70 years of work on Competition Law and Policy in the United Nations (1946-2016)

17 July 2016

A commemorative exhibition will be launch at UNCTAD 14 on Wednesday 20 July, followed by four official competition-related events.

At the heart of the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14), the UNCTAD Secretariat will launch an exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of the work on Competition Law and Policy in the United Nations.

The exhibition demonstrates how the issue of Competition Policy has been an integral part of the United Nations ever since the early preparatory committee of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Employment (UNCTAE) that took place in Church House, Dean's Yard, London in February 1946 when the Committee III on Restrictive Business Practices (RBPs) was established.

The exhibition charts, via a number of 'milestones', the progress made by the United Nations, including the work by the UNCTAD Secretariat in assisting developing countries and economies in transition in the implementation of competition policies and law based on its three pillars:

  1. Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy and its Model Law on Competition

  2. Research and Analysis

  3. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Work

This launch will precede the four official competition-related events that will take place during that day, which are:

Further information

UNCTAD14 will bring together Heads of State and Government, ministers and other prominent players from the business world, civil society and academia to tackle global trade and economic development issues.

The quadrennial Conference will decide on UNCTAD's programme of work for the next four years and will also consider the most appropriate means of delivering on the post-2015 development agenda.