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Trade and Development Board, Twenty third special session (Second meeting of the Mid-term Review process)
12 - 16 June 2006

Key Issues

The purpose of the Mid-term Review is not only to review the implementation of the São Paulo Consensus, but also to take into account major events and new developments since UNCTAD XI and to give clear indications as to the direction UNCTAD should take in its work for the next two years leading to UNCTAD XII.

The twenty-third special session is divided into three parts.

  • The first meeting, primarily a stocktaking exercise with regards to the implementation of the São Paulo Consensus, took place from 8-12 May.

  • This, the second meeting starting on 12 June, will focus primarily on strengthening the three pillars of UNCTAD:
    a. Consensus building
    b. Research and analysis; and
    c. Technical cooperation.

  • A third meeting in September, will comprise a high-level policy dialogue on the way forward. This meeting will integrate, finalize and adopt the outcomes of the three formal meetings.



Part II of the twenty-third special session of the Trade and Development Board will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 12 June 2006, in Room XXVI at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. This will be the second formal meeting in a series of three comprising the Mid-term Review relating to UNCTAD XI.

Provisional agenda and organization of work

The provisional agenda for the twenty-third special session was circulated in document TD/B(S-XXIII)/1. The secretariat report for the second part of the Mid-term Review has been circulated in document TD/B(S-XXIII)/3. A detailed programme for part II of the session is attached hereto.


Members of the Board are requested to submit to the UNCTAD secretariat by 7 June 2006, the credentials of their representatives and the names of alternate representatives and advisers who will participate in the session.

Other participants (i.e. members of UNCTAD not members of the Board, the specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations in the General and Special Categories wishing to participate as observers) are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by 7 June 2006 of the names of their representatives.

All communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH - 1211 Geneva 10; fax: +41(0)22 917 02 14; e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
31 May 2006


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