WTO Public Forum 2012

Is multilateralism in crisis?

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The 2012 WTO Public Forum posed the question: “Is multilateralism in crisis?”, providing an opportunity for participants from a variety of backgrounds to discuss this question across the three-day event. The themes of the Forum included formulating new approaches to multilateral trade opening in areas such as trade facilitation, addressing 21st-century issues and identifying areas in need of new regulations, and examining the role of non-state actors in strengthening the multilateral trading system. This publication contains summaries of all of the sessions held and reports on the results of the WTO Youth Ambassador Programme and Ideas Workshops.



Ideas workshop

This Ideas Workshop was an effort to collect and share the latest thinking, experiences and recommendations on the critical issue of how to ensure that green economy policies are environmentally effective, economically efficient and coherent with trade and other policies. Environmental effectiveness is a key consideration when evaluating the extent to which a specific policy can be qualified as “protectionist” from the perspective of international trade. Therefore, assessing the effectiveness of green economy policies lies at the heart of the debate on the risks of green protectionism.


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