14-15 April, Cartagena, Colombia. SIXTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS 2012. The Sixth Summit of the Americas will address the following theme: “Connecting the Americas: Partners for Prosperity.” The summit will bring together 34 heads of state and government from the Western hemisphere, who together will focus on the role of physical integration and regional co-operation as a means to achieve greater levels of development and to overcome the hemisphere’s challenges in several key areas, including poverty and inequality, citizen security, disasters, and access to technologies. For more information, please visit the event’s website.
16 April, Stockholm, Sweden. CLIMDEV-AFRICA HIGH-LEVEL ROUNDTABLE. This roundtable will focus on mobilising resources for the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF), which was established to pool resources and finance demand-driven projects in Africa that aim to generate and disseminate climate information at all levels. ClimDev-Africa is a joint strategic initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). These institutions will host the event jointly with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The CDSF supports operations in three main areas: generation and dissemination of reliable and high quality climate information in Africa; capacity enhancement of policy makers and policy support institutions to integrate climate change information into development programmes; and implementation of pilot adaptation practices that demonstrate the value of mainstreaming climate information into development. For more details regarding this event, please click here.
16-20 April, Geneva, Switzerland. 21ST SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GENETIC RESOURCES, TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND FOLKLORE (IGC) OF THE WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (WIPO). This intergovernmental committee meeting will continue text-based negotiations for an international instrument(s) focusing on traditional knowledge. Traditional knowledge (TK), genetic resources, and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs), or “expressions of folklore” are economic and cultural assets of indigenous and local communities and their countries. WIPO’s work focuses on the role that intellectual property (IP) principles and systems can play in protecting TK and TCEs from misappropriation, and in generating and equitably sharing benefits from their commercialisation, along with the role of IP in access to and benefit-sharing in genetic resources. For more information, please visit the event’s website.
16 April, Brussels, Belgium. HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON “COMPETITVENESS, TRADE, ENVIRONMENT AND JOBS IN EUROPE: INSIGHTS FROM THE NEW WORLD INPUT OUTPUT DATABASE (WIOD).” Hosted by the European Commission, the aim of this conference is to discuss the policy implications related to the expansion of global value chains and the shifting pattern of trade. The conference will make use of the WIOD database to deepen participants’ knowledge of the causes and effects of the increasing interrelatedness of countries and industries. This way, it aims to help policy makers and societies better respond to many pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges. For more details, please visit the event’s website.
16-18 April, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON LATIN AMERICA 2012. Sponsored by the Government of Mexico and the Forum’s key strategic partners, the meeting will convene decision-makers from government, industry, civil society, and academia. Under the theme “Regional Transformation in a New Global Context,” leaders will work on shaping a strategic vision for the region’s growth, gaining understanding of its global potential and aligning stakeholders around that vision to inspire its realisation. This event will address Latin America’s role and contribution to the governance of the global economy, the creation of innovative models for a sustainable future, and the improvement of capabilities for a regional transformation. For more information, please visit the event’s website here.
17-20 April, Maastricht, Netherlands. SECOND EUROPEAN ENERGY CONFERENCE. Organised by the European Science Foundation, the European Physical Society, and the European Materials Research Society, this biennial conference brings together policy makers, scientists, researchers, and private sector leaders to discuss the future of European energy systems, with a focus on environmental impacts, energy supply, industrial viability, and societal acceptance. The conference includes symposiums on: system aspects and sustainability; sciences for energy; primary energy conservation; energy networks and storage; and efficient end use of energy. The conference aims to provide participants with a vision on how the future of energy in Europe could look like. For more details, please visit the event’s website.
18 April, Toronto, Canada. NORTH AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE: POWERING A LOW-CARBON ECONOMY FOR 2030 AND BEYOND. Organised by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), this public forum will bring together energy experts to discuss: progress made in fostering renewable electricity markets in Canada, Mexico, and the US since the CEC’s 2007 report on the subject; challenges and barriers affecting the use of renewable energy in North America; and how to promote renewable energy projects in remote communities. The forum will also be webcast live. For more information, 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.
13 April: Dispute Settlement Body
16 April: Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries
16+19 April: Negotiating Group on Trade Facilitation (followed by Inf.)
18 April: Working Party on the Accession of Kazakhstan
Other Upcoming Events
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.
23 April, Doha, Qatar. HIGH-LEVEL EVENT ON WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT. Gender inequalities persist in all countries and take the form of labour segregation, gender wage gaps, gaps in asset ownership and in access to technology and information, and huge differences in responsibility for house and care works. As a main event occurring during the UNCTAD XIII Conference, this event aims to promote policies that empower women to be full participants in economic and political life. Its purpose is threefold: to take the gender issue to a new level of political prominence; to yield new insights into the relationship between macro-economic policies, development, and gender; and to launch a number of institutional initiatives to further the above objectives. The event will feature an interactive roundtable and will be organised into four thematic sessions, bringing together policy leaders, UN agencies, academia, the private sector, and civil society. For more information, please visit the event’s website.
25-26 April, Geneva, Switzerland. THIRD WORKSHOP ON WATER AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN TRANSBOUNDARY BASINS: MAKING ADAPTATION WORK. This workshop aims to offer a platform for exchanging experience on climate change adaptation strategies, best practices, success factors and lessons learned. Organised under the leadership of the governments of the Netherlands and Germany, with the support of the the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) secretariat, in partnership with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-MED), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Meteorological Organization, and the European Commission, the workshop will bring together stakeholders from all over the world, engaged in activities on water and adaptation to climate variability and change. For more information, please visit the event’s website.
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