Real-time video of UNCTAD's 12th Ministerial Conference, the quadrennial event where its 192 member States set the organization's priorities and work plan, is now available by visiting http://www.un.org/webcast/unctad/index.asp.
Of particular interest for the Vi membership, and beginning Tuesday, are webcasts of thematic roundtables on investment, globalization, commodities and south-south trade.
Also of interest is Sunday's news conference, featuring UNCTAD Secretary-General, Supachai Panitchpakdi, speaking on the trade and development implications of the food price crisis.
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC) has donated US$500,000 to fund Virtual Institute activities in Latin America and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the next two and a half years.
The UNCTAD Virtual Institute (Vi) and its sister programmes, the Course on Key International Economic Issues and TrainForTrade (TFT), are sad to announce the death of Brazilian professor, Mario Ferreira Presser, who throughout the years lent his invaluable expertise to the achievement of the programmes' goals.
Prof. Presser -- Mario, as he was known to us -- passed away on Wednesday, March 26, after battling cancer. He was 59.
The conferences, taking place in China, France and Belgium, address several issues of interest to the Vi membership, including foreign direct investment (FDI), regionalization, global governance and international financial system.
The Vi team has also compiled a list of journals proposed by members in Jordan, Russia, Argentina, and Kenya.