Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.
The organisation works to fulfill this mandate by carrying out three key functions:
- It functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building.
- It undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts.
- It provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries, with special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and of economies in transition. When appropriate, UNCTAD cooperates with other organizations and donor countries in the delivery of technical assistance.
Further information is on UNCTAD’s websitePreferences in private sector partnership
UNCTAD is actively involved in promoting the creation of public-private collaborative trade facilitation platforms and national trade and transport facilitation bodies.
Partnerships between the public sector and the relevant business sectors are critical in enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of transport and trade infrastructures and services. Governments are increasingly seeking private partners for the financing, building, operation and maintenance of such infrastructure and services.
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have proven to be successful cooperative means for the provision of public infrastructure and services. The different models of PPPs reflect the diversity of possible contractual relationships.
In the context of the current economic crisis, investment in transport infrastructure and services involves additional challenges. Both the public and the private sectors have found their capacity to obtain financing reduced. It is important that both sectors work together to prevent a cyclical decline in transport investment today, from resulting in capacity constraints and obstacles to trade tomorrow.Preferred partnership types
Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Standards and guidelines developmentSustainable Development Goals
1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 5. Gender equality; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutionsIssue areas
Anti-Corruption; Biodiversity; Child Labour; Climate Change; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 10; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Women's EmpowermentRegions / countries / territories
Automobiles & Parts; Financial Services; Food & Beverage; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other; Personal & Household Goods; Retail; Technology; Telecommunications