27 June-15 July 2016, New York
Working Group I: Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
3-7 October 2016, Vienna
Working Group II: Arbitration and Conciliation
19-23 September 2016, Vienna
Working Group III: Online Dispute Resolution
5-9 September 2016, Vienna
Working Group IV: Electronic Commerce
9-13 May 2016, New York
31 October-4 November 2016, Vienna
Working Group V: Insolvency Law
2-6 May 2016, New York
12-16 December 2016, Vienna
Working Group VI: Security Interests
5-9 December 2016, Vienna
In the years since its establishment, UNCITRAL has been recognized as the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. A legal body with universal membership specializing in commercial law reform worldwide for over 40 years, UNCITRAL's business is the modernization and harmonization of rules on international business.
Trade means faster growth, higher living standards, and new opportunities through commerce. In order to increase these opportunities worldwide, UNCITRAL is formulating modern, fair, and harmonized rules on commercial transactions. These include:
The Commission carries out its work at annual sessions, which are held in alternate years at United Nations Headquarters in New York and at the Vienna International Centre at Vienna. Each working group of the Commission typically holds one or two sessions a year, depending on the subject-matter to be covered; these sessions also alternate between New York and Vienna.
In addition to member States, all States that are not members of the Commission, as well as interested international organizations, are invited to attend sessions of the Commission and of its working groups as observers. Observers are permitted to participate in discussions at sessions of the Commission and its working groups to the same extent as members.
The Commission has established six working groups to perform the substantive preparatory work on topics within the Commission's programme of work. Each of the working groups is composed of all member States of the Commission.
The six working groups and their current topics are as follows: