Lobbyists caution UNCTAD against empty rhetoric

July 19, 2016
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In doing so, the representatives have requested United Nations member states to look into issues that include climate change, technology, unpaid workers and inclusive prosperity for all among others/UNCTAD
In doing so, the representatives have requested United Nations member states to look into issues that include climate change, technology, unpaid workers and inclusive prosperity for all among others/UNCTAD

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 19 – Civil society representatives of more than 400 organizations have told the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to move beyond talking and get into action.

In doing so, the representatives have requested United Nations member states to look into issues that include climate change, technology, unpaid workers and inclusive prosperity for all among others.

Speaking at the ongoing UNCTAD ministerial conference in Nairobi, economist Jason Braganza said that they were also discussing the role UNCTAD plays in supporting Africa achieve agenda 2030.

“Over the past six days, we have discussed issued such as global financial trading system, dynamic issues in technology and even gender. This week, we want to see what role UNCTAD will play in pushing for the support of developing countries towards achieving Sustainable Development goals agenda 2030,” Braganza said.

Braganza also said that civil societies were worried about the weak negotiating language being used at the mistrial conference on various matters that include global trading and financial system.

According to the economist, the move emanates from the global economic financial crisis that has impacted not only the developed world, but more adversely the developing countries.

“UNCTAD is uniquely positioned to contribute to the global achievement of the ambitious commitments made by all countries in 2015 in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, as well as the financing for development process, the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Tenth Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization. However, to live up to its name and promises, its role must remain development-centred, oriented by South priorities and not subordinated to the liberalization goals of other institutions,” the civil society representatives said in a statement.

On the same statement, the society demanded that the conference outcome document give full support to the UNCTAD mandate on curbing tax evasion and avoidance, including in commodities markets and through investment policies.

Additionally, they demand that the issue of changing international tax rules be at the centre of a multilateral intergovernmental process under the auspices of the United Nations.

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