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Posted to the Web: Friday '25' April 2003 @ 1.15pm EST; Updated: 5 May 2003 @ 3.13pm EST
Welcome to ICDA's Special UNCTAD Page
ICDA has observer status with UNCTAD, and since 1976, continues to maintain it. This special page has been designed to re-inforce the "special" relationship that ICDA has with the UN agency. It bears reminding that there are over 100 NGOs that have this status, but few are actively involved with UNCTAD. ICDA is an exception in the sense that it has participated, or at least been represented at all of UNCTAD's main events--either on gender & trade, or otherwise. To boot, ICDA makes an effort to integrate an UNCTAD perspective, along with gender, in all aspects of its work. It is therefore little surprise that the last time we organised a conference--15-16 November 2002--we invited an UNCTAD representative to clarify the role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). We shall endeavour to update this page as often as possible so as to facilitate further understanding of the work of UNCTAD, and its work with civil society.

Preparations for UNCTAD XI, June 2004 in BRAZIL
  • Calendar of meetings in the run-up to UNCTAD XI in June

  • Read interview of UNCTAD Secretary-General Rubens Ricupero on:
    1. the state of play in the multilateral trading system post Cancun
    2. why the voting of international financial institutions like World Bank/IMF is inappropriate for WTO
    3. the original, and current, mandate of UNCTAD
    4. the future of UNCTAD's role in the multilateral trading politics

  • UNCTAD in the News
  • Sharing the gains of globalization in the new security environment--Posted 5 May-- The UN Economic Commission for Europe is organizing, in collaboration with UNCTAD, ECLAC, ESCWA, ECA, ESCAP, UNIDO, WTO, and ICC, a second International Forum on Trade Facilitation, scheduled for 14-15 May 2003 at the United Nations in Geneva. It will focus on the need of developing and poorer transition economies to receive a fair share of the benefits of trade facilitation and on the necessity to avoid the risk that increased security in international trade becomes a barrier to trade or a source of discrimination against weaker members of the international trading community.

  • WTO and UNCTAD step up strategic partnership-- 16 April - WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchapakdi and UNCTAD Secretary-General Rubens Ricupero signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) institutionalizing and enhancing the current relationship between the two organizations. The MOU provides a legal framework for technical assistance cooperation. The purpose is to ensure that trade serves development goals and to help the integration of developing countries, and particularly the least developed of them, into the global economy.
  • [UNCTAD News archive here]

    Useful Resources

  • Read former intern Anjali Ramachandran's summary of the Least Developed Country 2002 Report here.
  • Read up on why it is claimed UNCTAD has been co-opted by TNCs in this 2001 WTOIL SOD Report.
  • Agriculture, Food Security, and the Multinational

  • ICDA & UNCTAD in the News
  • Civil society outreach and gender mainstreaming: UNCTAD-CIVIL SOCIETY DIALOGUE, UNCTAD/ISS/Misc.385 - , 10/12/01

  • UNCTAD meets with Consumer Unity and Trust Society

    CSO recently organized a dialogue between UNCTAD staff members and representatives from the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) and its Africa Resource Centre to address issues of mutual interest. Established in 1983, CUTS started off as a consumer protection organization. Since then it has worked in various areas of public interest at the national and international levels. The dialogue took place on 18 February in Geneva and addressed the problems facing least developed countries in light of globalization and the WTO process; competition and consumer policies; globalization and development strategies; recent results of UNCTAD´s trade analysis activities; FDI; and the linkages between trade, environment and development. A day later, Mr. Rubens Ricupero, the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, addressed the CUTS symposium on "Competition Policy and Pro-Poor Development", which covered the following areas:

    Competition issues with international dimensions and how developing countries deal with them How does competition policy and law help the poor?

    What type of competition policy and law should a developing country have?

  • Please Click here to go back to ICDA's UNLDC3 Page.

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