Commission on Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities

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Apr-May 1996, Midrand (South Africa), at 9th Conference of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as one of three Commissions of the Board, to perform integrated policy work in its areas of competence. Ceased to exist 2008.


Examine ways to maximize the positive impact of globalization and liberalization on sustainable development by assisting in the effective integration of developing countries and countries in transition into the international trading system in order to promote their development.

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Through its integrated policy work, helps weaker economies in the implementation of domestic policy reforms in the context of the Uruguay Round agreements, identifying and exploiting trade opportunities created by the Uruguay Round and pursuing policies which could enable them to derive maximum benefits from these opportunities. Supports developing countries' efforts to implement their new commitments and take full advantage of their rights, improve transparency of their trade regimes and identify impediments to trade. Provides guidance to the secretariat in assisting developing countries and countries in transition to build their capacity in techniques and ways of assessing their national interests in preparing for trade negotiations. Provides a forum for examination of issues related to trade preferences and the future role of the generalized system of preferences (GSP) as an instrument for the expansion of trade. Addresses issues of particular relevance to commodity-dependent countries and considers policy issues relating to trade, environment and development.

UNCTAD was been requested by the Commission to work on two new areas of importance to developing countries - tourism and environmental services. The Commission pointed out that in developing countries the tourism section is especially vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters, and asked the secretariat to look into the trade and development effects of these disasters and to come up with measures that could offset their adverse effects and expedite recovery. In the area of commodities, UNCTAD was asked to carry out a study on the effects on diversification of corporate joint-ventures and mergers, as well as franchise arrangements. Together with the International Trade Centre, UNCTAD was urged to undertake feasibility studies on the positioning of enterprises from commodity-dependent developing countries in sourcing networks and the identification of market opportunities.


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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Services
  • Commerce
    • Trade
    • Merchandise
  • Industry
    • Commodities
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No Poverty



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