Often including Geneva-based policymakers in the discussion, the videoconferences provide lecturers and students with up-to-date information and an opportunity to debate the implications of UNCTAD flagship publication findings for their countries.
During a typical Vi videoconference, an UNCTAD expert (co-)authoring the report presents the findings, relates them to the country/region of the Vi member and answers questions from academics and students.
However, in 2011, the Vi used for the first time used this medium to discuss research originating from Vi members. During this first interactive research seminar, students of a graduate course on international IT business at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations presented their research on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing information technology sectors in BRIC countries and received feedback from an UNCTAD expert.
Most presentations are filmed and converted into multimedia resources which are available in the Resources section of the website.