UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964. The headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland, and there are offices in New York and Addis Ababa.
UNCTAD is part of the UN Secretariat. UNCTAD report to the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council but have their own membership, leadership, and budget. They are also part of the United Nations Development Group.
UNCTAD can deliver better results and achieve greater impact when they coordinate their efforts with other partners. Sustainable development requires a comprehensive and coherent approach that draws on the expertise and contributions of many different actors.
For this reason, UNCTAD has deepened cooperation with other international organizations, governments, businesses, civil society, youth and academia to enhance policies and practices at the national, regional, and global levels.