20th anniversary

20th anniversary of the WTO

In 2015, the WTO commemorated its 20th anniversary. During the year, a series of events were held, such as book launches, conferences, exhibitions and other specially organized activities, focusing on various aspects of the WTO's work over the past two decades.

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20 Years of the WTO

  

Some of the key events over the past 20 years

 

Tenth Ministerial Conference

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Tenth Ministerial Conference takes place in Nairobi, Kenya. “Nairobi Package” adopted

Read more December 2015

162nd member

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Kazakhstan becomes the WTO’s 162nd member.

Read more November 2015

161st member

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Seychelles becomes the WTO’s 161st member.

Read more April 2015

160th member

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Yemen becomes the WTO’s 160th member.

Read more June 2014

Agreement on Government Procurement

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Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement enters into force.

Read more April 2014

Ninth Ministerial Conference


Ninth Ministerial Conference takes place in Bali, Indonesia. “Bali Package” adopted.

Read more December 2013

Roberto Azevêdo


Roberto Azevêdo (Brazil) takes office as WTO Director-General.

Read more September 2013

Russia joins WTO


Russia becomes the WTO’s 156th member.

Read more August 2012

Eighth Ministerial Conference


Eighth Ministerial Conference takes place in Geneva

Read more December 2011

Chairs Programme


“Chairs Programme” launched to support developing country universities.

Read more January 2010

400


WTO disputes reach 400 mark.

Read more November 2009

Seventh Ministerial Conference


Seventh Ministerial Conference takes place in Geneva.

Read more November 2009

Open Day


First WTO Open Day in Geneva

Read more September 2009

Pascal Lamy


DG Pascal Lamy reappointed for second term of four years.

Read more April 2009

Global Review of Aid for Trade


First Global Review of Aid for Trade takes place in Geneva.

Read more November 2007

150st member


Viet Nam becomes the WTO’s 150st member

Read more January 2007

Public Forum


First WTO Public Forum takes place in Geneva.

Read more September 2006

Sixth Ministerial Conference


Sixth Ministerial Conference takes place in Hong Kong, China. Aid for Trade initiative is launched. Hong Kong Declaration is approved

Read more September 2005

Pascal Lamy


Pascal Lamy (France) becomes WTO Director-General.

Read more September 2005

Fifth Ministerial Conference


Fifth Ministerial Conference takes place in Cancún, Mexico

Read more September 2003

Supachai Panitchpakdi


Supachai Panitchpakdi (Thailand) is elected WTO Director-General.

Read more September 2002

China joins WTO


China becomes the WTO’s 143rd member

Read more November 2001

Fourth Ministerial Conference


Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar. Doha Development Agenda is launched.

Read more November 2001

Agriculture


Negotiations begin on agriculture.

Read more March 2000

Services


Negotiations begin on services.

Read more January 2000

Mike Moore


Mike Moore (New Zealand) becomes WTO Director-General.

Read more September 1999

Third Ministerial Conference


Third Ministerial Conference takes place in Seattle, US.

Read more November 1999

Second Ministerial Conference


Second Ministerial Conference takes place in Geneva

Read more May 1998

Financial Services Agreement


70 WTO members reach a multilateral agreement to open their financial services sector.

Read more December 1997

First Ministerial Conference


First Ministerial Conference takes place in Singapore.

Read more December 1996

Renato Ruggiero


Renato Ruggiero (Italy) takes office as WTO Director-General.

Read more May 1995

WTO

The WTO is born on 1 January.

Read more January 1995

Marrakesh Agreement


Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO is signed.

Read more April 1994