Under its technical cooperation activities, UNCTAD provides assistance tailored to the needs of the developing countries, with special attention being paid to the needs of the least developed countries (LDCs) and countries with the greatest needs. UNCTAD technical cooperation activities are a significant element in achieving the objectives outlined in the Accra Accord adopted by UNCTAD XII, held in Accra (Ghana) in April 2008.
As the focal point within the United Nations system for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment, and sustainable development, UNCTAD addresses these issues in a mutually complementary fashion, including through its technical cooperation activities.
UNCTAD technical cooperation is carried out in partnership with other agencies that provide trade-related technical assistance, in consonance with their respective mandates, expertise, and areas of comparative advantage. In delivery of its technical cooperation services, UNCTAD coordinates its activities with its partners, and in particular, members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity
The United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity was established in 2007 initially as an instrument and platform for contributing to the United Nations system-wide coherence.1 Since then, it has been converted into a major mechanism for coordination of technical cooperation services provided, under the leadership of UNCTAD , by its members to developing countries ensuring complementarities, synergies, and sequencing activities.
The thrust of UNCTAD technical cooperation is human and institutional capacity development in the following main areas of its work, namely: