Civil Society

Brief background

Since its inception, UNCTAD has recognized that civil society has an increasingly important role to play in efforts to achieve sustainable human development and alleviate poverty. Accordingly, UNCTAD seeks and needs partnerships with development actors to enrich its analysis, research and consensus-building and operational work. Recent UNCTAD conferences have called for further collaboration between UNCTAD and civil society in areas relating to international trade. Civil society organizations made extensive contributions to UNCTAD X (Bangkok, 2000) and UNCTAD XI (São Paulo, 2004).


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