According to the UN Charter Preamble (1945), “The UN … will employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.” In this spirit, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was created to promote the unification and harmonisation of the law of international trade, assist in domestic law reform, and coordinate the work of other similar organisations. This UNITAR briefing will equip participants with the necessary tools to participate and better understand these processes in order to facilitate the harmonisation of international trade.
At the end of this briefing, participants should be able to:
- Identify the activities and objectives of UNCITRAL;
- Understand UNCITRAL's role in the UN system and the contribution of international trade lay to development cooperation;
- Be familiar with core UNCITRAL legislative texts;
- Comprehend policies and strategies of UNCITRAL, including current projects and future programmes.
The briefing will address the following areas: the international sale of goods, electronic commerce, international transport of goods, public procurement, security interests, settlement of disputes, insolvency, UNCITRAL technical assistance and coordination role, and UNCITRAL and the UN Broader Agenda.
The briefing will be in a face-to-face format and will utilise presentation from representatives of UNCITRAL as well as facilitate discussion amongst participants.
The briefing is primarily, though not exclusively, designed for members of Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations Office at Vienna, who might be in charge of attending UNCITRAL meetings, or of facilitating the consideration of UNCITRAL texts by national legislative organs with a view to fostering their adoption and implementation.
UNITAR reserves the right to make a selection among candidates, if necessary. The selected candidates are requested to regard their participation as a firm commitment and to attend the briefing in its entirety. Please do not apply if you think you may not be able to attend the meeting.