The Expert Meeting on International Arrangements for Transfer of Technology: Access to Technology and Capacity Building will be held from 27 to 29 June 2001. The Meeting will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 27 June 2001.
The objectives of the Meeting are to discuss existing international agreements relevant to transfer of technology and examine ways and means through which these agreements can promote transfer of technology as well as capacity building in developing countries. This is pursuant to paragraph 117 of the Bangkok Plan of Action (TD/390) which called upon UNCTAD to "analyse all aspects of existing international agreements relevant to transfer of technology" and its paragraph 128 stating that "In the area of transfer of technology, UNCTAD should examine and disseminate widely information on best practices for access to technology". Based on these discussions, the Meeting is expected to produce a set of conclusions, which will be submitted to the Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues at its sixth session from 21 to 25 January 2002.
The provisional agenda for the Meeting, together with the secretariat’s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/EM.9/1. The UNCTAD secretariat is preparing, as official documentation for the Meeting, an issues paper entitled "International agreements: approaches to ensure transfer of technology. Issues and questions" (TD/B/COM.2/EM.9/2). In addition, experts are encouraged to prepare brief papers on the subject under discussion. These papers will be made available at the Meeting in the form and language in which they are received.
Member States are requested to nominate experts, who will participate in their personal capacities. Experts are expected to have proven expertise in the subject under discussion, and may be selected from the academic world, public and private sectors and NGOs. The Meeting may be of particular interest for outward investment agencies and institutions responsible for encouraging transfer of technology.
With regard to financing the participation of developing countries experts in UNCTAD expert meetings in accordance with Trade and Development Board decision 456 (XLV), Governments of developing countries are requested to nominate one expert as a possible beneficiary of financing for this expert meeting. Nominations should be received at least four weeks before the meeting, and they should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the nominee, his or her address, phone number and fax number, and the name of a contact person in the Geneva mission. The Secretary-General of UNCTAD will base his decisions as to which experts should receive financing on the principle of equitable geographical representation, beneficiary needs and the expertise of the experts concerned. Once the list of experts has been finalized, the Secretary-General will have all travel arrangements made in accordance with United Nations financial rules and regulations, though in order to cover as many experts as possible, use of the least costly travel fare will be authorized.
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 on the Place des Nations, on the opposite side of the road). The Security Service is open from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs. (non-stop). It is advisable to arrive by 9.00 hrs. to complete procedures and reach the Meeting in good time. Walking from Villa Les Feuillantines to the E-Building of the Palais (Bâtiment E) takes about 10 minutes. Participants are advised to carry a passport or similar identification document on them.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the Meeting are requested to do so by 22 may 2001. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the session, as well as non-governmental organizations 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 the same date.
All communications concerning representation at the Meeting should be sent to:the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (tel: +4122 907 5007; fax: +4122 907 0056 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). All other enquiries should be addressed to the co-ordinator in the substantive division, tel: +4122 907 5751/5696.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
4 May 2001