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I would like to welcome civil society to its annual rendez-vous with the WTO.

This year's Forum — “Trading into the Future” — is designed to provide a unique opportunity for governments, non-governmental organizations, academics, businesses, and students to come together to discuss how the trading system may best reflect the future needs and aspirations of the international community. This year's Forum, which takes place against a background of financial instability, high oil and food prices, will ask: “how can the trading system be taken into the future?” In doing so, we expect to trigger a frank and open debate on the role and responsibility of the multilateral trading system on complex issues such as the food crisis, financial markets, climate change, human rights, and electronic commerce, to mention but a few topics.

Civil society is essential to the work of the WTO, and your participation this year, as in all previous years, is invaluable. I look forward to your active engagement. It is to you that the WTO must be held accountable.

Pascal Lamy
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