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UNITED
NATIONS
TD

        United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Distr.
LIMITED
TD/B/50/L.5/Add.4
15 October 2003

Original: ENGLISH

TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Fiftieth session
Geneva, 6–17 October 2003
Items 6(b) and 7 of the provisional agenda

DRAFT REPORT OF THE TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON ITS FIFTIETH SESSION

Held at the Palais des Nations

from 6 to 17 October 2003

Rapporteur: Mr. François Leger (France)


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    Speakers:
      President of the Board
      Secretary-General of UNCTAD
      Thailand for the G77 and China
      Benin for the LDCs
      Italy for the EU
      Coordinator to the Palestinian people
      Palestine
      Oman for the Asian Group and China
      Zimbabwe for the African Group
      Syrian Arab Republic
      Egypt
    Algeria
    Israel
    Islamic Republic of Iran
    Afghanistan
    Lebanon
    Jrodan
    United States of America
    Tunisia
    Indonesia
    League of Arab States
Note for delegations

This draft report is a provisional text circulated for clearance by delegations.

Requests for amendments to statements by individual delegations should be communicated by Tuesday, 21 October 2003 at the latest, to:

UNCTAD Editorial Section, Room E.8108, Fax No. 907 0056, Tel. No. 907 5656/1066.


PREPARATORY PROCESS FOR THE ELEVENTH SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE
(Agenda item 7)


(a) Establishment of the Preparatory Committee

1. The President said that, once established by the Board, the Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD XI would have before it a document entitled “Preparations for UNCTAD XI: Submission by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD” (TD(XI)/PC/1). The Preparatory Committee would consider its organization of work with the aim of finalizing that work at the beginning of April 2004. It was expected that there would be an executive session of the Board at the end of April 2004 to consider the organizational matters of the Conference. The Preparatory Committee would establish an Organizational Committee under the Chairmanship of the host country.

Action by the Board

2. At its 949th plenary session, on 10 October 2003, the Board established an open-ended Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD XI under the chairmanship of the President of the Board.

(b) Approval of the provisional agenda for the Conference

Action by the Board

3. At its 949th plenary session, on 10 October 2003, the Board approved the draft provisional agenda for UNCTAD XI, as contained in document TD/B/50/L.1.

Statements

4. The Secretary-General of UNCTAD said that progress had been made in the preparations for the Conference. In particular, the secretariat had circulated its submission (TD(XI)/PC/1), the second part of which was intended to serve as the pre-Conference text. It had also circulated informally a tabulation of proposed Conference events, planning for which had been based on the experience of previous Conferences. With regard to the themes of the Conference, interdependence was no longer a mere rhetorical concept. One of the major problems of developing countries that were not growing was that they did not have the capacity to compete, and this must be a matter of concern to the international community as a whole. As things stood at the moment, too many developing countries felt that they did not have much at stake in terms of possible gains. Within the framework of the overall theme of the Conference, three issues deserved particular attention, namely trade and poverty, trade and gender, and trade and the creative industries.

5. The representative of Thailand, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, said he hoped that deliberations during the preparations for the Conference and at the Conference itself would be open-minded and constructive. The outcome of the Conference should reflect ambition and vision, while specific objectives should be tangible, effective and action-oriented. It was hoped that the Conference would bring real benefits not only to developing countries but also to the international community as a whole.

6. The representative of Benin, speaking on behalf of the least developed countries, said that the main objectives of the Conference would be to strengthen development strategies and guarantee economic growth and development, especially in the developing countries. The work of the Conference should be transparent and inclusive, and there should be no overlapping of meetings. If meetings took place outside Geneva, the participation of LDCs must be ensured. In the course of the preparatory process, the Secretary-General of UNCTAD should publish a progress report. Every effort should be made to reach consensus on as much as possible in Geneva because of the time constraints at the Conference itself. The submission by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD represented an acceptable basis for negotiations.

7. The representative of Italy, speaking on behalf of the European Union and the acceding countries (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia), said that the Secretary-General’s submission was a good analytical document, and the fact that supply constraints were at the centre of attention was welcome. He announced that, at UNCTAD XI, the European Union would be participating on behalf of 25 member States.



  • REPORT ON UNCTAD’S ASSISTANCE TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

    (Agenda item 6(b))

  • “Report on UNCTAD’s assistance to the Palestinian people” (TD/B/50/4).


    Action by the Board

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