The Forum, which will take place at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva, will go beyond the rhetoric and examine the realities of trade – the opportunities it offers and the challenges it can bring.

All sessions at the Public Forum are organised by civil society, academia, business, governments, parliamentarians and intergovernmental organizations. Participants interested in organizing working sessions or workshops will find further details in this information note.  The application form contained in the note should be completed and sent to [email protected] no later than 18 June 2017. Click here for more information on this year’s theme.


The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event. It provides a unique platform for heads of states, parliamentarians, leading global business people, students, academics and non-governmental organizations to come together and debate on a wide range of WTO issues and on some of the major trade and development topics of the day. Over 1,500 participants attend the Forum each year. See more information on previous Public Forums.




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