The role of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

In relation to policies and actions to realizing the potential of trade for inclusive growth and sustainable development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda reiterates the important role that has been played by UNCTAD in this area

The Addis Agenda specifically:

  • Commits to strengthen the important role of UNCTAD as the focal point within the United Nations system for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development


At the 14th session of the UNCTAD Ministerial conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 22 2016, member States adopted UNCTAD's mandate for the next four years, the Nairobi Maafikiano. It calls upon UNCTAD to continue conducting research and analysis, building policy consensus, and providing technical assistance and capacity building to make trade work for sustainable development for all and especially in developing countries. UNCTAD is a major institutional stakeholder of the Taskforce and much of its work informs discussions on international trade as an engine for development.