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UNCTAD XIII is the thirteenth quadrennial Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, taking place from 21 to 26 April 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

The Conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD, at which member States make assessments of current trade and development issues, discuss policy options and formulate global policy responses. The Conference also sets the organization’s mandate and work priorities.

The Conference serves an important political function – it allows intergovernmental consensus-building regarding the state of the world economy and development policies, and plays a key role in identifying the role of the United Nations and UNCTAD in addressing economic development problems.

The Conference is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly.

Can I attend UNCTAD XIII?

Participation in the Conference is open to :

  • Representatives of States members of UNCTAD;
  • Observers from organizations that have received a standing invitation from the General Assembly to participate in the sessions and work of all international conferences convened under its auspices in the capacity of observers;
  • Observers from interested intergovernmental organs of the United Nations;
  • Observers from specialized agencies and organizations institutionally linked to the United Nations;
  • Observers from intergovernmental organizations in status with UNCTAD;
  • Observers from non-governmental organizations in status with UNCTAD;
  • Observers from other interested intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and civil society at large, upon invitation or designation by the Secretary-General of the Conference;
  • Officials of the United Nations Secretariat;
  • Experts on mission for the United Nations;
  • Other persons invited by the United Nations.

How do I register to attend UNCTAD XIII?

If you fall under one of the categories listed above, you may register to attend the UNCTAD XIII Conference.

Registration consists of the online registration on this website, and in most cases, a credentials letter naming you as a delegate.

For more information on the process, please see the registration page.