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Trade and Investment


October 2017

2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from 17-19 October, with workshops taking place on 16 and 20 October. The AGM will convene at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.

dates: 16-20 October 2017 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: IGF Secretariat e-mail: Secretariat@IGFMining.org www: http://igfmining.org/
http://igfmining.org/agm-2017/

UNEP FI Europe Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership, and sustainable finance.

dates: 16-18 October 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/europe-events/eu...

Global Green Growth Week 2017

Global Green Growth Week 2017 (#GGGWeek2017) will focus on the theme, 'Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential'. Participants will discuss ways to scale up green growth in Africa and around the world. The meeting is jointly organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Ethiopia, and will bring together over 300 high-level ministers, thought leaders, institutional investors and decision makers to catalyze creative solutions for transformational green growth in Africa and the world over. The discussions will revolve around achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 17-20 October 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.gggweek2017.org/

Towards a Sustainable Future for All Women and Girls: Combatting Poverty and Promoting Gender Equality: A Data and Policy Perspective

UN Women will convene an event to contribute ideas and expert knowledge to the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), which is considering its biennial sub-item on ‘Women in development’ during the UNGA's 72nd session. UN Women will present findings from a joint research effort with the World Bank, which explored how existing data can be used in innovative ways to expand knowledge and understanding of the gender dimensions of poverty. This presentation will be followed by a discussion on relevant policy responses, including presentations from leading researchers and policy experts on innovative policy solutions that have had an impact on reducing poverty rates and contributed substantively to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

date: 18 October 2017 time: 3:00 to 6:00 pm venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/en/ga/second/72/unwomen-cni-18oct.pdf

Fourth OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF)

The 4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) will be held under the aegis of the new OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment on Tuesday, and will convene from 24-25 October 2017, at the OECD Conference Centre. The OECD has convened its annual Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) since 2014. At the 3rd GIFF event, the OECD launched the Centre on Green Finance and Investment to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. The GIFF is the main annual global event for the OECD Centre, and will gather senior policy makers and key actors in green finance and investment from around the world for action-oriented discussions to advance the global green finance agenda. The agenda for the 4th GIFF will include four main themes for discussion: from short-term actions to long-term ambition, to take stock of progress made since Paris (the action), and what to expect in the next 5-15 years (the ambition); opportunities for green investment; driving the low-carbon transition through a sustainable financial system; and channels for green finance and investment.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

International Investment Policies: The Way Forward

This event will: provide decision-makers from countries in transition with an opportunity to discuss the status of and the way forward in international investment law and policy; encourage new thinking on international investment policies and treaty making; contribute to consensus building on international investment issues and the reform of the International Investment Agreements regime; and enable exchange of experiences regarding the management of investment disputes. The event is being organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Government of Azerbaijan, among others.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 venue: Baku Business Center, 44 Neftchilar Ave location: Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan www: http://ipcbaku.com

Second Meeting of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

This meeting will take place in conjunction with the IX Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Conference aims to promote the development of national policies on social development and international, regional and bilateral cooperation on social development, in order to examine multidimensional poverty and make progress on poverty measurement, inequality and structural gaps in LAC. Participants will exchange experiences and debate the challenges of social protection and the double challenge of economic and social inclusion in the region, among other topics. The Regional Conference is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.cepal.org/en/pressreleases/montevideo-will-host-s...
http://www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/regional-conferenc...

EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum

The EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum (APFF) is co-hosted by EAT Foundation and the Indonesian Government. The two-day event will bring together over 500 global leaders from business, policy, science and civil society sectors to address the challenges and opportunities of today’s food system. The forum is designed to educate, foster partnerships, create new connections and find high-impact solutions to transforming the global food system into one that delivers healthy, sustainable and affordable diets to all. Speakers will include representatives from PepsiCo, Cargill, Olam, IKEA, Monde Nissin. In addition, the event will be addressed by the President and Vice President of Indonesia and the Minister of Health of Malaysia, as well as officials from WHO, the World Bank, the UN, WWF and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The hashtag for the event is #FOODCANFIXIT.

dates: 30-31 October 2017 location: Jakarta, Indonesia www: http://www.eatforum.org/event/asia-pacific-food-forum/

November 2017

31st ASEAN Summit

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 31st Summit will take place alongside related meetings and a special celebration of "ASEAN@50" with the Leaders. The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Viet Nam.  

dates: 10-14 November 2017   location: Philippines   additional: Clark   www: http://www.asean2017.ph/event/31st-asean-summit-and-related-...  

