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The World Trade Organization (WTO) Symposium on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development was convened from 20-21 May 1997 in Geneva. The Symposium was divided into seven topical sessions designed to enrich the discussions in the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE), which was held immediately thereafter. During the sessions, participants from over 70 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) representing business, environment, development and consumer organizations, presented their views on specific WTO-related issues and engaged in discussions with Members of the CTE and other NGOs. The sessions addressed: globalization, trade and sustainable development; synergies between trade liberalization and the environment; multilateral environmental agreements and the WTO; agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPs) and the environment; market access; tariff, non-tariff measures and the environment; and relations with NGOs.