Policy Brief 14, May 2008

From Declarations to Actions on Commodities: Marking the Turning Point at UNCTAD XII.

With the multilateral trade negotiations at an impasse, with the rising concern on climate change and energy insecurity, rising international food prices which disproportionately affect the poor, the time is ripe for all concerned on development to start taking concrete actions to address the plight of the commodity crisis.

The time is high for translating pledges and action plans on commodities into concrete actions. Given UNCTAD’s historical role, there is no better framework other than UNCTAD XII for gathering the steam for this.

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