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Ministerial Declarations and Decisions

The page lists the Ministerial Declarations and Decisions taken since the WTO was founded in 1995.

In general, Ministerial Conferences are the WTO’s highest decision-making body, meeting at least once every two years and providing political direction for the organization.

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Ministerial Texts 

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Nairobi, 15-19 December 2015 

> Ministerial Declaration adopted on 19 December 2015

> More on Nairobi Ministerial

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Bali, 3-6 December 2013 

> Ministerial Declaration adopted on 7 December 2013

> More on Bali Ministerial


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Geneva, 15-17 December 2011 

> Elements for political guidance

> More on Geneva Ministerial


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Hong Kong, 13-18 December 2005 

> Ministerial Declaration adopted on 18 December 2005

> More on Hong Kong Ministerial


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Cancún, 10-14 September 2003 

> Ministerial Declaration , 14 September 2003

> More on Cancún Ministerial


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Doha, 9-14 November 2001 

> Ministerial Declaration adopted on 14 November 2001

> More on Doha Ministerial


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Geneva, 18-20 May 1998 

> Ministerial Declaration adopted on 20 May  1998
> Declaration on Global Electronic Commerce

> More on Geneva Ministerial


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Singapore, 9-13 December 1996 

> Ministerial Declaration adopted on 13 December  1996
> Ministerial declaration on trade in information technology products

> More on Singapore Ministerial


The Ministerial Conference is the topmost body of the WTO under the governance structure set up by the “Agreement Establishing the WTO”.

> Basic information on Ministerial Conferences


> Summary of the Agreement Establishing the WTO


> Download the legal text of the Agreement Establishing the WTO