In October 2023, UNCTAD launched a new Commodities and Development Report titled “Inclusive Diversification and Energy Transition.” This report highlights that most developing countries depend heavily on exporting commodities, and they are often very vulnerable to various shocks such as fluctuations in exchange rates, drop in commodity prices, pandemics, and conflicts. As a result, these so-called commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs) have volatile incomes and slow growth in productivity. Their limited range of commodities exported also affects public revenue and the potential for investing in sustainable development.
UNCTAD's Commodities and development report 2023 critically examines various issues including inclusive diversification, energy transition and green industrial policies. Regarding the member countries covered by UNECE, several topics such as economic diversification, inequality, green industrial policies are of interest.
The main objective of this webinar is to inform participants about the key findings and messages of the UNCTAD's Commodities and Development Report 2023. This webinar is also an opportunity to receive feedback on the report and seek for guidance of the issues that could be explored in the forthcoming reports.
This webinar will be conducted in English (without translation) online via the Zoom platform. Participation includes UNECE member staff, diplomatic missions, academia, and international institutions. (registration is mandatory)
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Miho Shirotori is the Acting Director of the Division on International Trade and Commodities (DITC) of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Miho also leads a team of experts that assess how trade agreements, trade in services, and the creative economy contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic diversification.
Her expertise includes “equitable” trade in agriculture for least developed countries, low-income countries, and net food-importing developing countries.
Miho represents UNCTAD in global conferences and various inter-agency activities, including the UN inter-agency task force that monitors the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Plan for the Financing for Development.
Dario is the Director of Sustainable Energy at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), a region that includes 56 member States in North America, Europe and Asia. In this capacity, he provides analysis, policy advice and assistance to governments for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreements and to facilitate international cooperation in energy within and outside the region. His professional experience in the energy space spans almost 30 years. Prior to joining UNECE, Dario was the Chief Underwriting Officer at SACE, the Italian State Guarantee Agency, responsible for export credit, the EU Green New Deal and the guarantees under the EU Temporary Framework.
Before joining SACE, Dario spent more than a decade with General Electric (GE), where he was responsible for project financing activities, corporate strategy & business development, corporate finance and investment banking, later serving as Global Head of Government and Export finance, managing the group’s relations with export credit agencies and international financial institutions. He previously worked at the Council of Europe Development Bank and with the European Commission. His career started at Cargill.
Dario Liguti has a MSc in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan) and a MA in EU Law from Leicester University (UK).
Clovis Freire is the Officer-in-Charge, Commodity Research and Analysis Section, Commodities Branch, of the Division on International Trade and Commodities of UNCTAD in Geneva. He is an Economist specialized in economic diversification and strategies for building productive capacities in developing countries. His work supports the structural transformation and sustainable development of commodity-dependent developing countries. He has over 20 years of work experience in the United Nations in programmes related to commodity dependence, least developed countries, technology and innovation for development, and disaster risk reduction. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), Brazil, a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences from the University de Brasília (UnB), an MBA in Strategic Management of Information Systems from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Brazil, and a PhD in Economics from the Maastricht University, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.