Seminar on International Trade Law and Policy

Type:

Seminar

Specific Target Audience:

Core Diplomatic Training

Date:

06 Jul - 09 Jul 2010

Duration of event:

4 days

Location:

New York, United States

Programme area:

International Law

Fee:

No fee

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Other events details:

Public – by registration   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply   How to register

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Background

Today, the potential of international trade and the multilateral trading system to contribute to economic growth, development and employment is widely recognized. State members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) committed to a development agenda at its 4th Ministerial Conference held in Doha in November 2001, but the agenda remains yet to be concluded.  At the conference, trade ministers adopted the “Doha Work Programme” and launched a new round of trade negotiations, placing the interests of developing countries at the heart of these negotiations with a view to facilitating their greater participation in the multilateral trading system.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the objectives and rules of the multilateral trading system and the WTO framework;
  • Analyse key negotiation issues and negotiation modalitities under the Doha Round;
  • Identify and discuss issues that cut across different related areas, including climate change, public health, employment, etc.;
  • Further develop their expertise to contribute positively to current trade-related duties and negotiations within the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council.

Content and Structure

The seminar takes place over four days, covering the following topics:

  • WTO: legal framework, membership, decision-making processes and dispute settlement;
  • Introduction to the international trading system;
  • Select issues in the Doha Development Round;
  • Cross-cutting issues related to trade, including trade and development, intellectual property, climate change and environmental sustainability, trade and employment, et cetera.

Methodology

This seminar is facilitated by UNITAR, and features experts from WTO, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and other international and regional organizations. The seminar is conducted in a highly intensive manner, engaging participants through presentations, discussions and practical exercises. Participants also receive study materials to enhance their holistic understanding about WTO and international trade.  

Targeted Audience

This seminar is intended for members of permanent missions to the United Nations in New York who are involved or interested in trade-related issues, and/or follow the work of the Second and Sixth Committees of the General Assembly. Depending on space availability, representatives of governments, the United Nations system and civil society may also attend.

Additional Information

 All participants who successfully complete the seminar will receive a UNITAR Certificate of Completion.