Why trade matters to everyone
This year, the Public Forum will tell the human story behind trade. It will showcase the myriad connections between trade and people's daily lives and demonstrate how trade impacts and improves the day-to-day lives of citizens around the globe, whether in developed or developing countries.
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General information for participants
The Forum will begin on 1 October at 10:00 with a keynote speech, to be followed by the opening plenary debate. Another plenary debate will be organized on 2 October at 10:00. In the afternoons, sessions organized by participants will take place. Organizers can choose to organize either working sessions or workshops. Working sessions will have a traditional format, with a panel exchanging views with a moderator and taking questions from the audience while workshops will take the form of informal brainstorming sessions.
Call for proposals
More than 9,000 representatives from NGOs, civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations have attended the Public Forum since it was first launched in 2001.
More on previous Public Forums
Information session for WTO Members
22 May 2014
> Keith Rockwell's talking points