DDG Agah said:

"Trade was vital in delivering the Millennium Development Goal to halve extreme poverty. UN Secretary-General Guterres recognized this fact when he addressed WTO members just a couple of months ago. And he pleaded that we redouble our efforts to ensure that we can play the same role in delivering the SDGs. We must heed his plea, and we can’t just assume that this will happen. We have to work at it. And we have to be prepared to look at how we can do things better."

He continued:

"I am a firm believer that when nations trade together and frame their cooperative relations by rules that are agreed multilaterally, we all benefit, particularly the smaller and weakest.

"International organizations must follow the road of cooperation, as mandated by SDG 17, to revitalize the global partnership for development.

"The current discussions on WTO reform reflect members' recognition of the need to make the multilateral trading system more inclusive, equitable and transparent, including addressing the challenges faced in decision making with such a diverse membership."

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