The Trade and Development Board, at its fifty-fifth session, approved the terms of reference (TOR) for a Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation. In accordance with the TOR, the first session of the multi-year expert meeting will focus on one of the important emerging global issues affecting transportation, namely climate change and its implications for maritime transport.
The Expert Meeting will be held from 16 to 18 February 2009 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, in room XXVI. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on Monday, 16 February.
Member States of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date and not later than 2 February 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 and non-governmental organizations, private sector or academia.
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 2 February 2009.
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 23 January 2009 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, will be circulated as document TD/B/C.I/MEM.1/1. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat has prepared a background note, entitled "Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge" which will be circulated as TD/B/C.I/MEM.1/2.
Experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers related to their studies, findings and/or country´s experience. These papers will be made available to the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.
Papers should be submitted by 30 January 2009 and addressed to Ms. Wendy Juan, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland, fax +41 22 9170050; e-mail: email@example.com.
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.
Nominations and enquiries
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 22 917 0214; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
All other enquiries concerning substantive issues should be addressed to the coordinators in the substantive division (tel: +41 22 917 2043; fax: +41 22 917 0050; e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
6 January 2009