The World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years. The last Ministerial Conference took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017.
WTO members originally agreed that MC12 would take place in June 2020 in Kazakhstan, which joined the WTO in 2015. The event was set to take place from 8-11 June in Nur-Sultan. However, on 12 March 2020, the Government of Kazakhstan announced that it would no longer host this meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the WTO announced that consultations would be held to decide how to proceed with provisions for MC12.
On 1 March 2021, the WTO announced that WTO members agreed to convene the twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) during the week of 29 November 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. The dates were subsequently set for 30 November-3 December 2021.
The Conference will be chaired by Kazakhstan's Minister of Trade and Integration, Bakhyt Sultanov, as approved by WTO members in December 2019.
dates: 30 November – 3 December 2021
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland