“From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”
Building on the theme of the UNCTAD14 conference, which emphasized the need to move from decision to action, UNCTAD's 15th quadrennial conference, UNCTAD15, seeks a concrete decade of action in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference is focused on reducing inequality and vulnerability by ensuring trade works for all and that development remains high on the global agenda. The theme, “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”, is a clarion call to work to fix the fractures across the world in favour of prosperity for all. UNCTAD15 takes place online, hosted by Barbados, from 3 to 7 October, 2021.
Why this conference?
UNCTAD15 marks the beginning of a new chapter for trade and development. Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the world was already facing several other global crises including the climate emergency and rising inequality and vulnerability.
This conference matters right now because it will:
- Provide a dynamic, interactive platform to generate the solutions needed to tackle global challenges.
- Bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, youth and key communities to design a future that is more resilient to shocks, sustainable, and ultimately more inclusive.
- Define what developing countries need to better integrate into the global economy.
Be part of the future as we work to transform trade, create a more equal world, reduce vulnerability, build resilience and ensure lasting prosperity for all. Join us
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