World Trade Organization

World Trade Organization (1995, Geneva; 630 staff; wto.org)

The only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.  WTO agreements are negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.

WTO also adjudicates measures to protect the environment and public health; about 4,500 publications contain the word “sustainability”; some 1,050 documents contain the word “security.”

Publications and portals of the WTO can be accessed here.

Leadership: Ambassador Sunanta Kangvalkulkij of Thailand, Chairperson of the General Council (2019)

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