Call for Proposals Form
WTO Public Forum
"Seeking Answers to Global Trade Challenges"
19-21 September 2011
Civil society representatives wishing to apply for a slot in the 2011 WTO Public Forum should
complete the Call for Proposals Form. The information provided in the Form will facilitate
the selection process. Please note that the number of available slots is limited. Allocation of slots
will be based on creativity, balance between the perspectives of the different panellists, and the
links of each individual proposal to the overall theme and sub-themes of this year's Forum.
Please return the filled out form by e-mail to Publicforum2011@wto.org or via fax to: (+41) 22
739 57 77 at the latest by Friday 6 May 2011. After this date no applications will be considered.
All slots available for this year's Public Forum will be for duration of two-hours. Interpretation
into the official WTO languages (English, French and Spanish) will be provided for all sessions.
Panels should be balanced and made up of a maximum of 4 panellists, in addition to a
Participation in the 2011 Public Forum entails all those organizing a session to provide the WTO
with an abstract of the session to be posted on the forum's site prior to the event. The abstract
should be provided well in advance of the forum in its final form, no revisions will be accepted.
The deadline for sending the abstracts is Friday 29 July 2011. In addition, a summary of the
session within two weeks following the event to include in the publication of the proceedings of
the Forum will also be requested. Final deadline for sending the summary report is Friday 14
October 2011. Please refrain from applying for a slot if you are unable to comply with both of
Name of Applicant:
NGO Private Sector Government
Category IGO Law Firm Academic
Labour Union Journalist Other
Person(s) in charge
of organizing the
Telephone: Fax Number:
NGO briefings WTO Public WTO Public
occasional Participation Organized a
Participation in Other Secretariat Seminars 2010 2010
WTO Activities 2009 2009
(please check the none 2008 2008
boxes accordingly) occasional 2007 2007
regular 2006 2006
Please answer the following questions as completely and accurately as
1. Title of the session:
2. Provide a brief description of the session, including the objective(s) and relevant
questions that will be addressed.
3. Explain how your session relates to the overall theme of this year's Public Forum and
more specifically to any of the sub-themes.
4. Identify potential panellists for your session. Indicate their background (i.e., academic
community, NGO representative, business community, government official, IGO
representative, journalist etc...).
5. Provide information regarding your assessment of the merits of your proposal for the
2011 Public Forum.
6. If you have participated in previous WTO Public Forums please explain how this
proposal differs from past applications.