UNCTAD is the focal point in the United Nations system for the integrated treatment of trade and development and the interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development. It helps developing countries to participate equitably in the global economy by:
- Carrying out evidence-based research and analysis to support economic policy and decision-making.
- Serving as a forum where representatives of all countries can freely engage in dialogue, share experiences and tackle critical issues affecting the global economy, promoting consensus at the multilateral level.
- Delivering practical applications of research findings through direct technical assistance to help countries build the capacities they need for equitable integration into the global economy and to improve the wellbeing of their populations.