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Trade and Development Commission (third session)
06 - 10 June 2011

Key Issues

As countries struggle to place their economies onto sustained growth and development paths in the post-global economic crisis period, trade unquestionably remains an important instrument for economic recovery, growth and development. However for developing countries, particularly least developed countries (LDCs), trade-led growth strategies need to be complemented with policies for enhancing production capabilities, structural transformation, economic diversification, value addition and human capital formation, as well as employment preservation and creation.

In this direction, a number of countries have sought to combine trade-led growth strategies with pro-active industrial, agricultural and services policies. This changing orientation in development strategies strengthens the relevance of the international trading system, trade liberalization and trade disciplines to national development strategies. It calls for an enlargement of the focus of the international trading system - multilateral, regional and bilateral - beyond liberalization to include broader development orientation based on productive capacity, job creation and poverty alleviation.

In addition, over the last three decades, global supply chains have increasingly gained importance in linking developing countries to international markets. Today, a substantial share of global supply chains´ production processes is taking place in developing countries. For developing countries and their enterprises, global supply chains offer opportunities and challenges including through policies and measures that increase competitiveness, reliability and efficiency of enterprises and production processes.

This year´s session will address two main themes:

  1. Assessing the evolution of the international trading system and enhancing its contribution to development and economic recovery

  2. Integration of developing countries in global supply chains, including through adding value to their exports

The Commission will consider the reports of the:

  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Commodities and Development

  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Services, Development and Trade: the Regulatory and Institutional Dimension

  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on International Cooperation: South–South Cooperation and Regional Integration

  • Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation

  • Sixth United Nations Conference to Review all Aspect of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices

  • Single-year Expert Meeting on Maximizing the Development Impact of Remittances

The Commission will also deliberate on promoting and strengthening synergies among the three pillars of UNCTAD, based on reports provided by the secretariat.



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The third session of the Trade and Development Commission will be held from 6 to 10 June 2011. It will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 6 June, in Room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

The Commission will provide the opportunity for member States and other stakeholders to assess the evolution of the international trading system and international trade in the post-crisis period, and discuss key trade, economic and development policies and strategies at national, regional and multilateral levels to build more resilient, sustainable and inclusive development.

Member States and other stakeholders will also consider the reports of the multi-year and single-year expert meetings, as well as the outcome of the Sixth United Nations Conference to Review All Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices, which was held in Geneva, replacing the annual session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy.


Membership of the Commission is open to all States members´ of UNCTAD. States members of UNCTAD wishing to attend the session are requested to provide the UNCTAD secretariat with the credentials of their representatives and the names of their alternate representatives and advisers by 16 May 2011.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the meeting, and non-governmental organizations in the general category and those in the special category who wish to participate as observers, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by the same date.

Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badges from the United Nations Security Service, Pregny Gate entrance, 14 Avenue de la Paix. The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 9 a.m. in order to complete entry procedures in good time and proceed to the meeting in the E-Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais.

Participants are requested to carry a passport or similar national identity card with them. Taxis are not allowed to enter the grounds of the Palais des Nations; visitors will therefore be dropped off at the requested entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.

Communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: + 41 (0)22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org.

For all other enquiries, please contact:

  • Ms. Mina Mashayekhi, tel: +41 (0)22 917 5866; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0044; e mail: mina.mashayekhi@unctad.org

  • Mr. Bonapas Onguglo, tel: +41 (0)22 917 5496; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0044; e-mail: bonapas.onguglo@unctad.org

  • Ms. Arlette Verploegh (for transport, trade logistics and capacity-building issues), tel: +41 (0) 917 6312; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0052; e-mail: arlette.verploegh@unctad.org

  • Mr. Samuel Gayi (for issues related to commodities), tel: +41 (0) 917 2131; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0509; e-mail: samuel.gayi@unctad.org


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
19 April 2011


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