World Trade Organisation Public Forum 2012

World Trade Organisation

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is a rules-based, member-driven organisation - all decisions are made by the member governments, and the rules are the outcome of negotiations among members.

WTO is hosting a public forum under the theme ’Is Multilateralism in Crisis?’ from 24-26 September 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 2012 public forum will provide an opportunity for relevant stakeholders of the multilateral trading system to analyse whether multilateralism is in a state of crisis, taking into account both the Doha Round deadlock and elements of the WTO work programme that continue to work well.

These include monitoring and surveillance, the administration of the existing rule-book, capacity building and technical assistance. The areas in need of new regulations, or which offer scope for future rule-making and the new geo-economical context in which the WTO operates will also be among the topics for discussion.

The following core themes will provide the structure for this year’s Forum: formulating new approaches to multilateral trade opening; addressing 21st-century issues and; looking at the role of non-state actors in strengthening the multilateral trading system.

This forum seeks to promote a debate on the topic of the 2012 WTO public forum. Documents posted on the forum are the sole responsibility of their authors. They have no legal effect on the rights and obligations of WTO members, nor do they imply any judgement on the part of the WTO Secretariat regarding the consistency of any policy with the provisions of the WTO agreements.

In the run-up to this year's public forum, you are invited to submit short articles (of no more than 1,000 words) on the themes of the Forum and to give your views on the articles submitted by others. Please send your articles to indicating discussion forum on the subject line.

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Event Start Date: 
Monday, 24 September, 2012
Event End Date: 
Wednesday, 26 September, 2012
Event Venue: 
Geneva, WTO headquarters

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