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Carlos Fortin

Research Associate

Political scientist with special interest in the political economy of globalisation. Between 1990 and 2005 he was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and previously Director of Programmes of the South Commission in Geneva.

He is currently working on the relationship between the emerging international trade regime and human rights.



Business and Development Centre

The Business and Development Centre (BDC) brings together thinking from business, economics, political science and development studies to tackle critical questions on the role of business in development, focusing initially on agriculture, food and nutrition, the green economy and public health.



Kofi Annan 1938-2018

Kofi Annan, one of the greatest UN Secretaries-General, died after a short illness on August 18. Although never having visited IDS, several of us had the privilege of interacting with him, experiencing first hand his principled, modest and forthright leadership and admiring his range of concerns...

21 August 2018


Carlos Fortin’s recent work