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Latin America and the Caribbean’s Foreign Trade Marks its Worst Performance since the Global Financial Crisis Due to the Pandemic

Latin America and the Caribbean’s Foreign Trade Marks its Worst Performance since the Global Financial Crisis Due to the Pandemic

In a new annual report, ECLAC estimates that the value of regional exports fell -13% in 2020 and calls for deepening regional integration to drive the recovery, as well as to reduce gender inequalities in trade. Presentation by ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena (in Spanish). Latin America and the Caribbean’s foreign trade in 2020 had […]

Training on negotiation skills to better manage transboundary water

Training on negotiation skills to better manage transboundary water

To promote an integrated and sustainable management of shared water resources, ESCWA held an 8-session virtual training on “Building negotiation skills for cooperation in managing transboundary water”, targeting young negotiators from Arab States. The training, which spanned from 10 December to 11 January, provided participants with a deeper understanding of negotiation skills, theories and methods of water […]

Harnessing extractive industries for sustainable development in the UNECE region  

Harnessing extractive industries for sustainable development in the UNECE region  

As we enter the Decade of Action to deliver on the SDGs by 2030, what are the key challenges and contributions of the extractive industries in the UNECE region, which is a major producer and consumer of resources? Could the COVID-19 crisis be harnessed as an opportunity to accelerate a sustainable transformation? This was at […]

Private sector key to AfCFTA success and Africa’s recovery from COVID-19

Private sector key to AfCFTA success and Africa’s recovery from COVID-19

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) can help drive the continent’s economic recovery from the deadly coronavirus pandemic and spur transformation, says Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Regional Integration and Trade Division Director, Stephen Karingi. In remarks during the 6th PIDA Week, the ECA Director said given that Africa does not have the fiscal space […]

ESCAP And The Islamic Republic Of Iran Solidify Partnership On Disaster Information

ESCAP And The Islamic Republic Of Iran Solidify Partnership On Disaster Information

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Islamic Republic of Iran reaffirmed their partnership by signing the administrative and financial agreement for the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM). The agreement was signed today by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-SecretaryGeneral of […]

AfCFTA Secretary General commends Africa’s business leaders for supporting game-changing trade pact

AfCFTA Secretary General commends Africa’s business leaders for supporting game-changing trade pact

Addis Ababa, 20 January 2021, ECA — The Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Mr. Wamkele Mene, today praised business leaders on the continent for their support, saying this was crucial for the success of the trade agreement. At a ceremony organized by Africa’s business leaders in Cairo to light a […]

Rising protectionism, COVID-19 implications on trade and investment to be discussed at regional UN meeting

Rising protectionism, COVID-19 implications on trade and investment to be discussed at regional UN meeting

Senior government officials and key stakeholders will convene from 25 to 29 January to deliberate issues of importance to trade and investment policymaking in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week, hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), features several engaging virtual events on trade […]

ECLAC Analyzes the Behavior of the Region’s Foreign Trade during the COVID-19 Pandemic

ECLAC Analyzes the Behavior of the Region’s Foreign Trade during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present next Friday, January 22 its annual flagship report entitled International Trade Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2020, which examines the behavior of the foreign trade of the region’s economies in the last year, with the most recent figures available on the impact […]

United Nations ESCAP Partners With SEAF To Launch The Women’s Economic Empowerment Fund

United Nations ESCAP Partners With SEAF To Launch The Women’s Economic Empowerment Fund

In early 2020, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) formalized a partnership to catalyze women’s entrepreneurship through gender lens impact investing in Asia. The partnership, which received financial support from the Government of Canada, set out to unlock private growth capital for small […]

UN/CEFACT outlines standard operating procedures to keep trade flowing smoothly during pandemics

UN/CEFACT outlines standard operating procedures to keep trade flowing smoothly during pandemics

14 January 2021 Major disruptions in trade flows from the COVID-19 pandemic have come at huge economic and social cost. Building on lessons learned from the crisis, international experts from the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) have set out guidelines to help reduce trade-related disruptions from future pandemics in a new White Paper. It stresses that there are ways […]

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