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UNCTAD XIII will focus on “Development-Centred Globalization”

arton3372Member States of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recently agreed that the thirteenth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, also known as UNCTAD-XIII, will focus on “Development-Centred Globalization.”


The quadrennial Conference, to take place on 21-26 April 2012 in Doha (Qatar), is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD as it is at this Conference that Member States determine the organization’s mandate and programme of work for the following four years. Besides, the Conference serves as a platform for discussing current trade and development issues; as well as policy options; and major trends in the global economy.

The four sub-themes for UNCTAD XIII are:
• Enhancing the enabling economic environment at all levels in support of inclusive and sustainable development;

• Strengthening all forms of cooperation and partnerships for trade and development, including North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation;

• Addressing persistent and emerging development challenges as related to their implications for trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development;

• Promoting investment, trade, entrepreneurship and related development policies to foster sustained economic growth for sustainable and inclusive development.

For more information, see the official press release.


This article is also available in Spanish and in French.

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