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26 Oct 2018 description

IOM Joins UNCTAD and UNHCR to Publish Entrepreneurship Policy Guide for Migrants and Refugees

Geneva – The Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees was launched this Wednesday (24/10) during the 2018 World Investment Forum at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The guide is the product of intensive work and collaboration between UNCTAD, UNHCR and IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

12 Sep 2018 description
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Economic reality in Occupied Palestinian Territory is bleaker than ever

UNCTAD's annual report into its assistance to the Palestine people comes as socioeconomic conditions deteriorate and 'de-development' continues.

Sky-high unemployment, declining per capita income, contracting agricultural productivity and worsening socioeconomic conditions characterize a bleak assessment of the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, according to the new UNCTAD annual report on its assistance to the Palestinian people.

01 Jun 2018 description

Les images de milliers de jeunes Africains se noyant dans la Méditerranée, après avoir été poussés par la pauvreté et la guerre à quitter leur pays et avoir été attirés à l'étranger par l'espoir de trouver un emploi, ont nourri l'idée trompeuse que les migrations étaient plus un mal qu'un bien pour le continent africain.

31 May 2018 description

Images of thousands of African youth drowning in the Mediterranean, propelled by poverty or conflict at home and lured by the hope of jobs abroad, have fed a misleading narrative that migration from Africa harms rather than helps the continent. The latest edition of the UNCTAD flagship Economic Development in Africa Report takes aim at this preconceived notion and assesses the evidence to identify policy pathways that harness the benefits of African migration and mitigate its negative effects.

05 Feb 2018 description

Promises to world’s poorest need to be kept to stop massive inequalities, new trends show

UNCTAD analysis shows that development indicators for the 47 least developed countries are trending downward, raising the alarm for the international community

Economic development in the world’s most-disadvantaged countries – mostly in sub-Saharan Africa – is stalling against the background of a lukewarm global recovery, risking widening inequality, new analysis from UNCTAD has revealed.

29 Jan 2018 description

Key points

• The increasingly frequent occurrence of natural disasters due to climate change put the debt sustainability and socioeconomic stability of vulnerable developing countries at risk.

• The international community should review and enhance the tools available to such countries to maintain debt sustainability and mobilize resources for climate change adaptation and developmental transformation.

16 Dec 2016 description

Poverty Trap Leaves Least Developed Countries Ever Further Behind

Global development goal will be missed without stronger international support

Global poverty is increasingly concentrated among a group of 48 countries, which are falling further behind the rest of the world in terms of economic development, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday by UNCTAD.

06 Sep 2016 description

The staggering economic cost of occupation: The Palestinian economy would be at least twice as large without Israeli occupation, UNCTAD report says

The economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory could easily produce twice the gross domestic product (GDP) it generates now, while unemployment and poverty could recede significantly, according to this year's report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people.

12 May 2016 description

Following the Israeli occupation of the West Bank (WB) and the Gaza Strip (GS) in 1967, the economy of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) became predominantly dependent on the much larger Israeli economy. The 1994 Paris Protocol, signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Government of Israel (GoI), attempted, at least theoretically, to remedy some aspects of the asymmetrical relations between the two economies, and to expand Palestinian external trade.

03 Dec 2015 description

A new study analyses the problems and prospects of the Palestinian agricultural sector, its importance and contribution to the overall economy, and the impact of constraints imposed by Israel’s occupation.

Despite sharing a similar landscape, climate and nearly identical natural environments, Palestinian agricultural output and productivity have lagged behind that of Israel and comparable countries in the region. On average, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) the yield per dunum (1000 square meter) is half that in Jordan and only 43 per cent of the yield in Israel.

25 Nov 2015 description
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Report proposes solution to failure of rural development behind poverty-driven migration from world’s poorest countries

UNCTAD puts forward new road map for transforming rural economies and eradicating rural poverty


Geneva, Switzerland, (25 November 2015)

01 Sep 2015 description

Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years in wake of 2014 conflict and ongoing de-development, according to new UNCTAD report

Geneva, Switzerland, (01 September 2015)

17 Aug 2015 description

Economic and trade conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory would improve if Israel fulfils its obligations under a new WTO agreement on trade facilitation

Palestinian trade stands to gain if Israel fulfils its legal obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation and ensures it is applied throughout the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), according to UNCTAD's new study, "The 2013 World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Israel's obligations towards Palestinian trade".

04 Aug 2015 description

As reconstruction of the port at Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, presses on after a devastating earthquake in 2010, UNCTAD's TrainForTrade programme is offering training to Haitian instructors so that they can in turn train up port officials.

06 Dec 2014 description

Occupied Palestinian territory loses at least $306 million per year in public revenue leakage to Israel, new study finds

The Occupied Palestinian Territory loses at least $306 million annually in leakage of customs, purchase and value added tax revenues that are not transferred to the Palestinian treasury by Israel, a new UNCTAD study suggests.

The study says that fiscal revenue loss amounts to 3.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and 18 per cent of the tax revenue of the Palestinian National Authority.

18 Sep 2013 description

Farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more locally focused production and consumption of food, a new UNCTAD report recommends.

08 Mar 2013 description

The United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People took place at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome on 27 and 28 February 2013. It was organized by the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights.

Mahmoud Elkhafif, Coordinator of UNCTAD's Assistance to the Palestinian People Unit, delivered an address on 28 February summarizing some of the main findings of UNCTAD's most recent report to its Trade and Development Board on the organization's assistance to the Palestinian people.