WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2017

Public Forum 2017 — “Trade: Behind the Headlines”

At a time when the debate on trade has rarely been as prominent or controversial, the WTO's 2017 Public Forum, "Trade: Behind the Headlines", offers an opportunity to go beyond the rhetoric and examine in detail the realities of trade – the opportunities it offers and the challenges it can bring. The Forum will provide a platform for frank discussions among policy makers, civil society representatives, business people and researchers as they consider how to make trade work for more people and ensure that the trading system is as inclusive as it can be.

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The opportunities that trade generates for greater growth and development and its ability to create jobs, raise incomes and reduce prices is, for some, only part of the story. There is a growing feeling that now is the time to consider the broader picture. While trade has indeed pulled millions out of poverty, the reality is that for some the experience has been different.

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Registration

Registration for the WTO Public Forum 2017 has now closed.

A UN Comtrade Data Fair — organized by United Nations Statistical Division, the WTO and the Graduate Institute — will take place at the Graduate Institute's Centre for Trade and Economic Integration on Monday 25 September, one day before the start of the Public Forum. Details about the event are available here. Please note that registration is free but mandatory. 

 

Background

The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event. It provides a unique platform for heads of states, parliamentarians, leading global business people, students, academics and non-governmental organizations to come together and debate on a wide range of WTO issues and on some of the major trade and development topics of the day. Over 1,500 participants attend the Forum each year. See more information on previous Public Forums.

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