New Global Challenges Need New Global Leadership

Civil society networks identify gaps in the job description of the new WTO Director-General

Brussels 28 January 2013 - On the eve of the job interviews that will be held at the World Trade Organization (WTO) with the candidates to replace the current Director-General, Pascal Lamy, civil society networks point out gaps in the job description. They call on WTO members to appoint a leader with a recognised track-record in making trade serve the wider interests of society.

The term of office of the current Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy, ends on 31 August 2013. In line with WTO procedures, the candidates have been invited to meet with WTO Members at a formal General Council meeting in Geneva tomorrow, 29 January, where they will be asked to present themselves and their vision for the WTO, followed by a question-and-answer session. The meeting will be followed by discussions amongst WTO Members, held behind closed doors. The selection process is expected to end with the announcement of the new Director-General by the General Council no later than 31 May 2013.

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