UNCTAD and Civil Society
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UNCTAD believes that enhanced cooperation between the private and the public sector is essential to the effective integration of developing countries into the global economy and seeks ways to involve civil society organizations, academia, trade unions, parliamentarians and business associations in its work.
 
Cooperation with civil society is mutually beneficial: it helps civil society actors, empowering and enhancing their advocacy role in support of sustainable development, while adding value to the work of UNCTAD and its member States in achieving tangible development outcomes.
 
The Civil Society Outreach (CSO) Unit of UNCTAD is responsible for liaison and outreach to civil society. Its role is to encourage and facilitate participation and engagement of civil society in the work of UNCTAD.
 
This includes:
  • Organizing the annual UNCTAD Public Symposium
  • Organizing civil society activities and events at UNCTAD Conferences
  • Organizing hearings, consultations, briefings and informal meetings with experts and civil society
  • Reviewing and processing requests for accreditation and observer status with UNCTAD
  • Providing civil society with relevant information and documentation on UNCTAD activities
  • Liaising and interacting with other UN system focal points for civil society
 
 

 News

 
E-commerce
17 April 2018Trust as vital for e-commerce as internet connection, UN meeting hears
Women
07 March 2018Borderline: Rural women in trade agreements - a Q&A with activists
Flag of China
26 February 2018Keep an eye on China's innovations in development finance
WTO logo
27 September 2017Parliaments can make trade a force for good, says UNCTAD Secretary-General
Amanda Long
20 October 2016Consumer protection agencies must anticipate challenges of digital economy, says Consumers International Director General
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 Events and Meetings

 
Start DateTitleLocationCountry
26 May 2016UNCTAD 14 Preparatory Committee (2nd Hearing with Civil Society)GenevaSwitzerland
06 Apr 2016UNCTAD 14 Preparatory Committee (1st Hearing with Civil Society)GenevaSwitzerland
24-25 Jun 2013Public Symposium with Civil Society GenevaSwitzerland
18-19 Jun 2014Public Symposium with Civil SocietyGenevaSwitzerland
24 May 2018Hearing with Civil Society GenevaSwitzerland
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