Strengthening knowledge and skills through innovative approaches for sustainable economic development


  • Build sustainable networks of knowledge to promote transparency and good practices
  • Encourage development-oriented trade policy to reduce poverty
  • Promote ICT solutions and innovative thinking to enhance capacities of international trade players


Nairobi Maafikiano Mandate 2016 (td519add2_en)

  • Paragraph 55(z): Continue capacity-building activities, including Train for Trade, as reflected in paragraph 56 (r) of the Doha Mandate;
  • Paragraph 55(i): Continue its work in transport, including maritime transport, ports…
  • Paragraph 55(u):  capacity-building in the area of e-commerce…
  • Paragraph 38(aa): capacity-building … Statistics …

Doha Mandate and Doha Manar 2012 (TD/500/Add.1)

  • Paragraph 17: Reaffirms and builds upon the Accra Accord, which remain valid and relevant
  • Paragraph 18(a): Continue to play its role in the evolution of a stronger global concensus on issues within its mandate…
  • Paragraph 56 (r): Continue capacity-building activities including TrainForTrade and in the framework of paragraph 166 of the Bangkok Plan of Action

Accra Accord 2008 (UNCTAD/IAOS/2008/2).

  • Paragraph 162: UNCTAD should enhance its assistance in cross-divisional capacity-building programmes, including training for policymakers on the integrated treatment of the trade, investment, finance, technology and development issues, which must ensure wide and inclusive participation of developing countries … and foster training and capacity-building aimed at trade practitioners in order to assist member countries in developing a sustainable local capacity in trade, investment and development issues through TrainForTrade. UNCTAD should also continue to uses these programmes to strengthen the synergies between its research and capacity-building activities.”

UN SDGTFT and Sustainable Development Goals:

The focus will be on:

End poverty in all its forms everywhere,
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, in particular with the targets to enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing.