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    • Higher Education Webinar: Transforming International Affairs Education to Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Virtual Roundtable: Major Power Rivalry in East Asia
      The risks of conflict between the United States and China are real and growing. This situation has left the U.S.-China relationship in a precarious place that will require delicate diplomacy in order to manage intensifying competition while preventing conflict. Panelists discuss “Major Power Rivalry in East Asia,” a paper by Evan S. Medeiros in the […]
    • Renewing America Series: Reskilling and the Future of Work Post-Pandemic
      Panelists discuss the changing nature of America’s workforce and the urgency to reskill workers exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including issues around automation, labor markets, and the future of remote work. CFR’s Renewing America initiative shines a spotlight on the domestic underpinnings of U.S. competitiveness to find ways to raise living standards at home and […]
    • Virtual Roundtable: The Politics of Primary Health Care
    • The Future of Work in the COVID-19 Economy
      COVID-19 has accelerated economic trends, such as virtual work and automation that will reshape the future of work. How can governments, multilateral organizations, and the private sector promote economic recovery for those hardest hit in the COVID-19 economy, including women, people of color, and lower-wage workers? What skills will become more or less in-demand? How […]
    • A Conversation With State Councilor Wang Yi of China
      State Councilor Wang Yi discusses China's foreign and domestic policies, including the impact of COVID-19 and the future of relations with the United States.
    • C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Lawrence H. Summers
      Lawrence H. Summers discusses the U.S. economic recovery, the Biden administration's stimulus and infrastructure plans, possible inflation risks, and the implications for the global economy. The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics brings the world's foremost economic policymakers and scholars to address members on current topics in international economics and U.S. monetary policy. This meeting series is […]
    • Transition 2021 Series: What's Next for U.S.-Iran Relations?
      Panelists discuss U.S. policy toward Iran under the Biden administration and how changes in U.S. policy will affect relations with other countries in the Middle East. The Transition 2021 series examines the major foreign policy issues confronting the Biden administration.
    • School Policy Decisions During COVID-19
      Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaks on the considerations schools face in terms of reopening, taking into account their individual needs as well as public health and CDC recommendations. Jacob Carpenter, education reporter at the Houston Chronicle, discusses best practices for framing stories related to this topic. Carla Anne Robbins, adjunct […]
    • Preventing the Next Pandemic: Leveraging Technology for Early Warning of Spreading Infectious Illness.
      The rapid rate of infection in the ongoing pandemic is catalyzing technological innovation to prevent the next potential pandemic from ever reaching a global scale. Technology is the essential tool for early testing, detection, and tracking. Through the use of modern data science techniques to develop epidemiological forecast models and personal technology such as smart […]

    Election is a bit of a gamble

    Half the country never wanted to get out of Europe. They still do not.
    They will not vote Labour because it would be a wasted vote.
    They could vote Lib Dem hoping that a power shift away from The Conservatives will dilute a Hard Brexit.

    • Statement of Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on USTR Tai’s statement on the TRIPS waiver
      “I read with interest the statement made yesterday by USTR Katherine Tai and I warmly welcome her willingness to engage with proponents of a temporary waiver of the TRIPS Agreement to help in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. As I told the General Council yesterday, we need to respond urgently to COVID-19 because the world is […]
    • Trade and public health, fish subsidies and LDC concerns in General Council spotlight
      Ensuring access to essential medical goods during a pandemic, securing a global deal on prohibiting harmful fisheries subsidies and addressing the concerns of “graduating” least developed countries were among the topics discussed at the 5-6 May meeting of the WTO’s General Council. Members also exchanged views on the WTO’s continuing work on electronic commerce and […]
    • DG Okonjo-Iweala underlines urgent need to address equitable access to vaccines
      WTO members must respond urgently to the need for a multilateral solution to ensure equitable access to vaccines worldwide, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala declared on 5 May, describing it as the “moral and economic issue of our time”. The WTO chief made her remarks at a meeting of the organization’s General Council, where the issue of […]
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      Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala on the IP waiver
    • WTO opens online registration for 2021 Public Forum
      Online registration for the 2021 Public Forum is now open. The main theme for this year’s Forum, which will be held from 28 to 30 September, is “Trade beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience”.
    • DG Okonjo-Iweala announces her four Deputy Directors-General
      Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala today (4 May) announced the appointment of Angela Ellard of the United States, Anabel González of Costa Rica, Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam of France and Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang of China as her four Deputy Directors-General.
    • EIF launches policy briefs to develop trade opportunities for least-developed countries
      The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) released on 4 May three policy briefs recommending actions to boost the participation of least-developed countries (LDCs) in international trade. The briefs look at integrating trade into sustainable development strategies, using tourism to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthening value chains in the clothing sector in LDCs.
    • TRIPS@25 webinar: Leading economists to explore the economics of IP and trade
      A panel of leading international economists will explore the evolving relationship between the intellectual property (IP) system and international trade at a virtual seminar organized by the WTO for 4 May 2021. The webinar forms part of a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual […]
    • Members discuss contours of potential MC12 deliverables
      Heads of WTO member delegations today exchanged views about issues on which they can realistically reach agreements in the run-up to the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) later this year, and what needs to happen to make such deals possible. Fisheries subsidies, agriculture and the COVID-19 pandemic featured prominently in the discussions, with several members stressing […]
    • WTO launches Virtual Course on Trade and Public Health with special focus on COVID-19
      The WTO, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), launched on 3 May 2021 its first Virtual Course on Trade and Public Health, which focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic.