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Trade and Development Commission (first session)
11 - 15 May 2009

Key Issues

Issues to be addressed:
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Energy-related issues from the trade and development perspectives

Since 2008 and continuing into 2009, energy prices have been subjected to high volatility between booms and slumps, with major implications for developing countries´ trade and development prospects.

The commission will in particular consider issues related to ensuring that energy is accessible to populations and industry, affordable for all and especially the poor and available for promoting sustainable development locally and globally.

Under this agenda item the document entitled Energy-related issues from the trade and development perspective will be made available (TD/B/C.I/2).

The impact of the global economic crisis on developing countries´ trade and development prospects

A high-level session will provide an opportunity to deliberate on what measures can be taken on national, regional and global levels to cope with the crisis and lessen its occurrence in the future.

Promoting and strengthening synergies among the three pillars

Under this item two substantive documents were submitted:

  1. Progress report on the implementation of the provisions of the Accra Accord related to key trade and development issues (TD/B/C.I/3)

  2. Progress report on the implementation of the provisions of the Accra Accord related to commodities (TD/B/C.I/4)

Reports of the four multi-year expert meetings:

Reports of the two single-year expert meetings:





The first session of the Trade and Development Commission will be held from 11 to 15 May 2009. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 11 May 2009.

Membership of the commission is open to all States members of UNCTAD. States members of UNCTAD wishing to attend the session are requested to provide the Secretary-General of UNCTAD with the credentials of their representatives and the names of their alternate representatives and advisers by 27 April 2009. States that are not members of the commission are entitled to be represented by observers.

Other participants (i.e. the specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, as well as non-governmental organizations in the General and Special Categories wishing to participate as observers) are requested to indicate the names of their representatives by the same date.

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. 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.

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).

For all other enquiries, please contact Ms. Mina Mashayekhi, tel: +41 (0)22 917 5866; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0044; e-mail: mina.mashayekhi@unctad.org, or Mr. Bonapas Onguglo, tel: +41 (0)22 917 5496; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0044; e-mail: bonapas.onguglo@unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
24 March 2009


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