The Expert Meeting on Mainstreaming Gender in Order to Promote Opportunities will be held from 14 to 16 November 2001 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will open at
10 a.m. on Wednesday, 14 November 2001. The provisional agenda, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, will be circulated as document TD/B/COM.3/EM.14/1.
The Meeting will address ways to improve the contribution of women in developing their countries´ and regions´ competitiveness, in increasing trading opportunities and in attracting investment and technology. It will focus on key issues from the perspective of UNCTAD´s substantive mandate where gender considerations could constitute a critical aspect of trade and development, as follows: (i) foreign direct investment; (ii) trade: services and commodities; (iii) enterprise development; and (iv) the potential impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
The UNCTAD secretariat has prepared a background document to facilitate the discussion, which will be circulated as TD/B/COM.3/EM.14/2. Experts participating in the Meeting are invited to make written contributions with respect to their specific experiences in the field of the subject matter. The contributions will be made available at the Meeting in the form and language in which they are received.
Member States of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date, and not later than 12 October 2001. Experts, who will participate in the Meeting in their personal capacities, are expected to have proven expertise in the subject, and may be selected from Governments, the private sector, and civil society, including NGOs, academia, parliaments and trade unions.
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, telephone number and fax number, and the name of a contact person in the Permanent Mission in Geneva. 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. It should be noted in this connection that the limited funds available will make it possible to finance the participation of seven experts from developing countries. 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, although 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 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.
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 12 October 2001.
All communications concerning representation at the Meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (tel. +4122 917 5007; fax: +4122 917 0056; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). All other enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Gloria-Veronica Koch, Chief, Civil Society Outreach and Departmental Focal Point on Women, Executive Direction and Management (tel.: +4122 917 5690; fax: +4122 917 0122, e-mail: email@example.com).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
5 September 2001