UNCTAD 15 (Bridgetown, Barbados) - Dialogue on global vulnerabilities: Call from a vulnerable place
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This dialogue at the UNCTAD 15 World Leaders Summit will address two current vulnerabilities, namely, health and climate change.


These are global vulnerabilities that cannot be solved without solidarity and global action. Recovery from the current health and economic crisis critically depends on the production and distribution of vaccines, which remain highly uneven, and future sustainability depends on the capacity to find equitable solutions to the climate crisis. 


Introductory remarks:

  • Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations 


  • Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President, Seventy-Sixth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maldives
  • Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President, Costa Rica
  • Mr. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda, Chair, Alliance of Small Island States, and Chair, Caribbean Community (tbc)
  • Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organization 


  • Mr. Peter Okwoche, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC 


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.

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.