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Nominations for Director-General closed; Azevêdo confirmed as sole candidate

Nominations for Director-General closed; Azevêdo confirmed as sole candidate

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Today, the General Council Chairperson, Ambassador Harald Neple of Norway, informed WTO members that no further nominations for the position of Director-General had been received by the deadline of 31 December 2016 and that the
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Director-General selection process launched

Director-General selection process launched

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Today, the General Council Chairperson, Ambassador Harald Neple of Norway, informed WTO members of the process to appoint the WTO Director-General after the current term of office comes to an end on 31 August 2017.
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WTO report: “G20 trade restrictions reach highest monthly level since the crisis”

WTO report: “G20 trade restrictions reach highest monthly level since the crisis”

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The WTO’s fifteenth trade monitoring report on G20 trade measures, issued today, shows the application of new trade-restrictive measures by G20 economies increased compared to the previous reporting period, reaching the highest monthly average registered
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WTO celebrates 20 years

WTO celebrates 20 years

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The WTO will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015. 20 years ago, on 1 January 1995, the WTO opened its doors for business. To celebrate this, DG Roberto Azevedo said: “Over the past 20 years,
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Heads of Delegations TNC

Heads of Delegations TNC

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DG Roberto Azevêdo yesterday told a meeting of ambassadors to the WTO that “we must begin a period of intensive and comprehensive consultations, starting now” on taking the Bali package forward. Emphasizing the importance of
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WTO Public Forum 2014

WTO Public Forum 2014

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A total of 71 sessions will take place at the 2014 WTO Public Forum. Entitled “Why Trade Matters to Everyone”, the three-day Forum will focus from 1 to 3 October on the human story behind
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GC July 2014

GC July 2014

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DG Roberto Azevêdo, in his report to the General Council yesterday as chair of the TNC, said that there had been “a very good level of engagement” in recent consultations conducted by him and the
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WTO Report on G-20 Trade Measures

WTO Report on G-20 Trade Measures

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The WTO’s report on G-20 trade measures, issued yesterday, said that G-20 members put in place 112 new trade restrictive measures during the period mid November 2013 to mid-May 2014 — slightly down from the
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TNC April 2014

TNC April 2014

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Yesterday at the WTO, Members gathered for a formal TNC meeting. The DG said that “it’s time to shift things up a gear” in developing a work programme for the conclusion of the Doha Round.
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TNC February 2014

TNC February 2014

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At the first meeting of WTO ambassadors after the 9th Ministerial Conference, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo yesterday told the Trade Negotiations Committee that: “Bali represents not just a huge achievement for all of us—but also a
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