WTO and you

The WTO aims to engage with all sections of the community. It encourages open discussion on the WTO, its activities and the trading system.

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Resources for


Business, trade and the WTO have always been closely connected. The biggest beneficiary of transparent and predictable trade rules and obligations is the private sector. Without business, there would be no trade and no WTO. Business is an important interlocutor for both governments and the WTO. It is actively involved in the multilateral trading system and participates in public activities of the WTO. 


The main online service provided by WTO for journalists is the “media newsroom”. This is a password protected area.


The WTO maintains regular dialogue with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on various issues related to international trade. The aim is to enhance cooperation and increase NGOs' awareness of WTO activities and the role of the rules-based multilateral trading system.


Due to their constitutional role, parliamentarians play an important part in the multilateral trading system and the WTO. Any deal resulting from intergovernmental negotiations at the WTO will, in most cases, need approval from legislators.


Explore this page to find out more about the work of the WTO, opportunities for students and young professionals, and how trade is relevant to you and your country.

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Public events

Public Forum

The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. The event regularly attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations.

WTO Open Day

The WTO opened its doors to the public for the first time in 2009, attracting some 5,000 visitors who came to learn more about the WTO, the work of its staff, and the artistic treasures of the Centre William Rappard, the WTO's headquarters in Geneva.

Trade Dialogues

The WTO conducts a series of dialogues with stakeholders, where they can highlight issues they find important.

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Social media

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WTO forum

WTO forum is also a series of webcasting debates where experts from around the world confront major issues facing the WTO and the multilateral trading system.


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“Ideas for Development” blog 

“Ideas for Development” is an international blog meant to stimulate debate on development issues. It brings together a set of senior professionals engaged in this sphere through their careers and personal convictions.

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International Women’s Day

The WTO joins the world in celebrating International Women's Day, to honour women around the world.


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