On 4 October 2021, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will inaugurate the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD15) in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The conference, organized by the Barbados government, will take place in a virtual format until October 7th, with events taking place in Barbados, Geneva, and across the world.
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados, and Ms. Grynspan, among others, will deliver welcome remarks during UNCTAD15’s opening ceremony on 4 October.
Mr. Guterres will offer a keynote presentation on the critical effort needed to jumpstart global economic recovery and assist all nations, particularly poor countries, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Heads of state and government, senior UN officials, heads of international organizations, leading trade experts, development principles, and intellectuals will offer their perspectives on the solutions needed, including the role of trade, to create a more inclusive and sustainable future.
“The UN Secretary-General’s opening of UNCTAD’s 15th quadrennial session signals the great importance that the United Nations places on addressing the urgent trade and development needs of developing countries as they work to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said UNCTAD Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan.
World leaders will discuss global vulnerabilities and inequities, as well as how to construct a more prosperous trade and development path, in the high-level part of UNCTAD15.
Ministerial round-table talks on scaling up development funding, restructuring global and regional value chains, leveraging frontier technologies for shared prosperity, and promoting productive transformation for better resilience in a post-pandemic world will also be part of the agenda.
With economies all around the globe being destroyed by COVID-19, the historic event will provide an opportunity for UNCTAD’s 195 member States to create innovative methods to guarantee that trade benefits everyone and can solve the huge unmet trade, finance, and investment needs.
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