Nairobi Trade Talks Made History - Kenya Foreign Minister

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Coming on the heels of successful climate talks at COP 21 in Paris, the WTO meeting in Nairobi has demonstrated the value and centrality of a multilateral approach to facing the world's challenges. The meeting produced six ministerial decisions on agriculture, cotton and issues related to least-developed countries.

World Trade Organization

WTO Director-General: Roberto Azevêdo

Roberto Azevêdo is the sixth Director-General of the WTO. His appointment took effect on 1 September 2013 for a four-year term.


  • Location:
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Established:
    1 January 1995
  • Created by:
    Uruguay Round negotiations (1986-94)
  • Membership:
    161 countries on 26 April 2015
  • Budget:
    197 million Swiss francs for 2014
  • Secretariat staff:
  • Head:
    Roberto Azevêdo (Director-General)
  • Functions:
    • Administering WTO trade agreements
    • Forum for trade negotiations
    • Handling trade disputes
    • Monitoring national trade policies
    • Technical assistance and training for developing countries
    • Cooperation with other international organization

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