Pursuant to a decision taken by the Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD XII, hearings with civil society and the private sector will be held as part of the intergovernmental preparations for UNCTAD XII, to be held in Accra, Ghana, in April 2008.
The first hearing will take place on Monday, 28 January 2008, at 10 a.m. in Room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. A second hearing will be held on 3 March 2008.
UNCTAD member States and observers are invited to participate. The hearing on 28 January will take the form of an interactive debate and will provide an opportunity for dialogue and an exchange of views among representatives of UNCTAD member States and representatives of civil society, parliamentarians and the private sector on issues relevant to the theme and sub-themes of UNCTAD XII:
Addressing the opportunities and challenges of globalization for development
• Enhancing coherence at all levels for sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in global policymaking, including the contribution of regional approaches
• Key trade and development issues and the new realities in the geography of the world economy
• Enhancing the enabling environment at all levels to strengthen productive capacity, trade and investment: mobilizing resources and harnessing knowledge for development
• Strengthening UNCTAD; enhancing its development role, impact, and institutional effectiveness
The outcome of the hearing will be summarized in a report of the Preparatory Committee to UNCTAD XII.
Members of the Trade and Development Board are requested to submit to the UNCTAD secretariat by Monday, 21 January 2008, the credentials of their representatives and the names of the alternate representatives and advisers who will participate in the hearing.
Other participants (members of UNCTAD who are not members of the Board, specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations in the general and special categories) are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by Friday, 18 January 2008, of the names of their representatives.
Nominations and related communications concerning representation at the hearings 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Amel Haffouz; tel: +41 (0) 22 917 5048; e-mail: email@example.com.
Please find attached the guidelines and information for participants.
Jo Elizabeth Butler
Secretary of the Trade and Development Board
10 January 2008