Blogging in the Huffington Post of 29 April 2012, Ms. Deborah James, Director, International Programs, at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, D.C., who was a key participant at the Civil Society Forum at UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar, posted an account of the negotiations leading up to the adoption of the Doha Mandate at UNCTAD XIII.
The Doha Mandate, adopted by consensus today by the member States, requests that UNCTAD continue its work along the three pillars of consensus-building, policy research and technical assistance.
At the UNCTAD XIII conference in Doha, Qatar, the delegations of Israel and Palestine were able to agree in consultations with all other delegations on the text of the future work programme of UNCTAD for Palestine.
The eight-day Civil Society Forum at UNCTAD XIII saw vibrant discussion in 10 plenary sessions and 29 side events. Participants adopted a Civil Society Declaration, drawing attention to current development challenges and urging that UNCTAD be strengthened in order to address them.
The State has a key role to play in creating environments that foster innovation and employ technology as a fundamental driver of economic growth, agreed participants of a special UNCTAD XIII event, organized in cooperation with the Qatar Foundation.
The Global Services Coalition congratulated UNCTAD on the success of the Global Services Forum, which witnessed the foundation meeting of the Arab Coalition of Services Industries and launched insightful new publications on services, trade and development.
Developed and developing countries alike have been expressing strong commitments to the strengthening of UNCTAD and reinforcing its mandate in their formal statements delivered in the General Debate at UNCTAD XIII.
Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a letter to the President of UNCTAD XIII has called attention to the right to development.
Preparation for the June conference will involve extensive consensus building around the main issues, a task to which UNCTAD can contribute, drawing on its long history of promoting sustainable development and poverty-reducing policies, an UNCTAD XIII panel said today.
Its history of predicting crises and proposing successful but non-mainstream economic policies has now paradoxically put UNCTAD under threat of having its mandate reduced, warns Ms. Deborah James of the CEPR.
The initiative, which supports least developed countries in becoming more active players in the global trading system, is showing concrete results; organizations such as UNCTAD have a critical role to play in supporting it, said World Trade Organisation Director-General, Mr. Pascal Lamy, at UNCTADXIII.
The leader of the Russian delegation, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mr.Alexei Likhachev, met with UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi during the course of UNCTAD XIII to discuss issues of future collaboration.
Natural gas offers good opportunities for industrial development that can unleash the economies of developing countries in a sustainable manner. This in turn will contribute to raising incomes and reducing poverty, said H.E. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar, addressing UNCTAD XIII.
The global South has seen strong growth over the last decade, but underlying factors indicate that they will continue to face challenges. The need for UNCTAD is greater today than ever before for understanding the needs of developing countries' economies and fostering cooperation amongst themselves and with the global North, concluded an UNCTAD XIII panel.
Immediate action through concrete policies is needed for helping women become active contributors to, and beneficiaries from, the development of their countries.
UNCTAD publication launched today at UNCTAD XIII highlights the achievements of the Trade and Development Report, which has over the three decades of its existence regularly anticipated trends and questioned established economic thinking.
Meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on the eve of the G-20 Trade Ministers meeting, Trade Ministers of the BRICS grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) called for the strengthening of UNCTAD so that it can continue to contribute effectively to its development mandate.
Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Union praised UNCTAD as a forum for leading the debate on development-centred globalization, with a history of helping member States cope with economic change.
Addressing via video the World Investment Forum yesterday, former United States President Bill Clinton commended the Forum on its efforts to develop policy frameworks that promote investment and develop entrepreneurship.
The High-level segment at UNCTAD XIII, of the United Nations, explored strategies for spreading the benefits of growth in the wake of the global economic crisis, in particular in the Arab region.
This morning’s World Leaders' Investment Summit called upon businesses, NGOs and governments to join forces in crafting and implementing investment policies that create jobs, adopt a long-term outlook and benefit a wide stakeholder base.
