Division on International Trade and Commodities

The division seeks to build consensus, strengthen capacity and promote partnerships for trade policy, trade negotiations, trade in goods and services and the creative economy, competition and consumer protection laws, and managing issues arising at the intersection of trade, the environment and climate change.

It monitors trends and provides evidence-based analysis to make international trade an engine for sustainable development. The Division also aims to ensure the effective, qualitative and beneficial participation of women in international trade, strengthen development gains from the commodity economy, and address the trade and development challenges of commodity dependence.

Alignment with the SDGs

DITC Alignment with the SDGs

  • Goal 1:End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • Goal 5:Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • Goal 8:Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  • Goal 10:Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  • Goal 12:Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Goal 14:Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  • Goal 15:Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  • Goal 17:Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Miho Shirotori, Director a.i.


Miho ShirotoriMiho Shirotori is the acting director of UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade and Commodities.

Ms. Shirotori has extensive experience working with the governments of developing countries on policy formulation and analysis of trade and sustainable development. 

As a United Nations senior economist, she has led research and technical cooperation activities and supported intergovernmental decision-making processes on issues including multilateral and regional trade agreements, export diversification, and green trade promotion. She represents UNCTAD in numerous global conferences and inter-agency activities on inclusive and sustainable economic development.

She holds a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School.