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Global Commodities Forum (GCF)
22 - 23 March 2010
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

In the present climate of uncertianty about the path of the development of the world economy and the future direction of commodities markets, governments, companies that produce, process or trade commodities and employees in the commodities sector are all understandably concerned about their future economic prospects.

It is against this background, and pursuant to UNCTAD XII decisions, that the UNCTAD Secretariat is launching the Global Commodities Forum (GCF), an initiative that will permit to discuss comprehensively the key issues of the commodity economy, including commodity trade finance and logistics, and their role in international trade and development.

Issues on the agenda:

  • Natural resources focus

  • Policy challenges & outlook for energy

  • Mining & metals

  • Mitigating risk & volatility in global markets

  • Logistics

  • Commodity finance & risk management

  • Legal & regulatory challenges

  • Impact of financial crisis

  • Sustainable development

Official Website: | Global Commodities Forum 2010 |

Nominations and related communications concerning representation at the meeting should be sent to: meetings@unctad.org.

All other enquiries should be addressed to:

Mr. Rouben Indjikian
T.: 41 22 917 5838
F.: 41 22 917 0509
E.: rouben.indjikian@unctad.org


Catherine Katongola-Lindelof
T-.: 41 22 917 1648
F: 41 22 917 0509
E.: catherine.katongola@unctad.org


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The Global Commodities Forum (GCF), a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and find solutions to the perennial problems affecting the commodities sector, will be held from 22 to 23 March 2010, in Room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will open at9.30 a.m. on Monday, 22 March.

Background and purpose of the meeting

The Forum, which is the first of its nature to be organized by UNCTAD, is being held with the support of partners including the Swiss Government and the Common Fund for Commodities.

The inaugural event will focus on the extractive industries, prioritizing oil, gas and metals markets, and will address such issues as instability of markets and volatility of prices, developing sustainable supply capacities and making the commodity sector an engine for development and a source of financial resources for diversification of the economy, etc.

The GCF will also address such key issues as commodity finance and risk management, commodities and logistics, and commodities and sustainable development.


GCF will bring together ministers and other high-level representatives of governments, corporate executives of companies active in the extractive industries, leading academics, experts and NGOs.

Member States of UNCTAD are urged to transmit information on the GCF to the main stakeholders in their countries, thus facilitating their active participation in the Forum. It would be appreciated if information on participants could be received no later than 8 March 2010.

Delegates to this informal high-level multi-stakeholder meeting are to be leading policymakers, businesspeople and experts in the commodity sector, and the extractive industries in particular. They are expected to participate in the Forum in their personal capacities.

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 also requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by 8 March 2010.

Background documents and contributed papers

UNCTAD will make available its background notes prepared for the second meeting of the Multi-year expert meeting on Commodities and Development, to be held on 24-25 March.

A paper on Basel 2´s impact on trade finance will also be made available.

Other background documents will be presented in versions as provided by authors and submitted to the Forum. There will also be presentations of new publications on commodities, and participants will have at their disposal journals specializing in trade finance and commodities.


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. Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 8.30 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 entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.

Nominations and enquiries

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. Rouben Indjikian, Chief, Minerals, Metals and Energy Section, Special Unit on Commodities, Office No. E-9018, UNCTAD, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, tel.: 41 22 917 5838; fax: 41 22 917 0509; e-mail: rouben.indjikian@unctad.org; and Catherine Katongola-Lindelof, tel.: 41 22 917 1648; fax: 41 22 917 0509; e-mail: catherine.katongola@unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
18 February 2010


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