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Global Events (59)

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland
  • Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration, 13 September 2018
  • Sub-committee on Least Development Countries, 14 September 2018

  • Location Washington DC, USA
  • Sovereign Debt: A Guide for Economists and Practitioners, 13-14 September 2018
  • 2018 Law and Financial Stability High-Level Seminar, 25-27 September 2018
  • Fourth Investing in Africa Forum: Deepening Investment Co-operation and Harnessing Innovation for Sustainable Development and Shared Prosperity, 6-8 September 2018, Changsha, Hunan Province, China
  • Fifth Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference, 7 September 2018, Washington, DC, USA
  • 2018 Development Finance Forum: Unlocking Investment Opportunities in the East Af-rican Community, 11-12 September 2018, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Seminar on Quality Infrastructure Investment, 12-13 September 2018, Tokyo, Japan

  • Location Paris, France

Blockchain Policy Forum, 4-5 September 2018

  • Youth 20 Summit, 13-19 August, Córdoba
  • Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting, 23-24 August 2018, Salta 
  • Third meeting of the Education Working Group, 3-4 September 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Joint meeting of the Education and Employment Working Groups, 4 September 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Third meeting of the Employment Working Group, 3-5 September 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
  • L20 Summit, 4-5 September 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Meeting of Education Ministers, 5 September 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Joint meeting of Education and Employment Ministers, 6 September 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Meeting of Employment Ministers, 6-7 September 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Third Sherpa Meeting, 8-9 September 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Third meeting of the International Financial Architecture Working Group, 10-11 September, Paris, France
  • Fourth meeting of the Framework Working Group, 10-12 September 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • First Meeting of the Business Women Leaders’ Task Force, 9 July 2018, London
  • Second Meeting of the Development Working Group, 11-12 July 2018, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
  • Second Meeting of the Task Force on Digital Economies, 31 July-1 August 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Civil 20 Summit, 6-7 August 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Location Argentina
  • Science 20 Summit, 24-25 July 2018, Rosario.
  • Second Meeting of Agriculture Deputies, 26-27 July 2018, Buenos Aires.
  • Agriculture Ministerial Meeting, 27-28 July 2018, Buenos Aires.
  • Second Meeting of the Task Force on Digital Economies, 31 July-1 August 2018, Buenos Aires.

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland
  • Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies), 23 July 2018

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland
  • Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies), 23 July 2018
  • General Council, 26-27 July 2018
  • Fourth Meeting of Finance and Central Bank Deputies, 19-20 July 2018, Buenos Aires
  • Third Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, 21-22 July 2018, Buenos Aires

  • Location Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018, 17-19 July 2018.

  • Location Washington DC, USA

World Economic Outlook update, 16 July 2018

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland
  • Informal Committee on Import Licensing, 9 July 2018
  • Informal Committee on Customs Valuation, 10 July 2018
  • Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies), 12 July 2018
  • Informal Open-ended Dispute Settlement Body - Special Session, 12 July 2018
  • Informal Open-ended Committee on Agriculture - Special Session, 16 July 2018
  • Informal Open-ended Council for Trade in Services - Special Session, 16 July 2018

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland
  • Committee on Trade and Development – Session on Aid for Trade, 3 July 2018
  • Council for Trade in Goods, 3 July 2018
  • Council for Trade in Goods, 4 July 2018
  • Informal Group of Developing Countries, 4 July 2018
  • Committee on Trade and Development – Dedicated Session on the Monitoring Mechanism on Special and Differential Treatment, 5 July 2018
  • Committee on Trade and Development, 5 July 2018
  • Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology, 6 July 2018
  • Informal Committee on Import Licensing, 9 July 2018
  • Second Meeting of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, 2-4 July 2018, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Second Meeting of the Development Working Group, 11-12 July 2018, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina

  • Location Paris, France

“Firms, workers and disruptive technologies – ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth”; this will also be an opportunity to assess the extent to which the forum has helped uncover the factors behind the productivity slowdown.

  • Location Brussels, Belgium

On the margins of the World Customs Organisation…

  • Trade Facilitation and the Global Economy, Paris, France
  • Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation, Brussels, Belgium

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland

The OECD will release its latest analytical work on trade facilitation. Trade Facilitation and the Global Economy presents key findings on the state of trade facilitation reforms around the world, and shows why and how trade facilitation can contribute to lowering trade costs and increasing economic well-being.

