United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Founded 1964
Web site www.unctad.org

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) promotes the integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD's aim is to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.

The organization functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building; it undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts; and it provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries. It pays special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and of economies in transition. When appropriate, UNCTAD cooperates with other organizations and donor countries in the delivery of technical assistance.[1]

The Secretary-General of UNCTAD is Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi (Thailand), who took office on 1 September 2005.


Products and Services[edit]

UNCTAD's main activities include:

  • Commodity diversification and development
  • Analysis and capacity building in competition and consumer protection laws and policies in developing countries
  • Assisting developing countries in trade negotiations and commercial diplomacy
  • Trade Analysis and Information System
  • Assessing the impact of environmental requirements and relevant multilateral agreements


Key People[edit]

Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General


  1. About UNCTAD. UNCTAD.