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

Third ad hoc committee session on Sovereign Debt Restructuring Processes  27-28.07.2015

3 August 15 - The third ad hoc committee session of the General Assembly ad hoc committee on sovereign debt restructuring processes took place on 27-28 July 2015, at the UN headquarters in New York.


15 July 15 - On the occasion of the Conference on Financing for Development (FFD) UNCTAD held a high-level side event on 14 July 2015 entitled “Dealing with Uncooperative Creditors”.

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 internationally 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.