The Public Forum will be an opportunity for governments, civil society
organizations, legislators, trade union representatives, academics, business
groups and students to take stock of the latest developments at the global
level that are having an impact on the multilateral trading system and
identify steps that will contribute towards bolstering international trade
flows and strengthening the WTO.
The Forum will discuss the importance of the rules-based multilateral system
in mitigating the effects of the economic and financial crisis and reflect
upon the post-crisis agenda of the WTO. In addition, the Forum will look at
the different actors that seek to influence the WTO, assess the factors and
issues shaping world trade and brainstorm on the way forward.
Civil society representatives interested in organizing a session during the
2010 Public Forum should fill out the Call for Proposals Form before 7
Discussions will take place under the
1. The WTO and the players that
influence the multilateral trading system
2. The economic, political and
technological factors shaping world trade and the role of the rules-based
multilateral trading system in contributing to the global economic recovery
3. Coherence between the WTO and
other areas of global governance
4. Looking to the future: What
post-crisis agenda for the WTO in a shifting-power scenario?