Against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving global landscape, the 2023 WTO Public Forum promises insightful discussions and collaborative initiatives aimed at charting the course for inclusive and sustainable trade solutions. Under the theme “It is time for action” this year's Public Forum will delve into the critical intersections between trade and climate change.

The 2023 Public Forum will explore how trade and the WTO can help create a greener and more sustainable future. In particular, it will explore how the services sector, digitalization and inclusive trade policies can support this objective.

These discussions are particularly relevant as the world faces unprecedented challenges that demand innovative strategies and collective action. As technology reshapes industries, and as climate concerns gain urgency, the Forum will explore the role of trade in fostering resilience and facilitating equitable development.

Key Highlights of the WTO Public Forum 2023

Presidential Lecture: Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will deliver the highly anticipated Presidential Lecture at the Public Forum 2023. A renowned statesman, economist, and advocate for global cooperation, Mr. Brown is expected to provide invaluable perspectives on the intersection of trade, technology, and inclusive development. Gordon Brown will share his vision on how trade can help drive the recovery of the global economy during an era of geopolitical tensions.  His address promises to inspire and help navigating the challenges and opportunities shaping our world, and provoke thoughtful discussions on how trade can drive transformative change and create a more resilient global future.

World Trade Report: The WTO’s flagship publication will be launched on September 12. It offers deep insights into the latest developments in the world of international trade. This year's report focuses on re-globalizing for a resilient, inclusive and sustainable future; critical themes at the heart of today's global trade landscape. The World Trade Report 2023 presents a comprehensive analysis that informs policymakers, industry leaders, and stakeholders alike. It offers a wealth of data-driven insights that will shape discussions and decisions on trade policy and strategy.

High-Level plenaries: Decision makers will engage in four high-level plenaries exploring how trade can keep the ambition of the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees alive. These dialogues will delve into topics such as fostering sustainable development through trade, the decarbonization of the transport sector, inclusive trade policies, and how technology can boost green innovation.

Working Sessions: Independently organized thematic sessions will provide a platform for experts to present cutting-edge research and practical insights on trade-related issues. Participants will explore subjects such as trade's role in advancing gender equality, harnessing e-commerce for inclusive growth, and leveraging trade to address health crises.

Plurality of voices and ideas: For many years now, the WTO Public Forum is the space where civil society representatives, policymakers, industry leaders, academics, and other stakeholders gather to share their perspectives and contribute ideas to help shaping the future of global trade and make sure that it works for people and planet.

Networking Opportunities: The forum will provide ample networking opportunities for attendees to connect with like-minded individuals, experts, and potential collaborators. These interactions will facilitate the exchange of ideas and the exploration of potential joint initiatives. The WTO Public Forum serves as a testament to the commitment of global stakeholders to forge solutions and collaborations that enhance the benefits of trade for all. As the world navigates complex challenges, the forum remains a beacon of dialogue, innovation, and shared purpose. Join the conversation from September 12th to 15th as we embark on a journey of discovery, collaboration, and transformation at the WTO Public Forum 2023. For more information, visit www.wto.org/pf23.




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