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Global Commodities Forum 2011
31 January - 01 February 2011
Rooms XVII, XXVI and XXV, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

GCF 2011

Global Commodities Forum 2011 (GCF 2011) is a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and find better solutions to perennial problems of the commodity economy.

GCF 2011 will focus on:

  • The instability of mineral and agricultural markets and their interconnectedness.

  • The effectiveness of commodity policies and the sustainability of the production and use of commodities, long-term energy and food security.

  • The role of innovation and early warning systems.

  • Commodity finance and logistics

GCF 2011 will also address such key issues as the performance of commodity supply chains and the state of business practices and innovation.

Agenda

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Notification

The Global Commodities Forum (GCF) will be held from 31 January to 1 February 2011, in rooms XVII, XXV and XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will start at 10 a.m. on Monday, 31 January, in conference room XVII.

The second meeting of the GCF, organized by UNCTAD with the support of its partners, including the Chinese Government and the Swiss Government, is a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and find better solutions to perennial problems of the commodity economy.

The second meeting will focus on the instability of mineral and agricultural markets and their interconnectedness, the effectiveness of commodity policies and the sustainability of the production and use of commodities, long-term energy and food security, and the role of innovation and early warning systems.

The GCF will also address such key issues as the performance of commodity supply chains and the state of business practices and innovation.

Participation

The GCF will bring together ministers and other high-level representatives of governments, corporate executives of companies active in mineral and agricultural sectors, leading academics and experts, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Member States of UNCTAD are requested to help ensure that the information on the GCF reaches the main stakeholders in their countries, thus facilitating their active participation in the Forum, and it would be appreciated if information on participants could be received no later than 17 January 2011.

Participants in this informal high-level multi-stakeholder meeting will attend in their personal capacities, and will include leading policymakers, businesspeople and experts of the commodity economy, in particular the mineral and agricultural sectors.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the meeting, as well as NGOs 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 17 January 2011.

Background documents and contributed papers

UNCTAD will make available background documents including consultant papers on volatility of markets and on the impact of Basel 3 on trade finance. Those and other background documents will be presented as submitted by authors.

Logistics

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

Enquiries

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: gcf@unctad.org or meetings@unctad.org.

All other enquiries should be addressed to Mr. Rouben Indjikian, Project Officer for the "Global Commodity Forum" and Chief, Commodity Policy Implementation and Outreach 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.

(signed)

Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
8 October 2010

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