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Research Guides

UN & Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs)

A guide to major print and electronic IGO information prepared by Sherry Smugler, Nich Worby and Sam-chin Li, University of Toronto Libraries.

Background information

  • Formed in 1995 to help remove barriers to international trade
  • Established by the Marrakech Agreement
  • Was preceded by the General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade (GATT)
  • Made up of over 150 member states
  • Principal activities include:
    • Negotiating & formalizing trade agreements between countries
    • Dispute resolution between member countries                                                                                                                                 


Useful links

Key WTO publications