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Productive Capacities and MDGs in Focus at UNCTAD

Article no: EN20080914-Article-5.2-2008

Productive Capacities and MDGs in Focus at UNCTAD

UNCTAD's governing Trade and Development Board meets 15-26 September, with high-level discussion focusing on how to enhance abilities of developing-country economies to offer more varied and sophisticated products to world markets. The intent is to spur broad-based economic growth that creates jobs, reduces poverty, and allows achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). An overview by WDEV

Concern over rapidly climbing food prices adds urgency to this discussion. UNCTAD economists say decades-long neglect of the agricultural sector in the developing world is a major cause of the highly publicized food crisis. Recent higher costs for nourishment are threatening to undercut significant economic progress achieved by millions of poor since 2000 ...

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Posted: 14 Sep 2008

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