Ministerial Conferences

The topmost decision-making body of the WTO is the Ministerial Conference, which usually meets every two years. It brings together all members of the WTO, all of which are countries or customs unions. The Ministerial Conference can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.

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Basic information on the Ministerial Conference
Links to the Ministerial Conference section of the WTO guide “Understanding the WTO”.

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The Ministerial Conference is the topmost body of the WTO under the governance structure set up by the “Agreement establishing the WTO”.
> Summary of the Agreement establishing the WTO
> Browse or download the text of the Agreement Establishing the WTO from the legal texts gateway

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> Buenos Aires, 11-14 December 2017
> Nairobi, 15-19 December 2015
> Bali, 3-6 December 2013
> Geneva, 15-17 December 2011
> Geneva, 30 November - 2 December 2009
> Hong Kong, 13-18 December 2005
> Cancún, 10-14 September 2003
> Doha, 9-13 November 2001
> Seattle, November 30 – December 3, 1999
> Geneva, 18-20 May 1998
> Singapore, 9-13 December 1996