MINISTERIAL CONFERENCES

Press and MC12

MC12 will take place at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 12 to 15 June 2022. The conference was due to take place in late 2021 but was postponed due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Accreditation

Media accreditation for MC12 has now closed.

Accreditation for attending MC12 does not automatically grant entry into Switzerland and a visa might be required. Information on visa requirements to enter Switzerland is available here.

In-person badge collection

Accredited journalists can pick up their MC12 badges from the Press Accreditation Room located at the CAV (Centre Administratif de Varembé), Rue de Varembé 1-3, Geneva. The times for picking up badges are:

  • 10 June: 12:00 to 17:00
  • 11 June: 12:00 to 19:00
  • 12 June: 8:00 to 15:00
  • 13 June: 9:00 to 17:00

Facilities for the media

The main Press Centre will be located on the gallery level of the new building of the WTO. Approximately 160 work stations will be available for members of the press,. Please note that the work stations cannot be reserved, and they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of personal computers will be available for invited journalists from least-developed countries.

WIFI will be available throughout the conference venues.

Media arrangements for the Twelfth session of the WTO Ministerial Conference (WT/MIN(22)/INF/12)

Events open to the media

The following events will be open to accredited journalists.  These events will be webcasted on the WTO website:

  • All press conferences
  • Opening session
  • Closing session

Please note that due to space restrictions, a limited number of places will be available to journalists who wish to attend the Opening and Closing sessions in person. Further information will be communicated at a later stage.

The WTO Secretariat may also organize briefings on key topics of interest.

Background information

The Ministerial Conference is the WTO's top decision-making body. The Marrakesh Agreement establishing the organization instructs members to hold one at least every two years. The event is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the 164 members of the organization.

Typically at these gatherings, ministers review the current work of the WTO, take decisions on issues which the WTO delegations have put before them and on occasion take action to bring new members into the WTO.

For more details, check on news about the Ministerial Conference.  For any questions please contact: [email protected]

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