The UNCTAD Annual Report 2014 The year 2014 was special as UNCTAD marked the fiftieth anniversary of its establishment. In 1964, when trade and economic relations showed a sharp divide between the North and the South, UNCTAD became the global forum where countries – developed and developing – put on the table economic and social issues of national, regional and global concern. One key goal of this forum was clear for member States from the first Conference: that “economic development and social progress should be the common concern of the whole international community”, with an emphasis on “increasing economic prosperity and well-being” that in turn should “help strengthen peaceful relations and cooperation among nations”.