In 2018 the multi agency Standards and Trade Development Facility committed US

In 2018 the multi agency standards and trade

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In 2018, the multi-agency Standards and Trade Development Facility committed US$ 3.9 million to help developing countries meet international standards for food safety, plant and animal health and access global markets. The WTO Secretariat undertook over 330 technical assistance activities in 2018, providing training to 21,600 government officials, a 17 per cent increase from 2017. Fifteen young people took part in the WTO’s Young Professionals Programme in 2018. The aim of the programme is to increase the representation of nationalities under-represented in the WTO Secretariat. See pages 128-143. In 2018, support for developing countries and building trade capacity continued to be a central focus of the WTO’s activities, with the Committee on Trade and Development acting as the main forum for these discussions. 24 World Trade Organization Annual Report 2019 A year in review Supporting developing countries and building trade capacity
Outreach The WTO’s biggest annual outreach event, the Public Forum, attracted over 2,500 participants from over 100 countries. Under the theme of “Trade 2030”, the Forum hosted a record 111 sessions focusing on sustainable trade, technology-enabled trade and a more inclusive trading system. For the first time, the Forum held a session organized entirely by young people. Keynote speakers at the opening session of the Public Forum stressed the importance of innovation and flexibility in adapting to the new global trading environment. DG Azevêdo underlined the need “to set a path towards better global trade by 2030 – trade that is even more sustainable and inclusive”. The WTO continued its active collaboration with the business sector. In June, the WTO facilitated a second “Trade Dialogue” for the business community. The event brought together over 60 senior business representatives to discuss trade-related issues and challenges. Their recommendations on strengthening global trade were presented in October during the WTO Public Forum. The WTO continued to work closely with other international organizations, with DG Azevêdo taking part in events organized by the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the OECD and many others. He also attended the G20 summit in December, at which G20 leaders recognized the contribution of the multilateral trading system to economic growth while calling for reform of the WTO to improve its functioning. Reform of the WTO was also discussed at the 2018 Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, held in December. More than 300 members of parliament representing over 100 countries attended the meeting. The conference urged WTO members to strengthen the multilateral trading system, with the WTO as its cornerstone. The WTO website attracted over 2.3 million visits a month in 2018, over 20 per cent more than the year before. The social media channels of the WTO attracted an increasing number of followers while WTO videos were watched over 750,000 times on social media. The WTO issued over 60 publications and launched a new iLibrary bringing

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