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WTO issues 2021 Annual Report

Today, the WTO’s Annual Report, was published. It provides a comprehensive account of the organization’s activities in 2020 and early 2021. The Report opens with a message from Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and a brief overview of the past year. This is followed by in-depth accounts of the WTO’s main areas of activity.

In her opening message, DG Okonjo-Iweala says:

“The multilateral trading system has played an important part in efforts to fight COVID-19. Trade’s resilience represented a lifeline for millions, enabling access to food and other essential supplies. Now, the WTO can and must play a critical role in accelerating COVID-19 vaccine production and in ensuring a strong, sustained and inclusive global economic recovery.

“To live up to its founding objectives of using trade to help people — to raise living standards, create jobs and promote sustainable development — the WTO must deliver results this year. By responding together to a global crisis without precedent in our lifetimes, members can begin to rebuild the trust needed to address future challenges.”

The Annual Report is available in print and electronic format. A short animation provides an overview of the Report.

You can download the full report here