Joint winners this year are agencies from China, Malta and Mexico, recognized for promoting investment that creates jobs and builds skills. Two runner-up prizes went to authorities from Grenada and Swaziland.
The grand opening ceremony of UNCTAD XIII in Doha today saw unanimous calls for the 21-26 April conference to set the foundations of the global post-crisis development consensus, heeding the aspirations of all peoples for a better livelihood.
African Trade Ministers convened ahead of the opening of UNCTAD XIII to discuss the implementation of the action plan for promoting intra-African trade, agreed upon by African Union members in Addis Ababa in January 2012.
Measures imposed by prolonged occupation restrain Palestinian economy prospects. Active promotion of Palestinian goods in Arab countries is essential for improving these prospects, agreed experts at a pre-UNCTAD XIII panel discussion.
In a declaration adopted at yesterday’s meeting, Ministers of the least developed countries (LDCs) called upon UNCTAD to continue to strengthen its support to LDC development by providing policy advice, technical assistance, and a forum for consensus building.
On the second day of the Civil Society Forum at UNCTAD XIII, civil society groups stressed that addressing the global crisis requires rethinking macroeconomic policies on trade, finance, investment, and global economic governance.
Global Services Forum at UNCTADXIII started with calls for institutionalizing the event and forming partnerships to implement sound sector regulation that promotes growth and trade in services
Energy plays an important role in driving economic growth and in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. However about 1.5 billion people living in developing countries lack access to modern energy services such as electricity and about 3 billion rely on biomass for cooking.
UNCTAD XIII will commence with an opening ceremony in the QNCC theatre on 21 April at 2 pm, featuring "NORTH… SOUTH… EAST… WEST", a vibrant dance drama especially created for the occasion by renowned Middle Eastern dance troupe, Enana Dance Theatre.
Civil society is in a unique position to raise issues directly, in a less formal manner, questioning the established thinking, Dr. Supachai said. As such, it is an essential component of a much-needed inclusive global governance framework.
According to a report by Canada Newswire, the company co-founder and CEO of MedMira Inc, Mr. Hermes Chan, will be speaking at UNCTAD XIII's Innovation and Technology Day in Doha on 24 April.
Pointing to the turmoil provoked by the global financial and economic crisis and its continuing catastrophic effects on peoples and economies, civil society organizations present at UNCTAD XIII issued a press release 17th April demanding that UNCTAD's mandate on development issues be maintained.
UNCTAD XIII should be a “turning point”, where differences are left aside to support aspirations of all people to have their livelihoods improved, said Mr. Mohammed Abdulla I Al–Maadeed of Qatar National Human Rights Committee.
H.E. Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Qatar, met this morning with men and women serving as local UNCTAD XIII volunteers, thanking them for making the conference possible and for successfully representing their country
Innovation changes the way we work, live and dream; its transformational power and impact on development are limitless. It is in this context that UNCTAD and Qatar Foundation have joined forces to partner in the open forum titled Innovation and Technology Day at UNCTAD XIII in Doha.
"Sustainable human development is only possible if all people enjoy food and nutrition security," says Dr. David Nabarro, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition.
The Civil Society Forum at UNCTAD XIII starts tomorrow. The week-long event is expected to welcome over 350 participants from 130 organizations and networks worldwide. The Forum will produce a Civil Society Declaration, to be presented to the Conference.
This morning’s flag-raising ceremony in Doha, Qatar, marked the symbolic moment when the UNCTAD XIII conference site officially became United Nations grounds. Conducting the ceremony were high level representatives of Qatar and UNCTAD.
The Government of India has confirmed that its Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textile, the Hon'ble Mr. Anand Sharma will be leading India's delegation to attend the UNCTAD XIII conference in Doha, Qatar.
UNCTAD will be holding a panel discussion on 19th April at the Qatar National Convention Centre on the role of Arab cooperation in sustaining the Palestinian economy under occupation.
Although attention has been focussed on sovereign debt crises in Europe and other developed countries of late, developing countries continue to face vulnerabilities and international policy actions are required to address them, says a new UNCTAD Policy Brief issued in the lead up to UNCTAD XIII.
