Friday, August 12, 2016

New academic opportunities from the Virtual Institute network

Dear Vi friends,

I am pleased to forward the following academic opportunities on behalf of Vi partners, the WTO and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

Vi members are invited to submit contributions to the 2016 Conference on Green Trade (2016国际绿色贸易大会), to be held November 5-6 in Shenzhen City, China. Speakers and participants from governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia, among others, will address issues related to promoting green trade in Asia and globally.

The conference will cover the following topics: potential environmental impacts of the growth of international trade; national policies to address green trade; international regulations and rules of green trade; International/regional sustainable standards for greener trade; corporate responsibility to promote green trade; NGOs for equitable and gender-inclusive green trade development; One Belt and One Road: opportunity and challenges; greening agro-commodity supply chains; building a Green Free Trade Zone.

Proposals for speeches or papers must be submitted with the subject line "2016 International Conference on Green Trade" to by September 1.

The World Bank Group and World Trade Organization have issued a call for papers for the joint publication, "Trade and poverty: A collection of case studies."

Organizers welcome papers analyzing the role of trade in fighting rural poverty, trade and gender issues, trade and fragile and conflict affected states and trade and informal economy; measuring and/or developing mechanisms for monitoring the linkages between trade and poverty and the obstacles that poor face to exploit export opportunities; exploring the risks that the poor face that may prevent them from benefitting from trade, and the risks that may be exacerbated by increased trade, as well as strategies for mitigating the effects. Preference will be given to empirical papers describing a specific country experience.

To be considered, authors must submit a preliminary paper and/or detailed and comprehensive abstract defining their research questions, preliminary results and likely outcome no later than September 15.

Submissions must be sent to with the subject line "WTO/World Bank Joint publication on trade poverty."

I hope you find this information useful, and that you will distribute widely among your professional networks.

Best regards,

Susana Olivares
Virtual Institute
UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Division on Globalization and Development Strategies
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10 - Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 917 5823 Fax: +41-22 917 0050
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