United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development is the UN focal point for the integrated treatment of trade and development. UNCTAD assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition with integrating successfully into the world economy. The three pillars of its work - research and policy analysis, consensus building and technical cooperation - aim at enabling developing countries to build efficient trade policies and beneficial investment strategies for sustainable development.
The Permanent Mission participates in UNCTAD’s activities since its founding in 1964. Greece is represented at the quadrennial sessions of UNCTAD’s governing body, the Conference of its 193 member States, and takes part in the works of its intergovernmental mechanism, the Trade and Development Board, the Commissions and the Experts meetings.
Since 1999, the “HELLENIC AID” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has implemented a bilateral and multilateral aid program initially centered on the Balkan and the Black Sea regions. Today, a more elaborate framework involves countries of the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa and Central Asia. The development aid plan, focused on the fight against poverty through solidarity and humanitarian aid, enjoys wide public support.