Core participants in the WTO's Research Hub include the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group, the International Trade Centre, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, participants in the WTO Academic Chairs Programme, and a number of academics from various countries and regions. Other experts will be invited to take part on an ad hoc basis.

“I believe the launch of this initiative is particularly important today because of the economic and social upheaval experienced by millions of women across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the WTO Trade and Gender Focal Point, Anoush der Boghossian, who will coordinate the activities of the Hub and contribute to it.

The Hub will enable the sharing of information on trade and gender research, foster research partnerships, and promote comparative research across regions. Arrangements will be made for the information to be publicly available online. The Hub aims for these research findings to inform discussions across WTO bodies, including the WTO Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender. It further aims to support efforts to gather research funding and take stock of efforts every two years through an international research conference.




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