WTO marks its 25th anniversary

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the WTO will host on 19 November a series of speeches and panel discussions that offer the chance to reflect on and take stock of the organization’s achievements as well as the challenges it faces.

The event — entitled “WTO at 25: Past, Present & Future” — will kick off at 13:00 with a keynote speech by Guy Parmelin, Federal Councilor, Vice President of the Swiss Confederation. Mr Parmelin’s speech will be followed by statements from Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand who chairs the WTO’s General Council and by WTO Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff.

Two discussion panels will follow. The first will be a discussion among government officials including ministers. The second will bring together representatives from the private sector, civil society, media and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). The full programme is available here