unctad.org | Thirteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII)
Thirteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII)
20 - 26 April 2012
Doha (Qatar)

Key Issues

The Secretary-General of UNCTAD will keep all stakeholders informed of progress in the preparations for the Conference on a regular basis.
15 April 2012 (Sunday) - Flag raising ceremony
21 April 2012 (Saturday) - Opening plenary meeting
26 April 2012 (Thursday) - Closing plenary meeting
Theme: Development-centred globalization: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development

  1. Enhancing the enabling economic environment at all levels in support of inclusive and sustainable development.

  2. Strengthening all forms of cooperation and partnerships for trade and development, including North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.

  3. Addressing persistent and emerging development challenges as related to their implications for trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development.

  4. Promoting investment, trade, entrepreneurship and related development policies to foster sustained economic growth for sustainable and inclusive development.



The Secretary-General of UNCTAD presents his compliments to the States members of UNCTAD and has the honour to refer to General Assembly resolution 63/204, of 28 January 2009, in which the Assembly welcomed the generous offer by the Government of Qatar to host the thirteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
The Conference will be held from 21 to 26 April 2012 in the premises of the National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar.
The provisional agenda, as approved by the Trade and Development Board at its 1080th plenary meeting, on 22 September 2011, and its annotations will be circulated in document TD/443. The organization of work of the Conference will be issued as an addendum to document TD/443.
The opening ceremony, which will be attended by heads of State or Government, will begin at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 21 April 2012. It will be followed by the first plenary meeting. The high-level segment of the Conference will take place at 5.30 p.m. on the same day. A detailed programme of the day´s events will be circulated at a later date.
The opening plenary of the Committee of the Whole will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 22 April 2012. The general debate will begin on the same afternoon, with the statements being broadcast live on the Internet. A separate communication will be sent to States members of UNCTAD concerning the establishment of the list of speakers. A number of drafting groups may be established during the Conference. 
The interactive thematic round tables are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, 22 April 2012.
A one-day high-level special event jointly convened by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser of Qatar and the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Supachai Panitchpakdi, dedicated to the crucial role of women in development, will take place on Monday, 23 April 2012, at 9 a.m.
A number of on-site side events will be held at lunch times or in the evening. The Conference will also be preceded by a number of events, including the Civil Society Forum (17-19 and 22-25 April), the Global Services Forum (19 April), the World Investment Forum (21-23 April), and the Technology and Innovation Day (24 April). A detailed programme of events will be circulated and posted on the UNCTAD XIII website in the near future.
The attention of the States members is drawn to rule 13 of the rules of procedure of the Conference (TD/63/Rev.2), which provides that credentials of their representatives are to be issued either by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the country concerned, and that these credentials, together with the names of alternate representatives and advisers, should be communicated to the Secretary-General of UNCTAD.
The specialized agencies, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the intergovernmental bodies designated under rule 76 of the rules of procedure of the Trade and Development Board and under rule 80 of the rules of procedure of the Conference, wishing to participate in the deliberations of the Conference, are requested to inform the Secretary-General of UNCTAD of the names of their representatives.
Non-governmental organizations in the General Category, those in the Special Category, and non-governmental organizations accredited specifically for UNCTAD XIII wishing to attend the public meetings of the Conference are requested to inform the Secretary-General of UNCTAD of the names of their representatives.
For the purposes of expediting the process of registration, the letter of credentials of representatives should be sent to the secretariat to the address below as early as possible, and before 5 April 2012 at the very latest. Additionally, each delegate must complete the online registration form on the UNCTAD XIII website (unctadxiii.org).
To facilitate the process of registration, a copy of the letter of credentials should be either uploaded to the online registration form, or e-mailed or faxed to the secretariat in advance:
UNCTAD XIII: Accreditation and Registration
Office E-3061
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 0214
This will ensure inclusion on the provisional list of participants, which will be available at the opening of the Conference. Details concerning registration after 5 April 2012 will be circulated later.
Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
16 January 2012

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