Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference
After consulting with the Government of Kazakhstan, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and General Council Chair David Walker have advised WTO Members ‘that holding MC12 as previously agreed from 8-11 June will not be feasible.’ The Director-General and Amb. Walker have reached out to WTO Members to hear their views on this matter. Following these consultations, Amb. Walker will, when conditions permit, organize a special meeting of the General Council at which Members can deliberate on the best way forward.
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The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years.
Civil society at MC12
On 12 March 2020, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo was informed by the Government of Kazakhstan that, in connection with the current situation with COVID-19 and the WHO declaration of a pandemic, it would be appropriate for Members to revisit the decision to hold the 12th Ministerial Conference from 8-11 June in Nur-Sultan. As a result, the DG communicated to Members that “it is our considered view that holding MC12 as previously agreed from 8-11 June will not be feasible”.
In light of this development, DG Azevêdo and the chair of the General Council will consult with WTO Members, as soon as conditions permit, on how to proceed with revised arrangements for MC12.
Pending the outcome of these consultations, accreditation for MC12 is currently on hold.
Information for the media
For the reasons stated above, accreditation for MC12 is currently on hold.
Practical information for journalists attending the Conference is provided here.