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Welcome to the WTO's 2007 Public Forum on how the WTO can help harness globalization.

The Forum is intended to provide civil society, academics and the public at large with a unique opportunity to debate with WTO Members how the WTO can best contribute to the management of globalization. As with previous WTO Public Fora, members of civil society will be able to organize their own events during the Forum, and to structure those events around the topics that are of greatest interest to them. Trade and global governance, the contribution of the WTO to the construction of a coherent multilateral system and the interaction between trade and sustainable development will be but a few of this year's topics.

This year's forum comes at a very important time for the WTO, which is now racing to the finishing line of the Doha Development Agenda. Launched in 2001 with the aim of rebalancing the rules of the multilateral trading system in favour of the world's poor, the DDA is itself emerging as an important instrument for a more equitable globalization. I ask you to join us in making this year's Forum a successful event, and in bringing ever newer ideas to our table.

I look forward to meeting you.

Pascal Lamy



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