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland
  • WTO Committee on Trade Facilitation, 26 June 2018
  • Informal Working Group on MSMEs, 27 June 2018
  • Workshop on Gender and Government Procurement, 25 June 2018
  • Committee on Trade and Environment, 28 June 2018
  • WTO Informal Dialogue on Investment Facilitation for Development, 28 June 2018

  • Location Harare, Zimbabwe

Case Studies on the Linkages to the Development of Trade Corridors and Regional Value Chains in SADC Beitbridge and Chirundu Borders

  • Location Paris, France

The 2018 Global Forum, launched in 2013 to strengthen the international dialogue on responsible business conduct, brought together government officials, business leaders and civil society representatives to examine and exchange views on how business could do good while doing no harm, and so contribute to sustainable development.

  • Location Stanford, USA

With the theme “Examining the challenges and opportunities of firms’ productivity in Africa”, the conference covered topics pertinent to firms in sub-Saharan Africa. It was organised by the World Bank Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region and the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development.

  • Location Geneva, Switzerland

Governments and international organisations, the private sector and academics meet with the aim of fostering trade action in least developed countries and building deeper collaboration and commitment to integrate such nations into global and regional trade. Progress over the past decade will be discussed, with a view to determining what more is needed and to obtaining new commitments by LDC leaders to use trade to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Location Republic of Korea & Argentina
  • Third Meeting of the Framework Working Group, 19-20 June 2018, Kyoto, Japan
  • Forum on Steel Excess Capacity Ministerial Meeting (TBC), 20 June 2018, Paris, France


  • Location Bariloche, Argentina

Energy transitions is one of the 11 work streams of the G20, with the transition to cleaner, more flexible and transparent energy systems a priority. The working group promotes the strengthening of energy efficiency and renewables, energy access, reducing inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, energy data transparency and market digitalisation.

  • Location Paris, France

Policymakers and practitioners, international institutions and leading academics discussed key policy issues regarding product market competition and regulation and growth. Topics included: How and why has product market competition, overall and in key sectors, changed since the 1990s? What are the consequences for productivity growth, innovation and income distribution? What are the implications for competition policy and market regulation?

  • Location Sydney, Australia

The group previously met in February, where discussions focused on how technology could advance sustainable investment. Three research topics were agreed for 2018: securitisation of sustainable assets, development of sustainable private equity/venture capital, and digital innovations for mobilising sustainable finance. Continuing its work from the first meeting, the Study Group will produce the 2018 G20 Sustainable Finance Synthesis Report and submit it to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in July and G20 Leaders’ Summit in November.

  • Location Sydney, Australia

According to Laurence Carter, Senior Director for Infrastructure, PPPs and Guarantees of the World Bank, said: “Infrastructure hits the sweet spot for economic growth, jobs and addressing inequality.” This followed the agreement at the First G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in March in Buenos Aires to promote conditions needed to help develop infrastructure as an asset class that is attractive to private investors.

  • Location Buenos Aires

The meeting follows the forum’s first meeting of the year, which was held in March, in Paris. At that gathering, discussions focused on exchanging and reviewing information, with a longer-term view to find consensus on the process and timeline for the removal of market distorting subsidies and similar support.

  • Location Paris, France

The Ministerial Council Meeting was opened by French President Emmanuel Macron and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. Countries were urged to work harder to ensure that multilateral co-operation effectively addressed today’s global challenges. The meeting discussed co-operation in promoting inclusive growth, fostering international trade, advancing co-operation on taxation and climate change, responding to the impact of digitalisation and new technologies, and ensuring the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme “Reshaping the foundations of multilateralism for more responsible, effective and inclusive outcomes”, looked at ways to ensure multilateralism better served the needs of those who had missed the benefits of globalisation.

  • Location Basel, Switzerland

The G20 established its Data Gaps initiative following the global financial crisis of 2008. It is the responsibility of the G20 Finance Track, with the goal of improving the availability and comparability of economic and financial data. This meeting comes after international experts in the field met in Buenos Aires in January to gather recommendations for the data collection agencies of G20 members.

The South Sudan Petroleum and Mining Minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, has recently announced that China has decided to give South Sudan's mining sector a boost by lending the young state between US$1 billion and US$ 2 billion. The full amount will be spread between infrastructure projects, the mining industry and agricultural projects. Together, the two countries will conduct South Sudan's first geological survey, funded by a US$ 43 million Chinese loan.

  • Location Rome, Italy

On September 8–10, 2013, CFR and the Italian Institute of International Affairs convened the third Council of Councils regional conference: "Europe and the Future of Global Governance." The South African Institute of International Affairs (who manage the GEGAfrica website) is part of the Council of Councils and was invited to participate in the event.

The first Civil 20 Summit was opened on June 13 in Moscow by the co-chairperson of the C20, Elena Topoleva and a welcome address from President Putin was read by Ksenia Yudaeva, Russian G20 Sherpa and Chief of Presidential Experts’ Directorate.

