The 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 22 July 2016. The meeting 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.
Since UNCTAD's last session in Doha, the global economy has continued to grow at a modest pace, in part due to unresolved financial and macroeconomic issues. Despite these uncertainties, however, 2015 proved to be a critical year for development, as a succession of international agreements created a new global development agenda. As the first UN Ministerial conference of the post-2015 era, it represents a starting point to translate our ambitions into concrete plans of action.
The theme of the meeting will be 'From Decisions to Actions'. The conference will feature ministerial debates, high-level round tables, thematic events, a World Investment Forum, a Global Commodities Forum, a Youth Forum and a Civil Society Forum, among other events. The sub-themes are:
- Challenges and opportunities in multilateralism for trade and development
- Promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth through trade, investment, finance, and technology to achieve prosperity for all
- Advancing economic structural transformation and cooperation to build economic resilience and address trade and development challenges and opportunities, at all levels, within the UNCTAD mandate
- Contributing to the effective implementation of and follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and relevant outcomes from global conferences and summits, as related to trade and development
Read the background text: 'Zero Draft' Pre-Conference negotiating text