US negotiators in Geneva attempt to stifle Southern voices

Former staff members of UNCTAD, including ex-secretary general Rubens Ricupero have signed a statement entitled “Silencing the message or the messenger … or both?“, which praised the history of the multilateral organization and challenged the North’s attempt to “stifle UNCTAD’s capacity to think outside the box”. Dani Rodrik, the well-regarded Harvard economist, tweeted: “Rich countries want to reduce UNCTAD’s work on macro/finance. Pity since UNCTAD reports are far more value-for-money than World Bank World Development Reports.”

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