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Community Organizations United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Acronym
UNCTAD
Intergovernmental or Multilateral organization

Location

Switzerland

Globalization, including a phenomenal expansion of trade, has helped lift millions out of poverty. But not nearly enough people have benefited. And tremendous challenges remain.


We support developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively. And we help equip them to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration. To do this, we provide analysis, consensus-building, and technical assistance. This helps them to use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development.


Working at the national, regional, and global level, our efforts help countries to:


  • Diversify economies to make them less dependent on commodities
  • Limit their exposure to financial volatility and debt
  • Attract investment and make it more development friendly
  • Increase access to digital technologies
  • Promote entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Help local firms move up value chains
  • Speed up the flow of goods across borders
  • Protect consumers from abuse
  • Curb regulations that stifle competition
  • Adapt to climate change and use natural resources more effectively

Together with other UN departments and agencies, we measure progress by the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in Agenda 2030.


We also support implementation of Financing for Development, as mandated by the global community in the 2015 Addis Ababa Agenda, together with four other major institutional stakeholders: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Development Programme.


While we work mainly with governments, to effectively deal with the magnitude and complexity of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, we believe that partnerships and closer cooperation with the private sector and civil society are essential.


Ultimately, we are serving the citizens of the 194 countries that make up our organization. Our goal is prosperity for all.

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Resources

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16 - Healthy and safe working environment - Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Knowledge into Action Notes series

Manuals & Guidelines
February, 2018
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on good practice in occupational health and safety policies, programs, procedures and processes, a matter of critical importance given that half the world’s working population is in agriculture

7 - Tools for Screening Prospective Investors - Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Knowledge into Action Notes series

Manuals & Guidelines
February, 2018
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides examples of tools that government agencies can adapt to their national context and use to develop the technical capacity to screen and select investors.

6 - Screening Prospective Investors - Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Knowledge into Action Notes series

Manuals & Guidelines
February, 2018
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance to governments on how to screen and select prospective investment projects to ensure they maximize the social, economic, and environmental benefits while minimizing the risks. It provides investors information on what can be expected in cases of good screening practice.