The Seventh United Nations Conference to Review all Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices is scheduled to be held from Monday 6 to Friday 10 July 2015.

The Seventh United Nations Review Conference will mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices (United Nations Set).

The session will open at the Palais de Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday 6 July.

This ministerial meeting will be opened by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD and provide an opportunity for ministers, heads of competition authorities and senior officials of member States of UNCTAD to discuss competition issues at the national level and international voluntary cooperation, including with existing networks of competition authorities, and to promote the use of competition law and policy as tools for achieving economic growth and domestic and international competitiveness. In this connection, the Conference will assess the experience gained so far in the implementation of the United Nations Set and make recommendations for possible areas of improvement and effective implementation.


Background documents and agenda

The provisional agenda, together with the secretariat's annotations, will be circulated in due course.

In line with the agreed conclusions adopted at its fourteenth session in July 2014 by the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy, which acted as the preparatory body for the Seventh Review Conference, the Conference will allow high-level discussions on the role of competition policy for development and provide an opportunity to enhance international cooperation in this area.

It will also be the occasion to conduct voluntary peer reviews of competition law and policy of Albania, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. In addition, the Conference will hold roundtable discussions on the following issues:

  • Ways and means to strengthen competition agencies in order to strengthen competition law enforcement and advocacy
  • International Cooperation on Merger cases as a tool for effective enforcement of competition law.
  • The Benefits and the Role of Competition for Consumers in the Pharmaceutical Sector

In accordance with past practice, the Conference is expected to provide guidance to UNCTAD on its future work programme in this area, including technical assistance and capacity building for developing countries and LDCs, as well as economies in transition.


Written contributions

In order to facilitate the deliberations and the informal exchange of experiences and best practices on the three clusters of issues to be discussed, member States and observers are requested to submit written contributions to the UNCTAD secretariat by Monday 25 May 2015 in order to allow participants to prepare themselves for the consultations.