This book commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of UNCTAD shows how UNCTAD´s work has evolved and identifies some of the major intellectual contributions that the organization has made in terms of both analytical views and policy proposals.
It should be stressed at the outset that this book is not intended as an official history of the organization but as a collection of articles, each describing how a particular topic in UNCTAD´s analytical work has evolved. While the substantive elements of each paper are basically personal reflections, they are supported by the official documents listed in the "references" section at the end of each paper. These documents represent some of important research or policy contributions accomplished by the organization. Many of these documents (together with some additional ones) are also reproduced on a CD-ROM attached to the inside back-cover of the book.
In a thought-provoking preface to the book, Mr. Rubens Ricupero, UNCTAD Secretary-General from September 1995 to September 2004, gives his personal reflections on his nine years at UNCTAD. He reviews the major historical events of the last four decades and shows how they have contributed to UNCTAD´s changing role and mandate.