Changing patterns of Foreign Direct Investment in the post-crisis global economy will be a topic of discussion at the multi-stakeholder third World Investment Forum (WIF) taking place in conjunction with the UNCTAD XIII conference in Doha, Qatar next week.
H.E. Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger will be leading a delegation to attend the UNCTAD XIII conference and the third World Investment Forum in Doha, Qatar next week.
Representing 175 million workers worldwide through its 308 affiliated organizations in 153 countries and territories, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has sent its membership a message on UNCTAD XIII which it hopes will also influence governmental positions.
The Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh Hasina will be leading a 43-member strong delegation of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to attend the UNCTAD XIII conference in Doha, Qatar next week.
H.E. Mr. Almazbek Atambayev, newly-elected President of the Krygyz Republic, will be attending the Opening Ceremony of UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar on 21 April.
"The ultimate goal of aid is to make itself unnecessary. Aid for Trade can be seen as an attempt to shift the discussion in this direction," so says UNCTAD in its second Policy Brief issued for the UNCTAD XIII quadrennial ministerial conference opening in Doha, Qatar on 21 April.
For the first time ever a Global Services Forum will be held in conjunction with an UNCTAD quadrennial ministerial conference with the aim of addressing the growth and employment potential of the services sector in developing countries.
"Given the nation building that is currently under way following the Arab Spring," it is fitting that Qatar is hosting the third World Investment Forum and the 13th session of UNCTAD "in a region where a path toward a more sustainable future is needed by many," says an article in the Arab News of 8th April.
In response to the invitation of UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, the President of the Union of Comoros, H.E. Dr Ikililou Dhoinine, has indicated that he will join other Heads of State and Government in delivering a statement at the opening ceremonies of UNCTAD XIII in Doha on 21 April 2012.
In the lead-up to UNCTAD XIII, the UK Minister for international development, the Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, has sent a communication to UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi terming the UNCTAD 2011 Report on Least Developed Countries as "timely".
According to a press release issued by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs in Bern on 4 April, the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation has approved Switzerland's participation in UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar.
In his capacity as outgoing President of UNCTAD, H.E. John Evans Atta Mills, the President of Ghana, has expressed appreciation to the UNCTAD membership and its Secretary-General for the "immense support" Ghana has received over the past four years.
As part of the European Union delegation, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be attending the UNCTAD XIII conference in Doha later this month.
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Mr. Achim Steiner, says the green economy can help achieve the objective of sustainable development, delivering social, environmental and economic benefits.
In a world that produces enough food to feed everyone, close to one billion people go to sleep hungry each night, and one in seven children in sub-Saharan Africa dies before his or her fifth birthday, says Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Oxfam International.
The recently established Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF) supported by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) will hold a briefing session at UNCTAD XIII to explain the purpose and processes of the Fund.
A recent article in the Gulf Times reflected on the efforts of Qatar to bring forward the debate on development-centred globalization by hosting the Civil Society Forum (CSF), along with the 13th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII).
Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization Mr. Francis Gurry has written UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi offering the support of WIPO to UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar.
On the invitation of the Government of Qatar, the Prime Minister of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, the Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, will be attending UNCTAD XIII.
Meeting in New Delhi 29 March at their 4th Summit, leaders of the BRICS countries reviewed international developments and underlined their readiness to remain engaged with the world community in addressing challenges to global well-being and stability.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark says inclusive growth is an enduring challenge for equitable globalization, and a number of developing countries, particularly LDCs, have been unable to capitalize on globalization in a way which accelerates convergence of their human development indicators with those of the industrialized world.
At the invitation of H.E. Vital Moreira, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade, UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi addressed 29 March in Brussels a Workshop on trade and investment for development organized by the Committee.
UNCTAD XIII pre-event 26 - 27 March examined what would be the role of Government in linking international trade to inclusive and sustainable growth.
