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United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity: The Multi-Donor Trust Fund
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The United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity is led by UNCTAD and includes FAO, ITC, ILO, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UNOPS, WTO and the five UN Regional Commissions.

The Cluster is an inter-agency mechanism dedicated to the coordination of trade and development operations within the United Nations System. It proposes comprehensive solutions with an optimized articulation between the formulation of common policy recommendations and their effective translation through joint programmes at the country level.

Most of the members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster are Non-Resident Agencies (NRAs).

In recent years, the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster has constantly increased its participation in joint programmes developed in the context of "Delivering as one”. The United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster remarkably contributed to the development of a new setting regarding United Nations operations at the country level-level making the best use of the expertise of the NRAs.

With a view to complementing funds available through “Delivering as one” funding mechanisms, UNCTAD initiated the process for the establishment of a United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) on Trade and Productive Capacity to scale-up the Cluster’s activities both at the global and country levels.

In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this fund is expected to support the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster in building a more holistic vision of “trade and productive capacity” and in developing concerted policy initiatives on key thematic areas which will guide the implementation of joint programmes at the country level. Donors are thus invited to support this initiative and provide adequate resources.

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