UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964 with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and offices in New York and Addis Ababa.
UNCTAD is part of the UN Secretariat. UNCTAD reports to the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council but has its own membership, leadership, and budget. UNCTAD is also part of the United Nations Development Group.
UNCTAD has 194 Member States.
The Republic of Azerbaijan and UNCTAD
Former Secretary General of UNCTAD Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi visited the Republic of Azerbaijan on 19-21 July 2010 to attend the 19th regional course on key issues on the international economic agenda organized by the UNCTAD and Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. During the visit he was received by H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In 2009, 2011 and 2013 Azerbaijan made a total of approximately 30,000 US dollars financial contributions to the UNCTAD Trust Fund. With the support of the UNCTAD Secretariat, a number of Azerbaijani representatives attended expert meetings, public symposium and courses organized by the UNCTAD. Azerbaijan State Economic University became the member of the UNCTAD Virtual Institute in 2011.
In 2010-2011, Azerbaijan was elected as the vice-president of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board.
In 2011, Azerbaijan was the member of the UNCTAD Advisory Board for the paragraph 166 program.
In 2017, Azerbaijan was re-elected as a member of the Advisory Board for the paragraph 166 program and is currently a member of the Board.