WTO Agreements & the GATT 1947
Multilateral trade conventions under the GATT/WTO system are called "agreements." The current WTO system operates under agreements negotiated during the Uruguay Round, 1986-94. Negotiations are ongoing on certain topics.
The Final Act of the Uruguay Round was signed in Marrakesh on April 15, 1994, and went into force on January 1, 1995. It contained a package of about 60 agreements, annexes, decisions, and understandings, including the Marrakesh Agreement ("WTO Agreement") establishing the WTO, the GATT 1994, the GATS, other agreements on services, and the TRIPS. The GATT 1994 incorporates by reference the GATT 1947 and related official instruments as amended up to the effective date of the WTO agreements.
The GATT 1994 incorporates the GATT 1947 as amended over time, except for the 1947 Protocol on Provisional Application.
Status of the agreements, ratifications, etc.
To track current negotiations, try news sources and websites. For example, the WTO website has a page on the negotiations on agricultural trade reform at http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/agric_e/negoti_e.htm.