Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. 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.
The organization works to fulfill this mandate by carrying
out three key functions:
- It functions as a forum for
intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and
exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building.
- It undertakes research,
policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government
representatives and experts.
- It 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. When appropriate, UNCTAD
cooperates with other organizations and donor countries in the delivery of
In performing its
functions, the secretariat works together with member Governments and interacts
with organizations of the United Nations system and regional commissions, as
well as with governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, the
private sector, including trade and industry associations, research institutes
and universities worldwid.