Beyond Conventional Wisdom in Development Policy: An by United Nations

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This publication commemorating the 40th anniversary of the institution of UNCTAD indicates how UNCTAD´s paintings has developed and identifies the various significant highbrow contributions that the association has made by way of either analytical perspectives and coverage proposals. In a thought-provoking preface to the ebook, Mr. Rubens Ricupero, supplies his own reflections on his 9 years at UNCTAD as Secretary-General.

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It is this feeling of injustice that is driving growing negative reactions inside and outside the trade Preface system. Having been personally present at almost all the ministerial meetings of GATT and the WTO since the mid-l980s, that is for nearly two decades, I find striking the contrast between the predictable, uneventful nature of such meetings in the past and their growing unpredictability and volatility in recent years. Since December 1988 four ministerial meetings, two of GATT and two of the WTO, ended without agreement and in different degrees of disarray: Montreal, the Midterm Review of the Uruguay Round (December 1988), Brussels, when the Uruguay Round was supposed to end (December 1990), Seattle (November 1999) and Cancun (September 2003).

In the early years UNCTAD’s work was mainly geared to conceptualizing and developing international policy proposals, and UNCTAD acted as an important forum for negotiations in the North-South dialogue. There was then a tight link between research, analysis, policy proposals and negotiations. e. since the late 1970s), there has been a major intellectual contribution in terms of research and analysis to make a critical assessment of the evolving conventional wisdom which has dominated development thinking.

This draft resolution was not approved by ECOSOC. As GATT was not an international organization as such, but a provisional legal instrument, its participants were called contracting parties. On the other hand, the participants to the W O , which is a fully fledged international organization,are called members. 5 An Intellectual History of UNCTAD clearly viewed UNCTAD at that time as a new institution capable of addressing their interests and concerns in an alternative way as compared to GATT. However, they also recognized that the establishment of UNCTAD was a compromise that was far Erom their original ambitions.

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