United Nations Conference on Trade and Development | Land Portal
Acronym: 
UNCTAD

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Switzerland
CH

Globalization, including a phenomenal expansion of trade, has helped lift millions out of poverty. But not nearly enough people have benefited. And tremendous challenges remain.

We support developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively. And we help equip them to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration. To do this, we provide analysis, consensus-building, and technical assistance. This helps them to use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development.

Working at the national, regional, and global level, our efforts help countries to:

  • Diversify economies to make them less dependent on commodities
  • Limit their exposure to financial volatility and debt
  • Attract investment and make it more development friendly
  • Increase access to digital technologies
  • Promote entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Help local firms move up value chains
  • Speed up the flow of goods across borders
  • Protect consumers from abuse
  • Curb regulations that stifle competition
  • Adapt to climate change and use natural resources more effectively

Together with other UN departments and agencies, we measure progress by the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in Agenda 2030.

We also support implementation of Financing for Development, as mandated by the global community in the 2015 Addis Ababa Agenda, together with four other major institutional stakeholders: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Development Programme.

While we work mainly with governments, to effectively deal with the magnitude and complexity of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, we believe that partnerships and closer cooperation with the private sector and civil society are essential.

Ultimately, we are serving the citizens of the 194 countries that make up our organization. Our goal is prosperity for all.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Resources

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Knowledge into action
Manuals & Guidelines
March, 2018
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides examples of tools that government agencies can adapt to their national context and use to develop the technical capacity to screen and select investors.

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124281-BRI-PUBLIC-KN06.
Manuals & Guidelines
March, 2018
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance to governments on how to screen and select prospective investment projects to ensure they maximize the social, economic, and environmental benefits while minimizing the risks. It provides investors information on what can be expected in cases of good screening practice.

Library Resource
Knowledge into action
Manuals & Guidelines
March, 2018
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments on how to create an investment climate that is conducive to attracting high-quality, responsible investment in agriculture.

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124291-BRI-PUBLIC-KN16
Manuals & Guidelines
March, 2018
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on good practice in occupational health and safety policies, programs, procedures and processes, a matter of critical importance given that half the world’s working population is in agriculture

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Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Knowledge into Action Notes series - 24 - Enhancing local economic impact cover image
Manuals & Guidelines
March, 2017
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on how to ensure that an agricultural investment generates positive impacts on the local economy by encouraging and supporting opportunities arising for individuals, farmers, businesses, and institutions.

Library Resource
Manuals & Guidelines
March, 2017
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on practices to reduce gender inequalities and to empower women to make a positive contribution to development through agricultural investments.

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Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI): Knowledge into Action Notes series - 20 - Empowering women cover image
Manuals & Guidelines
March, 2017
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on practices to reduce gender inequalities and to empower women to make a positive contribution to development through agricultural investments.

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Manuals & Guidelines
March, 2017
Global

This note is part of an Action Notes series and provides guidance for governments and companies on how they can provide effective remedies to affected parties who perceive that their rights have been adversely affected by invesments.

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