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Curtains fall on Unctad XIII after Doha Mandate adoption.

RAJESH MISHRA DOHA THE Doha round of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) XIII concluded at the Qatar National Convention Centre on a positive note on Thursday with the adoption of the Doha Mandate.

Representatives from the European Union, G-77, South Africa, least developed countries and civil societies expressed their happiness over the adoption of the resolutions and at the same time their solidarity and commitment towards realising its goals.

Making the declaration, Unctad President for the next four years and Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar His Excellency Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari referred to the Doha Mandate as "a shining light guiding us over the next four years".

"The resolutions have been adopted following a consensus among different stakeholders participating in the conference including governments, financial bodies and civil societies. The report will be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly for its approval and subsequent implementation", he remarked.

The Doha Mandate reaffirms Unctad's commitment to work towards the inclusive and sustainable development of the world with greater emphasis on the developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs). It seeks integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development.

The mandate is also for greater Unctad role in Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), including working with others to mainstream trade in least developed countries' national development plans, and in contributing to the effective implementation of Aid for Trade through the Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacities.

Describing the mandate as an important achievement the Secretary General of Unctad Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, said, "The road to Qatar was long and rocky as well. There were differences and obstacles among the stakeholders. But we managed to shed our differences because of a shared goal of achieving sustainable and inclusive development." The Doha session of Unctad also reinforced its commitment to the Accra accord at the conference, which can be seen as a game changer so far as civil societies' response to the resolutions is concerned.

Talking to Qatar Tribune the Civil Society representative and Executive Director of Seatini Ambassador Nathan Irumba said, "By expressing its commitment to affirm the progress achieved in Unctad XII in Accra and build on it further, the Doha session of Unctad XIII, has made it clear that it does not want talks on development to be confined to financial markets."

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Date:Apr 27, 2012
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