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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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Andrew Ure

Head of Trade and Economic Affairs in Asia-Pacific
Andrew Ure is Head of Trade and Economic Affairs in Asia-Pacific for Google. In this role he oversees Google's relationships with regional trade bodies such as APEC and ASEAN, and manages research into the economic and social impact of the internet. Prior to this he was Managing Director of OgilvyEarth Australia, a sustainability consultancy based in Sydney. He previously spent eight years in the foreign ministry of the Australian Government, where he worked on multilateral climate change negotiations and was posted to the Australian Embassy in Tehran. He has degrees from Oxford University and Australian National University and lives in Hong Kong.