Press Release, 12 April 2012

Press Release: Silencing the message or the messenger …. or both?.

On 11 April 2012, two former senior UNCTAD officers held a press conference at the Club Suisse de la Presse, Geneva, Switzerland. They presented a statement signed by almost 50 former senior UNCTAD officers and staff that expressed deep concern and alarm regarding the pressure placed on UNCTAD and the Group of 77 by major developed countries in the preparations for UNCTAD XIII. The statement had been delivered that day to H.E. Mr. Anthony Mothae Maruping of the Kingdom of Lesotho as the President of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board and the Chair of the UNCTAD XIII Preparatory Committee.

At that press conference, Dr. Y?lmaz Akyüz, former Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of UNCTAD, and Mr. John Burley, former Director of the Division for Services Infrastructure and Trade Efficiency of UNCTAD, stressed the major role that UNCTAD had played in providing analyses and insights on global macroeconomic issues that are heterodox and independent.

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