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Commission on Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, 12th session
07 - 08 February 2008

Key Issues



The twelfth session of the Commission on Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, will be held from 7 to 8 February 2008. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 7 February 2008.

The substantive items for the provisional agenda were approved at the Consultations of the President of the Trade and Development Board on 20 July 2007.

The main items on the provisional agenda are as follows:

  • Globalization´s contribution to development: the trade perspective and UNCTAD´s contribution

  • Reports of expert meetings:
    1. Expert meeting on the trade and development implications of financial services and commodity exchanges
    2. Expert meeting on the participation of developing countries in new and dynamic sectors of world trade: the South-South dimension

  • Implementation of the agreed conclusions and recommendations of the Commission on Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, including an assessment of the work of the Commission since UNCTAD XI

Membership of the Commission is open to all States members of UNCTAD. States members of UNCTAD wishing to attend the session are requested to provide the Secretary-General of UNCTAD with the credentials of their representatives and the names of their alternate representatives and advisers by 11 January 2008. States that are not members of the Commission are entitled to be represented by observers. Other participants (i.e. the specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, as well as non-governmental organizations in the General and Special Categories wishing to participate as observers) 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 badges at the United Nations Security Service, Pregny Gate entrance, 14 Avenue de la Paix. The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 9 a.m. in order to complete entry procedures in good time and proceed to the meeting in the E-Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais. 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 0214; e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org).

All other enquiries should be addressed to the substantive officers concerned as follows:

(p.p. signed)

Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
19 December 2007


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