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Multi-year Expert Meeting on International Cooperation: South-South Cooperation and Regional Integration
04 - 05 February 2009

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The fifty-fifth session of the Trade Development Board in September 2008 agreed that the first multi-year expert meeting on "International cooperation: South-South cooperation and regional integration" should address the salient features of South-South regional and interregional integration schemes, including cases of effective/innovative South-South cooperation that augment South-North policy approaches in enhancing development.

The current global financial crisis has raised a number of serious concerns with regard to its impact on the global economy, financial sectors, FDI and trade.

This expert meeting will also discuss these concerns in the context of South-South cooperation and regional arrangements.

Three interrelated sessions are earmarked to cover discussion on:

  • South-South trade and global financial crisis

  • South-South cooperation: regional integration and FDI

  • Global financial crises: South-South solutions?

Experts are encouraged to submit brief papers to the UNCTAD secretariat (approximately five pages) related to their studies, findings, and/or country´s experience. The papers will be made available to the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

Papers should be submitted by 15 January 2009 and addressed to Mr. Mohamed Elkeiy, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; fax +41 22 917 0042; e-mail: mohamed.elkeiy@unctad.org.

Agenda

Notification

The Multi-year Expert Meeting on International Cooperation: South-South Cooperation and Regional Integration will be held on 4 and 5 February 2009, in room XXVI at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 4 February 2009.

Participation

Member States of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date and not later than 16 January 2009.

Experts, who will participate in the meeting in a personal capacity, are expected to have proven expertise in the subject and may be selected from government, academia, the private sector and NGOs.

Experts, including those from international and regional organizations dealing with issues related to the topic, may be invited as resource persons.

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 16 January 2009.

Financial assistance

Depending on the availability of funding in the Trust Fund for Financing the Participation of Experts at the time, funds may be made available to finance the participation of a limited number of officially nominated experts from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Governments requiring funding are therefore invited to explicitly request financing in their letters of nomination.

The decision as to which experts should receive financing will be based on the principle of equitable geographical representation; needs of beneficiaries, in particular LDCs; and the expertise of the experts concerned. Changes in nominated experts will be considered as new nominations.

Nominations with requests for financing should be received no later than 19 December 2008 and should be accompanied by the following information about the nominee:

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Mailing address

  • Telephone and fax number

  • E-mail address

  • Name of a contact person in the Permanent Mission in Geneva

It should be noted in this connection that once the list of experts to be financed has been finalized, all travel arrangements will be made in accordance with United Nations rules and regulations, although use of the least costly fare will be authorized.

Background documents and contributed papers

The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/C.II/MEM.2/1. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat is preparing a note which will be circulated as TD/B/C.II/MEM.2/2.

Experts are encouraged to submit brief papers to the UNCTAD secretariat (approximately five pages) related to their studies, findings, and/or country´s experience. The papers will be made available to the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

Papers should be submitted by 15 January 2009 and addressed to Mr. Mohamed Elkeiy, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; fax +41 22 917 0042; e-mail: mohamed.elkeiy@unctad.org.

Logistics

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 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (non-stop). 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 Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: + 41(0) 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org.

All other enquiries should be addressed to the coordinator, tel.: +41 (0)22 917 1790, fax: +41 (0)22 917 0042, e-mail: mohamed.elkeiy@unctad.org.

(signed)

Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
3 December 2008


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