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Trade and Investment


December 2017

Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have agreed that the organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) will take place from 10-13 December in Argentina. The event will be chaired by Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra. The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years. The last Ministerial Conference took place in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2015.

dates: 10-13 December 2017 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc11_e/mc11_e....

Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium 2017

This event will take place on the sidelines of the 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference. Plenary sessions will address: the Global Economy and Agenda 2030: How Can Trade Deliver Jobs and Sustainable Development?; Latin American Challenges in the New Global Economy; and the Future of the Global Trade System and the WTO. Discussion steams will be organized around the following themes: Constructing Better Agreements for Sustainable Development - RTA Exchange; the Future of the Global Trade and Investment System - E15 Initiative; the New Economy; Natural Resources and Sustainability; Inclusion and Development; and the Global Trade and Investment Architecture. The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium has been organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade. It seeks to provide an opportunity to bridge gaps between stakeholders engaged in the trade and sustainable development process.

dates: 11-13 December 2017 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina contact: ICTSD www: http://tsds.ictsd.org/

Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2017

Organised by the UNFCCC, Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the 2017 Asia Pacific Carbon Forum (APCF 2017) will provide a platform to exchange of knowledge and information on carbon markets and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at regional level.

dates: 13-15 December 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.ieta.org/event-2362447

Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is designed to produce and disseminate knowledge and accelerate action to build more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes. Landscape approaches embrace compromise among competing social, environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GLF uses this approach around five broad themes; Restoration; Financing; Rights; Measuring Progress; and Food and Livelihoods. The science-led Forum convenes diverse stakeholders—civil society, private sector, policy makers, community members, farmers, indigenous groups, international organizations, and more—to share knowledge and best practice to produce collaborative contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With support from the German Government, the next Global Landscapes Forum event will be take place in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 19-20 December 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-bonn/

January 2018

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018

The World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting bring together leaders from business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society at the beginning of the year to discuss challenges related to the global, regional, and industry agendas. The January 2018 meeting will focus on the theme, 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World'.

dates: 23-26 January 2018 location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...

Third GEF-7 Replenishment Meeting

The third GEF-7 replenishment meeting is expected to take place from 23-25 January 2018, in Brasilia, Brazil. The GEF-7 process is focused on assessing the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) focus and funding level for the seventh replenishment period for the GEF Trust Fund. The first meeting took place in Paris, France, and the second meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 23-25 January 2018 location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/replenishments

February 2018

Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9)

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF 9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF 9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies.

In the New Urban Agenda (NUA), adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016, participating States request the report of the implementation of the Agenda to incorporate, to the extent possible, the inputs of multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia, and to build on existing platforms such as the WUF, convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Themed ‘Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda,’ WUF 9 will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the NUA.

WUF 9 will seek to provide substantive inputs for the first report of the implementation of the NUA. The Forum is expected to enhance the common vision on sustainable urban development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by contributing to implementation of concrete solutions for the commitments made in the NUA, which are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The NUA commitments include ensuring: sustainable urban development for social inclusion and ending poverty; sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all; and environmentally sustainable and resilient urban development.

WUF 9 will aim to, inter alia: raise awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders; improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through open debates, sharing of lessons learned, and the exchange of urban solutions and good policies; increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the implementation of sustainable urbanization; and incorporate the inputs of multilateral organizations and stakeholders into the reporting of the NUA implementation.

The WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world.

dates: 7-13 February 2018 venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia www: http://wuf9.org/
http://wuf9.org/registration/

11th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators provides a platform for discussing trends and perspectives aimed at ensuring that investment agreements support sustainable development goals. The 11th Annual Forum will be co-hosted by the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Centre.

dates: 7-9 February 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.iisd.org/event/11th-annual-forum-developing-count...

First Global Conference of Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax

The Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax plans to hold its first global conference on the theme of 'Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. The conference aims to take forward the global dialogue on the role of tax in achieving the SDGs, and seek country insights on relevant challenges and opportunities. Thematic areas tentatively include: Domestic resource mobilization and the State; Role of tax in supporting sustainable economic growth, investment and trade; Tax and the social dimension: addressing poverty, inequality and health; Tax capacity development; and Tax cooperation and the SDGs. The concept note and agenda are under consideration. The Platform is a joint initiative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN and the World Bank Group, aiming to facilitate cooperation among the organizations.

dates: 14-16 February 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/platform-for-tax-collab...
http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2017/06/06/first-global-c...

First Arab Land Conference

The Government of the United Arab Emirates in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, the Arab League and the Arab Union of Surveyors are have announced the first Arab Land Conference, which will be hosted by the Dubai Land Department. The conference aims to exchange knowledge, promote regional cooperation and develop capacities and innovation in land governance and real estate reforms to promote the social and economic development in the Arab region. Key topics to be addressed will focus on the Arab region and include: access to land for sustainable business and investment; the interlink between housing policy and land management; education, research and capacity development on land policy, management, and administration; protection of land and property rights of displaced people and refugees to facilitate reconstruction; women, land and property rights; and new technologies to support land and real estate registration systems, property valuation and taxation policies.

dates: 26-28 February 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: http://arablandconference.com/en/

March 2018

World Ocean Summit 2018

The fifth World Ocean Summit will address some of the ocean's most intractable problems--and explore new possibilities. Since 2012, The Economist Group has hosted the World Ocean Summit to convene diverse stakeholders and bridge the perspectives of business, government and civil society on ocean issues. The Summits aim to accelerate the transition to the sustainable use of the ocean.

dates: 7-9 March 2018 location: Mexico additional: Riviera Maya www: https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/wor...

April 2018

Financing for Development (FfD) Forum 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) will take place from 23-26 April 2018. The FfD Forum was called for as part of the outcome from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the FfD Forum 2017 is here. A summary of the 2016 FfD Forum, which was the inaugural FfD Forum, is here. A summary of FfD3 is here.

dates: 23-26 April 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffdforum/2018-ffd-forum.html

June 2018

UNGA High-level Event on SDG Financing

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has announced that he will convene an event on financing the SDGs in June. This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and youth and education (mid-May).

date: 1 June 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...

July 2018

CITES AC30, PC24 and Joint AC-PC

Convening under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the thirtieth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC30) and twenty-fourth meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (PC24) will hold separate sessions as well as a joint session.

dates: 16-27 July 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: CITES Secretariat phone: +41-22- 917-81-39/40 e-mail: info@cites.org www: https://cites.org/eng/com/ac/index.php
https://cites.org/ https://eng/com/pc/index.php

October 2018

CITES SC70

The seventieth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee (SC70) will take place in Sochi, Russian Federation.

dates: 1-5 October 2018 location: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russian Federation contact: CITES Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-81-39/40 www: https://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

The French-based agricultural research institutes of CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Center for International Development) and INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) will host the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry. The Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 19-22 May 2019. Following the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 held in Delhi, India, this Congress will aim to raise the local, regional and global profile of agroforestry and significantly increase awareness, support, engagement and investment. It will aim to create a deliberate and tangible legacy in terms of recognition, partnerships, investments and impact, and produce a global roadmap for agroforestry with clear targets. Since 2009, the World Agroforestry Centre of the CGIAR Consortium has led the Congress in partnership with host country governments and institutions.

dates: 20-25 May 2019 location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France www: http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/eve...