UNCTAD15 will yield a new, updated mandate for UNCTAD, at a time when all people and global leadership faces one of the biggest challenges of the post second world war time: recovery from the global coronavirus pandemic. Decisions emerging from UNCTAD’s 15th quadrennial conference will shape how developing countries respond to the COVID-19 crisis and move ahead to manage the socio-economic impacts.
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Good policy choices and actions will make the difference in steering technological change towards economic recovery and development outcomes that leave no one behind.
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