In an era marked by complex global challenges, the need for cohesive and effective responses from the international community has never been more urgent. The United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity, as detailed in this document, stands as a testament to the power of collaborative action and the shared vision of sustainable development.
As Secretary-General of UNCTAD, and in my experience working in the Secretary-General’s Global Crisis Response Group, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative impact that coordinated “One United Nations” efforts can have in addressing the multiple challenges we face. In this sense, this brochure not only outlines the key messages and strategies of the Cluster but also serves as a beacon of hope and a blueprint for action in the specific field of trade and development.
The Cluster’s unique composition, encompassing 15 agencies within the United Nations system, embodies the strength found in diversity and expertise. Its focus on enhancing trade and productive capacities directly contributes to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to trade such as Goals
8 (decent work and economic growth), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 10 (reduced inequalities), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
Our collective journey towards a more equitable and sustainable future is laden with unique and varying challenges, yet it is through initiatives such as the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity that we find the means to navigate these challenges effectively. The Cluster is a unique mechanism, providing an optimized articulation between Headquarters and country-level organizations. It offers appropriate linkages between the formulation of integrated policy recommendations and their effective translation at the national level through tailored joint programmes delivered in the context of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks. It thus consists of a driving force at the country level, leading to greater impact.
The insights and strategies outlined in this brochure underscore the importance of integrated action, policy coherence and the leveraging of unique expertise within the United Nations system. I encourage all stakeholders and potential donors, including member States, international organizations and the private sector, to engage with the Cluster’s work. Your support and collaboration are vital in ensuring that we can deliver on the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As we move forward, let us take inspiration from the achievements and the potential of the Cluster. Together, we can build a more inclusive and sustainable world where trade serves as an important cornerstone for development and prosperity for all.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD