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.