United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD)








Key contacts Main website
Trade facilitation website
Type Multilateral

The United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is the United Nation’s institution for promoting trade and development.

UNCTAD provides a forum for its 194 member states to engage in discussion of global trade and development issues.

To promote development, UNCTAD commits to the following in terms of international trade:

  • Produces analyses and collects data to improve understanding of current and future problems in this area;
  • Supports the participation of developing countries in international trade and international trade negotiations on an equitable basis;
  • Seeks to strengthen international trade in services and promotes an integrated approach to trade, the environment, and sustainable development;
  • Analyses issues related to competition policy and consumer protection; and
  • Focuses on the contribution of the commodity sector to development, advocating diversification and risk management.