Bridges Weekly Trade News DigestVolume 6Number 31 • 18th September 2002

Events


EVENTS

For a more comprehensive list of events in trade and sustainable development, please refer to ICTSD’s web calendar at: http://www.ictsd.org/cal/index.htm. If you would like to submit an event, please email [email protected].

Coming Up This Week: 18-24 September

18-21 September, Edinburgh, UK: GENETIC ENGINEERING AND THE INTRINSIC VALUE AND INTEGRITY OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS. The multidisciplinary workshop is meant to bring together different voices and concerns in respect to genetic engineering and its products. For further information contact Ifgene UK co-ordinator: David Heaf, Hafan, Cae Llwyd, Llanystumdwy, LL52 0SG, UK. tel/fax: (44-1766) 523-181; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://www.anth.org/ifgene/2002.htm.

19-21 September, Ljubljana, Slovenia: EASTERN ENLARGEMENT OF THE EU: IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT CO- OPERATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY. This is the 10th General Conference, which is hosted every three years by the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI). For further information contact: Susanne von Itter, EADI; tel: (49 22) 8261-8101; fax: 8261- 8103; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://www.eadi.org/generalconference.htm.

21-22 September: MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE ‘LIKE-MINDED GROUP’ OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. Organised by India. Further details not currently available.

21-22 September: DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING COUNTRY TEXTILE AND CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS MEETING. organised by EU industry body Eurotex. Topics for discussion include: prospects for further liberalisation within the Doha Round, and how to jointly meet the challenge posed by the end of the Multifiber Arrangement (MFA) from January 2005.

22-24 September, Miami, Florida: THE AMERICAS CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: ALLIANCES FOR DEVELOPMENT. Sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank in cooperation with the Dante B. Fascell North-South Center. Location: Inter-Continental Hotel; Attendance: By invitation only. For further information contact: [email protected]; or visit http://www.csramericas.org.

23 September - 1 October, Geneva, Switzerland: ASSEMBLIES OF THE MEMBER STATES OF WIPO (Thirty-seventh series of meetings). The member states will meet to discuss a variety of issues from Internet domain names to copyright treaties. For further information contact: World Intellectual Property Organisation, tel: (41-22) 338-9111; fax: 733-5428; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://www.wipo.int.

WTO

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted at: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/meets.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.

19 September, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO COMMITTEE ON SUBSIDIES AND COUNTERVAILING MEASURES. Continuation of the Committee’s consideration of Article 27.4 requests and reservations of rights as members listed in Annex vii(b). Approval of qualifying requests to extend the transition period for export subsidies provided to certain developing countries pursuant to G/SCM/39.

19 September, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO COUNCIL FOR TRADE-RELATED ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. On the agenda, inter alia: Developed country Members will update information on their technical cooperation activities relevant to the implementation of the TRIPs agreement. Other Members who make available technical cooperation have also been encouraged to share information on these activities if they so wish.

20 September, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO SPECIAL SESSION OF THE COUNCIL FOR TRADE-RELATED ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

23 September, Geneva, Switzerland, 15:00: WTO COMMITTEE ON MARKET ACCESS.

23-25 September, Geneva, Switzerland: WTO SPECIAL SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE.

Other Forthcoming

26-27 September, Bangkok, Thailand: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BEING SUSTAINABLE - COMPETITIVENESS FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY. The purpose of this conference is to heighten the awareness of businesses and the community as a whole to environmental business management practices that will lead to sustainability for businesses and industry. The two days will be devoted to the presentations of research papers related to the main conference theme, which may include topics such as: Industrial Ecology, Marketing, Operations Management, Transport, Logistics, Accounting, and Waste management. For further information, visit http://www.bus.tu.ac.th/ems/web/new/new.html.

27 September, 5pm, Geneva, Switzerland: THE ROAD TO CANCUN. Organised by CIEL – FoEI – IATP – OXFAM. Prior to the WTO Ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico next year, the WTO will address a range of controversial issues, with implications for people, communities, and the environment. This Roundtable will provide four short presentations on key issues, and an opportunity for organisations and individuals in Geneva to discuss their perspectives on the WTO. Interpretation from English to French will be provided. For further information contact: [email protected]; or phone (022 789 05 00).

1-2 October, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: ANNUAL MEETING OF THE IMF/WORLD BANK GROUP. For further information visit: http://www.imf.org/external/am/index.htm.

2-4 October, Geneva, Switzerland: UN CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD) EXPERT MEETING ON ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Experts will examine actual and potential trade and development effects (both positive and negative) of environmental requirements on developing countries, paying special attention to the conditions and needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Presentations by country experts are expected to provide country- specific experiences and views. Conference will be held at the Palais des Nations. For further information, visit http://www.unctad.org.

8 October, London, England, GATS: SEMINAR ON HOW THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES THREATENS PUBLIC SERVICES AND DEMOCRACY. Organised by the UK GATS Network. The seminar is being held for those working in policy and campaigns for organisations such as NGOs, trade unions, local authorities, social welfare organisations, professional bodies, women’s organisations, government agencies, environmental organisations. Quaker International Centre, 1 - 3 Byng Place, WC1 (1330h - 1700h). Places are limited, so please send your booking in as soon as possible. To book a reservation for attendance, send your name, organisation and contact details to the UK GATS Network, 90 The Parkway, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 0AE; email: [email protected].

11-12 October, Hydrabad, India: TRIPS - NEXT AGENDA FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. Organised by the Shyamprasad Institute for Social Service (SISS). A conference will be held with the objectives of: sharing experiences of various developing countries in respect of social, political and economic impact of TRIPs; and suggesting legislative measures to governments of developing countries in general and India in particular to protect the interests of different stakeholders. Research papers are invited from researches and stakeholders of all developing countries for the conference. Papers containing economic and econometric analysis would be preferred. Venue: Indo-American Centre for International Studies, Osmania University. For further information, visit http://www.sisshyd.net.

14-18 October, Rome, Italy: FAO COMMISSION ON GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (9th session). For further information, contact Paloma Señor, CGRFA, tel: (39 06) 570 52199; fax: 57056347; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://www.fao.org/ag/cgrfa/.