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The role of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

At the 14th session of the UNCTAD Ministerial conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 22 2016, member States adopted UNCTAD's mandate for the next four years, the Nairobi Maafikiano. It calls upon UNCTAD to continue conducting research and analysis, building policy consensus, and providing technical assistance and capacity building to make trade work for sustainable development for all and especially in developing countries. UNCTAD will continue promoting a more inclusive and equitable international trading system, and supporting developing countries seize the opportunities of globalization and address its downsides, by working on the inter-connected issues of trade, investment, technology and finance in pursuance of the sustainable development goals.