The Global Commodities Forum - organized by UNCTAD with the support of its partners - is a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and find pragmatic solutions to perennial problems of the commodity economy. The Forum is a free, public platform to debate critical issues at the intersection of commodities and development. It helps frame international policy discussions on commodities and features developing countries' challenges and experts.
It will be held as a pre-event to the 15th UNCTAD quadrennial Conference (UNCTAD15), which will take place online from 4 to 7 October 2021.
Due to the online format and consequent time constraints, the forum will take place over three days.
The first session on Day 1 will be dedicated to agriculture, with a focus on food security and the necessary policy actions to preserve it. The second session will examine the challenges related to access to water in the twenty-first century.
The third and fourth sessions will take place on Day 2 and will examine issues related to energy commodities and minerals with a focus on energy transition. The issue of distributional forces along production and value chains will also be addressed across the three-day forum.
The Forum will conclude on Day 3 with a high-level round table discussion.