Trade and Economic Ministers of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), meeting in New Delhi 28 March, have called for strengthening of the role of UNCTAD.
"I hope that the UNCTAD XIII conference which takes place in Doha in 2012 will provide a timely opportunity to strengthen multilateralism" were the words of Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization in a message sent for UNCTAD XIII.
The call of UNCTAD for a re-engineering of globalization is extremely timely, according to International Labour Organization Director-General Juan Somavia in a message sent for UNCTAD XIII.
H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and H.E. Mr. Bekir Bozdag, Deputy Prime Minister, have confirmed their participation at UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar next month.
How can the ongoing process of trade liberalization be made to assist the sustainable development of countries, in particular the least developed ones? Round Table 3 at UNCTAD XIII will examine the necessary partnerships and policy frameworks at national, regional and international levels.
Held in conjunction with UNCTAD XIII, World Investment Forum 2012 will discuss policies needed for making investment by multinational companies and sovereign wealth funds work for sustainable development. Participating will be high-level representatives from business, government and international organizations.
On the eve of UNCTAD’s thirteenth ministerial conference, the UNCTAD Secretary-General has invited the UNCTAD Panel of Eminent Persons to look at the following issues and propose innovative solutions and options:
In the lead up to UNCTAD XIII, the Wall Street Journal interviewed UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi on his views of the current international economic situation and the ways forward.
The 79-member Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States were briefed recently by the Director of UNCTAD's Trade Division, Mr. Guillermo Valles, on the upcoming UNCTAD XIII conference and its topics.
H.E. Mr. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, assured visiting UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi that he would endeavour to attend UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar next month.
China commends the "significant role" of UNCTAD in promoting global economic and trade development, safeguarding the interests of developing countries, and enhancing South-South cooperation and North-South dialogue.
Civil society organizations and networks around the world are intensifying work on a Civil Society Declaration for adoption as an integral part of the conference outcome of UNCTAD XIII.
In the lead-up to UNCTAD XIII, a policy dialogue will be held in Geneva 26 - 27 March on the role of government in tomorrow's international trade.
As a follow-up to the decision of African leaders to boost intra-African trade, UNCTAD, jointly with the African Union, will organize a special African Trade Ministers meeting during UNCTAD XIII.
Ambassador Shanker Bairagi, Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations in Geneva as Coordinator of the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) stressed that LDCs are not asking for the best of affluence but are seeking to meet the minimum developmental standards of their people.
UNCTAD's governing Trade and Development Board convened 19 March 2012 in a week-long special session as part of on-going preparations for UNCTAD XIII
Several heads and deputies of UN agencies involved with trade and development issues will be present in Doha for UNCTAD XIII.
Ministers of the Member States of the European Union have started to inscribe for the General Debate at UNCTAD XIII
Drawing on lessons from the recent social discontent in the wake of the global economic crisis and in the Arab world, Heads of State and of Government at UNCTAD XIII will discuss economic policies needed to enable equitable growth, more and better jobs and less poverty.
UNCTAD publication Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures will be launched at UNCTAD XIII. Presented for the first time in a highly interactive format, the content will be appropriate for specialists and the general public alike.
H.E. Mr. Abdelwahad Radi, former Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives and current President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will be addressing UNCTAD XIII on behalf of the 160 member parliaments of the IPU.
"In our globalized world we are in the same boat and we must understand that we will sink or swim together," Dr. Supachai said.
His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, told visiting UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi that Qatar looks forward to hosting UNCTAD XIII next month when the latter called on him at the Emiri Diwan in Doha on 11 March 2012.
In a blog posted 7 March 2012 by Mr. Duncan Green, Head of Research for Oxfam GB, the UNCTAD Secretary-General's Report to UNCTAD XIII was described as "punchy, outspoken" and a comprehensive critique of finance-driven globalization.
Panellists and delegates at the Hearing with Civil Society and the Private Sector stressed that Civil Society's voice cannot be excluded when discussing the current sustainability challenges, financial regulation and its associated issues, and the policies on trade and investment agreements.
