to find effective ways to support it, the DCF will be held every other year within the framework of the high-level segment of the council. For more information contact: Marion Barthelemy; tel: +1 (212) 963-4005; fax: +1 (212) 963-2812; e-mail: [email protected]; internet: link.

7-9 July, Tokyo, Japan. G8 SUMMIT 2008. At July’s G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, world leaders will discuss the world economy, environmental concerns, African development and other pressing issues that must be tackled. For further information, please click here.