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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), based in Geneva, was founded in December 1964 as an organ of the UN General Assembly.

Its aim is to promote trade and development worldwide. All countries should benefit as far as possible from integration into the global economy. UNCTAD has 193 members, whereby the developing countries have the majority of votes. The resolutions of UNCTAD have the character of recommendations.

It provides important consultancy and service inputs for developing countries. The Conference meets once every four years. The most recent meeting was held in Accra, Ghana in April 2008. Member states agreed, among other things, that UNCTAD should in future look in more detail at the issues of climate change, migration and, in view of the world food crisis, at questions related to raw materials, within the framework of its core mandate to promote trade and investment in developing countries. The German government also managed to have the call for institutional reform to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of UNCTAD activities included in the final document.

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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Palais des Nations
8-14, Avenue de la Paix

1211 Geneva 10
Phone: +41 / 22 / 9 17 12 34
Fax: +41 / 22 / 9 17 00 57

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