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WTO: Public Forum Takes Place From 27 to 30 September
“Towards a sustainable and inclusive recovery: ambition to action” is this year’s focus of WTO’s Public Forum. It will feature 144 sessions, from 27 to 30 September.
All sessions are organized by WTO member governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academia and international organizations, with many sessions livestreamed on the WTO website.
This year's Public Forum will look at how trade can contribute to the post-pandemic economic recovery. The Forum will examine how trade rules can be strengthened, and how government policies can improve to create a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive trading system.
The Forum has three sub-themes:
Leveraging technology for an inclusive recovery
Delivering a trade agenda for a sustainable future
Framing the future of trade
On its opening day, Tuesday 27 th September it will host a conversation between Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and CNN news anchor Richard Quest, giving participants the opportunity to witness a candid exchange on the global economy and the challenges facing global trade.
Several interactive activities will be organised throughout the Forum, and participants will have the chance to explore various exhibitions that shed light on the role of international trade in achieving environmental sustainability.
The full programme is available here.
Building Bridges will welcome the international development and finance community in Geneva from 3-6 October 2022 to advance sustainable finance.
The 3rd edition of Building Bridges will feature a High-level Summit, and over 65 thought-provoking discussions to mobilize capital for the 2030 Agenda.
Register now here.
The conference will convene internationally renowned experts and out-of-the-box thought leaders such as Emmanuel Faber, International Sustainability Standards Board, Patricia Danzi, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, Margaret Kulhow, WWF, David Nabarro, Skill, Systems & Synergies for Sustainable Development, Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Centre for Economic Policy Research, and many other speakers.
Building Bridges is an open and collaborative effort that aims to accelerate the transition to a sustainable financial system. The initiative brings diverse actors from the finance industry, the United Nations, international organizations, NGOs, academia, and government together around a common vision of advancing sustainable finance to address the Sustainable Development Goals.
Women in Diplomacy and International Affairs
We continue our series of Women in Diplomacy and International Affairs with interviews with Malene Nielsen, Deputy, Permanent Delegation of Denmark at UNESCO, in Paris, and Elena Hernandez from the International Criminal Court, in The Hague.
Media Relations at the International Criminal Court
Elena Hernandez has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and at the UN in New York, during the 73rd General Assembly, in their media department, supporting the relationship with international correspondents.
Now she is a Media and Communications Officer at the International Criminal Court, in The Hague, where she manages and produces social media content, analyses statistics on their website and social media channels, produces news releases and reports, as well as manages the relationship with the international press.
She had an early start with her father being a journalist, and also living with a war correspondent in Washington and a journalist in Algeria, and has a degree in Journalism, Communication in Media Studies, from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a B.A. in International Law and Legal Studies, and a B.B.A. in Marketing and Communications from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and has participated twice in the European Union Erasmus Program, in Germany and in Switzerland, as well as studies in International Law and Human Rights at the American University in Washington, DC.
UNESCO: How Country Members Contribute to Programs and Research on Freedom of Expression and the Impact of COVID on the Protection of Human Rights
Malene Nielsen is with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is Deputy, Permanent Delegation of Denmark to UNESCO. She has a M.A. in International Relations and Development Studies from Roskilde University, and a B.A. in International Marketing from Copenhagen Business School, and has done an internship with UNESCO while finishing her Masters. We spoke about the recent research she has conducted with UNESCO on Freedom of Expression and how COVID-19 has weakened human rights protection around the globe, with a focus on artists, scientists, and journalists, and how aware they are of their rights under international law.
They published their findings in 2021, in a special report called Critical Voices.