Advisory Group

The UNCTAD Advisory Group on the Strengthening of Training Capacity and Human Resources Development was established in 2002, following a recommendation endorsed by the 38th session of UNCTAD’s Working Party on the Medium-Term Plan and the Programme Budget in 2001.Advisory group 2011

The Advisory Group’s objectives are:

  • to examine the evolution of UNCTAD’s training and capacity building activities in order to determine elements that need to be strengthened, developed, or modified in the context of the organization’s strategy;
  • to put forth proposals to enhance the work carried out by UNCTAD in this area and increase its access to financial resources required for the development of technical cooperation projects in the field of training and capacity building.

Since its inception, the Advisory Group has held nine meetings: in December 2002, January 2004, February 2005, March 2006, November 2007, June and October 2009, October 2011 and December 2013. The next meeting will be on 2017.


 Overview over the Advisory Group’s Areas of Work

  • In 22 October 2015, the 10th Advisory Group  on “Innovation Knowledge for Inclusive and Sustainable Development:Transferring Knowledge through Technology”, more about the event>>>
  • In December 2013, the Advisory Group discussed “Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, Cloud-Learning”. Advisory Group 2013 Report, more about this event >>>
  • In October 2011, the Advisory Group discussed best practices and field experiences related to e-learning. Innovative electronic responses adopted by international organizations and universities to build and share knowledge were discussed.
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  • In October 2009, the Advisory Group focused on building knowledge and skills on trade-related policies through training courses for developing country officials.
  • In June 2009, the Advisory Group discussed e-learning initiatives at UNCTAD and the state-of-the-art distance learning courses and activities available in Geneva-based international organizations and implemented in developed and developing countries.
  • In 2007, the Advisory Group focused on the implementation of innovative responses to the building and sharing of knowledge in the field of trade and development.
  • In 2006, a small group of beneficiary countries, universities, donor institutions and regional organizations examined training and capacity building issues in the field of international trade and investment for African LDCs and regional organizations.
  • In 2005, the Advisory Group examined the use of distance learning in the least developed countries (LDCs) and analyzed the related benefits and difficulties for the beneficiary countries.
  • In 2004, the Advisory Group examined the use of new information and communication technologies in the field of training. The Group discussed the methods of delivery for distance learning courses, and an online platform for UNCTAD training resources.
  • In 2002, the Advisory Group focused on the newly-defined TrainForTrade human resources development strategy, the development of an institutional framework, cooperation with UNCTAD’s programmes and divisions, and the resources required to carry out the planned activities.