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017

This business-focused event will be held during the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC. Now in its eighth year, the event is expected to gather over 600 participants, including national and local policy makers, UN agencies representatives, business leaders, investors and international NGOs. Debate and discussions will be held around the following topics: renewable energy; circular economy; sustainable land and water management; carbon markets; climate finance; and climate innovation in emerging regions. The Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP 23 is organized by Climate Action, in partnership with UN Environment (UNEP).

dates: 13-14 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.cop-23.org/

World Smart City Forum 2017

World Smart City Forum 2017 will bring together leaders from cities worldwide, representatives of industry investors and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the rapidly evolving world of smart cities. Organized by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telegraph Union (ITU), the Forum seeks to help cities reach their “smart city” objectives faster and allow them to achieve better outcomes.

date: 15 November 2017 venue: Fira de Barcelona (Gran Via Venue), Avinguda Joan Carles I, 58 08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain contact: Klaus Hatlanek phone: +41 79 752 08 25 e-mail: hatlanek@iso.org www: http://www.cvent.com/events/world-smart-cities-forum-2017/ev...
https://www.worldsmartcity.org/

SSE Green Finance Dialogue

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is convening a high-level dialogue on Green Finance alongside the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 23). The full-day event will bring together ministers of finance, chief capital market regulators and CEOs of stock exchanges, investors and issuers to help chart the path forward for stock exchanges and their contribution to achieving climate goals. Stock exchanges are uniquely placed to promote standards, guide issuers and investors, and enable growth in green finance. To facilitate these contributions, following a year of consultations with an international advisory group, the SSE will be launching a new guidance on green finance. This guidance will outline the role that exchanges can play in greening capital markets and promoting green financial products. It will identify clear action points and provide examples of best practice for use by stock exchanges worldwide. During the morning, this event will feature a high-level leadership forum for CEOs and government officials to discuss the challenges and opportunities of green finance. Following a networking lunch, the afternoon will focus on technical workshops. The UN SSE initiative is co-organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and the UNEP Finance Initiative. Launched in 2009 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the SSE initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges can promote responsible investment for sustainable development. Stock exchanges around the world are invited to join the initiative by signing a voluntary public commitment to promote sustainable business practices in their market.

date: 16 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.sseinitiative.org/cop23/

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: Greening the Ocean Economy

The Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2017 (GGSD Forum) will focus on investment, innovation and employment aspects of ocean-based industries, together with policies to protect and sustainably use marine and ocean resources and ecosystems. Under the theme, 'Greening the Ocean Economy', this Forum will address implementation of SDG 14 (life below water), and will explore how economic development and conservation needs can be balanced through innovations in established and emerging ocean industries, as well as marine spatial planning instruments. The Forum will also cover issues such as national and international capacity for ocean industry oversight, the role of science and technology (including digitalisation) and responsible business conduct.

dates: 21-22 November 2017 venue: OECD Headquarters location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/ggsd-2017/home/

UNIDO LDC Ministerial Conference 2017

The 7th edition of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Least Developed Countries (LDC) Ministerial Conference will take place prior to the 17th session of UNIDO General Conference. Held under the theme ‘Building global partnerships: Enhancing growth and inclusiveness in LDCs,’ the conference will aim to identify innovative schemes and mechanisms by enabling partnership building and resource mobilization for sustainable industrial development in LDCs. It will discuss the role of multi-stakeholder partnership building, the importance of investment promotion and innovative financing solutions for LDCs’ industrial development, as well as the question of sustainability and the way forward to 2030 and beyond. The conference will promote UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) as a customized implementing instrument for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and advance SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals).

dates: 23-24 November 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.unido.org/ldc2017.html
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/LDC_Flyer_sep25.pd...

