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​World Leaders Summit, High-Level Events and Ministerial Round Tables

In addition to the different Forums, the main track of events of UNCTAD's ministerial conference (UNCTAD14) is the World Leaders Summit, the High-Level Events and the Ministerial Round Tables. Whereas the World Leaders Summit takes place on the first day of UNCTAD14, the High-Level Events and the Ministerial Round Tables will be held during the course of the conference.

See the full programme for information on all events and Forums of UNCTAD14.


High-Level Events

There will be in total sixteen High-Level Event events, of which four are dedicated to the themes surrounding the four action lines of the Secretary-General's report (PDF). Each High-Level Event will consist of five to six eminent persons, representing multi-stakeholder perspectives, who will introduce the topic and launch the discussions among ministers.


Ministerial Round Tables

There will be sixteen ministerial round tables in total, categorized according to four action lines of the Secretary-General's report. Each Ministerial Round Table will have five to six key note speakers and are expected to be interactive involving  Q&As with the audience. Some of the ministerial round tables will be co-organized with strategic partners of UNCTAD.

Theme: Building Productive Capacity to Transform Economies

The last few decades have witnessed a remarkable rise of a number of emerging economies. But very few developing countries have been able to close the prosperity gap with high-income countries.  Despite the progress and efforts, many countries have not been able to make the final leap out of the middle-income category. And the lack of convergence is a matter of growing concern. This round table will explore domestic policy and international support measures to foster greater diversification, strengthen technological capabilities and promote inclusiveness so as to escape the trap. It will also draw lessons from success stories that could form the basis for technical advice, particularly in the form of South-South cooperation.

Theme: Tackling vulnerabilities, building resilience

No country wants to be an LDC. Yet, in the last 44 years, only four countries have been able to graduate from the LDC category. None of these four, let alone the other 48 remaining LDCs, have been able to seriously reduce economic vulnerability. And we are far from meeting the agreed target, set out in the Istanbul Programme of Action, of enabling half of LDCs to meet the graduation criteria by 2020. There is urgent need for a better framework, with a much more concerted, comprehensive and coherent set of measures, to ensure self-sustained growth in LDCs and to re-structure their economies towards higher levels and a wider spectrum of value addition. This round table will identify what such a more comprehensive framework should entail.

Theme: Tackling vulnerabilities, building resilience

Regional integration is an essential tool for reducing vulnerabilities to external shocks and for generating resilient and sustained economic growth. In the wake of the 2008 crisis, developing countries have been reeling from the effects of volatile capital flows that have altered exchange rates, interest rates, and commodities prices. This round table will discuss possible forms of financial and monetary integration, including currency swaps, inter-regional reserve funds, and inter-regional development banks.