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Multilateral system Inside the WTO

Mark Henley's photographs captures the unique atmosphere inside the Geneva-based World Trade Organization (WTO), where delegates from its 164 member countries gather.

The WTO is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by most of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. Its goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.

All images: Mark Henley/Panos

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is in crisis after the collapse of its appeals court this month following heavy pressure from the United States. 

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