Fifth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will focus on the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure. Infrastructure—understood to include water supply and sanitation, flood protection, roads and transport, energy and telecommunications—has major implications for a variety of development outcomes, at the household level (health, education and social mobility), at the firm level (productivity, industrial development), and at the global level (climate change, energy, forests, biodiversity, pollution). Ensuring affordable and reliable access remains a major challenge in developing countries, but one that is further complicated by both a changing climate and changing climate policies. The balancing act across the three dimensions of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental – is increasingly central to the infrastructure challenge, even as the world appears to have made little progress in solving the infrastructure finance gap. The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will be hosted by the World Bank and will seek to stimulate research on these issues and foster interdisciplinary dialogue where relevant. This conference aims at taking stock of recent advances and research challenges. To do so, the event will seek to gather the best researchers in the field, both from the academic world and from more policy-oriented backgrounds.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 venue: World Bank location: Washington D.C., US contact: World Bank e-mail: sustainableinfra@worldbank.org www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/fifth-green-growth...

UNEP FI Africa and Middle East Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership, and sustainable finance.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/africa-middle-ea...

Sustainable Food Future-Technology, Resource Use and Resilience

Organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House, this conference will address the latest challenges to the food security and sustainability agenda while assessing new policies, practices and technologies being devised to create a more resilient and sustainable food system. Issues to be discussed in Panel sessions include: food and geopolitics, producing more with less, risk and resilience in the food system, changing diets and patterns of food consumption, innovation and technology in food production, and changing trade agendas and food production.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 venue: Chatham House location: London, England, UK e-mail: contact@chathamhouse.org www: https://www.chathamhouse.org/conferences/sustainable-food-fu...

17th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

The 17th session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will convene under the theme ‘Partnering for impact - achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. UNIDO views inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) as a central issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), as well as the targets and indicators underpinning the other 16 SDGs. The conference will address, inter alia, UNIDO’s role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its activities related to: energy and the environment; agribusiness, trade capacity building and job creation; and the Vienna Ministerial Declaration for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), among other issues. The LDC Ministerial Conference 2017 will take place immediately before the General Conference, from 23-24 November.

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://www.unido.org/gc17.html
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/PMO/GC.17/GC.17_1_...

Workshop and Science Policy Dialogue: Air Pollution, Climate and Health in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), together with Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), will host a regional atmospheric scientists’ workshop, featuring discussions on the current state of knowledge and level of scientific consensus on a range of topics, such as: observations of aerosols and gases in urban and mountainous areas; emission measurements and inventories; health impacts of air pollution; impacts of air pollution on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems and agriculture; aerosol-cloud interactions; measurement, modeling and remote sensing technology; and social, economic and policy aspects of air pollution and its mitigation. The workshop’s goals include: community building among the region’s atmospheric scientists; consensus building among scientists on key topics and thematic areas; and fostering improved evidence-based policy making through improved two-way communication between scientists and policymakers.

dates: 27-30 November 2017 venue: ICIMOD Headquarters location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.icimod.org/?q=28868
http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

Circular Economy Forum of the Americas 2017

The First Circular Economy Forum of the Americas (CEFA2017) is organized by the Americas Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF), through the Circular Economy Platform of the Americas (CEP-americas). CEFA2017 will focus on triggering regional discussions to shift away from take-make-waste paradigms toward regenerative and restorative economies. Participants will consider how Circular Economic thinking contributes to improving the competitiveness and productivity of businesses, facilitates low emission development, aids in mitigating climate change, and enables achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 29-30 November 2017 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia www: https://www.cefa2017.com/

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....

UNEP FI Asia Pacific Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and the general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership and sustainable finance.

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Tokyo, Japan contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/asia-pacific-eve...

Climate Summit

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that, two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, he will convene a summit to take further action on climate, notably on the financial front. Macron indicated that the Summit would aim to mobilize private and public financing for the projects committed to under the Paris Agreement.

date: 12 December 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-climatechange-...
https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_rechauffement-climatique-ma...

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/

February 2018

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...

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...