The Accra Accord reaffirmed the UNCTAD secretariat’s role as the focal point of the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development. In its implementation, UNCTAD has addressed both emerging issues and long-standing problems at the interface between trade and development through its three pillars. In particular, the global economic crisis featured prominently in the work of the secretariat since Accra, as policymakers try to understand what has gone wrong, mitigate the damage from the crisis, and seek a way forward onto new and more sustainable development paths.
UNCTAD has also put in place various measures in order to strengthen its institutional effectiveness and enhance its development role and impact, in accordance with the Accra Accord. In this regard, specific actions have been taken, for instance concerning outreach, technical cooperation and the intergovernmental machinery.
This review provides an opportunity for reflection about new developments that have direct or indirect implications on the Accra Accord. The secretariat looks forward to continuing its efforts in fully implementing the Accra Accord in the time remaining before UNCTAD XIII, in the light of the guidance of the fifty-seventh session of the Trade and Development Board.