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Year of double opportunity - or double risk?

Some prospects for 2013

In 2013, the UN will convene a General-Assembly level meeting on a new, sustainable development agenda, with a view to deepening or substituting for the MDGs which were meant to be accomplished by 2015. And, by coincidence, in 2013, trade and investment issues, and part of the MDG agenda’s goal 8, could re-enter the arena of development debates, albeit for a procedural reason: the lead posts at UNCTAD, the WTO and the ITC are all falling vacant next year. Double opportunity or double risk, asks Gabriele Köhler.


There could be indeed a double opportunity in 2013: an opportunity to focus attention on equitable development and social justice, and an opportunity to return to a topic that used to be at the very heart of the development debate: the real economy and its trade and investment processes ...

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