WTO Ministerial Conference 2017

10 Dec 2017 to 13 Dec 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be held on 10-13 December 2017, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The WTO Ministerial Conference, which is the topmost decision-making body of the organisation, usually meets every two years, and it brings together all members of the WTO, all of which are countries or customs unions. The Ministerial Conference can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements. Participants include trade ministers and other senior officials from the organisation’s 164 members, as well as accredited NGOs.

The WTO provides a forum for negotiating agreements aimed at reducing obstacles to international trade and ensuring a level playing field for all, thus contributing to economic growth and development. The WTO also provides a legal and institutional framework for the implementation and monitoring of these agreements, as well as for settling disputes arising from their interpretation and application. 

NGOs can apply for accreditation to attend the conference, until 24 September. Once accredited, they will be able to register by 16 October.

For more information, visit the event webpage

 

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