UNCTAD 14: WHAT WENT DOWN

History was made at KICC. It is officially the first venue to host the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) twice. It is an honour that has not been bestowed upon any other destination in the world. Kenya and KICC first hosted the UNCTAD during it fourth session in 1976, which was opened by Kenya's founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

The theme of this year's 14 th session was 'From Decisions to Actions'. Heads of State were in attendance as well as members of international organizations, various dignitaries, the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon and our very own HE President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President of UNCTAD 14 Amb. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Mr. Najib Balala and the UNCTAD Secretary General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi.

The conference featured the World Investment Forum, Global Commodities Forum, Civil Society Forum, the first ever Youth Forum, World Leaders Summit, EMPRETEC 2016 Women in Business Awards, a Creative Arts Fashion Show which featured designs from up and coming Kenyan fashion designers, ministerial round tables and general debates. It also featured a Global Investment Hub and Global Village, where countries from all over the world showcased their products and services.

The outcome of this conference were two important documents, The Nairobi Maafikiano, which is the Nairobi Consensus outcome, and the Nairobi Azimio which is the Political Declaration of the conference. These documents have set out the work of UNCTAD for the next four years.

"I'm delighted that our 194 member states have been able to reach this consensus, giving a central role to UNCTAD in delivering the sustainable development goals," UNCTAD Secretary-General, Mukhisa Kituyi, said in a press release.

'Today we have an outcome that I think all of us can be proud of and also we have been able to showcase what our country has to offer," stated Dr. Amina Mohamed, President of the Conference.

Dr. Mohamed added: "I am pleased to inform you that this morning after many, many hours of negotiations, we were able, as members of UNCTAD, to adopt an outcome ad referendum - an outcome that we are very pleased with," she told the assembled journalists.

The conference also debut the first ever UNCTAD Youth Forum in which the youth from all over the world had the opportunity to have their voice heard and to come up with strategies and plans to help realize Agenda 2030 and ensure the Sustainable Development Goals are realized.

Cheers to a successful conference and a brighter future ahead.

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