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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) promotes the integration of developing countries into the world economy, as well as shape current policy debates and thinking, with a particular focus on domestic policies and international actions enhancing development.

The UNCTAF Secretariat works with United Nations system, regional commissions, governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector (including trade and industry associations), research institutes and universities worldwide.

The basic responsibilities of UNCTAD are summarized in three points:

  • Provision of a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions for building consensus of experts;
  • Carrying out research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts;
  • Provision of assistance in building economy of developing countries.

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