Publication launch dates 2019

The flagship reports the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will publish this year are based on the most recent and relevant economic data.

As always, our aim is to contribute to global debates about trade and development, and to provide evidence for policies that help poorer countries reap more benefits from the fast-changing global economy.

In 2019, we will again provide in-depth analysis of the world economic situation, which is still fragile amid challenges to multilateralism and rising protectionism.

UNCTAD’s mandate to create a better and more effective system of international economic cooperation finds its concrete expression in our research and analysis. As in the past, our 2019 reports will be based on the most recent and relevant economic data. They present strategically important recommendations for the international community as it strives to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Our goal has always been to help ensure the fair and sustainable integration of developing countries in the global economy. We use our convening power to mobilize players from all horizons – government, civil society and the private sector, for example – around key development issues including investment, commodities and e-commerce. We’re already looking ahead to 2020, when we will hold the next edition of our quadrennial ministerial conference, or UNCTAD XV, during which our mandate will reviewed by our 194 member states. All the reports presented below will nurture debates up to and during the conference.

The majority of the reports listed below will have their main launch in Geneva, with UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi presiding. Other press conferences will be organized in countries worldwide. In some cases, we will invite you to online press conferences. More details will follow nearer the launch dates.

All documents will be available in our virtual newsroom, one week before the embargo is lifted.
For further information, please contact Press Unit, +41.22.917.58.28, +41.79.502.43.11,
World Investment Report 2017World Investment Report 2019


The World Investment Report provides analysis on the latest global and regional trends in and prospects for foreign direct investment, global value chains and the operations of multinational enterprises, with special attention to their development implications. The 2019 edition will focus on Special Economic Zones, examining different approaches based on an exhaustive inventory of zones around the world, a comparison of the relevant laws, regulations and governance frameworks, and an assessment of their performances in the context of sustainable development challenges and the new industrial revolution.

The Report will be released 12 June 2019 at 17:00 GMT

Economic Development in Africa Report 2017Economic Development in Africa Report 2019


Preferential trade liberalization among the members of the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is crucial if the continent is to seize the historic opportunity offered to boost trade between its economies. To this end, the forthcoming Economic Development in Africa Report will examine the role of flexible rules of origin in an institutional framework that ensures their respect in an impartial, transparent, predictable and consistent manner. The report will probe the benefits of compliance by African countries and the importance of strengthening the institutional framework to enable the practical use of these tariff preferences. At stake is also an acceleration of the structural transformations of African economies thanks to this landmark trade agreement.

The Report will be released 26 June 2019 at 17:00 GMT

Digital Economy Report 2019Digital Economy Report 2019


The Digital Economy Report 2019 will provide an update on the latest trends in the global digital economy. It will examine the development implications of the growing role of digital platforms, particularly in the big data sphere. It will assess what countries need to do to capture a fair share of the value created in the digital economy for their own development. The scope of this new analysis will include the market impact of new technologies, the consequences for small businesses in developing countries and the implications in terms of infrastructure, skills, respect for competition, data protection, and taxation, among other issues.

The Report will be released 4 September 2019 at 17:00 GMT

Report on UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian PeopleReport on UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian People


The report will provide and update on developments in the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory and its long-term prospects, as well as looking at Israel’s policies and associated obstacles to trade and development there. This year’s edition will have a special focus on the energy crisis.

The Report will be released 10 September 2019 at 17:00 GMT

Trade and Development Report 2017Trade and Development Report 2019


Tackling the financial social and environmental doom loops that are threatening development prospects requires an ambitious multilateral agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals point the way but what is still needed is a policy narrative and evidence-based reform agenda: the report will propose a global green new deal. It will address the financing of such a deal at both the national and global levels. In particular, it will examine the role of private financial flows, development banks, fiscal mechanisms and debt markets.

The Report will be released 25 September 2019 at 17:00 GMT

Review of Maritime Transport 2017Review of Maritime Transport 2019


This year’s report will cover the five mainstream topics of maritime transport: maritime freight, world fleet, rates and markets, ports, and regulatory and legal framework. It will put a special focus on trade and transport in developing countries and highlight the cross-cutting importance of sustainable maritime transport for the Sustainable Development Goals. It will push the debate on sustainability concerns such as technological developments, including automation and maritime connectivity, as well as monitoring of competition issues, and the environment.

The Review will be released 30 October 2019 at 17:00 GMT

Least Developed Countries Report 2017Least Developed Countries Report 2019

The Least Developed Countries as a group are by far the most aid-dependent nations in the world countries. The report will present new aspects of official development finance. Increasingly, official development funds are used to leverage private funds – through blended finance, or public-private partnerships, for example. The number of players in external financing has increased, with emerging developing country donors, non-profit organizations, and private commercial sources entering the filed. That increase has gone hand in hand with rising complexity of the financing system. The report will probe the consequences of the shortage in investment that leads to structural changes, and the importance of countries themselves being in the driver’s seat in managing and directing official financial flows, so as to prioritize structural transformation.

The Report will be released 19 November 2019 at 17:00 GMT


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