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Working Party on the Medium Term Plan and the Programme Budget, forty-fifth session (Technical Cooperation)
12 - 16 September 2005

Key Issues

As reaffirmed in the São Paulo Consensus (SPC), UNCTAD’s technical cooperation will continue to play a key role as one of the three pillars of the organization.

The content and modalities of UNCTAD assistance are constantly evolving, reflecting both donors´ and beneficiaries´ concerns. Many innovations and improvements have been introduced in UNCTAD’s technical cooperation in recent years – most of them producing positive managerial and substantive results. Further improvements may be required in order to keep UNCTAD up to date from the point of view of the new topics emerging in the trade and development arenas and efficient from the point of view of the impact of its work on development.

The technical cooperation of UNCTAD has to be assessed in light of the overall context that surrounds it and to which it belongs. In this regard, four elements are shaping – and will continue to shape – the context that impacts on UNCTAD technical cooperation:

(a) the implications of the São Paulo Consensus mandates;

(b) the changes taking place within the ongoing reforms of UN development operations;

(c) the increasing attention given to ownership, sustainability and predictability of operations;

(d) the proliferating bilateral, regional and international initiatives in the area of trade related assistance, involving an increasingly wide spectrum of players in addition to the traditional governmental aid and international organizations.



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The forty-fifth session of the Working Party on the Medium-term Plan and the Programme Budget will be held from 12 to 16 September 2005. It will convene at 10 a.m. on Monday, 12 September 2005, 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/WP/180.

Members of the Working Party are requested to submit to the UNCTAD secretariat the names of their representatives, alternate representatives and advisers who will participate in the session. Other States members of UNCTAD, United Nations bodies and programmes, specialized agencies and other intergovernmental bodies that may wish to participate in the session as observers are also requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives.

All communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (fax: +41(0)22 917 0056; e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org).

(p.p. signed)

Carlos Fortin
Officer-in Charge of UNCTAD
15 August 2005

Membership of the Working Party for the Medium-term Plan and the Programme Budget for 2005

At its 963rd plenary meeting, on 15 October 2004, the Board approved the membership of the Working Party for 2005, as follows:

ChinaRussian Federation
FinlandSouth Africa
ItalyUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
JapanUnited States of America


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