The WTO monitors some 60 different agreements that have the status of international legal texts. Member States must sign and ratify all WTO accession agreements.  A discussion ensued on some of the major agreements. In December 2013, the WTO`s largest agreement, known as the Bali Package, was signed.  The United States has free trade agreements with 20 countries. These free trade agreements are based on the WTO agreement, with broader and stronger disciplines than those of the WTO. Many of our free trade agreements are bilateral agreements between two governments. But some, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Dominican Republic-Central America-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, are multilateral agreements between several parties. The current Director-General of the WTO is Roberto Avédo, who manages a staff of more than 600 people in Geneva, Switzerland.  On 7 December 2013, all members agreed on an agreement on trade facilitation, which is part of the Bali Decision Package, the first comprehensive agreement in the organization`s history.  On 23 January 2017, the amendment to the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is the first time that WTO agreements have been amended since the organization opened in 1995, and this amendment should ensure that developing countries have a legal means of using affordable prices under WTO rules.
 While China`s mercantilist trade policy may pose problems for the long-term viability of the rules-based system and the inability to significantly revise trade rules since the conclusion of the Uruguay Round in 1993 has led observers to question the value of the WTO as a forum for economic liberalization , the imminent threat to the overall system of the Trump administration`s war of attrition against the WTO`s appeals body. Citing a litany of disagreements with the appeals body – some legitimate and some not – the Trump administration continued to block candidates for the Geneva-based court. Detailed descriptions and texts of many U.S. trade agreements can be accessed through the Left Resource Center. The agreement on the application of health and plant health measures, also known as the sPS agreement, was negotiated during the Uruguay round of THE GATT and came into force with the creation of the WTO in early 1995. Under the SPS agreement, the WTO sets limits on members` policy on food safety (bacterial contaminants, pesticides, inspection and labelling) and animal and plant health (imported pests and diseases). Studies show that the WTO has stimulated trade and that trade barriers would be higher without the WTO.  The WTO has strongly influenced the text of trade agreements, as « almost all recent preferential trade agreements (EEAs) explicitly refer to the WTO, often dozens of times in several chapters… In many of these EDPs, we find that essential parts of the language of the treaty – the majority of a chapter at a given time – are literally copied from a WTO agreement.  In the UN`s Goal 10, WTO agreements have also been cited as instruments for reducing inequality.  The WTO deals with the regulation of trade in goods, services and intellectual property between participating countries by imposing a framework for negotiating trade agreements and a dispute settlement procedure to enforce WTO agreements signed by representatives of member governments:fol.9-10 and ratified by their parliaments.
 The WTO prohibits discrimination between trading partners, but provides exceptions for environmental protection, national security and other important objectives.  Trade disputes are settled by independent WTO judges in dispute resolution proceedings.  As many here know well today, for nearly two decades over several United States.