UNCTAD has been active in bringing about conditions that would enable developing countries to increase their exports of manufactured and semi-manufactured goods and has made sustained efforts to promote international co-operation in trade and development. It has consistently highlighted the inter-dependence of the world and the inter-linkage of international economic issues. Specifically, UNCTAD has been instrumental in bringing about agreements and arrangements such as Integrated Programme for Commodities; Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) envisaging trade concession for products of developing countries; Convention on a Code of Conduct for liner Conferences; the Multi-model Transport Convention; the set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rule for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices; Action Programme for Least Developed Countries; etc. UNCTAD is also serving as a forum for consideration, analysis and study of world economic issues with a view to finding their solutions. The development of developing countries remains the focal point of UNCTAD activities.
The 20th anniversary of UNCTAD which falls in December, 1984 provides an opportunity to highlight its role as an important factor in bringing about an equitable international division of labour in the framework of the New International Economic Order (NIEO). To celebrate this anniversary, Pakistan Post Office is issuing on December 24, 1984 a Commemorative postage stamp of the denomination of 60 paisa.