The International Trading System and Trade Negotiations
International trading system and trade negotiations  

The Sustainable Development Goals establish a global partnership to improve the lives of the world's poor. This includes an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system as an essential goal.

The international trading system comprises many thousands of unilateral, bilateral, regional, and multilateral rules and agreements among more than two hundred nations.

Managing successfully this complex and rapidly evolving mass of political and economic arrangements implies understanding the changes occurring globally, the impact of trade in national development interests and priorities and fostering consensus on addressing trade barriers and commitment to more open and fairer international trade.

In this context, UNCTAD seeks to strengthen the capacities of developing countries to participate effectively in multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations and maximize the use of trade agreements to achieve development outcomes.

Our focus areas include:

  • Trade agreements
  • Trade negotiations
  • Regional integration
  • Emerging challenges in the international trading system for developing countries
  • WTO Accession



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