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

GA ad hoc committee on sovereign debt restructuring processes - Forthcoming official meeting

12 January 15 - The first working session of the General Assembly ad hoc committee on sovereign debt restructuring processes will take place on 3-5 February 2015 in New York.

GA requests UNCTAD to provide technical expertise in support of the elaboration of a legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes

31 October 14 - Under UN GA Draft Resolution A/C.2/69/L.4 of 14 October 2014, UNCTAD has been entrusted with the task of sharing its expertise on sovereign debt in accordance with its general mandate. UNCTAD is the UN focal point on debt issues.

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 also provides support in the GA negotiations following the Resolution 68/304 on a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes since 2014

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.