UNCITRAL Days in Africa
The UNCITRAL secretariat held the Launch event of the inaugural UNCITRAL Days in Africa on 27 May 2022 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra, Ghana and online, thanks to the support of the European Union. It served as the kick-off of the UNCITRAL Days in Africa academic series in presence of distinguished guests.
During the UNCITRAL Days Africa, the secretariat of UNCITRAL will co-host a series of academic events with institutions of higher learning in the African countries to both celebrate the establishment of UNCITRAL and to raise awareness of the work of UNCITRAL amongst law students, legal experts, policy-makers, and the public and private sectors, thereby furthering the work of UNCITRAL in promoting the progressive harmonization and modernization of international trade and commercial law throughout the region.
The UNCITRAL Days project was first launched at the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for the Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP) in 2014 to celebrate the historical establishment of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2205 (XXI) of 17 December 1966. Since 2014, UNCITRAL Days have become an annual flagship event for UNCITRAL RCAP and the Secretariat. In 2020, the UNCITRAL Days project was expanded to Latin American and Caribbean region and 2022 will see its expansion to the African Continent.
The inaugural UNCITRAL Days in Africa will focus on the modernization and harmonization of international commercial law framework in the AfCFTA context. Numerous universities across the continent have already confirmed their intention to organise an UNCITRAL Days event in the last quarter of 2022, a few of them will announce their participation during the launch event.
Video of the Launch event