Delegates arrive before a meeting at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, October 28, 2020.

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WTO 2025: Getting back to the negotiating table

Working Papers 22-7
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


The negotiation of multilateral agreements has stalled at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The action is among groups of like-minded WTO Members, either regionally or in open plurilateral agreements (OPAs) in Geneva at the WTO. There is currently no consensus among WTO Members to include plurilateral agreements officially in the set of WTO agreements. Many additional challenges require multilateral—that is, global—agreements: the pandemic, food security, and climate change, among them. A breakthrough is needed to get WTO negotiations back on track.

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