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WISTA Achieves Observer Status with UN Trade Body UNCTAD

Mike Schuler
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July 14, 2023

WISTA International, the international organization dedicated to promoting women and diversity in the maritime and logistics industries, has been approved as an Observer by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), allowing the organization to appoint representatives to participate in public intergovernmental meetings.

The approval strengthens WISTA’s commitment to promoting gender equality and empowering women in the maritime and trading industries, and creates opportunities for collaboration with UNCTAD in shaping the future of sustainable trade and development.

WISTA’s observer status became effective 6 July 2023, following a recent decision made at UNCTAD’s meeting in Geneva last month.

WISTA already works closely with the UN International Maritime Organization to promote gender diversity in the maritime sector, and has had consultative status with the IMO since 2018.

“The approval of WISTA International as an Observer by UNCTAD is a momentous achievement for our organization. It underscores our dedication to advancing gender equality and empowering women within the maritime and trading industries,” said Elpi Patraki, President of WISTA International. “We are excited to join forces with UNCTAD in shaping the future of sustainable trade and development. This cooperation will allow us to share our considerable expertise and create more inclusive and diverse maritime and trading sectors.”


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