UNITAR Briefing for Delegates - The WTO Bali Package: A New Hope for Multilateralism? (English)




27 May - 27 May 2014

Duration of event:

0.5 day


Geneva, Switzerland

Programme area:

Public Finance and Trade


No fee

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By application & selection   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply   How to apply

Participation subject to application approval by UNITAR. Notification will be sent once application selection process has been finalized.
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Deadline for application: 23 May 2014


During this two-hour briefing organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Panel will discuss the Outcomes of the WTO’s Bali Package and its implications for the Multilateral Trading System. This Briefing is uniquely designed to equip participants with the practices and competencies required to understand the underlying issues in relation to international trade in a short span of time.

Event Objectives

At the end of the briefing, participants should be able to:

Grasp the implications of the WTO’s Bali Package for the Multilateral Trading System, specifically from the perspective of developing countries and LDCs
Acquire pragmatic knowledge on the best practices related to international trade
Assimilate how developing countries and LDCs can benefit from the Bali Package and have greater access to the global market
Be familiarized with the tools that can be used by developing countries and LDCs in order to move forward in relation to the Bali Package
The briefing will be facilitated by prominent experts and involve peer-to-peer learning and active involvement of participants.

Content and Structure

The briefing will try to address the following questions:
What are the implications of the WTO’s Bali Package for the Multilateral Trading System?
How is the role of developing countries and LDCs evolving in relation to international trade?
How can developing countries and LDCs benefit from the Bali Package and have greater access to the global market?
Invited experts
Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Acting Director of the Division of Business and Institutional Support and Chief of the Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business Section at the International Trade Centre (ITC)
Ms. Aileen Kwa, Coordinator of Trade and Development at the South Centre in Geneva
Mr. Ralf Peters, Economist, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities (DITC) at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 
Opening remarks
Ms. Sally Fegan-Wyles, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Acting Head, Executive Director of UNITAR 
Ambassador Luzius Wasescha, former Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the WTO and EFTA (TBC)


This briefing is a two-hour event which focuses on improving participants’ appreciation of the Outcomes of the WTO’s Bali Package. It will take the shape of a Panel Discussion which will be led by a moderator and animated by high-level experts and practitioners. At the end of the briefing, there will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Targeted Audience

This briefing, conducted at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, is designed primarily for Geneva-based trade delegates from Developing Countries and LDCs who would like to improve their knowledge of and access the most-up-to-date information on the Bali Package. A number of seats will be available for international civil servants to participate as observers provided they have received a confirmation of registration.

Additional Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 10:00 – 12:00

Venue: Room XXVII (Door E40, 1st Floor), Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
The event is free and open to delegates to the United Nations. Prior online registration is required. Selected participants will be notified by email by Friday, 23 May 2014.