A WTO reform agenda in support of decent work and just development

Date Time Platform
28 September 15:05 - 16:05 CEST Registration required

Interpretation: EN, ES, FR

The multilateral trading system is not fit for purpose and has contributed to skyrocketing inequality, along with a race to the bottom on rights and regulations. To rebuild trust, the WTO must reaffirm its commitment to sustainable development as stated in the Marrakesh Agreement, and explicitly affirm its support for human and labour rights. To tackle the challenges of the 21st century, a reformed WTO must set an enforceable minimum floor on rights and support decent work, while making sure countries are given the policy space to pursue development and full employment goals. Setting a floor on human and labour rights, and environmental standards will ensure fair competition and deliver on improving conditions for working people in both developing and developed countries.


  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC
  • Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies , UNCTAD
  • Anita Ramasastry, Professor , United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, University of Washington


  • Eric Gottwald, Specialist on Trade & Economic Globalization, AFL-CIO