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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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Ralph Carter

Managing Director, Trade and International Affairs, Fedex Express
BS and JD, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock; LLM, American Univ. Worked in US Dept of State, as Special Asst. to the US Ambassador to the EU. 2001, joined FedEx, Brussels. Directed FedEx's government affairs activities with the European Commission, Parliament and Council, as well as with Member States. Served as legal counsel for Central and Eastern Europe. As Managing Director, Legal, Trade & Int'l Affairs, resp. for coordinating FedEx's int'l trade and regulatory affairs. Member, World Customs Organization Private Sector Consultative Group. Liaison adviser, US Advisory Cttee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. Member, US Dept of State's Advisory Committee on Int'l Economic Policy.