The WTO at Twenty

Challenges and Achievements

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This new edition provides an introduction to the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture, outlining its key principles, the work of the Agriculture Committee, and how disputes have interpreted WTO law on agriculture. The publication includes the full text of the Agriculture Agreement as well as the decisions taken on agriculture at the 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference. A frequently asked questions section provides a handy overview of the Agriculture Agreement and the issues covered by it. The publication also provides an update on agriculture negotiations at the WTO. This publication forms part of the WTO Agreements Series, a set of compact booklets on selected WTO agreements. Other publications in the series include Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Technical Barriers to Trade.



Strengthening policy coherence – cooperation with other organizations

In the 20 years since the launch of the WTO, the world has changed fundamentally and so too have the challenges faced by the international community. Countries and their economies are more interdependent and interconnected than ever. Financial and economic shocks, climate and environmental damage or life-endangering epidemics spread faster than before, sometimes with devastating or potentially devastating effect, as shown by the global financial crisis of 2008 or epidemics such as SARS or bird flu earlier in the decade.


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