Addressing the Berlin International Economic Congress on 7 March 2012, UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi said an ever more complex international division of labour embedded in the phenomenon of globalization needs a strong social contract, with strong moral and political foundations, if the outcomes are to be inclusive and sustainable.
The 10 women entrepreneurs have developed innovative business ideas for sustainable development, created jobs and increased income in their communities. The winner of the Award will be announced on 23 April in Doha, Qatar, during UNCTAD XIII.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, in a message to be published for the UNCTAD XIII booklet has called for "all partners -- Governments, business, civil society and others -- to bring their best ideas and a strong sense of purpose to UNCTAD XIII."
At the first World Marketing Summit held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 1 March 2012, UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi called for inclusive growth strategies and "development-led marketing". He also underlined the need for building moral and social values in marketing.
Speaking to the Member States, Chair of the National Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD XIII, said the coming quadrennial conference was an opportunity to "truly demonstrate and exercise political will and leadership" in promoting the development of humanity.
To help delegates prepare for their trip to Doha, the Qatari authorities have compiled a handbook of basic information, including: visa requirements, hotels and transport services, and other practical information.
Civil Society participation in policy debate is essential for achieving inclusive and sustainable development. At today's well-attended briefing, UNCTAD representatives shared information on the Civil Society Forum and the Women in Development day, events of the upcoming UNCTAD XIII Conference.
Mr. Rubens Ricupero, UNCTAD Secretary-General from 1995-2004, speaking at an event on 20 February commemorating three decades of the Trade and Development Report (TDR), called for “dealing with the world economy in its totality as a complex and interrelated system".
Ahead of the UNCTAD XIII Conference to be held in April 2012, the Secretary-General of UNCTAD highlighted the need for new development pathways that focus on inclusive, development-centred growth.
Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, has confirmed her attendance at UNCTAD XIII in Doha.
A special informal meeting of the plenary of the United Nations General Assembly was held on 10 February to hear a briefing on preparations for UNCTAD XIII. The meeting was convened and presided over by His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly.
Over the last thirty years, countries that have pursued innovative, heterodox development policies tailored to local conditions often achieved better results than those that relied purely on embracing financial liberalization. A new UNCTAD Policy Brief explores the reasons.
The Women in Development event at UNCTAD XIII will aim to promote policies that empower women to be full participants in economic and political life. It will be hosted by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser of Qatar on 23 April.
Newly-elected Tunisian President, His Excellency Dr. Moncef Marzouki, will lead the Tunisian delegation to UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar in April 2012 and deliver a statement at the opening ceremonies of the conference on 21 April.
The Preparatory Committee met today for the first session of negotiations on the Draft President's text for UNCTAD XIII
The Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana told a visiting UNCTAD delegation that Ghana would be represented "at the highest levels" at UNCTAD XIII, and would be actively involved in the conference.
The Secretary-General of UNCTAD has the honour to inform States members of UNCTAD that a list of speakers for the general debate is being established in advance of the opening of the session.
UNCTAD Secretary-General reflects on the ruinous consequences of unguided deregulation and liberalisation for the world's poorest nations. He points to the need for solutions with concrete benefits for people, not just financial markets.
He the Minister of Business and Trade, Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani, met with UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi in Doha, Qatar on 19 January 2012.
UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi visited Doha, Qatar on 19 - 20 January 2012 to advance preparations for the thirteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) which is scheduled to be held in Doha on 21 - 26 April 2012.
The Trade and Development Board initiated today the preparatory process for the thirteenth session of the Conference, approving its provisional agenda and electing the Chair of the Preparatory Committee.
UNCTAD and the Government of Qatar signed today in Geneva the Host Country Agreement for the Thirteenth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD XIII. The document was signed by UNCTAD Secretary-General and the Qatari Minister of State for International Cooperation.
"Development-centred globalization: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development" will be the theme next spring of the Thirteenth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD-XIII).