ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Lost Forum

THE Ninth UNCTAD Conference, currently being held in South Africa, is indicative of the general atmosphere of uncertainty and even gloom which affects many UN institutions today. The financial crunch confronting most UN bodies, as well as the parent organisation itself, is only one of the reasons for this mood. For UNCTAD in particular, there is also a genuine threat of marginalisation in a global economy which is likely to be increasingly dominated by large corporations and organised in the framework of the World Trade Organisation. Yet the need is greater than ever for an international platform on which the concerns and interests of the developing countries as well as of economic agents other than large capital in the developed countries can be articulated.

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