Entitled “Trade: Behind the Headlines”, the Forum comes at a time when anti-globalisation sentiment and rising protectionism call into question the role of trade.

At this year’s Forum, discussions will focus on how to make trade work for more people and address more effectively the challenges trade can generate. It will provide a platform for engagement and deliberation on how trade and the WTO can contribute to attaining  the Sustainable Development Goals, how the benefits of trade can be shared more widely among countries, businesses and individuals and how best to tackle the challenges of the changing trade landscape. 

Sessions for the Public Forum are organised by civil society, academia, business, governments, parliamentarians and intergovernmental organizations. The call for proposals will open soon. 

Registration for those wishing to attend the Forum is due to open on 15 May 2017. 



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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