• Global Initiative for Territorial Entities

World Organization for Development has been collaborating with UNCTAD since 2015


The World Organization for Development has always supported the work of UNCTAD. Since 2015, WOD has become more regularly involved in UNCTAD events. On 25 November 2015, WOD hosted a side event at the Tenth UNCTAD International Conference on Debt Management.



About UNCTAD

UNCTAD supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively. And we help equip them to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration. To do this, we provide analysis, facilitate consensus-building, and offer technical assistance. This helps them use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development.

Working at the national, regional, and global level, our efforts help countries to:

Comprehend options to address macro-level development challenges Achieve beneficial integration into the international trading system Diversify economies to make them less dependent on commodities Limit their exposure to financial volatility and debt Attract investment and make it more development-friendly Increase access to digital technologies Promote entrepreneurship and innovation Help local firms move up value chains Speed up the flow of goods across borders Protect consumers from abuse Curb regulations that stifle competition Adapt to climate change and use natural resources more effectively Together with other UN departments and agencies, we measure progress by the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in Agenda 2030.

UNCTAD also supports the implementation of Financing for Development, as mandated by the global community in the 2015 Addis Ababa Agenda, with four other major institutional stakeholders: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Development Programme.

While UNCTAD works mainly with governments to effectively deal with the magnitude and complexity of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, partnerships and closer cooperation with the private sector and civil society are essential.

Ultimately, we serve the citizens of the 195 countries that make up our organization. Our goal is prosperity for all.

Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan of Costa Rica is the first woman and Central American to serve as UNCTAD’s secretary-general.