UNCTAD-UNESCAP Webinar on inclusive diversification and energy transition

UNCTAD-UNESCAP Webinar on inclusive diversification and energy transition
07 May 2024
16:00 - 17:30 hrs.

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 UNESCAP, 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 UNESCAP member staff, diplomatic missions, academia, and international institutions based in Bangkok and its subregional offices. (registration is mandatory)

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Inclusive Diversification and Energy Transition
(UNCTAD/DITC/COM/2023/2) -  09 Oct 2023
Joint UNCTAD-UNESCAP webinar on inclusive economic diversification and energy transition
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Miho Shirotori
Director a.i.
Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD

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.

Clovis Freire Junior
Chief of Commodity Research and Analysis Section, Commodities Branch

Clovis Freire Junior is Chief, 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.

Taro Boel
Associate Economic Affairs Officer

Taro Boel is currently an Associate Economic Affairs Officer working in the Commodities Branch, Division on International Trade and Commodities of UNCTAD.

He has been involved in a project designed to foster local content in the oil and mining sector through developing linkages between the Transnational companies and the local private sector especially in Angola, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, and the Republic of Congo. He has also conducted research on the access of smallholder farmers to the international markets (UNCTAD Commodities and Development Report 2015) as well as the contribution of diamonds revenues to economic development in Botswana and Sierra Leone (UNCTAD Commodities and Development Report 2017). 

Previously, he worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) based in Addis Ababa (2008-2012). During this period, he contributed to many substantive reports, including the Economic Report on Africa 2009 “Developing African Agriculture Through Regional Value Chains”, the “Sustainable Development Report on Africa” and the Seventh African Development Forum on Climate Change.  He penned and presented a paper titled “risk management strategies and labour productivity in rural Africa” at the Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) located at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

He graduated in development economics from the “Université d’Auvergne” in France and successfully passed the National Competitive Examination (NCE) of the United Nations while he was an external collaborator with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva.

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