out to parliamentarians
> Event: Parliamentary Conference on the WTO: 21-22 March 2011
The aim of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO is to “strengthen
democracy at the international level by bringing a parliamentary dimension
to multilateral cooperation on trade issues”. In this regard, the Conference
provides legislators with the opportunity to examine developments in the
WTO, obtain first-hand information on the state of multilateral trade
negotiations, and consider a possible parliamentary contribution to these
These conferences usually include a briefing from the Director-General of
the WTO and dialogue with Geneva-based trade diplomats, including the Chairs
of WTO negotiating groups.
Six sessions of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO have been held since
2003. These took place in: Geneva, February 2003; Cancún, September 2003;
Brussels, November 2004; Hong Kong, December 2005; Geneva, December 2006 and
September 2008. Previously, ad-hoc parliamentary events were held in Seattle
in 1999 and in Doha in 2001.