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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development.

UNCTAD is also a forum where representatives of all countries can freely engage in dialogue and discuss ways to establish a better balance in the global economy.

In addition, UNCTAD offers direct technical assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition, helping them to build the capacities they need to become equitably integrated into the global economy and improve the well-being of their populations.

Visit the UNCTAD website for more information:


UNCTAD's 50th Anniversary

In 2014, UNCTAD celebrated the 50th anniversary of its establishment with various events.

Find more information about the anniversary celebrations on the dedicated web page: UNCTAD@50.

And read about UNCTAD's history in the newly published report:

UNCTAD History in the Making

This presentation is a visual journey through the history of UNCTAD, from its first Conference in 1964, through the events that have shaped its history in the last 50 years and to its forthcoming Conference (UNCTAD XIV), in Lima, Peru, in 2016.  Done by UNCTAD, 22 January 2015.

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