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UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi took office on 1 September 2013.

Dr. Kituyi has an extensive background as an elected official, an academic, and a holder of high government office.

He also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, and in African and broader international economics and diplomacy.

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21 July 2020Why a sustainable blue recovery is needed
15 July 2020The big reset: Learning from Covid-19 to fast track the SDGs
07 July 2020COVID 19: The Road ahead for African Trade
22 June 2020The intricacies, impact and opportunities of e-commerce for trade and development
15 June 2020Making Digital Work for Sustainable Development: The Time to Act is Now
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28 October 2019UNCTAD, Azerbaijan ink deal to better manage public debt
11 October 2019Buzz around trade and climate at third Civil Society HiveTalks
08 July 2019Trade cautiously with single market and Africa's economy could rise to top
07 June 2019UNCTAD and COMESA partner on €3 million project to speed up trade
Project Loon
15 May 2019Making Silicon Valley's success more inclusive and sustainable
05 April 2019Annual Report 2018 launched in new online format
03 December 2018Solar pioneer Piccard and UNCTAD to power up African green energy
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22 November 2018Germany backs UNCTAD work to deliver goals of Africa trade deal
03 October 2018Less talk, more action needed on e-commerce, trade forum hears
01 October 2018UNCTAD Secretary-General gives member states progress report
28 September 2018Standards keep people and planet healthy but cost small firms
17 July 2018From fish to dish – securing a sustainable future for the fisheries sector
20 June 2018The Costs of Trade War
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14 June 2018Forum highlights ‘inclusive trade’ for world’s poorest countries
08 June 2018Unity needed to shield people and markets from digital giants
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04 June 2018Tomorrow's world is already here but the spread of benefits remains unclear
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11 April 2018EU and UNCTAD kick-start project to help Angola diversify its trade
23 March 2018Trade: a more nuanced approach
22 March 2018L'Union Africaine sur les traces de l'Union Européenne
19 February 2018Collective action is key to defending trade, Geneva Dialogue hears
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26 January 2018UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General meets first Kenyan graduates of entrepreneurship training course
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17 January 2018Chair of G77 and China in Geneva passes from Tanzania to Pakistan
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27 September 2017Parliaments can make trade a force for good, says UNCTAD Secretary-General
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14 September 2017Facing the challenges to multilateralism
64th TDB
11 September 2017UNCTAD Secretary-General targets trade barriers and calls for decisions to turn into action
19 July 2017Faster, better and together: the road to inclusive e-commerce in Africa
06 July 2017UNCTAD SG Mukhisa Kituyi Confirmed by General Assembly Decision
03 July 2017Isabelle Durant of Belgium takes office as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
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09 June 2017UN Secretary-General Appoints Isabelle Durant of Belgium as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
24 February 2017A Man-made Tragedy: The Overexploitation of Fish Stocks
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20 January 2017World Leaders share insights and innovations on how to best navigate the future
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24 November 2016Trade matters, because people matter, says UNCTAD’s Joakim Reiter
23 November 2016UNCTAD's Kituyi defends international trade deals
17 November 2016The digital economy offers "phenomenal" opportunities
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10 October 2016East African business must create jobs, support regional integration
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07 October 2016Why we should care more about small and medium-sized enterprises
26 August 2016UNCTAD reaches out to academic economists, signs agreement with University of Geneva
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17 June 2016Trade and investment are key for ACP States to respond to challenges of sustainable development
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09 March 2016How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
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28 February 2016The Islamic Republic of Iran and UNCTAD agreed on furthering cooperation in the area of trade-related issues including WTO accession
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22 January 2016International Chamber of Commerce and UNCTAD pledge to work together on 2030 Development Agenda
12 October 2015WTO and UNCTAD commit to further help poor countries integrate into the global economy
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21 September 2015UNCTAD leadership reaffirms commitment to gender equality by becoming a Geneva Gender Champion
14 September 2015UNCTAD Secretary-General proposes four 'action lines' to help end poverty and meet new development goals
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18 May 2015Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and UNCTAD formalize partnership
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29 April 2015Trade, poverty reduction and protecting the environment go hand in hand, says UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General
01 April 2015Joakim Reiter of Sweden assumes functions as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
01 January 2015Message from Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
08 October 2014UNCTAD Secretary-General Kituyi hails the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity
16 September 2014Governing body of UNCTAD addresses tackling inequality through trade and development
01 September 2014Vanuatu prepares to shed 'least developed country' status with UNCTAD-led review of 'green' export opportunities
23 July 2014UNCTAD welcomes Vatican call for people to be at the heart of economic life
18 June 2014FUNGLODE is the new member of UNCTAD Virtual Institute’s network
28 May 2014The world needs a ‘transformative agenda’, UNCTAD Secretary-General tells Astana forum
12 May 2014GLOBAL COMPAL Programme Launched in Peru
08 May 2014Preparations begin for UNCTAD XIV in Lima
04 April 2014UNCTAD Second Geneva Dialogue explores links between international trade talks and post-2015 development goals
28 March 2014UNCTAD and Cambodia to step up cooperation
06 March 2014UNCTAD-ITC Partnership on Trade facilitation
28 January 2014UNCTAD Secretary-General witnesses handover ceremony of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China in Geneva
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08 January 2014Challenging the way we perceive and practice development
19 December 2013Synergies between trade, biodiversity, and climate change in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
11 November 2013As growth slows, developing countries face uncertain debt situation, Head of UNCTAD tells meeting
05 November 2013UNCTAD Secretary-General addresses workshop on mainstreaming trade
31 October 2013Countries that do not trade with their neighbours, trade their neighbours
09 September 2013UNCTAD Chief says investment outlook subdued, urges investment for sustainable development
08 September 2013Dr. Kituyi speaks at the 17th China International Fair for Investment and Trade
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05 September 2013New Secretary-General aims to harness ''intellectual firepower'' of organization
11 June 2013General Assembly confirms appointment of Mukhisa Kituyi of Kenya as next Secretary-General of UNCTAD
16 May 2013Mukhisa Kituyi of Kenya nominated to be new head of UNCTAD
Annual Investment Meeting
01 May 2013UNCTAD participates in Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai


Conference on South-South Cooperation, New Delhi, India, 10 Mar 2016
Briefing on management issues , Geneva, 04 Mar 2016
World Standards Cooperation, Geneva, 24 Feb 2016
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Mukhisa Kituyi addresses the Sixth High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, New York.

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