UNCTAD-IJSG Partnership



The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body, is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment, and development issues. Currently, UNCTAD has 193 member states and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.


The goals of UNCTAD are to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries and assist them in their efforts to integrate into the world economy on an equitable basis.


The primary objective of the UNCTAD is to formulate policies relating to all aspects of development including trade, aid, transport, finance and technology.


UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development. To fulfill the mandate UNCTAD 1) functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchange of experiences aimed at consensus building; 2) undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts and 3) provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries, with special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and of economies in transition.


One of the principal achievements of UNCTAD has been to conceive and implement the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).






Recently UNCTAD has organised a 3-day Multi-year Expert Meeting on Commodities and Development during 23-25 March 2011in Geneva where various commodity related issues like ‘Developments and Challenges in Commodity Markets’ were discussed.   IJSG always maintain a close relationship with UNCTAD, attends its meetings and put forward the views of IJSG for the development of the global natural fibres sectors, particularly jute, kenaf and other allied fibres.



UNCTAD Website: www.unctad.org