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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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H.E. Ann Linde

Minister of Trade and EU Affairs
H.E. Ann Linde is Minister for EU Affairs and Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sweden. Previously, she served as State Secretary to the Minister of Home Affairs Anders Ygeman (2014-2016). She was also Head of the International Unit of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in Brussels (2013-2014). Between 2000-2013 Linde was Head of International Staff in the International Secretariat for the Swedish Social Democratic Party and a member of the party office management group. For much of her life, she has been a committed member of international youth committees. Notably, she was a permanent co-opted member in the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (1981- 1991) and a member of the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Youth, where she took responsibility for the area of South Africa.