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The Flag of World Trade Organization

Apr 26, 2017

[World Trade Organization] 


Overview

"The WTO is the only global international organization (IGO, International Government Organization or Inter Governmental Organization) dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The WTO officially commenced on 1 January 1995 under the Marrakesh Agreement, signed by 123 nations on 15 April 1994, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948"


The Flag

In response to an inquiry to the World Trade Organization, we have received the following statement:

The WTO does not have a flag but does have a logo which [was given] to the WTO by Singapore. 
Ms Hortence Mpako Foaleng
Information and Media Relations Division
World Trade Organization

The logo appears on all World Trade Organisation webpages.

At this page Yahoo shows the logo of the World Trade Organization.

Neither the IMF nor the World Bank fly any flags on their headquarters buildings in Washington. Also, if you check www.wto.org, you'll see the logo in color, not just white on black.
Photos showing WTO flags can be found 

I am not sure if these are flags at all. The two photos do show only parts of some cloth, not necessarily and not clearly identifiably a flag. The third image is no photo, but a computer graphic.

WTO does have a flag. Well, here's the contrary (all pictures were taken during the WTO Public Forum in 2010, from WTO's Flickr account:
The flag is a horizontal white flag with the logo in the middle, and below the organizations' initials WTO OMC in black capital letters (WTO for its acronym in English, and OMC is in French 


The Logo

The design is adapted from the logo originally commissioned by the Government of Singapore for the WTO's first Ministerial Conference which was hosted by Singapore in December 1996. In April 1997, the WTO General Council accepted Singapore's offer to transfer to the WTO the logo and its copyright. It was formally unveiled on 6 October 1997.
The original logo was created by Su Yeang Design, a Singapore-based graphic arts company, and selected from over 200 entries in a competition held by the Government of Singapore. 
The explanation of the logo: "A hint of the globe is suggested by the six graphic arcs symbolizing world trade with member nations meeting to forge strategic alliances. Dynamism and optimism prevail as the swirls integrate, encapsulating WTO's united spirit of promoting fair and open trade."