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Global Commodities Forum 2012
23 - 24 January 2012

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The Global Commodities Forum (GCF) will be held on 23-24 January 2012, in the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, 23 January, in room XVII.

The third meeting of the GCF, organized by UNCTAD with the support of its partners, is a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and find better solutions to perennial problems of the commodity economy.

The theme of this third Forum is Globalization and Commodity Trade: Harnessing Development Gains from Commodity Production.

The GCF will also address key issues relating to the sovereign debt crisis, and trade-related innovations developed in response to the credit crunch. A special session will be held for stakeholders to discuss opportunities for collaboration, focusing on private sector solutions to the challenges faced by developing countries.


The GCF will bring together ministers and other high-level representatives of governments, corporate executives of banking and finance institutions, leading academics and experts, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Member States of UNCTAD are requested to help to disseminate the information on the GCF to the main stakeholders in their countries, thus facilitating their active participation in the Forum.

Participants in this informal high-level multi-stakeholder meeting will attend in their personal capacities, and will include leading policymakers, businesspeople and experts of the commodity economy.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the meeting, as well as NGOs in the general category and those in the special category wishing to participate as observers are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by 19 January 2012.


The meeting will take place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the six official languages of the United Nations. 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 entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service has provided special clearance.


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

All other enquiries should be addressed to Mr. Samuel K. Gayi, Head of the Special Unit on Commodities, UNCTAD, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, tel.: 41 22 917 2131; fax: 41 22 917 0509; e-mail: samuel.gayi@unctad.org and Catherine Katongola-Lindelof, tel.: 41 22 917 1648; fax: 41 22 917 0509; e-mail: catherine.katongola@unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
21 December 2011


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