The UNCTAD 15 World Leaders Summit will highlight the critical issues faced at this unique moment in time in which the world is challenged by an unprecedented crisis and has the opportunity to build a more prosperous future.
The Summit is anchored in development in motion, aiming at connecting the dots between challenges, aspirations and actions. It will start with the Opening Plenary and Ceremony that will officially open the fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15), titled From Inequality and Vulnerability to Prosperity for All, which is being co-hosted by the Government of Barbados virtually from 3 to 7 October 2021.
Keynote address by:
- H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
- The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Barbados
- António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
- Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Global vulnerabilities: Call from a vulnerable place
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis has made evident how interconnected and vulnerable the world is. This dialogue will address two current vulnerabilities, namely, health and climate change. These are global vulnerabilities that cannot be solved without solidarity and global action. Recovery from the current health and economic crisis critically depends on the production and distribution of vaccines, which remain highly uneven, and future sustainability depends on the capacity to find equitable solutions to the climate crisis. In this dialogue, world leaders will discuss the scale of the problem and share their vision of the solutions required, including the role of trade.
- Health crisis and the role of trade. The first months of the current crisis exposed the risks of interconnectedness and a dependency on global supply chains. At the same time, trade has played a critical role in ensuring access to essential goods. What are the socioeconomic impacts of the health crisis and how can trade alleviate these impacts and help to avoid the further loss of development gains? What role should trade play in ensuring global health?
- Climate crisis and the role of trade. How much will climate change define the future? While the COVID-19 crisis has led to temporary reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and possibly encouraged more sustainable forms of production and consumption, the targets in the Paris Agreement Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are far from being met. What role does trade play in addressing the climate crisis and reducing vulnerability to climate change? The developing world disproportionally experiences more adverse effects from climate change; what does this imply for their opportunities to benefit from global trade? What does it imply with regard to differentiated responsibilities?
- Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
- Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President, Seventy-Sixth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maldives
- Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President, Costa Rica
- Mr. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda, Chair, Alliance of Small Island States, and Chair, Caribbean Community
- Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
- Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organization
- Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization
- Mr. Peter Okwoche, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC
- Ms. Sharon Marshall, Senior Broadcast Journalist and Communications Specialist