Information Note
                                                                     New York, 3-7 December 2007
The potential of international trade and the multilateral trading system to contribute to economic growth,
development and employment is widely recognized. During its last session, the General Assembly, in
resolution 61/186 on international trade and development, reaffirmed “the value of multilateralism to the
global trading system and the commitment to achieving a universal, rule-based, open, non-
discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system that contributes to growth, sustainable
development and employment generation in all sectors”.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the principal international organization governing world trade
and providing a multilateral forum for trade negotiations. Established in 1995 as a successor
organization to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), WTO counts 151 member states
today. WTO committed to a development agenda at its 4th Ministerial Conference held in Doha in
November 2001. Adopting the 'Doha Work Programme', trade ministers launched a new round of trade
negotiations and decided to place the interests of developing countries at the heart of these
negotiations with a view to facilitating their greater participation in the multilateral trading system. The
Doha Round was supposed to be concluded by 1 January 2005. Instead, persisting differences in
negotiating positions led to its suspension in July 2006. The negotiations were resumed in February
2007 and “have regained a good level of momentum” since, according to WTO Director-General Pascal

This seminar is designed to provide participants with an overview of the Doha Development Agenda,
the proposals tabled by WTO Members in the various negotiating areas and the contentious issues
involved which have prevented the conclusion of the round.

To equip participants to make substantive contributions to the work of their governments in the field of
trade negotiations and trade policy through:
   •   familiarizing them with the multilateral trading system, the institutional structure and decision-
       making process of WTO;
   •   enhancing their knowledge of the Multilateral Agreements concluded during the Uruguay
   •   briefing them on the Doha Development Agenda, the main negotiating issues and the positions
       of the major players, including the United States, the European Communities, the G-20, the G-
       33 and the African Group.
   •   discussing possible scenarios for the future of the Doha Round.

This seminar is organized in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The seminar will be divided into two parts. The first of five days will be devoted to an introduction to the
international trading system, WTO and the issues of the Doha Round. The subsequent full and half-day
sessions will deliver more detailed information on these issues, focusing on: the negotiations on
agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA), trade in services (GATS), the participation of
developing countries in the multilateral trading system (special and differential treatment,
implementation issues, Aid for Trade), the TRIPS and TRIMs Agreement, WTO rules relating to
regional trade agreements, anti-dumping, and dispute settlement within the WTO.

The issues will be presented from various perspectives and each meeting will have a specified question
and answer period. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive
simulation exercise. The seminar will be conducted in English.

The seminar is intended for members of permanent missions in New York who are involved or
interested in trade-related issues, in particular those following the work of the Second and Sixth
Committees of the General Assembly. A few candidates from other entities within the United Nations
and the private sector may be admitted.

The seminar will be held on:

 Monday, 3 December 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., venue TBA
 Tuesday, 4 December 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., venue TBA
 Wednesday, 5 December 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Conference room B.
 Thursday, 6 December 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Conference room B.
 Friday, 7 December 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., Conference room B.

Members of permanent missions accredited to the United Nations in New York who wish to participate
in this seminar are requested to complete the attached nomination form and return it to the following

                                UNITAR (c/o Ms. Sarah Rosengaertner)
                                 1 United Nations Plaza, Suite DC1-603
                                       New York, NY 10017-3515
                                    Phone: (212) 963-3021 or 9196
                                      Fax: (212) 963-9686 or 0995

                             Registration deadline: 28 November 2007

This seminar is organized in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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