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UNCTAD – Global Commodities Forum Will Be Held In Geneva 13-14 April 2015

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: UNCTAD}


The Global Commodities Forum, organized by UNCTAD with the support of its partners, is a major multi-stakeholder meeting where participants can debate potential solutions to perennial problems in the commodity economy.

The theme of the 2015 Global Commodities Forum is “Trade in commodities: Challenges and opportunities“.

The first sessions on the programme will reflect on the significant shifts seen in commodities markets over the past year — especially the fall in oil prices — and discuss their implications for resource-rich developing countries, as well as for other stakeholders in the commodities value chain.

This stock taking will include a session, organized in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, devoted to the policy space available to raw-material-exporting countries, including, for example, the increased use of export restrictions by these countries since 2008.

The latter sessions of the Forum will look forward, examining the development implications of the “new normal” in commodities markets and trade policy.

The programme will close with a session that re-examines the commodities supercycle in the current context of lower prices.

Representatives from exporting countries will discuss what lower commodities prices mean for their budgets, national development plans and more generally, for their interaction with the global trading system.


The Global Commodities Forum brings together stakeholders from throughout the commodities economy, including high-level representatives from national governments, businesses and international organizations, as well as experts from civil society, academia and the press.

Participants will attend this meeting in their personal capacities.

 ABOUT United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):  UNCTAD, which is governed by its 194 member States, is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development..Its work can be summed up in three words: think, debate, and deliver.About UNCTAD.Reflection on development is at the heart of UNCTAD’s work. It produces often-innovative analyses that form the basis for recommendations to economic policymakers. The aim is to help them take informed decisions and promote the macroeconomic policies best suited to ending global economic inequalities and to generating people-centered sustainable development.UNCTAD is also a forum where representatives of all countries can freely engage in dialogue and discuss ways to establish a better balance in the global economy.In addition, UNCTAD offers direct technical assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition, helping them to build the capacities they need to become equitably integrated into the global economy and improve the well-being of their populations.

UNCTAD holds a ministerial-level meeting every four years to discuss major global economic issues and to decide on its programme of work.

It also holds discussions with civil society, including at an annual symposium where members of the public can express their views and interact with country representatives.

Every two years, UNCTAD organizes the World Investment Forum, which brings together major players from the international investment community to discuss challenges and opportunities and to promote investment policies and partnerships for sustainable development and equitable growth.

Language(s): English; French; Spanish; Chinese; Russian; Arabic;
Communications concerning representation at the meeting:
UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service
Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0214
E-mail: or
All other enquiries:
Mr. Samuel K. Gayi, Head of the Special Unit on Commodities
Tel: +41 (0) 22 917 2131
Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0509
Catherine Katongola-Lindelof
tel: +41 (0) 22 917 1648
fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0509
Danièle Boglio
tel: +41 (0) 22 917 6286
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