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UNCTAD Annual Report 2016
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In 2016, the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development took place in Nairobi at a watershed moment for the international community. As the first quadrennial conference following the historical agreements on financing, sustainable development and climate reached in 2015, the fourteenth session of the Conference marked the beginning of implementation, moving from the decisions of 2015 to the actions and stronger role that UNCTAD should undertake going forward for the benefit of developing countries.

To deliver on the triple international commitments made in 2015, the Nairobi Maafikiano sets out a strengthened work programme for UNCTAD. At the same time, the Nairobi Maafikiano frames the new challenges we face in the context of our longstanding mandate to help developing countries gainfully integrate into the world economy.

As we operationalize the Nairobi Maafikiano, it is important to recognize the broader contours of our actions and their relevance to our member States. In 2016, UNCTAD work touched on a broad spectrum of issues facing developing countries cutting across all of our mandated areas of work – from the ocean economy to e-commerce, from regional connectivity to the follow-up to financing for development.

Moving forward, we should meet the new challenges we face in ways that are nimble and responsive to the membership of UNCTAD and that complement the work of the broader United Nations family.

This edition of the UNCTAD Annual Report offers a snapshot of the progress we made in 2016 towards this goal, and we look forward to continuing to work with member States and relevant stakeholders to this end in the years to come.

Mukhisa Kituyi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD


UNCTAD Annual Report 2016 (UNCTAD/DOM/2017)
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