As the WTO's flagship event, the annual Public Forum is an ideal platform to influence the debate about the future shape of the global trade agenda. 2016, marks the 15th anniversary of the Forum. It has become well-established as a unique opportunity for governments, leading global business people, academics, and non-governmental organizations to discuss some of the major trade and development issues of the day.
The Public Forum will be held from 27 to 29 September under the theme 'Inclusive Trade', putting the focus on how to ensure that trade benefits to all. The organization underlines that at a time when the business environment is changing and global growth is slow, it is more important than ever to ensure that trade is truly inclusive, and that the global trading system supports all countries and all businesses to trade.
In a world where new technologies have transformed the way the world trades, the Forum will also look at how the trading system can support innovation. It will be putting a particular emphasis on enabling women, innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to access the opportunities that trade can provide. To join the discussion on twitter #InclusiveTrade #WTOPublicForum
The renowned Iranian artist, Shadi Ghadirian, focusses on the issue of contemporary Iranian women identity within the settings of tradition, as shown in both her series "Qajar" (1998) and "Domestic Life" (2002). The "Ctrl+alt+del" series is about the tiny icons on our computer and the power they exert on us, how “they transformed us” and how “they are unique to our era; to today's woman in a modern world”.
Her photographs are to be found in several public collections such as the British Museum, London; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; The MUMOK, Vienna; the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris.