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  • “Made in the World”
    The “Made in the World” initiative has been launched by the WTO to support the exchange of projects, experiences and practical approaches in measuring and analysing trade in value added.


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Boosting the link between WTO and students

WTO Chairs Programme
The WTO Chairs Programme aims to support and promote trade-related academic activities by universities and research institutions in developing and least-developed countries. Fourteen institutions were selected as WTO Chairs for a four-year term in 2009. An additional seven institutions were selected for Phase 2 of the Programme in 2014.

Essay Award for Young Economists
The WTO established the annual WTO Essay Award for Young Economists in 2009. The award, which carries a prize of CHF 5,000, aims to promote high-quality economic research on the WTO and WTO-related issues and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.

Public Forum
The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. The event regularly attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations.

Jackson Moot Court
The John H. Jackson Moot Court on WTO Law is a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system. The teams prepare and analyse a fictive case and present their arguments both for the Complainant and the Respondent in front of a Panel which consists of WTO and trade law experts.


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Let's Talk Trade video series
Let's talk trade LogoIn this video series, WTO staff talk about trade topics in everyday language, using examples and metaphors to bring these concepts to life.

WTO at 25: What reform agenda for the WTO?
At a virtual event to mark the 25th anniversary of the WTO, senior government officials and representatives of the private sector, civil society, media and international organisations stressed the need for the WTO membership to adjust the rules of the organization to the changing nature of trade. Participants agreed that if the WTO is to continue to play a central role in enabling global economic growth, it must embark on a process of reform. The event was held at the WTO on 19 November 2020.

WTO at twenty
The WTO came into being on 1st January 1995, following the conclusion of the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations. Its 20th anniversary is the occasion to explore the organization’s main achievements and activities.


Trade matters to me
A compelling video that looks at our daily lives, highlighting the impact of trade on our day-to-day activities: from what we eat to what we wear, from simple objects to complex engineering, from our morning coffee to the infrastructure around us. It provides specific examples of how trade helps to improve the lives of citizens around the world.


Trade Starts Here: Olivier Madiba
In the first episode of the “Trade Starts Here” video series, we are pleased to introduce Olivier Madiba. In Yaoundé, he and his team are putting the final touches on their first video game, based on African myths, traditions and history.


Trade Starts Here: Luisa and Olman
Trade and environmental protection can go hand in hand. La Paz Fruits, an 11-year old fruit processing company in Costa Rica, is one example. Luisa Chacón and Olman Briceño tell us how they built the first certified carbon-neutral company in their sector and became the leading frozen fruit exporter in Costa Rica.


Adapting to a changing world: WTO Public Forum
Various factors are rapidly transforming the trading landscape. This year the WTO Public Forum sought to hear what businesses, traders, academics and officials around the world expect from the global trading system today and how global economic cooperation could work in the future.


Trading Stories
Trading stories is the film series that goes behind the headlines and shows what Aid for Trade is doing on the ground in eight of the poorest countries worldwide. The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) has been helping put trade back into people’s hands, catalysing a new trade momentum and building future prosperity.


What is the WTO?
The World Trade Organization deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. More