The sixth session of the Commission on Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities will be held from 4 to 8 February 2002. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 4 February 2002. Documents concerning this session of the Commission and other UNCTAD meetings can be found on the website (www.unctad.org).
The substantive items for the provisional agenda (to be circulated as document TD/B/COM.1/44) were approved at the fifth session of the Commission on Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities (19-23 February and 23 March 2001). The main agenda items are:
Item 3. "The sustainable use of biological resources: Ways to enhance the production and export capacities of developing countries of agriculture and food products, including niche products, such as environmentally preferable products (EPPs)".
Item 4. "Analysis of ways to enhance the contribution of specific services sectors to the development perspectives of developing countries: Energy services in international trade: development implications".
Item 5. "Analysis of market access issues facing developing countries: Consumer interests, competitiveness, competition and development".
Item 6. "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 25 January 2002. 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;
All other enquiries should be addressed to the Secretary of the meeting (tel: +41 22 917 5637).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
16 November 2001