Frequently asked questions

Who can participate?

Representatives of governments, civil society organizations, businesses, trade unions, as well as legislators, academics, students and the public at large are welcome to contribute their views and enhance the dialogue on the multilateral trading system.

Who organizes the sessions?

Sessions at the Public Forum are organized by the WTO Secretariat as well as interested stakeholders, including, civil society organizations, business groups, law firms, universities and research institutes, trade unions and members of parliaments as well as other inter-governmental organizations..

Where does the Public Forum take place?

All sessions of the WTO Public Forum take place at the WTO premises at the Centre William Rappard, Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, Switzerland.

What are the working languages of the meetings?

The meetings are held in the three working languages of the WTO: English, French and Spanish. Interpretation will be available in all three languages.

How and when can I register?

Those wishing to attend the WTO Public Forum must register online at: www.wto.org/publicforum2011.

Where can I find additional information about the programme?

Additional information about the programme can be found on the WTO Public Forum website.

Do I need a visa?

If you are planning to travel to Geneva to participate to the WTO Public Forum, please, check well in advance of your journey for visa requirements with the Swiss embassy or consulate nearest to you. Please, note that the WTO does not organise visa arrangements.

Who pays for my journey?

Participation at the Forum is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by participants.

Useful links

> Getting around Geneva
> Accommodation
> Weather
> Bus Schedule
> Train Schedule
> Geneva Airport

For more information please contact
María Pérez-Esteve
Public Forum Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: + 41 22 739 55 46
Fax: + 41 22 739 57 77