The fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD 15 – presents an opportunity for the development community to align the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development with the global "new normal" created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
- The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Barbados
- Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
As a major United Nations conference of the "decade for action" for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the ministerial conference must address the massive unmet trade, finance, investment and technology needs of developing countries struggling in the face of the COVID-19 challenge.
Building on the theme of the UNCTAD14 conference, which emphasized the need to move from decision to action, UNCTAD's 15th quadrennial conference, UNCTAD15, seeks a concrete decade of action in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference is focused on reducing inequality and vulnerability by ensuring trade works for all and that development remains high on the global agenda. The theme, "From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all", is a clarion call to work to fix the fractures across the world in favour of prosperity for all. UNCTAD15 takes place online, hosted by Barbados, from 3 to 7 October, 2021.