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WTO officials, including Director-General Roberto Azevedo (R) and chief spokesperson Keith Rockwell (laughing at centre) awaiting the arrival of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to address a special session of the WTO's General Council. He said members need to work to restore the spirit of international cooperation and ''buttress this unique institution that has safeguarded international trading relationships over the past 70 years''.

The World Trade Organisation has 164 members, and in theory, negotiates and regulates global trade. It is, however, in crisis: New multi-lateral trade negotiations have been stalled for years, while it's principle dispute settlement body, the 'crown jewels' of the WTO and the global trading system, is almost completely blocked.

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