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  • Short Courses

    Short Courses for Geneva-based Diplomats - 2019 series

    The UNCTAD secretariat is pleased to announce another series of short courses in the first semester of 2019 on key international economic issues for delegates from permanent missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva and the World Trade Organization.

    The aim of the courses is to give delegates from permanent missions an opportunity to become better acquainted with topical issues and developments in the international economic agenda as they are reflected in the work of UNCTAD. More detailed information on the content of individual courses may be found below.

    In the First semester, three courses will be provided at Palais des Nations (Room XXVI) - on 19 March, 12 April, and 30 April 2019 respectively. 

    • Tuesday 19 March 2019, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Trade, Trade Policy and Inequality
    • Friday 12 April 2019, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Better trade for the SDGs: Using trade as a motor for achieving the SDGs

    • Tuesday 30 April 2019, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Commodity Dependence and Development 

  • Tuesday 30 April 2019, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Commodity Dependence and Development

    The course will offer an overview of issues faced by commodity-dependent developing countries and how continued dependence on commodities will negatively affect their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goals 1, 2 and 8โ€“10. The issues in question will include negative terms of trade, price volatility, commodity resource management and macroeconomic challenges associated with commodity economies.

  • Friday 12 April 2019, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Better trade for the SDGs: Using trade as a motor for achieving the SDGs

    Based on findings drawn from UNCTAD field work, the course will address the following issues: how trade can directly contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by developing countries; ways to synergize export opportunities with greener production, inclusive growth and sustainable development in the context of rural communities and microenterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises; the market research, policy framework, institutional support and supply chain networking required to improve the contribution of trade to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goals 8, 12 and 15.

  • Tuesday 19 March 2019, 10 a.m. (Room XXVI) - Trade, Trade Policy and Inequality

    The main objective of the course is to provide factual, methodological and analytical elements for a better and more informed understanding and appreciation of the policy debate about inequality and its consequences. By the end of the course participants will be able to define precisely the different dimensions of inequality and their measurement. They will also be able to identify any relevant channel of transmission between some policy reform with a strong focus on trade policy and the main dimensions of inequality. They will also be given the opportunity to discuss in detail any policy element they may have to focus in their professional duties.