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UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development was established in Geneva in 1964 as a special organ of the General Assembly. It is to serve as a forum for trade negotiations for the promotion of international trade, especially between countries with different levels of development. Its aim is that of accelerating economic growth, in particular in developing countries.

UNCTAD is headquartered in Geneva.

More on UNCTAD

UNCTAD issues a considerable amount of documents and reports, handbooks, statistical papers and yearbooks.

Flagship reports

  • Trade and Development Report is an annual overview of the role of developing countries in world trade.
  • World Investment Report focuses on trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide, at the regional and country levels and emerging measures to improve its contribution to development.
  • Least Developed Countries Report. A comprehensive source of socio-economic analysis and data on the world´s most impoverished countries.
  • Economic Development in Africa report analyses major aspects of Africa´s development problems and policy issues of interest to African countries as well as makes policy recommendations for action.
  • Review of Maritime Transport provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistical information.
  • Technology and Innovation Report seeks to address issues in science, technology and innovation that are topical and important for developing countries in a comprehensive way with an emphasis on policy relevant analysis and conclusions.
  • Commodities and Development Report provides in-depth analysis of topics of particular interest to commodity dependent developing countries and presents policy proposals.

UNCTAD statistics

  • UNCTADstats provides free access to comprehensive statistical time series and indicators essential for the analysis of world trade.
  • UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics provides data about world trade and international economic development based on international and national sources.
  • UNCTAD and SDGs

Research guide

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library. UN official documents and open access publications, UN maps, UN voting data and speeches.
  • UN iLibrary. UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS. UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus is a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions


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