  • Location Durban, South Africa

South Africa will host the fifth BRICS Summit from 26 to 27 March 2013 at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC). This will complete the first cycle of BRICS summits.

These summits are convened to seek common ground on areas of importance for these major economies. Talks represent spheres of political and entrepreneurial coordination, in which member countries have identified several business opportunities, economic complementarities and areas of cooperation.


Read more on the offical BRICS Summit 2013 website.

  • Location Durban University of Technology, South Africa

More details to follow on the official website:

  • Location Durban, South Africa

You are invited to join us in a BRICS public policy dialogue
“Tackling inequalities across BRICS: The Brazilian experience in addressing poverty, hunger and inequality”

Oxfam invites you to join us in a BRICS public policy dialogue: “Tackling inequalities across BRICS: The Brazilian experience in addressing poverty, hunger and inequality”
A finger lunch will be served after the dialogue.
To facilitate catering, please RSVP to Busi Nyume, by 12 March 2013
For media enquiries please contact Rulleska,
Please forward this invitation to others in your network

Date: Thursday, 14 March 2013 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon
Venue: Coastlands on the Ridge, Peter Mokaba Road, Durban
RSVP: Busi Nyume, by 12 March 2013
Moderator: Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam Great Britain
Speakers: Simon Ticehurst, Country Director, Oxfam (Brazil), Adriana Abdenur, General Coordinator, BRICS Policy Center (Brazil), Isobel Frye, Director, Studies in Poverty and Inequalities Institute (South Africa), Other speakers from Russia, India, and/or China to be confirmed.

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:12

BRICS countries seek “virtual secretariat”

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At the fifth BRICS summit to date, and the first to be held on the African continent, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will discuss the creation of a new Development Bank and a “virtual secretariat”. The hosts of the summit also plan to acquaint the other BRICS members with African issues.The agenda of the BRICS summit, which will be held on March 26-27 in Durban, South Africa, particularly highlights last week’s talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.It is known that one of the priority issues to be discussed by the leaders of the five-nation club is the creation of a BRICS Development Bank.At a joint press conference on February 12, asked if Russia was in favor of such a structure, Lavrov replied: “The fact that the idea is being actively framed in preparation for the summit speaks…

  • Location Moscow, Russia

On March 3-4, 2013 the Second Sherpas' Meeting will be held in Moscow within the framework of Russia's G20 Presidency.

During the meeting Sherpas will discuss the main outcomes of the first Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting, which was held on February 15-16, 2013. Sherpas will consider such issues as implementation of the Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth; financing for investment; reform of international financial architecture; financial regulation; and impact of structural reforms on growth.

In the course of the meeting there will also be presented reports on the results of the working groups' meetings held recently - Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG), Task Force on Employment (ETF), Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) and Development Working Group (DWG).

The G20 Sherpas will be also addressed by the representatives of Business 20, Civil 20, and Youth 20 who will elaborate on the working program of their respective outreach formats in 2013.

Finally, Sherpas will discuss the preparatory process for the Saint-Petersburg Summit.

Meeting venue: Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow


Finance ministers and central bank heads from the G20 group of the world's biggest advanced and developing economies gather on Feb. 15-16 in Moscow, under Russia's 2013 presidency.

With the United States, Britain, the European Central Bank and Japan all resorting to unconventional monetary levers to revive their economies, the spillover of such policies and their exchange rate effects will certainly be on the agenda

For details of accreditation, visit the G20 website.

  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa

The GEGAfrica project is offering an introductory briefing for journalists within South Africa on the upcoming BRICS Summit 2013.

Based on discussion and feedback from editors of key media outlets, the half-day briefing will be of practical, professional use to selected journalists attending. Both off-record, background sessions and on-record, reportable discussions with key individuals from government, academia, civil society and business.

More information about the briefing will be circulated to targeted journalists closer to the date. If you are a journalist or editor wishing to participate, please contact">

  • Location Beijing, China
Tuesday 12 February, Beijing, China.
The EU delegation, headed by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman van Rompuy and Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, meets the Chinese delegaion, headed by Premier Wen Jiabao. The EU-China summit demonstrates the ambition of the EU to strengthen its relationship with China. Among the points of discussion are the EU-China partnership, economic situation of both parties, investment relationship, global changes, international issues, etc.

Moreover, the goal of the summit is to launch new cooperation projects between the EU and China: a China-EU partnership on sustainable urbanisation; an EU-China high-level people-to-people dialogue and reinforced cooperation on energy.

Visit the official website.

