NAIROBI: KENYA will host the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV) next year. This follows a unanimous endorsement by the member States to the offer by the East African country to host the event.
The offer came after monthly consultations between the President of the Trade and Development Board, Alberto Pedro D’Alotto, and UNCTAD member states. “I am pleased to learn of today’s Trade and Development Board ad referendum endorsement of the gracious offer from the Government of Kenya to host the UNCTAD XIV Conference in Nairobi in July 2016,” said Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD. “I look forward to welcoming all members and all stakeholders to a productive and decisive Ministerial in Nairobi next July.”
Stephen Ndungu Karau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations Office at Geneva, said the conference would be “an opportunity to move beyond business as usual and forge a strong global partnership to accelerate the implementation of the global development agenda.” UNCTAD XIV was originally set to be held in Lima, Peru in March 2016, but in early September, the Government of Peru informed UNCTAD that it could no longer host the conference due to the latest negative forecasts for the El Nino weather event. Kenya previously hosted UNCTAD IV in May 1976.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY