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Single-year expert meeting on maximizing the development impact of remittances
14 - 15 February 2011
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

"Maximizing the Development Impact of Remittances"

The purpose of the expert meeting is to explore ways and means to maximize the development impact of remittances by:

  • Reviewing the recent trends in migration and remittance flows.

  • Analysing the impact of remittances on poverty reduction and development in home countries.

  • Identifying policies and measures that can channel saved remittances and other diaspora funds to better serve the developmental needs of home countries.

  • Addressing barriers to remittance flows, including barriers to migration which impede the expansion of future remittance flows.

The report of the expert meeting will be submitted to the Trade and Development Commission at its next session.

Inputs from experts

Experts nominated by member States are encouraged to submit brief papers (approximately five pages) as contributions to the work of the meeting.

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

They should be submitted to the UNCTAD secretariat in advance of the meeting, to:






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The Single-Year Expert Meeting on Maximizing the Development Impact of Remittances will take place from 14 to 15 February 2011 in room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on Monday, 14 February.


The meeting is open to all member States of UNCTAD. The meeting may be of particular interest to government officials, non-governmental organizations and civil society groups, and representatives of the private sector involved with issues related to migration, remittances and development.

In addition, experts from international and regional organizations dealing with migration/remittances- and development-related issues will also be invited.

Member States, 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 24 January 2011.

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; on the needs of beneficiaries, in particular least developed countries; and on the expertise of the experts concerned. Changes in the names of nominees will be considered as new nominations.

Nominations with requests for financing should be received no later than 4 January 2011 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; 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, will be circulated as document TD/B/C.I/EM.4/1. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat has prepared an issues note, which will be circulated as TD/B/C.I/EM.4/2.

Experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers related to "Maximizing the Development Impact of Remittances" in their countries. These papers will be made available at 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 all languages. Upon arrival and before entering the Palais des Nations, participants are requested to collect their badges at the United Nations Security Service at the Pregny Gate. 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 the procedures and reach the meeting in good time. Participants are requested to bring 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 gate. 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.

Enquiries concerning substantive issues should be addressed to the substantive divisions, tel.: +41 (0)22 917 5866 or +41 (0)22 917 4484 or +41(0)22 917 5701; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0044; e-mail: mina.mashayekhi@unctad.org or david.vivas.eugui@unctad.org or liping.zhang@unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
13 December 2010


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