Date and Time: Thursday 5th December 2013 ~~~ 14:00 – 15:30
Location: Hibiscus Room
Theme: International Trade Governance and Sustainable Development


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Commonwealth sec   Office of the High Representative for the LDCs

Session Objectives

• Revisit as to how trade issues have been successful in case of poverty alleviation and structural adjustments in LDCs during the MDG era
• Improve the understanding of how trade related concerns will be addressed in the post 2015 development agenda
• Understand how the structural challenges and emerging development issues facing LDCs will be addressed in the concept of SDGs


In accordance with the aforementioned objectives the session will try to address the importance of the trade related issues which came out post-2015 international development discourse. Special attention will be put on investment, finance, Aid for Trade (AfT) and technology related issues. The extent of trade concerns that have been addressed under the post-2015 agenda will be highlighted in the session. Various reports on Post-2015 which deal with evolving trade agenda will be brought under focus. Given the statement in WTO negotiation, the organization’s role in shaping the post-2015 trade agenda will be identified. The session will address major trade related concerns of vulnerable economies including LDCs in the context of post-2015 agenda.