Call for proposals


The theme for this year's Public Forum is “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World”. Under the main theme the Public Forum's sub-themes will be Services – the Next Trade Frontier; The Next Generation – what do Millennials & Gen Z want to see from the global trading system; and The Next Chapter of the WTO – strengthening the trading system.

For more detailed information about the theme, please consult the Public Forum webpage: www.wto.org/pf19.


Proposals are to be submitted online using this form. To access the form, you will need an account to log on to the WTO website. If you do not already have an account, please create one here.

The deadline for submission of applications is 14 June 2019. After this date, applications will no longer be considered. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS for late applications.

Working sessions or workshops

Organisers can choose between working sessions or workshops.

  • Working sessions are composed of no more than 5 panellists (including the moderator) introducing the issue and offering their point of view to the audience. The moderator will engage the participants in an open discussion. Interpretation in the official WTO languages (English, French and/or Spanish) will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Workshops take the form of informal brainstorming discussions. There will be no interpretation to allow for better interaction.

Selection process

The WTO is responsible for the selection process. To qualify for selection, your organisation needs to complete the online application form by 14 June 2019.

Please note that the number of available slots is limited. Selection will be based on creativity, diversity of the panellists – including gender, geographical representation, differences in perspectives and relevance to the theme and sub-themes.



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