The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of UNCTAD, in June 1964.
For fifty years, UNCTAD and its member States have been leading efforts to promote more inclusive and sustainable development.
Presentations will compare the trade, debt and development challenges and possibilities considered most pressing at UNCTAD's birth, a half century ago, with the landscape that countries are facing today.
Today's forecasts for global trade and growth are low compared to prospects historically; but because country-specific goals and macroeconomic possibilities are more diverse, the multilateral environment is more fragmented.
Globalized finance and capital markets play a much more prominent and very different role, provoking both positive and negative implications. Jobless growth, rising inequality and greater insecurity stand in stark contrast to new growth opportunities associated with technological progress, increased trade and capital flows and emerging economic powers.
Rising levels of public and private debt remain a concern given the financial stability that is needed for social and economic development, but new mechanisms for debt management can create fresh opportunities for borrowers and lenders alike.
Member States will be encouraged to share their experiences and views as we examine these topics through the lens of 50 years of inter-governmental activities, technical cooperation and research and development.
The aim of the courses is to give delegates from permanent missions an opportunity to become better acquainted with topical issues and developments on the international economic agenda as they are reflected in UNCTAD's work.
Participation and Registration
The secretariat invites permanent missions to nominate delegates who follow matters pertaining to UNCTAD or the World Trade Organization in Geneva to attend these courses.