WTO Ministerial Conferences

The WTO Ministerial Conference is the peak decision-making body of the WTO. It brings WTO Members together at Ministerial level, usually every two years. The Ministerial Conference can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements. There have been 10 Ministerial Conferences since the WTO was established:

  1. Singapore 9-13 December 1996
  2. Geneva, 18-20 May 1998
  3. Seattle, November 30-December 3, 1999
  4. Doha, 9-13 November 2001
  5. Cancun, 10-14 September 2003
  6. Hong Kong, 13-18 December 2005
  7. Geneva, 30 November – 2 December 2009
  8. Geneva, 15-17 December 2011
  9. Bali, 3-6 December 2013
  10. Nairobi, 15-19 December 2015

The next Ministerial Conference, the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11), is scheduled to take place from 10 to 13 December this year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information on the preparation of MC11 see the WTO website.

Last Updated: 13 October 2016