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13 October 2020

The UNCITRAL Secretariat announces inaugural Latin America and Caribbean Day (LAC Day)

VIENNA, 13 October 2020 (UN Information Service) - The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Secretariat is pleased to announce the inaugural Latin America and Caribbean Day (LAC Day). During the Day, the Secretariat of UNCITRAL will co-host a series of academic events with institutions of higher learning in the Latin America and Caribbean region to both celebrate the establishment of UNCITRAL and to raise awareness of its work 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.

A similar event 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 Day has become an annual flagship event for UNCITRAL RCAP and the Secretariat. The LAC Day hopes to replicate this success in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

An impressive 30 universities and institutions across the LAC region are expected to participate in this inaugural event. There will be a special focus on UNCITRAL legislative work in the area of transparency in treaty-based Investor State Arbitration.  Find additional details about the 2020 UNCITRAL LAC Day event and programme schedule here in Spanish.

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The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. Its mandate is to remove legal obstacles to international trade by progressively modernizing and harmonizing trade law. It prepares legal texts in a number of key areas such as international commercial dispute settlement, electronic commerce, insolvency, international payments, sale of goods, transport law, procurement and infrastructure development. UNCITRAL also provides technical assistance to law reform activities, including assisting Member States to review and assess their law reform needs and to draft the legislation required to implement UNCITRAL texts. The UNCITRAL Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria, and maintains a website at

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For more information please contact:

José Angelo  Estrella Faria  
Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch  
UNCITRAL Secretariat  
Email: joseangelo.estrella-faria[at]