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

UN GA  Resolution on a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes, 9.09.2014

10 September 14 - On Tuesday 9 September in New York, a vote took place on a draft resolution tabled by the G 77 and China entitled “ Towards the establishment of a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes"

UNCTAD launches official consultation on the Guidelines on Responsible Sovereign lending and borrowing. 28.08.2014

28 August 14 - After the successful launch of the Principles on Responsible Sovereign Lending and Borrowing (the PRSLB) in April 2012, UNCTAD has been working on developing extensive guidelines with a view to facilitating the implementation of the PRLSB.

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.