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General Council agrees guidelines for final stage of DG selection

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Yesterday, the General Council agreed on the steps to be taken in the final stage of the process for selecting a successor to departing Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. The Council also agreed to extend the tenures
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DG Azevêdo announces he will step down on 31 August

DG Azevêdo announces he will step down on 31 August

category: General
Today, at a virtual meeting of all WTO members, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced that he would step down on 31 August, cutting his second term short by exactly one year. He said that bringing
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Members endorse Curaçao’s bid for WTO membership

Members endorse Curaçao’s bid for WTO membership

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At yesterday’s General Council, WTO members agreed to establish a working party for the accession of Curaçao to the organization. Situated in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea and with a population of 163,000
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WTO chairpersons for 2020

WTO chairpersons for 2020

category: General
Today, the WTO General Council, noted the consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for WTO bodies. You can find the information below: General Council H.E. Dr. David WALKER (New Zealand) Dispute Settlement Body
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WTO members agree to extend e-commerce, non-violation moratoriums

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WTO members meeting as the General Council agreed today to extend two existing moratoriums related to customs duties on electronic transmissions and the initiation of “non-violation” complaints under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual
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Summary of General Council meeting of 23-24 July 2019

category: General
1. Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee and Report by the Director-General The Chair referred to the Director-General’s report at the 19 July Informal TNC and HODs meetings. At that meeting, some
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WTO members elect General Council, Dispute Settlement Body chairs for 2017

WTO members elect General Council, Dispute Settlement Body chairs for 2017

category: General
Today, the WTO General Council approved by consensus the following chairpersons for WTO bodies: H.E. Mr Xavier Carim of South Africa (General Council) and H.E. Mr Junichi Ihara of Japan (Dispute Settlement Body). Ambassador Carim
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WTO members welcome entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

WTO members welcome entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

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WTO members hailed the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) as a historic achievement at today’s meeting of the General Council. In welcoming this milestone, members pledged to advance work on implementing the
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Dates fixed for 2017 Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires

Dates fixed for 2017 Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires

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WTO members have agreed that the organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) will take place from 11 to 14 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The dates were endorsed at yesterday’s meeting of the WTO’s General Council.
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General Council proposed agenda

General Council proposed agenda

category: General
You can find the proposed agenda for the last General Council of the year here
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