WTO MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE
SEATTLE SYMPOSIUM ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES IN THE
FIRST DECADES OF THE NEXT CENTURY
purpose of the Symposium was to encourage an informal
dialogue between WTO Members and representatives of
non-government organizations on issues likely to affect
the international trading system of the WTO in the next
century in order to (1) enhance awareness of the issues
involved (2) provide a forum for exchange of ideas and
(3) increase the understanding of the WTO's contribution
in these areas.
Participants included representatives of the more than
700 NGO organizations which had been accredited to the
Third WTO Ministerial Conference. The Symposium took
place outside the formal structure of the WTO and of the
Third Ministerial Conference.