World Trade OrganizationAnnual Report 2010
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Understanding the WTO 02
Who we are A global membershipWhat we stand for A year in reviewWhat we do A message from WTO Director-General Pascal LamyHow it all comes together Ministerial Conference 2009
Trade negotiations 14
Changes to the rules of trade require the agreement of all WTO members,who must reach consensus through rounds of negotiations. The most recentround began in 2001.
Implementation and monitoring 28
Various WTO councils and committees seek to ensure that WTO agreements arebeing properly implemented. All WTO members undergo periodic scrutiny of theirtrade policies and practices.
Dispute settlement 80
WTO members bring disputes to the WTO if they think their rights under tradeagreements are being infringed. Settling disputes is the responsibility of theDispute Settlement Body.
Building trade capacity 104
The WTO aims to help developing countries build their trade capacity and allowsthem a longer time to implement trade agreements. Hundreds of training coursesare organized each year for ofcials from developing countries.
The WTO maintains regular dialogue with non-governmental organizations,parliamentarians, other international organizations, the media and the generalpublic to enhance cooperation and raise awareness of trade issues.
Secretariat and budget 138
The WTO Secretariat has over 600 regular staff and coordinates the activities of theWTO. Most of the WTO’s annual budget consists of contributions by its 153 members.
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