Hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in cooperation with the Government of the Cook Islands and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), this meeting will celebrate progress toward gender equality in the Pacific Island region, and discuss where Pacific nations would like to position gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda at national and regional levels. This meeting is expected to see the launch of the Regional Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Tracking Report 2013.
dates: 20-24 October 2013 location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands
MOP 25 is scheduled to consider a number of issues, including nominations for critical- and essential-use exemptions. On 3 May 2013, the Ozone Secretariat announced the change in venue from Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine to Bangkok, Thailand. The dates are unchanged.
dates: 21-25 October 2013 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand
The ninth session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will meet, in accordance with UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) decision 2013/239, to discuss, among other things, issues related to the next update of the UN Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries. The Committee will also discuss cross-cutting issues under the UN Model, such as taxation of services and interaction of the Model with climate change mechanisms. In addition, it will work towards the next update of the UN Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries, foreign direct investment issues and corporate taxation, including resource taxation issues for developing countries, and capacity development. As this will be the first session of the new Membership of the Committee, the Committee will elect a Chair and other officers, and establish subcommittees.
dates: 21-25 October 2013 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
The Chemical Review Committee (CRC) is a subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention that reviews chemicals and pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV, respectively, and makes recommendations to the COP for listing these chemicals in Annex III. A joint meeting with the Stockholm Convention's POPRC will be held on 20 October 2013.
dates: 22-25 October 2013 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
The 16th International Business Forum (IBF) will convene under the theme 'Green and Inclusive Business: Exploring and Developing Markets for Sustainable Growth'. The event aims to foster dialogue and knowledge transfer between businesses, governments and civil society to promote, develop and scale up sustainable business models in developing and emerging countries. The event will focus on combining economic, social and environmental objectives into business models. The Forum will include innovative and interactive sessions for dialogue and capacity development, and facilitate partnering between enterprises and investors. The 16th IBF is being co-hosted by the UN Global Compact and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). The IBF was created by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the aim of raising awareness among businesses regarding their impact and influence in tackling the challenges of sustainable development and poverty reduction.
dates: 23-24 October 2013 venue: Istanbul Congress Center location: Istanbul, Turkey