The UNCTAD secretariat is pleased to announce another series of short courses in 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 second semester, three courses will be provided at Palais des Nations - on 18 October, 28 October, and 6 December 2019 respectively.
The planet’s natural resources are
becoming increasingly scarce and inequalities between countries
and among people continue to rise. The Sustainable Development
Goals and programmes of
action of LDCs and SIDs,
as well as the African Agenda 2063 and
Maafikiano recognize new forms of sustainable development and
inclusive growth, and advocate the power of people’s talents for sustainable
development. Creative goods and services rely on ideas, knowledge, skills and
the ability to seize new opportunities.
The short course will underline the importance of
the sustainable and inclusive
dimension of entrepreneurship towards
the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will review best practices and concrete examples of inclusive business models
and corporate social responsibility. Moreover, it will highlight sustainable and inclusive business practices and how they can be
facilitated and fostered. In particular, the first part
will focus on the UNCTAD
Entrepreneurship Policy Framework and how it can be adapted and expanded to address the challenges of
sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as creating employment opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups - such as,
youth, women, migrants, persons with disabilities and the poor in rural areas. As for the second part, it will focus on the efforts by countries’ reporting on
the contribution of the private sector towards the SDGs.
The short course will present the main
technological and economic features of the so-called fourth industrial
revolution such as the Internet of things, artificial intelligences, big data,
machine learning, and robotization. It will analyse their current impacts on
developing countries – including the LDCs – in terms of technological
capabilities, productive transformation, employment generation, and foreign
trade. Based on this, it will examine the policy options available to national
policymakers and to the international community to strengthen the technological
capabilities of developing countries and narrow the digital divide. These
policies will contribute to the realization of the 2030 Agenda.
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.
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.
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 8–10. The issues in question will include
negative terms of trade, price volatility, commodity resource management and macroeconomic
challenges associated with commodity economies.