How COVID-19 is changing the world:a statistical perspective
The coronavirus pandemic led to a 3% drop in global trade values in the first quarter of 2020. The downturn is expected to accelerate in the second quarter, according to UNCTAD forecasts, which project a quarter-on-quarter decline of 27%.
This report is a product of cooperation between the international statistics community and national statistical offices and systems around the world, coordinated by UNCTAD.
Gender and Trade
A new study by UNCTAD, UN Women and ILO examines the impact of trade agreements on gender equality and women's economic empowerment.
This Policy Brief was developed jointly by UNCTAD and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) under the WE EMPOWER – G7 programme funded by the European Union and jointly implemented with the International Labour Organization and UN Women.
Commodity price index, March 2020
In March, tumbling fuel prices (-33.2%) pulled the commodity price index down. Prices in other commodity groups showed stronger resistance to COVID-19.
Free market commodity prices decreased by 20.4%, Free market commodity prices excluding fuels decreased by 2.9%.
These fact sheets provide a short summary overview for a selection of topics.