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United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity: Towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an imperative for change. Universal in scope, it calls for collective action on an unprecedented scale to support countries’ own paths for development. Consequently, through the repositioning of its development system, the United Nations is shifting the paradigm for more ownership, coherence and effectiveness at the country level. The year 2019 marks an important step forward with an empowered role for United Nations resident coordinators as of 1 January.

The United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity is well positioned to meet the challenges of the 2030 Agenda and empower the new United Nations country teams to tackle the challenges of economic development faced by developing countries. Since its official launch in April 2008 by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Cluster has provided countries with tailored policy support that optimizes collaboration at the country level between United Nations entities specialized in economic development, including many non-resident agencies.

The Cluster proposes initiatives adapted to a wide diversity of socioeconomic contexts and ensures that the mandate and expertise of the non-resident agencies are well included when providing assistance. The aim is to respond in the best possible manner to the pressing needs of Governments on priority themes such as trade and value chains, trade facilitation, and trade and employment, which require comprehensive solutions. With trade at its core, the Cluster also offers a coherent institutional setting, which can greatly facilitate the establishment of strong partnerships in addressing broader issues such as the development and humanitarian nexus.

With regard to financing for development, the Cluster has proven to be an innovative mechanism. The Cluster is strongly committed to new pooled funding mechanisms, including the establishment of a multi-donor trust fund for the Cluster that donors are strongly encouraged to support.

We anticipate an impactful future for the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity as a key instrument for addressing – together – the ambitious challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Mukhisa Kituyi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
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