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Construction of the Walini Tunnel of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia

UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2022 indicates FDI rebounded to nearly $1.6 trillion last year, but warns this course is unlikely to be sustained in 2022.

port manager in Bolivia

UNCTAD’s port management programme helped Bolivia change its port regulations, paving the way for a private operator like Port Jennefer to earn international status.

A fisherman fixes a net

The UN Oceans Forum, organized by an UNCTAD-led coalition, called for sufficient and reliable long-term investment in a Blue Deal to conserve and use the ocean for sustainable development.

The Blue Connection film tells an inspiring story of unity, support, and multilateral collaboration between three countries - Barbados, Belize, and Costa Rica - and their collective efforts to sustainably develop their coastal communities in the wake of the global pandemic. The story shares an intimate perspective of the daily lives and challenges faced by people working in the blue economy through an UNCTAD  project.

man with fishing net seen from above

Protecting our ocean and boosting its economic benefits demands a global trade, investment and innovation "Blue Deal" to create a sustainable and resilient ocean economy that benefits all.

A food vendor in South Africa

Policymakers and leading experts will examine how science, technology and innovation can help the world recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic at the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development from 28 March to 1 April.

seafarer portrait

Four United Nations organizations have issued a joint statement calling for continued global collaboration to address the crew change crisis that, at times during the COVID-19 pandemic, has left more than 400,000 seafarers stranded at sea.

Geraldo Basilua (left) with a trainee in Cuanza Norte Province, Angola.

After undergoing training provided by UNCTAD, Geraldo Basilua now runs a formally registered business providing agribusiness training and consulting that has increased his income 20-fold.

construction workers

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows showed a strong rebound in 2021, up 77%, according to UNCTAD’s Investment Trends Monitor.

Container terminal in the Port of Osaka, Japan.

A new Asia-Pacific free trade agreement set to enter into force on 1 January 2022 will create the world’s largest trading bloc by economic size, according to an UNCTAD study.

ship on water with gathering clouds

UNCTAD predicts that annual growth in maritime trade between 2022 and 2026 will slow to 2.4%, compared to 2.9% over the past two decades.

Portrait of a man in front of a laptop and a flag.

Promoting regional knowledge and South–South cooperation, UNCTAD’s TrainForTrade port management programme has created a network to help port communities reboot their economies.

a woman carries a water container wading through water around flooded huts.

UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2021 outlines reforms of the international financial system to get more climate adaptation funds flowing to developing countries. Released ahead of the COP26 climate summit, the report calls for a transformative approach to climate adaptation, with advanced economies ensuring that multilateral institutions can support developing countries to manage the changing climate. Estimates indicate that annual climate adaptation costs in developing countries could reach $300 billion in 2030, yet current funding is less than a quarter of that figure.

A girl works on a laptop while sitting in bed in a bedroom with tin walls

The data-driven digital economy is surging according to UNCTAD’s Digital Economy Report 2021. Yet, large power imbalances remain as major platforms reinforce their positions in the data value chain.

Women sitting at sewing machines

Developing productive capacities in least developed countries (LDCs) is necessary for boosting their response to and recover from crises such as COVID-19, according to a recent UNCTAD report.