unctad.org | Eighth United Nations Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection
Eighth United Nations Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection
19 - 23 October 2020
Room XVII, Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Eighth United Nations Conference to Review All Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices

The UN Set on Competition is a multilateral agreement on competition policy that:

  • Provides a set of equitable rules for the control of anti-competitive practices.

  • Recognises the development dimension of competition law and policy.

  • Provides a framework for international operation and exchange of best practices.

Every five years, a Conference is held to review the UN Set on Competition. Following the revision of the United Nations Guidelines by the General Assembly in 2015, the Conference will, for the first time, also consider issues directly related to consumer protection.

The Conference provides an occasion for members of Government, heads of competition and consumer protection authorities and senior officials from both developed and developing countries, including least developed countries and economies in transition, to establish direct contacts and promote voluntary cooperation and the exchange of best practices.

It is the highest-level meeting on competition and consumer protection at the multilateral level and an opportunity for the global community to continue advancing the welfare of consumers in open markets, leaving no one behind.

8th UN Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection
Language(s):English; French; Spanish; Chinese; Russian; Arabic;
Communications concerning representation:
UNCTAD secretariat
Intergovernmental Support Service
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Covid-19 Advisory
In view of the current situation concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it has been decided in the public interest to postpone all UNCTAD meetings scheduled in May 2020, including those listed below. New dates will be communicated in due time.
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development (5 to 6 May 2020)
  • Short course for Geneva-based delegates - Para 166 (8 May 2020)
  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development (13 May 2020)
  • UNCTAD ad-hoc meetings
Please consult the information on COVID-19 for meeting participants here.

Please wait....