Bridges Weekly Trade News DigestVolume 6Number 32 • 25th September 2002


For a more comprehensive list of events in trade and sustainable development, please refer to ICTSD’s web calendar at: If you would like to submit an event, please email [email protected]

Coming Up This Week: 24 September - 1 October 25-27 September, Yaoundé, Cameroon: 6th UNCTAD AFRICAN OIL & GAS TRADE AND FINANCE CONFERENCE. The conference is being jointly organised by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the London-based ITE Group Plc and SNH. This event, the largest in the African energy industry, focuses on the interface between energy and finance issues. On the agenda: opportunities in Africa’s upstream and downstream sectors; the impact of global oil market structure changes; and how countries can retain a larger share of the value added from their hydrocarbons production. For further information visit: 26-29 September, Cairo, Egypt: AGRO-ENVIRON 2002 3RD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE AGRO-ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS. The Symposium covers a wide range of topics addressing key environmental and agricultural issues through applying new technologies that aim at sustaining agricultural systems, monitoring environment and conserving natural resources. Some of the topics include; Agricultural waste management, Biotechnology, Desertification and land degradation, and Environmental biodiversity. For further information visit: 27 September, Brussels, Belgium: LAUNCHING OF ACP-EU NEGOTIATIONS FOR NEW ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS. Negotiations between the ACP and the EU are set to begin under the auspices of the Cotonou Agreement. These negotiations, which are to finish by December 2007, are aimed at negotiating reciprocal, WTO-compliant trading arrangements between the two groupings of countries. For further information, visit 30 September - 4 October, Bonn, Germany: PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT (PIC) INC- 9. This meeting will mark the ninth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for an International Legally Binding Instrument for the Application of the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade. For further information contact: Niek van der Graaff, Interim Secretariat, FAO; tel: (39-65) 705-3441; fax: 705-6347; email: [email protected] or Jim Willis, UNEP Chemicals; tel: (41-22) 917-8111; email: [email protected]; Internet: 30 September & 1 October, Berlin, Germany: GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY - NEW CHALLENGES FOR STATE, COMPANIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY. Following the motto "New challenges for state, business and civil society" speakers and guests will meet in order to discuss ways towards a society, prepared for the future. Members of NGOs will get a chance to speak as well as academics and decision-makers of business and politics. For further information on this conference visit: 1 & 2 October, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: ANNUAL MEETING OF THE IMF/WORLD BANK GROUP. For further information visit: WTO Events An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at: 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. 26 September, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE. Meeting will deal with a number of issues including; tariff and other quota commitments, imports under tariffs, domestic support commitments, and export subsidy commitments. 26-27 September, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO WORKING GROUP ON THE INTERACTION BETWEEN TRADE AND COMPETITION POLICY. The meetings will focus on further discussion of paragraph 25 of the Doha Ministerial, as well as technical assistance and capacity building, as called for in paragraph 24 of the Doha Declaration. 27 September, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO SPECIAL SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE. 30 September, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO WORKING GROUP ON TRADE, DEBT AND FINANCE. 1 October, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO COUNCIL FOR TRADE IN GOODS. Other Forthcoming Events 17 October, London, England: THE FIFTH JOHN C WHITEHEAD LECTURE ON ANGLO-AMERICAN RELATIONS - DOHA DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: ENLIGHTENED EU/US LEADERSHIP OR RUTHLESS PURSUIT OF NARROW SELF-INTEREST? The Lecture will be followed by an open reception. For further information contact the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA), London, UK; fax: +44 (0) 20 7957 5745; email: [email protected]. 21-23 October, Aalborg, Denmark: EURO ENVIRONMENT 2002. The conference will explore how business can seek solutions and be the engine of change towards a sustainable society. The theme this year is ‘Can business be a driving agent of global governance and hold the keys to the goals of global sustainability’? Goals that will be explored that encompass sustainable technological and organisational solutions for the external environment, supply-chain management, corporate social responsibility, ethical values and stakeholder relations, occupational health, green marketing, and business branding. For further information visit: