Member States narrow differences on mandate of UNCTAD

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Taffere Tesfachew

Member states have not yet reached agreement on the mandate of the United Nations trade and development body for the next four years, but they are making efforts to narrow differences.

This message came from Taffere Tesfachew, the spokesperson for the meeting of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), taking place in Doha, Qatar.

He said progress has been made regarding whether the Doha outcome document should reaffirm the relevance of the Accra Accord, which set the mandate of UNCTAD four years ago.

Mr. Tesfachew said differences between developed and developing countries about how UNCTAD should deal with the global economic crisis.

“Some members would like UNCTAD to study, to investigate, to understand the cause of the crisis. Other members feel that UNCTAD should look only at the impact of crisis on developing countries, not the cause, meaning that they don't think that UNCTAD should be trying to study European or American economies, but should focus only on how the crisis is affecting developing countries.”

The meeting, which is held once every four years, is scheduled to conclude on Thursday, April 26.

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