  • Location Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland 23-27 January: Resilient Dynamism

For over 40 years, the mission of the World Economic Forum – committed to improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme. The Annual Meeting remains the foremost creative force for engaging leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas. 

Today, we live in the most complex, interdependent and interconnected era in human history. We are increasingly confronted by major adaptive challenges as well as profound transformational opportunities. This new leadership context requires successful organizations to master strategic agility and to build risk resilience. More broadly, it requires fostering resilient dynamism in every sector of society. Consequently, “Resilient Dynamism” is the focus of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013, aiming to catalyse and facilitate global, regional and industry transformation as a trusted partner of our members and constituents.

For more information, visit the official website.

What is the best response to the continuing financial crisis, stimulus or austerity? Will the Euro hold together as a currency zone? Olivier Blanchard, Economic Counsellor and Director, Research Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF), joins David Welch, podcast host and CIGI Chair of Global Security, to address these questions and offer a broader discussion of the current challenges facing the global economy. Blanchard notes that stability in the euro zone will rely on the reestablishment of competitiveness and fiscal adjustment, although it will be much more difficult for some countries than for others. The conversation moves on to consider the…


  • Location Moscow, Russia

The Think 20 Meeting took place in Moscow on December 11 as part of Russia's G20 presidency. Representatives of leading global think tanks exchanged opinions on the most important issues on the global economic agenda.

Kseniya Yudaeva, Russia's G20 Sherpa, focused her opening remarks on the important role that think tanks play in maintaining contacts between the expert community and government officials and supporting an ongoing exchange on how to make the work of the G20 more effective, as well as outlining the most important priorities for the current and future work of the group.

She also said that the focus of the meeting, Fostering Economic Growth and Sustainability, reflects the main goals that the G20 has been working to achieve from the very start: studying the main reasons behind the economic crisis and finding ways for initiating a recovery.

Some of the ideas proposed by the experts during the Think 20 Meeting will be included in the agenda for the December 12 G20 Sherpas' Meeting, Yudaeva said. She spoke about the plans and priorities of Russia's G20 presidency.

The G20 Finance Track will be based on the traditional G20 agenda during the year of Russia's presidency, Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak said. It will continue focusing on issues raised over previous years. He also informed the audience that G20 finance ministers will meet in Moscow on February 15-16, 2013.

The main results of the Think 20 Meeting will be presented at the conference Fostering Economic Growth and Sustainability to be held in Moscow on December 13, 2012.


Click here to read the full opening remarks.

  • Location International Financial Center, Tower 2, Hong Kong, Central

As the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and Asian countries have become more integrated into the world economy, their governments have become increasingly aware of fundamental problems or challenges of the current International Monetary System (IMS). The conference will examine, first, a range of views on the fundamental systemic problems that are a catalyst for international monetary reforms; second, views from the BRICS and Asian countries, as well as regional considerations regarding the measures that key countries are already taking to respond to the challenges of the IMS, including currency internationalization; and third, options and preferences for orderly adjustment of the IMS.

Key questions guiding the conference include:

  • What are the main problems or challenges of the existing IMS?
  • How are the shortcomings of the current IMS affecting the BRICS and Asian countries?
  • Is the instability of the US dollar as the de facto global reserve currency having a significant effect on the BRICS and/or Asian countries?  If not, why not?  If so, how and why?
  • In some of the BRICS and Asian countries, is there a sense of need or urgency for the IMS to be adjusted to reflect the changed landscape of the world economy?
  • How are the different BRICS and Asian countries responding? Compare the effectiveness of the differing responses.
  • Why is China looking to gradually expand the international use of its national currency?
  • What is the systemic impact of China’s currency internationalization efforts?
  • Is currency internationalization a realistic adjustment option for BRICS or Asian countries?
  • How are other emerging economies or global financial centers being affected by the international use of the Chinese renminbi?  How are they responding?
  • What is the cost-benefit of currency internationalization?
  • What are the requirements, and preferred options, for orderly adjustment of the IMS?  How to coordinate across national, regional and global responses?


For more information and to download the programme, visit the original article on the CIGI website.

  • Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates

12-14 November - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Summit on the Global Agenda is the world’s largest brainstorming meeting, aimed at shaping the global agenda by bringing together the most relevant thought leaders of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. The Councils, comprised of experts from academia, business, civil society and government, address over 80 pressing issues facing the world today.

At the Summit on the Global Agenda, over 800 Members of the Network will engage in interactive workshops and sessions to provide comprehensive insight into the global, industry and regional agendas. Recognizing the great transformations businesses, economies and societies are currently facing, participants at this year’s Summit will focus on how to transform new models into collaborative, sustained processes, which drive solutions for a greener and socially more inclusive world.

Read more on the official website.

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