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Name United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Logo Image:UNLOGO.gif
Geographic Scope Global/developing countries
Subject Focus Expertise Sustainable international development and trade
Contact E-mail: info@unctad.org
URL http://www.unctad.org
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Mission/Mandate

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.

To achieve this, UNCTAD fulfils three key roles:

  • It functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building.
  • It undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts.
  • It provides 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.

UNCTAD's mission is to integrate developing countries beneficially into the global economy, with a view to eradicating poverty.

The Bangkok Plan of Action adopted by UNCTAD X is the bedrock of this mandate of the organization to fulfil its development mission, which was confirmed and updated at UNCTAD XI in the São Paulo Consensus. The mandate reognises UNCTAD as the focal point of the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development.

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