UNCTAD 14 Forums

  • 17th - 20th July 2016 - World Leaders Summit and the 5th World Investment Forum
  • 15th - 16th July 2016 - 7th Commodities Forum,
  • 15th - 17th July 2016 - Civil Society Forum,
  • 15th - 17th July 2016 - Regional Group Meetings G77 Ministerial meeting,
  • 19th - 21st July 2016 - Youth Forum

The World Leaders Summit and the World Investment Forum


roundtables enThe World Leaders Summit will provide an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to exchange views with the Business Leaders on the vision for investment in the context of sustainable development. 

The World Investment Forum is a high-level, biennial, multi-stakeholder gathering designed to facilitate dialogue and action on the world’s key emerging investment-related challenges. Its mission is to provide a platform where a debate on “investment for development” can take place and ultimately to promote investment flows that contribute to sustainable and inclusive development. With its ties to UN member States, the World Investment Forum is able to bring together a broad coalition of investment stakeholders at the highest level who can influence the global investment landscape.

World Investment Forum UNCTAD 14 NairobiWorld Investment Forum 2016 will enable delegates to:

  • Engage with investment stakeholders to help shape an effective, inclusive and fair agenda for change,
  • Create strategic partnerships and expand your network,
  • Learn how you can be part of a global “New Deal”,
  • Discover what the changing development agenda means for your business.

Global Commodities Forum

Global Commodities Forum UNCTAD 14 NairobiUNCTAD will hold the 7th Global Commodities Forum on 15 and 16 July in Nairobi, as an integral part of UNCTAD 14.

The theme of the seventh GCF is "Slowdown in emerging economies: Implications for commodity-led development", which responds to fundamental shifts underway on international markets, resulting from three intertwined shocks, namely: (i) a growth slowdown and capital exodus from emerging economies;(ii) a generalized crash in commodities prices; and (iii) a steady appreciation in value of the US dollar (USD).

The 2016 GCF will discuss the current situation in emerging economies by way of introduction, to then focus on its implications for commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs) and on their commodity-led development strategies, reliant as they are on exports to emerging economies.

The 2016 GCF will contribute to the following overall objectives;

  • Increased understanding among policy makers about the factors in the boom-to-bust trajectory of commodities markets from 2011-2015.
  • A road map for policy makers in CDDCs to undertake necessary adjustments to their commodities sectors and to their monetary and fiscal policies, to align them with a rebalanced global economy.
  • Identification of opportunities for CDDCs to develop new export markets and to restructure and diversify their economies.
  • An outlook on the availability of investment and debt financing for commodities production and trade in developing countries. 

Civil Society Forum

Civil Society Forum UNCTAD 14 Nairobi

Since its inception, UNCTAD has recognized that civil society has an increasingly important role to play in efforts to achieve sustainable human development and alleviate poverty.

UNCTAD also believes that enhanced cooperation between the private and the public sector is essential to the effective integration of developing countries into the global economy.

UNCTAD therefore seeks ways to involve non-governmental organizations, academia, trade unions, parliamentarians and business associations in its work.

Recent ministerial conferences have particularly benefited from active civil society participation and have called for further collaboration with non-governmental actors to enhance the work of UNCTAD and its member States.

Civil society organizations made valuable contributions to UNCTAD 10 (Bangkok, 2000), UNCTAD 11 (São Paulo, 2004), UNCTAD 12 (Accra, 2008) and UNCTAD 13 (Doha, 2012).

At UNCTAD 14 (Nairobi, 2016), the UNCTAD secretariat and its member States will continue to seek and promote the active involvement of civil society stakeholders to improve the outcome of the Conference and raise awareness of its agenda among the general public.

The Youth Forum

The Youth Forum UNCTAD 14 NairobiThe Youth Forum will be held from 19 to 21 July 2016 and will discuss various  topics that have been identified by Youth worldwide which are major issues of concern following a United Nations survey that was carried out in 2015. These are better education, more and better jobs and state accountability. 

The Forum is dedicated to students and young professionals between the age of 18 and 30, who are interested in trade and development issues, want to debate with other millennials from all continents to contribute to shaping the world you want - which is the theme of UNCTAD Youth Forum.

The objectives of the Forum are to; 

  • Allow Youth to raise awareness with global leaders participating in UNCTAD 14 on issues they consider of major concern and that they want to see included in the world agenda,
  • Raise awareness about UNCTAD's work and projects among Youth,
  • Give Youth the opportunity to interact with global leaders and learn from their experience,
  • Create a network of future leaders from different places around the world.

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