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UNCTAD Public Symposium: Responding to Global Crises - New Development Paths
10 - 11 May 2010
Room XVIII, Building E, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

The confluence of the global crises have been discussed extensively over the last year and continue to remain at the centre of world concerns due to the effects on the global economy and significant slowdowns in economic growth particularly in the case of developing and emerging economies.

UNCTAD Public Symposium 2010UNCTAD´s 2nd Public Symposium will debate "Responding to Global Crises: New Development Paths". It will examine policy ideas emanating from the economic and financial crises and go beyond to look at more inclusive and sustainable sets of polices at the national and international levels as a response mechanism.

Key topics to be debated:

1. Rethinking global economic governance: towards trade and financial reforms for enhancing development

  • International policy challenges for sustainable recovery (example: new debt crisis, cutbacks on Overseas Development Assistance (ODA)

  • What are the systemic obstacles to national recovery strategies

  • New financial architectures

  • Recurrent boom and bust cycles

  • Support to new development paths (policy coherence and coordination, innovative finance, policy space and democratizing economic governance

2. Sustainable development strategies

  • Inter related challenges facing developing countries to bring about more environmentally sustainable and inclusive growth (example: green growth/ green development, food and energy security, role of commodities, more employment-intensive growth, a better balance between export-led and domestic consumption-led growth, new approaches to investment strategies, better balance between financial and productive sectors, reduced income equality)

  • Implications for new approaches to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Outcomes:

The findings will be a formal input to the September 2010 MDG Review Summit at the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Target Audience:

Participation will be open to representatives of civil society organizations, private sector entities, parliamentarians, academia, officials from interested United Nations agencies, member States, International Organizations and the media.

Notification

[dated 28 April 2010]

As a follow-up to the notification of 10 March 2010 on the upcoming UNCTAD Public Symposium on "Responding to Global Crises: New Development Paths" taking place on 10 and 11 May 2010, the UNCTAD secretariat attaches herewith a provisional programme, annotations and key questions to guide the debate, a brief description of the breakout sessions, and a provisional list of the participants who have confirmed to date.

Registration is open until 30 April 2010.

The secretariat wishes to take this opportunity to notify member States that, in the spirit of interactive debate, participants are encouraged to engage in the discussions during the plenary sessions by focusing on the annotations and the key questions, rather than by reading out written and prepared statements.

The secretariat welcomes publications, papers and presentations relevant to the themes of the symposium, which can be uploaded to the symposium website and which will also be made available in the meeting room.

The plenary sessions will be webcast live (when looking at the start times on the programme, please note that Geneva is two hours ahead of GMT). Simultaneous interpretation into all official United Nations languages will be available during the plenary sessions.

Further updates on the programme, including relevant background documents, can be obtained from the symposium website.

Communications concerning representation at the symposium 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 Ms. Amel Haffouz, tel: +41 (0) 22 917 5048, e-mail: amel.haffouz@unctad.org with a copy to aishath.jeelaan@unctad.org.

(signed)

Chris MacFarquhar
Secretary of the Trade and Development Board
28 April 2010


Notification

[dated 10 March 2010]

The UNCTAD secretariat has the honour to invite member States to UNCTAD´s second public symposium, which will debate "Responding to Global Crises: New Development Paths". The symposium will be held on 10 and 11 May 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The event is intended to build on the success of the first UNCTAD public symposium by broadening the perspectives and insights of multiple stakeholders on the global crises and new development paths.

Key topics that will be debated include:

  • Rethinking global economic governance: towards trade and financial reforms for enhancing development (policy challenges for sustainable recovery and support to new development paths)

  • Sustainable development strategies (interrelated challenges facing developing countries, bringing about more environmentally sustainable and inclusive growth and implications for new approaches to meet the Millennium Development Goals)
  • The symposium will open with a round table of eminent speakers on the main themes, followed by moderated plenaries and focused group discussions to debate key aspects of the crises. The symposium is open to representatives of civil society, member States, international organizations, other United Nations agencies, parliamentarians, the private sector, academia and the media.

Communications concerning representation at the symposium should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (fax: 41 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org).

All other enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Amel Haffouz, tel: 41 22 917 5048, e-mail: amel.haffouz@unctad.org with a copy to aishath.jeelaan@unctad.org.

(signed)

Petko Draganov
Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
10 March 2010


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