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What Is Wto

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What is the WTO?
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.

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VIDEOS

WTO at Fifteen (17/09/2010)
The Routes of Trade (03/09/2009)
Trading safely: Protecting health, promoting development (21/07/2009) A virtual tour of the WTO
To the heart of the WTO
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Who we are
What we do
What we stand for

Mission statement
> About the WTO — a statement by the Director-General

The WTO in Brief
A starting point for essential information about the WTO.

About the WTO — ‘Understanding the WTO’
An introduction, in more depth, to the WTO and its agreements.
10 benefits of the WTO trading system
From the money in our pockets and the goods and services that we use, to a more peaceful world — the WTO and the trading system offer a range of benefits, some well-known, others not so obvious.

10 common misunderstandings about the WTO
Is it a dictatorial tool of the rich and powerful? Does it destroy jobs? Does it ignore the concerns of health, the environment and development? Emphatically no. Criticisms of the WTO are often based on fundamental misunderstandings of the way the WTO works.

Multimedia presentations
> Overview of the WTO — Includes a self-evaluation section FACT FILE Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Established: 1 January 1995
Created by: Uruguay Round negotiations (1986-94)
Membership: 153 countries on 23 July 2008
Budget: 194 million Swiss francs for 2010
Secretariat staff: 637
Head: Pascal Lamy (Director-General)
Functions:
• Administering WTO trade agreements
• Forum for trade negotiations
• Handling trade disputes
• Monitoring national...

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