Organize your session

Participants can organize their own breakout sessions to further contribute to the discussions relating to the themes of the Public Symposium. All breakout sessions will be held at the Palais des Nations and will be assigned a time slot of 90 minutes.

  • Breakout sessions should be as interactive as possible, enabling participation both from the panel and the audience. Moderators should actively encourage discussion and constructive exchanges. Good timekeeping is necessary to facilitate a broad participation and a truly interactive debate.
  • While the use of PowerPoint presentations is discouraged, all meeting rooms are equipped with audio-visual presentation facilities. If you decide to make use of electronic presentations, please keep the number of slides to a minimum and to project key points and figures. Relevant materials may be made available inside the meeting room, with the agreement of the organizers. It is the responsibility of the organizers to remove any remaining documentation at the end of their session.
  • UNCTAD does not provide interpretation for the breakout sessions. Organizers may bring their own interpreters at their own cost, if they so wish. Organizers are requested to inform the UNCTAD CSO team accordingly ahead of time. Interpreters will also need to be registered to be able to enter the UNCTAD premises.
  • Organizers of the breakout sessions will be required to provide a brief summary of their sessions to include in the official report of the Public Symposium. Summaries should condense the essential issues raised during the discussion and should not exceed 400 words. They must be delivered to the UNCTAD CSO team within 24 hours of the end of the Symposium.

To organize a breakout session, please express your interest as early as possible, and no later than 1 April 2013, by writing at (subject line: “Breakout session”). Room booking requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to relevance to the programme and availability of rooms.

Please also send us a concept note of up to 200 words outlining the objectives of the session, the key questions to be addressed and the list of panellists.