United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC)

Centre des Nations Unies sur les sociétés transnationales
Centro de las Naciones Unidas sobre las Empresas Transnacionales

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Nov 1974, as an autonomous body within the Secretariat of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), under resolution 1913 (LVII) of E-XE3377 - ECOSOC (which also established the Commission on Transnational Corporations). Also referred to as CTC. Began operations in Nov 1975. Served as a focal point for all matters related to transnational corporations. Became 'United Nations Transnational Corporations and Management Division', part of Department for Economic Affairs and Social Development, 1 Mar 1992. This ceased to exist in Jul 1993, when activities were integrated into the work programme of E-XE3381 - UNCTAD.


Further understanding of the nature of transnational corporations, and of their political, legal, economic and social effects on home and host countries and in international relations, particularly between developed and developing countries; secure effective international arrangements to enhance the contribution of transnational corporations to national development goals and world economic growth, while controlling and eliminating their negative effects; strengthen the negotiating capacity of host countries, in particular the developing countries, in their dealings with transnational corporations.


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Serves as secretariat to United Nations Commission on Transnational Corporations (meeting once a year). Regional focal points: joint units with: E-XE4174 - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); E-XE4176 - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); E-XE4175 - United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); E-XE4177 - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Set up, 1976, U-XF7418 - Information System on Transnational Corporations.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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