WTO PUBLIC FORUM | GENEVA
The Public Forum is the World Trade Organisation’s largest annual outreach event. Held in Geneva each year since 2001, it provides a platform for public debate and discussion across a wide range of WTO issues and activities, as over 1500 policy makers, civil society representatives, business people and researchers come together to consider how to make trade work for more people and ensure that the trading system is as inclusive as it can be. This year, the Forum’s theme is "Trade: Behind the Headlines".
WORLD BANK / IMF ANNUAL MEETINGS | WASHINGTON DC
The Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank bring together around 10,000 people - the most senior leaders of the world's governments, along with the private sector, academics and civil society - to follow the work of these two mammoth finance and development bodies.
Two high priorities for the Meetings will include discussing how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and the promotion of global monetary cooperation to secure international financial stability. These will be accompanied by a wide variety of relevant topics; last year's session included seminars addressing corruption from a youth perspective, technology and innovation, inclusive growth, inequality, trade, globalisation, and women's economic empowerment.
UN CLIMATE TALKS | BONN
The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being held in Bonn, Germany, at the Headquarters of the UNFCCC, from 6-17 November 2017.
This annual conference will bring together thousands of attendees from government, academia, business and advocacy groups to advance international agreements that aim to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects. Bonn will continue to focus on the implementation of the new Paris Agreement on climate change - agreed in 2015 at COP 21 - one of the most significant events in environmental negotiations this decade.