On 8 and 9 July 2008, UNCTAD is organizing a Global Preparatory Meeting on the Mid-Term Review of the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action.
The meeting will focus on "Trade Facilitation Opportunities for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries". It will take place in Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, as from 10 a.m. Tuesday, 8 July 2008.
UNCTAD member States are invited to nominate experts at an early date, no later than 27 June 2008. Experts may be selected from governmental and non-governmental organizations, private entities or academia.
The meeting will be of particular interest to government officials and representatives of the private sector who deal with:
- Transit, trade and transport, and related issues
- Trade facilitation
- Customs modernization
- The use of ICT in trade and transport
- Trade logistics
Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the meeting - 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 27 June 2008.
Background documents and contributed papers
The provisional agenda for the meeting will be circulated shortly. In order to facilitate discussion, the secretariat will prepare a technical note (in English only).
Experts are encouraged to prepare interventions as well as submit written contributions related to their countries´ experiences on the subject under discussion. These papers will be made available to the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.
The meeting will take place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the six official languages of the United Nations.
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 non-stop 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 UNCTAD secretariat, 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. Poul Hansen, coordinator of the meeting in the substantive division (Division on Technology and Logistics); office E.7043, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; tel: +41 (0) 22 917 3258; fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0050; e-mail: email@example.com.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
10 June 2008