The fifteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) will be held under the theme “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”. It will seek to provide a platform for countries to devise new ways to use trade as an enabler of sustainable development.
The conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD, during which member states assess current trade and development issues and formulate global policy responses. It also sets the organization’s work priorities for the next four years. The 15th UNCTAD quadrennial conference will present an opportunity to align the sustainable development agenda with global efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
With economies all over the world ravaged by COVID-19, countries will explore how to build back better and strengthen their resilience. They will discuss the strategies and policies needed to resist shocks and quickly recover from crises – economic, financial, climate and social.
The 15th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) was originally scheduled to take place from 18-23 October 2020, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed. The conference is now expected to take place from 3-7 October 2021.
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dates: 3-7 October 2021
location: Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados