Terms of Reference

UNCTAD is a unique development organization with the vision of integrating developing countries beneficially into the global economy, with a view to eradicating poverty. 

The Bangkok Plan of Action adopted by UNCTAD X is the bedrock of the mandate of the organization to fulfil its development mission. This mandate was confirmed and updated at UNCTAD XI in the  and São Paulo Consensus. As recognized in its mandate, UNCTAD is the focal point of the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development.

In the light of this vision and mandate, a Panel of Eminent Persons has been established by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD to advise him on how to enhance UNCTAD´s development role and impact. Specifically, the Panel will:

  • Propose options to improve the three pillars of UNCTAD´s work (i.e. research and policy analysis, consensus-building, and technical assistance) and their interaction, with a view to making the organization more dynamic, effective and efficient in implementing its vision and mission;

  • Identify opportunities for UNCTAD, within its areas of competence, to take a lead and make a difference in the follow-up to the 2005 UN Summit;

  • Explore ways and means for UNCTAD to strengthen cooperation and create synergies with other international organizations and to enhance the interaction with other development partners, including the private sector and civil society.

The Panel consists of eight independent eminent persons, knowledgeable of development issues and with international standing in the field. 

The Panel is requested to submit its report to the Secretary-General of UNCTAD.


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