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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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Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne

State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is the French State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was born on September 15th 1977, in Bourg-La-Reine, France, and studied at the “Institut d’études politiques” (“Sciences Po”) in Strasbourg, and at “l’ESSEC”. He worked for IBM for two years, and then worked as an advisor to Minister Jean-François Copé for several years. In 2007 he was appointed deputy general secretary of “UMP”, France’s main right-wing political party. He was first elected at the department level in 2008, and he was elected mayor and then senator both in 2014. He joined Emmanuel Macron’s newly formed government in June 2017, as State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is responsible for all matters related to trade policy, including free trade agreements and WTO negotiations.