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Azevêdo: WTO and UNCTAD are united in supporting development

Published on September 24, 2015

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, in a speech to the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board on 21 September 2015, said that the WTO and UNCTAD are united in placing development “at the heart of all of our work”. “We are committed to enhancing the partnership between our organizations,” he continued, and “we want to make sure that trade and development go hand-in-hand”. This is what he said:

I am pleased to join you today – and to have the chance to discuss the evolution of the international trading system from a development perspective.

There is no doubt in my mind that trade and development are closely linked.

Rather than being two parallel or independent tracks, I think the international community now recognizes that trade and development are more complementary than ever before.

A look at the global agenda ahead makes this very clear.

I am leaving Geneva tomorrow to attend the UN Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals – where trade is going to be high on the agenda. Read more. Source | World Trade Orgarnization