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Source: WTO

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a joint statement on 20 April underlining their support for efforts to ensure the normal cross-border flow of vital medical supplies and other goods and services. “Protecting lives is our top priority, and these efforts can be impeded by unnecessary disruptions to global trade and supply chains,” they declared. The joint statement is below.
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At a virtual meeting of all WTO members on 17 April, over 50 delegation heads took the floor to exchange views on the use of online discussions and written procedures to continue WTO work and decision-making during the COVID-19 lockdown. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo also used the informal session to urge members to submit information about pandemic-related trade measures to the WTO Secretariat’s ongoing monitoring exercise.
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The WTO has issued a call for proposals for this year’s Public Forum, whose theme is ‘Building on 25 Years of the WTO’. Participants interested in organizing sessions at the Forum, scheduled to take place from 29 September to 2 October, are invited to submit their proposals by 1 June 2020.
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