The meeting is at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center
3rd WTO Ministerial Conference, Seattle 1999

The Third WTO Ministerial Conference

The Third WTO Ministerial Conference was held in Seattle, Washington State, US between 30  November and 3  December  1999.  

See also:

Seattle NGO Symposium on international trade issues in the first decades of the next century

Other WTO Ministerials:
> Cancún 10-14 Sep. 2003
Doha 1014 Nov. 2001
> Geneva 18 & 20 May 1998
> Singapore 913 Dec. 1996


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Meeting summaries  

>  Summary of December 3 meetings
>  Summary of December 2 meetings
>  Summary of December 1 meetings


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Press releases and speeches  

Press releases and speeches on the ministerial, issued before and during the meeting


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Background material  


>  Briefing notes on the ministerial and the main issues
>  Seattle: what’s at stake - text of a WTO booklet (in English only)
> Criticism, yes ... misinformation, no! Incorrect information about the WTO currently on a number of websites.

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Members' proposals 

Submitted to the WTO General Council in preparation for the Seattle Ministerial Conference.
(Clicking on the hyperlinks will produce the lists in a new window as the result of a search of the document database.  Please allow a moment for the lists to appear in the new window.)

> First 447 proposals August 1998 to July 1999
> Second 355 proposals 
August 1999 to November 1999

Summary of proposals
informal note compiled by the WTO Secretariat. Download in MS Word format (224 pages, 1.31MB). To find specific proposals mentioned in this document, search the online documents database inserting relevant document numbers, countries, etc in the form.


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In this section you can download or view on-line ministers’ statements to the conference plenary.


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Other documents  

More Ministerial documents are available in the online documents database. See instructions  on right on how to search and download these documents.

  • WT/GC/W/ with the title reference *PREPARATIONS FOR THE 1999 MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE* preparatory documents
  • WT/MIN(99)/ Ministerial Conference Seattle general documents
  • WT/MIN(99)/INF/ Ministerial Conference Seattle background information on the Ministerial
  • WT/MIN(99)/SR/ Ministerial Conference Seattle summary records
  • WT/MIN(99)/ST/ Ministerial Conference Seattle statements
  • WT/MIN(99)/W/ Ministerial Conference Seattle working documents
>  Consult the Guide to downloading files.

How to search and download official documents

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