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6 October 2003
NGO participation in Ministerial Conference was largest ever

Just under 800 non-governmental organizations and almost 1,600 of their representatives attended the Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancún, a record in the WTO’s eight-year history.

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The numbers have climbed almost eightfold since the first conference in Singapore in 1996. The Doha meeting in 2001 saw a dip in numbers because of limited accommodation.

These are the numbers for the five ministerial conferences:

  No. of eligible NGOs NGOs represented No. of registered participants
Singapore 1996 159 108 235
Geneva 1998 153 128 362
Seattle 1999 776 686 approx 1,500
Doha 2001 651 370 370
Cancún 2003 961 795 1,578