– International Conference on Chemical Management

– UN 2023 Water Conference

– European Parliament

– Global Phase Out of Gasoline Cars

– Germany’s New ESG Law

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Many United Nations International Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) events continue throughout this week. Companies, nonprofits and governments launch programs and reports.

Today, the World Immunization Week starts.

In Hangzhou, China, the 4th UN World Data Forum will be held. The Forum will be organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and will continue until 27 April.

International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Mobility, 24-25 April 2023, Istanbul, Turkey

2023 Preparedness Summit, 24-27 April 2023, Atlanta, GA


U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will have a hearing on Electronic Health Record Modernization Deep Dive: Pharmacy

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will have a hearing on Healthcare Workforce Shortages

The European Parliament, Legal Affairs Committee will adopt its position on the proposal for so-called corporate sustainability due diligence. The draft bill aims at minimizing the adverse impact that companies’ activities can have on people and the planet. The new rules would require firms to identify and end or mitigate their negative impact on human rights and the environment.

Mobility Summit 2023, 25-26 April 2023, Hannover, Germany


South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol visits US.

Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems, 26-28 April 2023, Prague, Czech Republic


Santiago, Chile, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the DESA’s Global Policy Dialogue: Financing a Sustainable and Inclusive Industrial Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Today is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Informal Meeting of EU Economy and Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meet in Stockholm, Sweden. Working session I: Financing Europe’s future growth – During the first working session, the ministers and Central Bank Governors will be invited to exchange views on European financial markets’ role in financing the next generation of companies that will provide jobs and promote future economic growth. Working session II: A long-term perspective on stabilization policies and sustainable public finances – The second working session will take a longer-term perspective on the role of fiscal policy in overall stabilization policies. Issues for discussion will include the appropriateness of fiscal policy for stabilization in different situations, the trade-off between discretionary policies and automatic stabilizers, and how different conditions in member states affect the room for maneuver.


Paraguay presidential, chamber of deputies and chamber of senators elections. Bhutan National Council elections.


U.S. and Eurozone as well as South Korea report their GDPs. Markets are expected to be volatile. U.S. business-reported Personal Consumption Expenditures will be reported by the end of the week. Data and volatility will likely point to a quarter point U.S. interest rise in early May. In emerging markets, interest rate decisions are expected by Colombia (currently at 13.25%), Hungary (currently at 13.0%) and Turkey (currently at 8.5%). Poland’s inflation through March rose to 16.1%. Polish retail sales are also expected to shrink by 6.2%. Mexico’s and Brazil show similar trends. China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data will be released.

Earnings Reports This Week: Coca-Cola Company (KO), Canadian National Railway (CNI), Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), Ameriprise Financial Services (AMP), Brown & Brown Inc. (BRO), Crown Holdings Inc. (CCK), and Whirlpool Corporation (WHR), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOGL), Visa (V), PepsiCo. (PEP), McDonald’s (MCD), Novartis (NVS), Danaher Corporation (DHR), United Parcel Service (UPS), Verizon Communications (VZ), Texas Instruments (TXN), NextEra Energy (NEE), Raytheon (RTX), HSBC Holdings (HSBC), General Electric (GE), Chubb Limited (CB), Fiserv (FISV), UBS (UBS), Banco Santander (SAN), Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW), 3M (MMM), Moody’s (MCO), General Motors (GM), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), and Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB), Meta Platforms (META), Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), Boeing (BA), American Tower Corporation (AMT), ServiceNow (NOW), Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited (CP), CME Group (CME), General Dynamics (GD), Edwards Lifesciences (EW), Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC), Hess Corporation (HES), and Aflac (AFL), Amazon (AMZN), Mastercard (MA), Eli Lilly (LLY), Merck (MRK), AbbVie (ABBV), AstraZeneca (AZN), T-Mobile (TMUS), Linde (LIN), Comcast Corporation (CMCSA), TotalEnergies (TTE), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Sanofi (SNY), Intel (INTC), Amgen (AMGN), Honeywell International (HON), Caterpillar (CAT), S&P Global (SPGI), Gilead Sciences (GILD), Mondelez International (MDLZ), Altria Group (MO), Northrop Grumman (NOC), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), The Hershey Company (HSY), and Keurig Dr. Pepper (KDP), ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), Sony (SONY), Charter Communications (CHTR), Aon (AON), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), and TC Energy Corporation (TRP)


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POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: Covering changes in political leadership and elections.

GEOPOLITICS & POLITICAL RISK: Movements of government positions in multilateral organizations. Major changes in governments policies and regulations.

SUPPLY CHAINS & INDUSTRIAL POLICY: Major global issues around trade, trade relations and supply chains.

ECONOMY: Major countries’ economic developments, major changes in GDP and other economic indicators. Investments, jobs, monetary pressures in key economies.

FISCAL STIMULUS or SURPLUS SPENDING: Government investments in economic stimulus and social assistance. Government social assistance to businesses. External or internal national investments.

TAXES: Changes in taxation regulation for VAT, corporate tax, other forms of taxation.

LABOR: Employment and unemployment trends and regulations. Workforce changes and shifts in labor demands.

FINANCIAL SERVICES: Multilateral financial institution investments in new projects. National banks and important monetary decisions.

INFRASTRUCTURE & CONSTRUCTION: Major new infrastructure investment projects focused on transportation (roads, rail, aviation, shipping), municipal water systems, national and regional electrical grid, telecommunication & broadband.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT: Government investments and regulation in support of major environmental policies. Investment and regulation for energy production including oil & gas and renewables, smart electricity transmission and distribution. Investment and regulation for point-of-use electrification.

HEALTHCARE: Major new health policies and regulatory changes in key economies around the world. Major global new or updated pharma or medical device regulations. New emerging threats of infectious diseases and outbreaks. Pandemic preparedness and response.

TECHNOLOGY: Major movements in government technology policy. Major technological advancements impacting market verticals.

AVIATION: Airlines and aviation company developments including MRO. Flag carrier policy developments.

AUTO INDUSTRY: Major auto industry trends and government policy.


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