- Vlasta Macku
A group of 36 students and two lecturers from German Virtual Institute core member university, HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, participated in lectures led by UNCTAD experts November 26, as part of the fifth Vi study visit for HTW.
Edgardo Torija-Zane, of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, introduced the students to the work of UNCTAD, and presented the findings of the latest edition of the Trade and Development Report (TDR).
This year’s TDR focuses on the international financial architecture and provides suggestions on how to reform the current financial architecture.
An audience of 147 from core Vi university member, Ateneo de Manila University, joined UNCTAD’s Evru Vojvoda November 23 for a videoconference presentation of the 2015 Trade and Development Report (TDR).
The TDR 2015 reviews recent trends in the global economy and focuses on ways to reform the international financial architecture. It maintains that with a tepid recovery in developed countries and headwinds in many developing and transition economies, the global crisis is not over, and the risk of a prolonged stagnation persists.
The students took part in 15 sessions covering the latest trends in the world economy, as well as foreign direct investment (FDI), science and technology, climate change, industrial policies, the 2030 agenda for development, and international trade negotiations. The presentations were delivered by experts from UNCTAD divisions and from Vi partner organizations, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The Vi videoconference on the UNCTAD Trade and Development Report (TDR) of 2015 held November 19 for Vi core member, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), gathered approximately 50 students and teachers from PUCP, the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos and the Universidad del Pacífico.
The presentation began with an introduction to the collaboration between the Peruvian delegation and UNCTAD by Gerald Pajuelo, Counsellor at Peru's Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva.
Led by TDR co-author, UNCTAD’s Edgardo Torija Zane, the dialogue focused on the challenges to the global economy and on ways to reform the international financial architecture.