Kenya says preparations complete to host UNCTAD conference
29 June 2016, 19:50
Nairobi (Xinhua) -- Kenya has completed all the required
preparations for hosting the 14th UN Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD) conference, which is slated to take place from July 17 to 22, a
government official said on Wednesday.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monica Juma
told a media briefing in Nairobi that government commenced the
preparation for the event in December 2015 by appointing a
multi-stakeholder National Preparatory Committee comprising public and
private sector officials.
"The conference will reinforce Kenya's high profile status and help
to cement the country's position as a global economic and trade player,"
UNCTAD, which was established in 1964, has 194 member states. The
six-day event will be attended by over 7,000 delegates, including
government officials, 2,000 business and civil society representatives
from around the globe.
The hosting of the conference follows the decision of the UNCTAD
Trade and Development Board in November last year to accept Kenya's
offer to host the conference.
This is the second time Kenya is hosting the global meeting as the East African hosted the fourth UNCTAD in 1976.
"As the global community returns four decades later, Nairobi
continues to shine as a beacon for UNCTAD's crucial role in promoting
fairness and justice in the global economic system," Juma said.
She said that negotiations are currently ongoing between UNCTAD
member states on the outcome document of the conference, which will
provide the mandate and program of work for UNCTAD for the next four
The theme for the conference is "from decision to actions: Moving
towards an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade
This theme is founded on key global outcomes arrived at in 2015
including the 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where action
is needed as part of implementation.
Juma said that the UNCTAD meeting will focus on kick starting actions
to implement the SDGs as well as shaping the world in a spirit of
strengthened global solidarity and for the full benefit of the global