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United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

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.

International conventions and model laws
UNCITRAL is mandated with preparing and promoting the adoption of new international conventions, model laws and uniform laws, representing what the international community considers at a given time to be the best international practice for regulating certain commercial transactions. Reliance on such standards enhances the quality of enacted legislation and builds the confidence of the private sector, including foreign investors.
 
Since adoption of the Addis Agenda in 2015, UNCITRAL has finalised and adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions (2016), the 2016 Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings  and the Technical Notes on Online Dispute Resolution. UNCITRAL texts attracting legislative activity of States in 2015-2016 include: the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980) (2 additional ratifications); United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (2014) (one additional ratification); United Nation Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods (1974) (one additional ratification); UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency (1997) (19 additional enacting States); UNCITRAL Model Law on Public procurement (2011) (4 additional enacting States); UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce (1996) (3 additional enacting States); and UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (1985) (3 additional enacting States).  
 
Coordination of activities in the field of international trade law

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.