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Multi-year expert meeting on international cooperation: South–South cooperation and regional integration (second session)
14 - 16 December 2009

Key Issues


South–South and triangular cooperation for sustainable agriculture development and food security

The objective of the expert meeting is to:

  1. Examine the ongoing development of South-South cooperation and regional/ interregional integration, and their implications for the global economy and inclusive development, particularly that of LDCs and Africa, in the process of globalization; and

  2. Identify and promote policy measures within a framework of South-South-North triangular cooperation in the areas of UNCTAD´s expertise (e.g. trade, investment, globalization and development strategies, technology and logistics) that will enhance the effectiveness of South-South cooperation for development.

The first session of the expert meeting in February 2009 discussed the role of South-South economic cooperation and integration in supporting trade flows, growth and development of developing countries, in particular its potential role in mitigating the detrimental impact of the global financial and economic crisis on developing countries.

Building upon the findings made in the first session, and taking into account the current economic challenges in particular the continuing global food crisis, the second session of the expert meeting will discuss areas in which South-South and triangular cooperation can support sustainable agriculture development and food security in developing countries.

These areas include, inter alia, technology transfer, research and development (including training), investment, trade and trade facilitation and access to finance, as well as regional and interregional cooperation and integration.

The meeting will look to establish a practical agenda of policy action and technical support where South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation can make a difference to lives and livelihoods in developing countries, including through helping meet the Millennium Development Goals.

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Experts nominated by member States are encouraged to submit brief papers (approximately five pages) as contributions to the work of the meeting. The papers should be submitted to the UNCTAD secretariat in advance of the meeting.

The papers will be made available at the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

Experts are requested to submit papers to the UNCTAD secretariat by 1 December 2009, addressed to:

Mr. Mohamed Elkeiy
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10

F.: +41 22 917 0044
E.: mohamed.elkeiy@unctad.org



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The Multi-Year Expert Meeting on International Cooperation: South-South Cooperation and Regional Integration will be held from 14 to 16 December 2009, in room XXVI at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, 14 December 2009.


Member States of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date and not later than 30 November 2009.

Experts who will participate in the meeting in their personal capacities are expected to have proven expertise in the subject and may be selected from government, academia, the private sector and NGOs.

Experts, including those from international and regional organizations dealing with issues related to the topic, may be invited as resource persons.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the 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 30 November 2009.

Financial assistance

Depending on the availability of funding in the Trust Fund for Financing the Participation of Experts at the time, funds may be made available to finance the participation of a limited number of officially nominated experts from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Governments requiring funding are therefore invited to explicitly request financing in their letters of nomination. The decision as to which experts should receive financing will be based on the principle of equitable geographical representation; needs of beneficiaries, in particular LDCs; and the expertise of the experts concerned. Changes in nominated experts will be considered as new nominations.

Nominations with requests for financing should be received no later than 30 October 2009, and should be accompanied by the following information about the nominee:

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Mailing address

  • Telephone and fax number

  • E-mail address

  • Name of a contact person in the Permanent Mission in Geneva

It should be noted in this connection that, once the list of experts to be financed has been finalized, all travel arrangements will be made in accordance with United Nations rules and regulations, although use of the least costly fare will be authorized.

Background documents and contributed papers

The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/C.II/MEM.2/4. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat is preparing a background document that will be circulated as TD/B/C.II/MEM.2/5.

Experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers related to their studies, findings and/or country´s experience. These papers will be made available to the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.


The meeting will take place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations. 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. (non-stop).

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 requested entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.

Further information and contact details

Nominations and related 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 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org.

All other enquiries should be addressed to Mr. Bonapas Onguglo, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; fax: +41 22 917 0044; e-mail: bonapas.onguglo@unctad.org; or Mr. Mohamed Elkeiy, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; fax: +41 22 917 0044; e-mail: mohamed.elkeiy@unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
2 October 2009


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