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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

by Khristine Custodio last modified Nov 19, 2013 09:37 AM
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is an authoritative knowledge-based institution promoting the integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD helps shape current policy debates on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive. UNCTAD conducts studies on innovative water management technologies.

Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.

UNCTAD carries out its mandate through:

  • serving as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building.
  • research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts.
  • technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries, with special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and of economies in transition. When appropriate, UNCTAD cooperates with other organizations and donor countries in the delivery of technical assistance.

More about UNCTAD

UNCTAD was established in 1984 and believes that enhanced cooperation between the private and the public sector is essential to the effective integration of developing countries into the global economy. It seeks ways to involve civil society organizations, academia, trade unions, parliamentarians and business associations through efficient trade logistics services and transit transport systems; science, technology and innovation, including increased access to and sustainable use of information and communication technologies; and training and capacity-building programmes for local institutions.

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Palais des Nations
8-14, Av. de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

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+41 22 917 1234
+41 22 917 0057
unctadinfo@unctad.org
www.unctad.org

 

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