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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Tuesday, December 12 • 12:25pm - 1:20pm
Plenary: The Future of the Global Trade System and the WTO

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The current complex system of regulatory frameworks governing global trade and investment, largely based on principles, norms and agreements negotiated in the context of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO, is characterised by tensions. In addition to electoral politics and public reactions to advancing global integration efforts, there are fundamental shifts in business models and rapidly evolving and disruptive technologies creating unprecedented opportunities for wealth, wellbeing and development, but also fueling anxiety. This uncertainty is further exacerbated by the twin global public policy challenges posed by climate change and the unsustainable use of natural resources.
This high-level plenary seeks to determine if the WTO and its Members are prepared for these profound changes, and allows top policymakers, intergovernmental organisations and business to share their views on possible ways to harness the WTO and the rest of the global trade system to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Soumaya Keynes

Soumaya Keynes writes for the print edition and the Free Exchange blog. Before joining The Economist Soumaya did research on the public finances and pensions at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an economic research institute. Before that Soumaya worked in the Banking and Credit... Read More →

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Antoni Estevadeordal

Manager, Trade and Integration Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Antoni Estevadeordal is the Manager of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He has expertise in trade policy, economic integration and regional cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia-Pacific and Europe. He coordinates IDB’s... Read More →
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Arancha González

Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Arancha González has served as Executive Director of ITC, the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, since September 2013. Before joining ITC, Ms. González was Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013... Read More →
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Susanne Hyldelund

State Secretary for Trade/Ambassador, MFA, Denmark
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Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Mukhisa Kituyi, of Kenya, who became UNCTAD's seventh Secretary-General on 1 September 2013, has an extensive background as an elected official, an academic, and a holder of high government office. He also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, and in African and broader... Read More →
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Susanna Malcorra

Chair, MC11
Ms. Susana Malcorra was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic from December 2015 to July 2017. After her resignation as Foreign Minister, she was appointed by President Macri as Government Advisor. Minister Malcorra holds a degree in Electronics Engineering... Read More →
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Rufus Yerxa

President, National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC)
Ambassador Rufus Yerxa is President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), a trade association of over 200 companies dedicated to improving the competitiveness of U.S. industry on world markets. Mr. Yerxa has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 12:25pm - 1:20pm GMT-03
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina