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Sixth United Nations Conference to Review all Aspect of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices
08 - 12 November 2010
Room XVIII, Palais de Nations

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The "Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices", was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 35/63 (December 1980). It is, so far, the only fully multilateral code in existence on competition law and policy.

UNCTAD, in application of its mandate in the Set, holds the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy (IGE on CLP) annually and organizes a Review Conference at Ministerial level every five years. This year, the Conference the Sixth Review Conference will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from the 8 to the 12 of November 2010.

The Sixth Review Conference, which replaces the IGE on CLP for this year, is open to all member States of UNCTAD, as well as selected civil society and private sector representatives. Country delegations will be invited to be headed by Ministers and to include the heads of their competition authorities.

The Sixth Review Conference will, inter alia, assess the application and implementation of the UN Set on competition in its 30 years of existence, and discuss proposals for its improvement. As decided by the IGE on CLP at its July 2009 session in its agreed conclusions, the Sixth Review Conference will take up the following issues for better implementation of the Set:

  • A voluntary peer review of Armenia competition law and policy
  • Cluster of issues related to the implementation of competition law and policy:
    • Judicial Review of competition cases.
    • Appropriate sanctions and remedies.
    • The use of leniency programmes as a tool for the enforcement of competition law against hardcore cartels in developing countries.
  • Cluster of issues related to the role of competition policy in promoting economic development:
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of competition law in the promotion of economic development.
    • The appropriate design and enforcement of competition law and policy in countries at different stages of market development.
    • The role of competition advocacy, merger control and the effective enforcement of law in times of economic trouble.
  • Cluster of issues related to the review of the experience gained in the implementation of the UN Set including voluntary peer reviews:
    • Modalities for facilitating voluntary consultations among member States and regional groupings, in line with section F of the UN Set.
    • Evaluation of the experience gained so far in the implementation of the UN Set, including UNCTAD voluntary peer review.
    • The role of networking in the exchange of non-confidential information in facilitating cooperation among competition agencies.
  • Effectiveness of capacity-building and technical assistance, including consultations on the Revised Model Law on Competition Policy

As has become customary, the Sixth Review Conference is expected to adopt a comprehensive resolution, expressing consensus views on the UN Set and competition law and policy in general and giving guidance to the UNCTAD secretariat as to its activities in this field in the five years ahead.

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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/5) - 30/08/2010 - 19 Pages - 137 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/INF.3) - 27/01/2011 - 16 Pages - 102 KB
(TD/RBP/CONF.7/8) - 01/08/2010 - 114 Pages - 1128 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.1) - 30/08/2010 - 11 Pages - 73 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.2) - 30/08/2010 - 23 Pages - 276 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.3) - 30/08/2010 - 17 Pages - 96 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.4) - 30/08/2010 - 25 Pages - 165 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.9) - 30/08/2010 - 9 Pages - 188 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.5) - 30/08/2010 - 11 Pages - 100 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.6) - 30/08/2010 - 14 Pages - 86 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.7) - 30/08/2010 - 12 Pages - 73 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.8) - 30/08/2010 - 8 Pages - 78 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.10) - 30/08/2010 - 11 Pages - 79 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.11) - 30/08/2010 - 17 Pages - 121 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.12) - 30/08/2010 - 8 Pages - 83 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/L.13) - 30/08/2010 - 8 Pages - 66 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/9) - 30/08/2010 - 20 Pages - 91 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.7/10) - 01/11/2010 - 163 Pages - 1586 KB
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Notification

The Sixth United Nations Conference to Review all Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices is scheduled to be held from Monday 8 to Friday 12 November 2010.

The Sixth United Nations Review Conference will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices (United Nations Set).

The session will open in Room XVII on the 1st floor of the Palais de Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday 8 November.

This ministerial meeting will be opened by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD and provide an opportunity for ministers, heads of competition authorities and senior officials of member States of UNCTAD to discuss competition issues at the national level and international voluntary cooperation, including with existing networks of competition authorities, and to promote the use of competition law and policy as tools for achieving economic growth and domestic and international competitiveness (Accra Accord, para. 104). In this connection, the Conference will assess the experience gained so far in the implementation of the United Nations Set and make recommendations for possible areas of improvement and effective implementation.

Background documents and agenda

The provisional agenda, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/RBP/CONF.7/1.

In line with the agreed conclusions adopted at its tenth session in July 2009 by the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy, which acted as the preparatory body for the Sixth Review Conference (TD/B/C.1/CLP/6), the Conference will allow high-level discussions on the role of competition policy for development and provide an opportunity to enhance international cooperation in this area.

It will also be the occasion to conduct voluntary peer review of competition law and policy of Armenia. In addition, the Conference will hold high-level consultations around the following three clusters of issues:

  1. Implementation of competition law and policy;
  2. Review of the experience gained in the implementation of the UN Set, including voluntary peer reviews; and
  3. The role of competition policy in promoting economic development.

In accordance with past practice, the Conference is expected to provide guidance to UNCTAD on its future work programme in this area, including technical assistance and capacity building for developing countries and LDCs, as well as economies in transition.

Written contributions

In order to facilitate the deliberations and the informal exchange of experiences and best practices on the three clusters of issues to be discussed, member States and observers are requested to submit written contributions to the UNCTAD secretariat by Monday 27 September 2010 in order to allow participants to prepare themselves for the consultations.

Participation

States members of UNCTAD are requested to submit to the UNCTAD secretariat by Friday 15 October 2010 the credentials of their representatives and advisers.

The specialized and related agencies, as well as interested organs of the United Nations and intergovernmental and directly concerned non-governmental organizations in consultative status with UNCTAD that wish to participate in the Conference as observers, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by the same date of the names of their representatives.

To expedite the process of registration and issuance of security badges, copies of the letter of credentials of representatives and the registration form for each participant should be faxed to the UNCTAD secretariat at the address below as early as possible and before 15 October 2010.

Further information and contact details

Communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: 41 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org.

Substantive and other inquiries should be addressed to the UNCTAD secretariat, Competition and Consumer Policies Branch; fax: 41 22 917 0247; e-mail: hassan.qaqaya@unctad.org and veronica.rivera-cruz@unctad.org.

(signed)

Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
26 April 2010


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