Speaking at the book launch event, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said:
"Each of the Ministerial Conferences has represented a unique milestone for the multilateral trading system. Ministers have debated the value of the system, voiced their agreements and disagreements, given guidance for future steps, and also agreed on new rules and disciplines.
"This publication is extremely timely. Our 12th Ministerial Conference will be held next spring in Kazakhstan. Members are discussing how to make progress on a number of issues. I have no doubt that the results of that conference and subsequent conferences will cause us to issue many future editions of this publication."
His full speech is available here.
The chair of the WTO's General Council, Ambassador Sunanta Kangvalkulkij of Thailand, said:
"This book enshrines the highlights of the work of WTO members since the establishment of this organization, culminating in the adoption of ministerial decisions and declarations. It is a testament to members' commitment, dedication and active participation to the work of the organization and to the effective functioning of the multilateral trading system. And the WTO needs today – as it did in the past – this firm commitment of all its members to keep delivering for the benefit of all."
The publication covers the following Ministerial Conferences:
- Buenos Aires, 10-13 December 2017
- Nairobi, 15-19 December 2015
- Bali, 3-6 December 2013
- Geneva, 15-17 December 2011
- Geneva, 30 November - 2 December 2009
- Hong Kong, 13-18 December 2005
- Cancún, 10-14 September 2003
- Doha, 9-13 November 2001
- Seattle, 30 November – 3 December 1999
- Geneva, 18-20 May 1998
- Singapore, 9-13 December 1996
The publication complements "The WTO Agreements", recently published by Cambridge University Press and the WTO, which contains the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO and its Annexes.