An ad hoc expert group meeting on "globalization of port logistics: opportunities and challenges for developing countries" will be held on Wednesday, 12 December 2007, in room IX of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, starting at 10 a.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to examine the most suitable ways for developing countries to meet the challenges and opportunities that the globalization of logistics may pose to their national trade and investment policies, in the light of recent trends in international maritime transport and developments in sea, river and inland terminals.
States members of UNCTAD, specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations wishing to attend the meeting are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives at an early date.
Representatives of the private sector dealing with the transport and logistics and trade sectors, as well as experts from international organizations dealing with issues related to the topic, will be invited.
Venue and access
Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badges at the United Nations Security Service, Pregny Gate entrance, 14 avenue de la Paix. The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 9 a.m. in order to complete entry procedures in good time and proceed to the meeting in the E-Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais. Participants are requested to carry a passport or similar national identity card with them. Taxis are not allowed to enter the grounds of the Palais des Nations, and visitors will therefore be dropped off at the requested entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.
Further information and contact details
Nominations and related communications concerning representation at the meeting should be sent to the Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: + 41 (0) 22 917 0214; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries concerning substantive issues should be addressed to Mr. Vincent Valentine: tel: +41 (0) 22 917 2041, fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0050, e mail: email@example.com.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
13 November 2007