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Trade and Development Board, 54th executive session
28 - 29 November 2011
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations

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The Least Developed Countries Report 2011: The Potential Role of South–South Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development will be presented to the Board.

This year, the Report will review the LDCs’ economic performance over the last decade and provide a discussion of the potential role the emerging economies in the South could play in their economic development through the development of their productive capacities that would lead toward a more favourable integration into the global economy.

In the light of the current economic difficulties facing traditional development partners, and the strong growth performance of LDCs over the last decade having often been neither inclusive nor sustainable, LDC governments need to consider the implications of South–South based development paths which tap into the dynamic growth poles in the South.

The interactive role of the catalytic development State and South–South cooperation and regional developmentalism in helping to build alternative growth trajectories is explored in the Report.

The Report finds that, in order to benefit from evolving South–South relations, LDCs need to transform their States into catalytic development States that are highly sensitive to LDC vulnerabilities and offer new policy agendas.

This entails defining relations between LDCs and their Southern development partners to derive gains and minimize threats, and formulating proposals for new modalities of shifting external surpluses, from South to South, to contribute to the long-term financing of LDCs’ productive capacities, buffered by developmental regionalism.



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The fifty-fourth executive session of the Trade and Development Board will be held on 28-29 November 2011. The session will open on Monday, 28 November, at 10 a.m. in Room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

The provisional agenda for the session, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is contained in document TD/B/EX(54)/1.

Permanent representatives of States members of the Board are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by 14 November 2011 of their intention to attend or, alternatively, to indicate the name and title of their representative.

Other participants (i.e. representatives of members of UNCTAD that are not members of the Board and representatives of the specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations wishing to attend as observers) are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by 14 November 2011 of the names of their representatives.

Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badges from 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 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; 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.

All communications concerning representation 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).


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
21 October 2011


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