From the G20 Hamburg Summit to MC11 in Buenos Aires: Smooth Path or Bumpy Road?

WTO Public Forum Session

Geneva, 27.09.2017


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI)

The G20 is a unique international platform that can overcome policy silo mentalities and bridge trade policy and other public policy objectives such as sustainable and inclusive growth. Often these broader objectives are neglected in trade policy debates.

In fact, trade policy has emerged as one of the most contested policy fields during Germany’s G20 presidency. This is due to deteriorating public support for world trade in many countries. One of the drivers of these outcomes is the fact that while inequalities among countries have been decreasing substantially during the past two decades, inequalities within countries, in particular the advanced economies, are increasingly leading to growing public unease with economic globalization. Against this background, this session reflects on:

a) The outcomes of the Hamburg Summit on trade-related issues such as the G20 anti-protectionist stance, trade adjustment policies and policy coherence in light of the 2030 Agenda.

b) What are the implications of the outcomes of the Hamburg Summit for the MC11 in Buenos Aires and the future of the WTO?

c) Argentina will take over the over the G20 Presidency on December 2017 What are the policy considerations that emerge from both processes?? What incidence they may (should) have in the agenda for the next G20 meeting in Buenos Aires.


  • Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive Officer, ICTSD   
  • Axel Berger, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  • Tim Yeend, Chef de Cabinet and Principal Advisor to the WTO Director-General, World Trade Organisation
  • Martin Piñeiro, Director Comité de Agricultura, Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI)
  • Silvia Taurozzi, Senior consultant and representative in Europe, GPS

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Datum / Uhr
27.09.2017 / 15:00 - 16:30


World Trade Organization
Rue de Lausanne, 154
Case postale
1211 Genève 2

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Im Fokus

A multilateral investment agreement: a road to nowhere?
Berger, Axel (2016)
in: G20 Hangzhou Summit 2016: proposals for trade, investment, and sustainable development outcomes, Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), 63-70