The Conference


The Conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD and is normally held every four (4) years.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNCTAD 15 was postponed from the originally scheduled dates in October 2020. UNCTAD will now be held virtually from 3-7 October 2021. It will be the first major international conference on trade and development since the onset of the pandemic, and will provide a forum to discuss practical ways to reset the international trade agenda.

Barbados will be the smallest country, and the first in the Caribbean, to host an UNCTAD quadrennial conference.

The Conference is expected to attract participation from across UNCTAD’s 195-country membership.