Debt Portal

Welcome to UNCTAD's Sovereign Debt Portal

The objective of this site is to provide a resource center for issues relating to sovereign debt for policy makers, debt managers, researchers, members of civil society and other stakeholders.

The site will contain information on UNCTAD's work at the national and international level in addition to links to sources of data, news, and opinions relating to sovereign debt.

What's New

Impartiality and legitimacy of the Debt Workout Mechanism

11 July 14 - On July 7, 2014 the fourth official meeting of the UNCTAD Working Group on a Debt Workout Mechanism (DWM) was held in New York to discuss the theoretical framework and implementation impact of the principles of legitimacy and impartiality.

Indicators signalling the need for debt restructurings

8 April 14 - On 19 March 2014 the third official meeting of the UNCTAD Working Group on a Debt Workout Mechanism (DWM) was held in Geneva.

Responsible Sovereign Financing

UNCTAD plays an important role in consensus building on issues of interdependence. UNCTAD's project on Promoting Responsible Sovereign Financing seeks to forge a consensus in an area that has thus far not achieved one.


Establishing international accepted principles for responsible sovereign lending and borrowing is an important priority that demands international consideration.  


As part of this project, forming international consensus around a procedure for a Debt Workout Mechanism is a challenge that UNCTAD has accepted in 2013.

UNCTAD's work on Debt

UNCTAD is the focal point within the UN system for the integrated treatment of debt issues.   


 Through its Debt and Development Finance Branch (DDFB), it engages in research and policy analysis, consensus building and in technical assistance in areas relating to debt and ODA.