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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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Frans lammersen

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Frans Lammersen is Principal Administrator with the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) since 1997. In the Development Co-operation Directorate that services the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) he is, inter alia, responsible for the committee’s work on trade and development. Before joining the OECD, Mr. Lammersen was a Counsellor in the Permanent Delegation of the Netherlands to the OECD, in which capacity he chaired the Working Party of the OECD Trade Committee. From 1985 to 1992, Mr. Lammersen worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Directorate for Foreign Economic Relations on trade policy issues. He holds a Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.