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Geneva Green Guide

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Tel: 
(+41 22) 907 12 34
Fax: 
(+41 22) 917 00 43
Email: 
Contact: 

Information and Communication Unit, Email: news@unctad.org

Description

As the focal point within the UN for development issues in the areas of trade, finance, technology and investment, UNCTAD works as an 'ideas laboratory' to provide on-the-ground assistance to developing countries in related areas. It helps developing countries to ensure development gains and opportunities and to participate fully in the world economy.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1964
Staff: 
400
Chief/Director: 
Secretary-General: Supachai Panitchpakdi
Activities: 

UNCTAD carries out its activities through three channels: research, policy analysis and data collection; intergovernmental debate and consensus-building; and technical assistance (250 projects and programmes in 2006). Its main activities include:

  • identifying broad trends and prospects in the world economy; assisting developing countries in all aspects of their trade negotiations; identifying solutions for the economic development of African countries; analysing the effects of international initiatives on least developed countries; proposing solutions for debt restructuring; encouraging South-South trade cooperation; helping commodity-dependent countries to diversify their production; encouraging the inclusion of environment issues in trade and development policies;
  • analysing foreign direct investment trends and their impact on development; helping countries to participate in international investment agreements; advising governments on investment policies through investment policy reviews, investment guides and training;
  • identifying policy options in new technologies, in particular digital and e-business solutions; analysing and promoting e-tourism options; facilitating trade and customs clearance through the use of applied information technologies.
Cooperation: 

with the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), UNDP, ITC, WTO, UNIDO, UNEP and WIPO, the World Bank, the IMF, regional economic commissions, OECD, IGOs and NGOs.

Keywords: 
transport
technology
trade & environment
agenda 21
capacity building
production
economic instruments