An Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications will be held on 7 and 8 October 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 7 October.
Member States of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date and not later than 24 September 2010.
Experts who will be participating in the meeting in their personal capacity are expected to have proven expertise in the subject and may be selected from governmental or non-governmental organizations, private entities or academia.
The meeting may be of particular interest to government officials and representatives of the private sector dealing with the energy, climate change, technology, agriculture and trade sectors. Qualified experts from international organizations will also be invited.
Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the Ad Hoc Expert 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 24 September 2010.
Background documents and contributed papers
The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document UNCTAD/DITC/TED/5 (English only). In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat has prepared a background note, which will be circulated as UNCTAD/DITC/TED/6 (English only).
In addition, all experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers dealing with one or several of the issues contained in the provisional agenda to the meeting, and with issues relating to their country´s experience in transitioning towards a greener and low-carbon economy. These papers will be made available to the meeting in the form and the language in which they are received.
The meeting will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 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. 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 entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.
Further information and contact details
All 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 0056; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
All other enquiries should be addressed to the coordinator in the substantive division, Lucas Assunção (tel: +41 (0) 22 917 5731; fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0247; e-mail: email@example.com).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
20 August 2010