UNCTAD and Civil Society

UNCTAD believes that enhanced cooperation between the private and the public sector is essential to the effective integration of developing countries into the global economy and seeks ways to involve civil society organizations, academia, trade unions, parliamentarians and business associations in its work.
Cooperation with civil society is mutually beneficial: it helps civil society actors, empowering and enhancing their advocacy role in support of sustainable development, while adding value to the work of UNCTAD and its member States in achieving tangible development outcomes.
The Civil Society Outreach (CSO) Unit of UNCTAD is responsible for liaison and outreach to civil society. Its role is to encourage and facilitate participation and engagement of civil society in the work of UNCTAD.
This includes:
  • Organizing the annual UNCTAD Public Symposium
  • Organizing civil society activities and events at UNCTAD Conferences
  • Organizing hearings, consultations, briefings and informal meetings with experts and civil society
  • Reviewing and processing requests for accreditation and observer status with UNCTAD
  • Providing civil society with relevant information and documentation on UNCTAD activities
  • Liaising and interacting with other UN system focal points for civil society


Hive Talks
05 October 2018Civil society groups feel the buzz at new-style UNCTAD event
TDB 65th
07 June 2018UNCTAD welcomes five more NGOs to the family
01 June 2018Civil society calls for more honest narrative about benefits of trade
17 April 2018Trust as vital for e-commerce as internet connection, UN meeting hears
07 March 2018Borderline: Rural women in trade agreements - a Q&A with activists
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 Events and Meetings

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
18-19 Jun 2014Public Symposium with Civil SocietyGenevaSwitzerland
06 Apr 2016UNCTAD 14 Preparatory Committee (1st Hearing with Civil Society)GenevaSwitzerland
26 May 2016UNCTAD 14 Preparatory Committee (2nd Hearing with Civil Society)GenevaSwitzerland
24 May 2018Hearing with Civil Society GenevaSwitzerland
01 Oct 2018Civil Society HiveTalksGenevaSwitzerland
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