unctad.org | Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development, sixth session
Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development, sixth session
07 - 08 May 2018
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Services are key to economic and human development, as they are a major contributor to output, jobs, investment and trade.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development contains a number of goals and targets specific to services, including those relating to water and sanitation (Goal 6) and energy (Goal 7).

The achievement of several other goals and targets will be facilitated by services. For example, improvements in logistics services will contribute to the reduction of food losses under Goal 12.

Trade in services, which has increased steadily over the last generation, can enhance this role of services.

The sixth session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development, which has a focus on water and sanitation, energy and food-related logistic services, will examine ways and means to facilitate and expand services trade with respect to achieving the relevant Sustainable Development Goals under the 2030 Agenda.

Best-fit practices and policy recommendations will also be explored, including through exchanges of national and regional experiences.

Contributions from Experts

Experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers (5-12 pages) related to the issues contained in the provisional agenda. These papers will be made available at the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

Papers should be sent in advance by email to: tncdb@unctad.org.

Global Goal on Services




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