World Meets in Kenya for UN Trade Conference in July

In yet another boost for Kenya’s conference tourism, Kenya will once again play host to UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (14th Session), exactly 40 years after Kenya’s founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, opened the 4th session in May 1976. UNCTAD will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi from the 17th - 22nd July, 2016. The week-long conference will host various Heads of State, global leaders and a wide range of diplomats, academia and civil society, under the theme “From decision to action: moving toward an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development”, and will feature Ministerial debates, high-profile round tables, a World Investment Forum, a Global Commodities Forum, and a Civil Society Forum, among other events. President Uhuru Kenyatta last year expressed his gratitude to the UNCTAD Board for choosing Nairobi to host the conference. “We look forward to welcoming the world to Nairobi for the first United Nations implementation conference since the conclusion of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in July 2015, the Agenda 2030 in New York and the just concluded COP21 in Paris,” Mr. Kenyatta said. With its headquarters based in Geneva, UNCTAD is responsible for expediting the global trade agenda (international trade). Governed by its 194 nation members, UNCTAD sets the tone for wide ranging and mutually beneficial trade relations around the world. In May 1976, Kenya’s founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, officially opened the 4th Session of UNCTAD at KICC. Four decades down the line, KICC has maintained its world-class convention setting, opening its doors again to host the UNCTAD XIV Conference. The conference will be an opportune time to consider the means of delivering on the post-2015 development agenda, as well as decide on UNCTAD’s program of work. As the international community engages in the crucial process of setting the development agenda for the next decade and a half, the significance of UNCTAD XIV is crucial. The UNCTAD Conference adds to the ever expanding list of events that Kenya has been attracting over recent times. It will be followed in August by the first TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) on African soil, and was preceded last December by the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference.

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