We monitor trends and provide evidence-based analysis to make international trade an engine for sustainable development.
Creative industry 4.0 offers vast opportunities for developing countries
A new UNCTAD report provides policy options for developing countries to harness new technological trends for their creative economies.
Ukraine war’s impact on trade and development
UNCTAD’s rapid assessment of the war’s impact on trade and development shows a rapidly worsening outlook for the world economy, with the situation especially alarming for African and least developed countries.
Rising prices increase alarm for food security and political stability
The war in Ukraine has had immediate effects on world food markets. Both Ukraine and Russia are global players on agricultural commodities that are essential for food security, such as wheat, barely, corn or sunflower oil and seeds.
Global trade hits record high of $28.5 trillion in 2021, but likely to be subdued in 2022
All major trading economies saw imports and exports rise above pre-pandemic levels in the fourth quarter of 2021, with trade in goods increasing more strongly in the developing world than in developed countries.
Global Trade Update
Trading in the wrong direction
World trade in fossil fuels, quantities
When the world needs less fossil fuels, we are trading them more than ever.
Events and meetings
Webinar on understanding smallholder farmer access to voluntary sustainable standards VSS-compliant markets
Documents and publications
Global impact of war in Ukraine on food, energy and finance systems
Global Crisis Response Group, Brief No, 1
Author: United Nations.
13 Apr 2022
Reflecting on sustainability standards: Trade and the sustainability crisis
UNCTAD/DITC/TAB/2022/4 - 23 Mar 2022
Neutral policies, uneven impacts: Non-tariff measures through a gender lens
UNCTAD/DITC/TAB/2022/1 - 23 Mar 2022
Key statistics and trends in international trade 2021
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on international trade
10 Mar 2022