The sixth session of the Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues will be held from 21 to 25 January 2002. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 21 January 2002. Documents concerning this session of the Commission and other UNCTAD meetings can be found on the website (www.unctad.org).
The substantive items of the provisional agenda (to be circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/36) were approved at the fifth session of the Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues (12-16 February 2001). The main agenda items are:
Item 3. “Impact of international investment flows on development: The impact of FDI policies on industrialization, local entrepreneurship and the development of supply capacity of developing countries, in particular the least developed countries”
Item 4. “International policy issues: International arrangements for transfer of technology: Best practices for access to and measures to encourage transfer of technology with a view to capacity building in developing countries, especially in least developed countries”
Item 5. “Investment policy reviews: Exchange of national experience”
Item 6. “Reports of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission”
Item 7. “Progress report on the implementation of agreed conclusions and recommendations of the Commission”.
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 2002, bearing in mind that the work of the Commission is such as to attract the attendance of relevant senior public sector officials concerned with international investment and technology matters, as well as private sector representatives. 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 badge at the UN Security Service, Villa Les Feuillantines, 13 Avenue de la Paix (close to the main entrance to the Palais des Nations, on the opposite side of the road). The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (non-stop). It is advisable to arrive by 9 a.m. to complete procedures and reach the meeting in good time. Walking from Villa Les Feuillantines to the E-Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais takes about 10 minutes. Participants are advised to carry a passport or similar identification document with them.
All communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, fax: +41 22 917 0056; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Lisanne Losier, Secretary of the Commission (tel.: +41 22 917 4054) e-mail:
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
15 November 2001