Provisional programme for 2019 Public Forum now available

This year’s WTO Public Forum, entitled “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World”, will feature 137 sessions focusing on how to adapt to a rapidly changing trading environment. The Forum, which will be held on 8-11 October, will also offer participants an opportunity to consider the increasing role for services in trade, the aspirations of youth for the future trading system and how the WTO should change to meet current and future challenges.

The 137 sessions in this year’s Forum will be organized by WTO members, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academia, law firms and international organizations.

The Forum will include an opening debate on “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World” and a high-level youth panel on “What Millennials & Gen Z want to see from global trade”. It will also feature the launch of the WTO’s World Trade Report 2019, which focuses on services, a photo  exhibition on young people’s expectations for world trade and “Meet the Author” sessions, where selected authors will present their latest books.

The provisional programme is available here.


Please note that to attend the Forum, all participants, including session organizers, must complete an online application form no later than 16 September 2019.