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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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Pam Johnson

The International Maize Alliance
Pam Johnson is a sixth- generation farmer who works with her family to produce corn and soybeans in northern Iowa.Johnson has served as a volunteer leader in many commodity groups over the course of her career and is a leading advocate for agriculture and rural economic development issues on the local, state, national and international levels.Johnson currently serves as the president of MAIZALL, the international maize alliance of the corn grower associations in Argentina (Maizar), Brazil (Abramilho) and the United States (the National Corn Growers Association) as well as the U.S. Grains Council. She is also vice president of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and a past director of the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NC-FAR). Elected by her peers, Johnson served in 2012/2013 as president of the National Corn Growers Association.Before farming full-time, Pam worked as a registered nurse. She graduated from Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis.