unctad.org | International Debt Management Conference, twelfth session
International Debt Management Conference, twelfth session
18 - 20 November 2019
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

UNCTAD has the pleasure of inviting the Permanent Missions in Geneva to the twelfth UNCTAD Debt Management Conference, to be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18 to 20 November 2019.

As in previous years, the Conference will be immediately followed by a meeting of the Debt Management and Financial Analysis System (DMFAS) Programme Advisory Group, on 21 and 22 November 2019, for those countries using the DMFAS software in one of their institutions.

Background and purpose of the meeting

The Conference provides a regular biennial forum for sharing experiences and exchanging views between Governments, international organizations, academia and civil society on current developments in debt and on debt management issues in the broader macroeconomic context.

Furthermore, it brings together senior-level national debt managers from around the world to discuss some of the most pertinent topics in the field today.

Around 350 participants from over 100 countries, as well as senior representatives of international, regional and other institutions, participated in the last conference, which was held in November 2017.


This year, the Conference will address such important issues as current trends in the unfolding developing country debt crisis, recent debt transparency initiatives, policies to support long-term debt sustainability, the role of debt and disaster relief and the role of the international community in strengthening debt management. 


This conference is open to all member States of UNCTAD. Other organizations, including specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations in the general and special categories, as well as academia, research institutions and the private sector, may participate as observers.



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