The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat’s annotations thereto, is circulated as document TD/B/COM.3/EM.10/1.
The objective of the Meeting is to generate a wide-ranging exchange of views between experts and practitioners who have experienced and studied the processes of human resources development and training, in particular with regard to trade-supporting services and, where possible, with a special view to their relevance for LDCs. Based on these exchanges, the Meeting is expected to produce a set of conclusions on the application of human resources development and training in achieving development objectives, notably with regard to trade-supporting services, and their special relevance for LDCs. The Meeting´s conclusions will be brought to the attention of the Commission on Enterprise, Business Facilitation and Development, at its fifth session, to be held from 22 to 26 January 2001. The Commission may establish ways by which UNCTAD could address the issue of human resources development in trade-supporting services and the participation of developing countries therein, especially LDCs.
Member States are invited to nominate experts who will participate in the Meeting in a personal capacity. Participants are expected to have proven expertise in the subject and may be selected from the academic world, public and private sectors and NGOs. Representation from the public and private sector, including the business sector, from trade-supporting services, academic and training institutions, trade promotion bodies, as well as from related communities (including port cities), is strongly encouraged.
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 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 relevant Geneva Permanent 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, uphill and 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 as early as possible and in any case no later than 4 September 2000. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, should they wish to participate in the Expert Meeting, as well as non-governmental organizations in the General Category and those in the Special Category wishing to participate as observers, are also requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by the same date of the names of their representatives.
All communications concerning representation at the Expert Meeting should be sent to: UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. (Tel: +41 22 907 5007; Fax: +41 22 907 0056; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
All other enquiries should be addressed to: the Secretary of the Meeting, Tel: +41 22 907 4054
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
31 July 2000