Pre-UNCTAD XII Civil Society Forum in Africa

On the occasion of the forthcoming quadrennial meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XII) to be held in Accra, Ghana on 20-25 April 2008, the CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (CUTS CITEE) organises a two-day international conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 13-14, 2008, within the framework of its project on Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty Reduction (TDP). The conference seeks to formulate a set of key messages to be fed into the Civil Society Forum, which will be held during the UNCTAD XII. Towards such objective, the conference will discuss the four sub-themes of the UNCTAD XII, which are:

  • Enhancing coherence at all levels for sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in global policy making, including the contribution of regional approaches;
  • Key trade and development issues and the new realities in the geography of the world economy;
  • Enhancing the enabling environment at all levels to strengthen productive capacity, trade and investment: mobilising resources and harnessing knowledge for development; and
  • Strengthening UNCTAD – enhancing its development role, impact, and institutional effectiveness.

Participants will include civil society organisations, business associations, media, academics, government officials, representatives from international and inter-governmental organisations and the donor community.

UNCTAD Secretary-General’s Statement>>

African Civil Society’s Recommendations to UNCTAD XII>>