WTO's Public Forum kicks off - trade behind the headlines

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    WTO-Ambassador Daniel Blockert will talk about inclusive trade, the future of work and gender mainstreaming during the Public Forum 2017 Photo: Permanent Mission of Sweden

WTO's 2017 Public Forum will gather in Geneva from 26 to 29 September, mobilizing and engaging with the international community to advance the debate on international trade. This year’s theme is "Trade: Behind the Headlines" - a platform for discussions among policy makers, civil society representatives, business people and researchers how to make trade work for more people and ensure that the trading system is as inclusive as it can be.

The debate on trade has rarely been as prominent or controversial. "This is the moment for multilateralism, not unilateralism. We must grasp it or risk the consequences." Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström stated at the UN General Assembly last week. 

Trade has an important role to play in making the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality by the year 2030.  The economic globalisation has decreased global inequality, but countries have not been good enough at in distributing the benefits of globalisation within their borders. Sweden wants to ensure gender mainstreaming, that trade is inclusive and works for all.

This year, State secretary of EU Affairs and Trade Oscar Stenström will represent the Swedish delegation together with WTO-Ambassador Daniel Blockert. Sweden will be active in several panels and will also organize two side-events on gender mainstreaming  and the Global Deal for decent work and inclusive growth.

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