The Seventh Session of the WTO Ministerial Conference took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 November to 2 December 2009. The general theme for discussion was “The WTO, the Multilateral Trading System and the Current Global Economic Environment”. In his report to the General Council on 17 November 2009, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said that while the Ministerial Conference would not be a negotiating session, it would be “a platform for ministers to review the functioning of this house”, including the Doha Round, and an occasion “to send a number of strong signals to the world with respect to the entire WTO waterfront of issues — from monitoring and surveillance to disputes, accessions, Aid for Trade, technical assistance and international governance”. The conference took place exactly ten years after 1999’s Ministerial Conference in Seattle, a turning point in the struggle of the anti-globalization movement.
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