The Secretary-General of UNCTAD presents his compliments to the Governments of States members of UNCTAD and has the honour to refer to General Assembly resolution 56/178 of 21 December 2001, in which the General Assembly welcomed the decision of the Trade and Development Board to conduct the mid-term review of the outcome of the tenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at Bangkok from 29 April to 2 May 2002, and, in this regard, expressed deep appreciation to the Government of Thailand for offering to host the meeting.
The nineteenth special session of the Trade and Development Board – Mid-term Review will be held at the UNCC-ESCAP, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, with the cooperation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), from 29 April to 2 May 2002. The meeting will be attended by representatives of member States of UNCTAD and intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations that have status with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. In addition to reviewing the implementation of the Bangkok Programme of Action, the Mid-term Review will provide an important opportunity for member States to engage in an interactive dialogue and exchange of views on major developments in the world economy and their impact on development. Such an interactive policy dialogue on development challenges in the current world economic climate and the role of UNCTAD is of particular importance as a prelude to preparations for UNCTAD XI. It is anticipated that representation will be at an appropriately high level.
The opening plenary of the nineteenth special session of the Board will take place on Tuesday, 30 April 2002, at 10 a.m. in the ESCAP Hall. A briefing for participants will be given at 4 p.m. the day before on Monday, 29 April 2002, in the Public Foyer.
The inaugural ceremony, with the participation of the Prime Minister of Thailand, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, and the President of the Trade and Development Board will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 30 April 2002, in the ESCAP Hall. A detailed programme of the day´s events will be circulated at a later date.
Provisional agenda and organization of work
The provisional agenda for the nineteenth special session of the Trade and Development Board and the programme of meetings of the session is attached for ease of reference. The detailed annotations to the provisional agenda will be circulated in document TD/B(S-XIX)/1.
Two high-level interactive debates and policy dialogues will be held. On Wednesday, 1 May, at 9 a.m., the high-level interactive debate will be on the Assessment of global economic developments and their impact since UNCTAD X. The second high-level interactive debate, on Thursday, 2 May, will be on Development challenges of the future.
The attention of participants is also drawn to the information for participants in document TD/B(S-XIX)/INF.1, in particular the information regarding the list of recommended hotels and reservation information. It is advisable for reservations by participants to be made directly with the hotels as early as possible.
Credentials and registration
Members of the Board are requested to submit to the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, by Monday, 15 April 2002, the credentials of their representatives and the names of alternate representatives and advisers who will participate in the session.
Other participants (i.e. members of UNCTAD not members of the Board, the specialized agencies, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations in the General and Special Categories wishing to participate as observers) are requested to inform the Secretary-General of UNCTAD by 15 April 2002 of the names of their representatives.
All communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, (tel. : +41(0)22 917 50 07, fax : +41(0)22 917 00 56) as early as possible, and as from 24 April to the UNCC-ESCAP in Bangkok, attention of the UNCTAD secretariat, fax: (+66-2) 288-3022.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
8 March 2002