Organize your session

Participants can organize their own breakout sessions to explore issues related to equality and sustainable development in more depth.

Breakout sessions will be held at the Palais des Nations on 19th June from 2pm to 3.30pm.

  • Breakout sessions should be as interactive as possible, enabling participation both from the panel and the audience. Moderators should actively encourage discussion and ensure that discussions address the topic. Good timekeeping is essential.

  • Organisers are responsible for arranging panellists, a rapporteur and a moderator for their session.

  • Organisers are also responsible for making travel and accommodation arrangements for their speakers.

  • All meeting rooms are equipped with audio-visual presentation facilities. Presentations are not encouraged, but if you decide to make use of electronic presentations, please keep the number of slides to a minimum and project key points and figures. Relevant materials may be made available inside the meeting room. It is the responsibility of the organizers to remove any remaining documentation at the end of their session.

  • Interpretation is not available for the breakout sessions. Organizers may bring their own interpreters at their own cost, if they so wish. Organizers are requested to inform the UNCTAD CSO team accordingly ahead of time. Interpreters will also need to be registered to be able to enter the UNCTAD premises.

  • Organizers are required to provide a brief summary of their breakout session to include in the official report of the Public Symposium. Summaries should highlight the key points made during the discussion and not exceed 400 words. They must be delivered to the UNCTAD CSO team within 24 hours of the end of the Symposium.

  • Due to limited space, we encourage civil society partners to combine efforts to organise their session.

To organize a breakout session, please express your interest as early as possible, and no later than 30 April 2014, by writing to (subject line: "Breakout session").

Please also send us a concept note of up to 200 words outlining the objectives of the session, the key questions to be addressed and the list of panellists.

Space for breakout sessions this year is limited. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, taking into account relevance to the theme of the Symposium, and availability of rooms.