READY FOR THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is due to open the fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD15) which begins tomorrow, October 4.
The conference, hosted by the Government of Barbados, will be held in a virtual format with events in Barbados, Geneva and around the world through October 7 under the theme “From Inequality and Vulnerability to Prosperity for everyone”.
“The opening by the Secretary-General of the United Nations of the 15th quadrennial session of UNCTAD is a testament to the great importance the United Nations attaches to the urgent trade and development needs of developing countries as they arise. are working to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, ”said the Secretary-General of UNCTAD. Rebeca Grynspan.
The opening ceremony of UNCTAD15 on October 4 will include welcoming addresses by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and Ms. Grynspan, among others.
Guterres to deliver keynote address on urgent work required to accelerate global economic recovery and help all countries – especially developing countries – to move forward
towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Heads of state and government, senior United Nations officials, leaders of intergovernmental organizations, top trade experts, key development officials and thinkers from around the world will share their vision of the solutions required, including the role of trade, to forge a more inclusive and sustainable world. way forward.
High level segment
In the high-level segment of UNCTAD15, world leaders will analyze global vulnerabilities and inequalities and how to build a more prosperous trade and development path.
It will also include ministerial round tables on increasing financing for development, reshaping global and regional value chains, harnessing cutting-edge technologies for shared prosperity and supporting productive transformation for greater resilience in the world. a post-pandemic world.
As economies around the world are ravaged by COVID-19, this historic event will provide 195 UNCTAD member states with the opportunity to design new ways to ensure that trade works for all and meet huge unmet needs in trade, finance, investment and technology of developing countries. .
The quadrennial United Nations event is UNCTAD’s highest decision-making body. It sets priorities for the next four years and makes global policy recommendations on trade and development.