New York office

UN New York headquarters

The New York office is an extension of UNCTAD's Office of the Secretary-General based in Geneva.

The office represents UNCTAD in New York, supports the inter-governmental processes at the United Nations headquarters, helps facilitate inter-agency collaboration, and works with member State delegations in New York particularly the second and fifth committee delegates, and other stakeholders.



Our work at UN headquarters

Representing UNCTAD in New York

The New York office supports UNCTAD to carry out its mandates from the United Nations and member States. The UNCTAD representation in New York plays a key role in General Assembly deliberations, with a special focus on the second and fifth committees, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its subsidiary bodies, and the various inter-agency and governance processes. These include reform of the UN Development System Inter-agency task teams, task force and the Network of Economists.

We provide substantive secretariat support to negotiations related to eight 2nd Committee resolutions:

  • International Trade and Development
  • External Debt Sustainability and Development
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Promotion of international cooperation to combat illicit financial flows and strengthen good practices on assets return to foster sustainable development
  • Promoting investments for sustainable development
  • Commodities
  • Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

We provide support to other resolutions related to our mandate, such as:

  • Financing for Development (FfD)
  • International financial system
  • Least developed countries (LDCs) and landlocked least developed countries (LLDCs)
  • Small island developing states (SIDS)
  • Middle-income developing countries (MICS)
  • Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) of UN system operational activities every four years.

We do this in support of the ongoing alignment of UNCTAD’s work program with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the outcomes of the international conferences on FfD, including the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA).

Inter-agency collaboration

Our New York office works with various United Nations agencies on key issues in nine key areas.

  1. UN Sustainable Development System
  2. Reform
  3. Financing for development
  4. Science, technology and innovation
  5. Statistical Commission
  6. Youth
  7. The UN Development Account
  8. Group of Friends of Sustainable Development Goals Financing
  9. UN SG Socio-economic response plan to COVID-19
Supporting member State delegations

We support country-led events at the request of Member States. For instance, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in the celebration of the 2021 International Year of Creative economy, the celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the International Day of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, among others

Outreach and partnership

We also spearhead enhanced partnership with the private and financial sector and civil society often in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), especially to align the private and financial sector’s activities, technology, and capital with the SDGs. We take a people-centered partnership approach by inviting various stakeholders to crowdsource innovation, solutions, and deployment at scale.

We help organize media launches of our flagship reports, organize briefings and side-events for our Geneva senior management and Geneva colleagues as well as co-sponsor events with member States and other entities on thematic areas within UNCTAD’s mandates, such as entrepreneurship, gender, STI, and sustainable financing.

We also regularly provide and write articles, blogs, training materials, notes, and inputs on key UN topics such as gender, MSMEs, SDGs, equality, and more.

We contribute to the ongoing reflections on how to bridge economic expertise in technical agencies based in Geneva and the decision-making process in New York. As such, we contribute to the many works and events surrounding the UN main processes, by providing UNCTAD’s views in the many discussions on building a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable world.