The Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is convening an Ad Hoc Expert Meeting in preparation for the Mid-term Review of the Programme of Action for LDCs as part of the substantive contribution of UNCTAD to the global Mid-term Review of the Programme of Action for LDCs for the present decade.
The objective of the Meeting is to make a qualitative assessment of where the LDCs and their development partners currently stand in implementing their respective commitments and agreed targets. It will provide opportunities to:
exchange best practices and draw policy lessons from implementation experiences of selected least developed countries;
enhance dialogue between LDCs and their development partners on ways and means of improving the implementation of actions and commitments of the Programme of Action;
identify key development challenges facing these countries; and
put forward policy conclusions and recommendations aimed at assisting the further implementation of actions and commitments of the Programme of Action at the national and international levels.
A background note and programme for the meeting are attached for your information.
Participation in the Meeting is open to all States members of UNCTAD. States members wishing to attend the Meeting are requested to provide the names of their representatives by 19 May 2006. Other participants (i.e. specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations accredited to UNCTAD) are requested to indicate the names of their representatives by the same date.
Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badge at the UN Security Service, Villa Les Feuillantines, 13 Avenue de la Paix (close to the main entrance to the Palais at the Place des Nations, on the opposite side of the road). The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (non-stop). Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 8.30 a.m. in order to complete procedures and reach the Meeting in good time. Walking from Villa Les Feuillantines to the E-Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais takes about 10 minutes. Participants are requested to carry a passport or similar national identity card with them. Taxis are not allowed to enter the grounds of the Palais des Nations, and visitors will therefore be dropped off at the requested entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.
All communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH - 1211 Geneva 10; fax: +41(0)22 917 00 56; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries about substantive issues relating to the Meeting should be addressed to
Mr. Mussie Delelegn, tel: +41 (0) 22 917 5038; fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0046;
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
4 May 2006