Annual Report 2011

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The 2011 WTO Annual Report provides a brief summary of the organization and a detailed review of its activities in 2010. It also includes a personal message from the Director-General, who reflects on the events of 2010 and the challenges that lie ahead. The main part of the Report is divided into the five principal areas of activity of the WTO: trade negotiations ─ outlining the latest developments in the Doha Round implementation and monitoring ─ describing how WTO agreements are being implemented and the organisation's trade monitoring role dispute settlement ─ summarizing the commercial disputes brought by WTO members to the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body in 2010 building trade capacity ─ outlining the WTO's efforts to help developing countries improve their trade capacity outreach ─ detailing how the WTO maintains dialogue with a variety of audiences. The Report also features an in-depth look at the WTO's Public Forum and the Open Day, which were held in September 2010.

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Dispute settlement activity in 2010

In 2010 the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) received 17 notifications from members of formal requests for consultations under the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), the first stage in the dispute process. It met 13 times during the year, establishing six panels to adjudicate seven new cases. (Where two or more complaints relate to the same matter, they are normally adjudicated by a single panel.) The DSB also adopted five panel and two Appellate Body reports concerning five distinct matters. One mutually agreed solution was notified in 2010.

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