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WTO Public Forum 2015
This year's Public Forum is particularly special as we are marking the 20th anniversary of the WTO. With the theme “Trade Works”, the Forum will be an opportunity to discuss and assess the contribution that 20 years of global cooperation in the WTO has made to the strength and stability of the world economy. We will be focusing on how trade works through the multilateral system to boost growth, lift people out of poverty, increase access to goods and medicines, and promote peaceful, mutually-beneficial relationships between nations. Looking forward to the next 20 years, we will also be looking at those areas where trade can work better and where the WTO can do more.
The sessions will be organized by a wide range of participants, including WTO Members, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academia, law firms and international organizations. Topics for debate include how trade can help reduce economic gaps between developed and developing countries, how trade provides legal guarantees for traders, how trade fosters global integration, and how intellectual property rights function for global trade.