News and Updates

 UN to boost health tech production for COVID-19
UN agencies launched the Tech Access Partnership in a joint effort to scale up local production of life-saving health technologies for COVID-19.
 COVID-19 puts women working in SIDS tourism industry at risk
Written by
Simonetta Zarrilli of UNCTAD and Nursel Aydiner-Avsar, Associate Professor, Akdeniz University
 COVID-19 triggers marked decline in global trade
The coronavirus pandemic led to a 3% drop in global trade values in the first quarter of 2020. The downturn is expected to accelerate in the second quarter, according to UNCTAD forecasts, which project a quarter-on-quarter decline of 27%.

​UNCTAD presents a case for protecting science, technology and innovation funding during and after the COVID-19 crisis in a new policy paper

 UNCTAD chief: How to rebuild global economy and trade after COVID-19
UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi discusses how to rejuvenate the global economy and trade in light of the COVID-19 crisis in an interview with Didem Eryar Unlu of the Turkish newspaper Dünya.
 COVID-19 offers opportunities to make fishing industries more sustainable
The pandemic is inflicting economic and social harm on those working in fisheries sectors, but it opens a window to make seafood industries more sustainable.
 Why the global science community must come and stay together beyond the coronavirus pandemic
Written by
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
 National trade facilitation committees lead reforms, respond to COVID-19
The committees are bringing public and private sectors together to ease trade in essential goods to combat the pandemic.
 Investment Policy Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic
A special issue of UNCTAD's Investment Policy Monitor presents the latest developments in national and international investment policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
 When it rains it pours: COVID-19 exacerbates poverty risks in the poorest countries
Written by
Paul Akiwumi and Giovanni Valensisi, Division for Africa and Least Developed Countries, UNCTAD
 Securing access to financial services for vulnerable people during COVID-19
Written by
Miho Shirotori and Bruno Antunes, UNCTAD
 COVID-19: Senegalese e-payment company shows resilience in a time of crisis
Youma Dieng Fall, co-founder of PayDunya and member of UNCTAD’s eTrade for Women community, shares how the business has adapted to the coronavirus crisis, bouncing back stronger from the shock.
 Export Restrictions: Fighting COVID-19 with hands tied
Wtitten by
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Director, and Ralf Peters Chief, Trade Information Section, Division on International Trade and Commodities
 Coronavirus: Let's not forget the world's poorest countries
Written by
Paul Akiwumi, Director of UNCTAD's Division for Africa and Least Developed Countries
 Ten-point plan to bolster global transport, ease trade during COVID-19
UNCTAD issues an action plan to tear down barriers to trade and transport and ensure the free flow of goods, food and essential supplies.
 Senegal's e-commerce sector helps country cope with COVID-19
Trade ministry fast-tracks measures to ease access to essential goods and services during the pandemic.
 Impact of COVID-19 on tourism in small island developing states
Written by
By Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD
 COVID-19 is a matter of life and debt, global deal needed
The coronavirus pandemic hits developing countries at a time when they have already been struggling with unsustainable debt burdens for many years, as well as with rising health needs. UNCTAD calls for $1 trillion in debt relief.
 Environmental impacts of coronavirus crisis, challenges ahead
Written by
Robert Hamwey, UNCTAD
 Africa needs a Marshall plan to ride out Covid-19 crisis; prepare for uncertain times
Written by
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
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