The Addis Agenda endorsed the efforts and initiatives of UNCITRAL aimed at increasing coordination of and cooperation on legal activities of international and regional organizations active in the field of international trade law and at promoting the rule of law at the national and international levels in that field. Since its establishment, UNCITRAL has been recognized as the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. UNCITRAL was mandated to further the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade and by this reduce or remove legal obstacles to the flow of international trade and create enabling domestic environments for trade. More detailed information about UNCITRAL’s contribution to the achievement of international development objectives, including the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is included in annual reports of UNCITRAL to the General Assembly and annual reports of the Secretariat to UNCITRAL.
As part of its mandate, UNCITRAL is entrusted with coordinating the work of organizations active in the field of international trade law and encouraging cooperation among them. Since the beginning of 2016 UNCITRAL has been involved in more than forty coordination activities, primarily with inter-governmental organizations active in the field of international trade law or related fields. Coordination activities typically include joint legislative, technical assistance, capacity building, teaching, training and publication projects and reports to the respective governing bodies.