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.
At the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:
This seminar is facilitated by UNITAR, and features experts from WTO, UNCTAD, WIPO, UNDP, UN-DESA and ILO. 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.
The issues will be presented from various perspectives, and each meeting/panel will have a specified question and answer period. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive simulation exercises. The seminar will be conducted in English.
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.