|CONFERENCE BULLETIN NO. 1
17 April 2003
|1. In view of the exceedingly inauspicious
global and regional situation prevailing at the moment, it
has been decided that the fifty-ninth session of the United
Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
(UNESCAP) will be held in two phases. The first phase will
be held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok,
on 24-25 April 2003 to be participated primarily by Bangkok-based
ambassadors/permanent representatives and senior officials
of members and associate members of UNESCAP as well as permanent
observers to UNESCAP on selected agenda items. In light of
the nature of its agenda, the first phase of the Conference
will be open only to participation of members and associate
members of UNESCAP as well as permanent observers to UNESCAP.
2. The second phase, which will include the ministerial
segment to consider the rest of the original provisional
agenda and other proposed resolutions, will be held at an
appropriate date to be determined later in further consultation
with members and associate members of UNESCAP.
Registration and Identification Badges
3. Participants are required to register and obtain meeting
badges in advance of the opening of the first phase of the
session. In this connection, registration will be open on
Thursday, 24 April 2003, from 07:30 to 08:45 hours at the
Registration Counter, ground floor, UNCC. The Registration
Counter can be reached through tel. nos. 0-2288-1282, 0-2288-1298
or 0-2288-2111; for in-house connection, these are extension
nos. 1282, 1298 and 2111. Only the names of
participants duly registered will be included in the list
4. For identification and security purposes, all participants
are requested to wear meeting badges at all times while
in the UN premises. All participants are expected to follow
the relevant security procedures. Should any participants
encounter any security or safety problem, they should immediately
notify the nearest security officer on duty or call the
Security Control Centre (extension 1102).
List of Participants
5. A provisional list of participants based on information
received by the secretariat will be available on the morning
of Thursday, 24 April 2003. The secretariat would
appreciate it very much if the Embassies could provide updated
lists to the secretariat as early as possible in light of
the new arrangements for the Commission session.
A final list of participants based on information received
at the time of registration will be issued on Friday, 25
April 2003. Names of participants without formal registration
will not be included in the final list of participants.
6. For matters relating to registration, meeting badges
and list of participants, please contact the Conference
Management Unit, ground floor, UNCC, tel. nos. 0-2288-1174,
0-2288-2313, and 0-2288-1350.
Opening of the Session
7. The opening of the first phase of the session will be
held on Thursday, 24 April 2003, at 09:00 hours, in Conference
Room 3, level 1, UNCC.
8. Agenda items and other relevant issues are as follows:
||Election of officers.
||Adoption of the agenda.
||Admission of new members.
||Programme planning and evaluation:
||Report on the realignment and implementation
of the programme of work, 2002-2003;
||Proposed programme changes for 2003;
||Draft programme of work, 2004-2005;
||Report on the evaluation of UNESCAP publications.
||Resource mobilization: technical cooperation
activities of UNESCAP and announcement of intended contributions.
||Transit transport issues in landlocked
and transit developing countries.
||Election of the Governing Boards of Regional
||Regional Coordination Centre for Research and Development of
Coarse Grains, Pulses, Roots and
Tuber Crops in the Humid Tropics of Asia and the Pacific;
||Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering
||Date, venue and theme topic of the sixtieth
session of the Commission.
|| Other matters.
||Adoption of the report of the Commission.
Interpretation and Sound System
9. Simultaneous interpretation facilities in Chinese, English,
French and Russian languages will be provided at the sessions.
Statements of Delegations
10. In order to assist the interpreters and for the preparation
of the draft reports and press releases, the secretariat wishes
to receive before delivery, the text of all prepared statements
by delegations. It would, therefore, be very much appreciated
if 14 copies of such statements could be made available to the
conference assistants on duty in the conference rooms. Arrangements
will also be made for such statements to be collected from the
delegations if the names of speakers are known in advance.
11. The secretariat is not in a position to type or reproduce
statements made by delegations for circulation. If circulation
is required, sufficient copies should be provided by the delegations
and handed over to the Documents Distribution Centre.
12. The Documents Distribution Centre is located outside Conference
Room 3. Delegates are requested to bring with them complete sets
of meeting documents distributed to their governments/organizations
prior to the Commission session, as only a very limited number
of copies of such documents will be available at UNESCAP. Delegates
are invited to visit the home page of UNESCAP, http://www.unescap.org,
on which the documents are posted under the heading of the 59th
13. The Documents Distribution Centre is authorized to distribute
only UNESCAP official documents. If delegations wish to distribute
other papers or literature, they are requested to consult the
Secretary of the Commission, before delivering any documents to
the Centre for distribution. A minimum of 200 copies is required
to ensure distribution to each delegation..
14. The Executive Secretary will host a luncheon for all members
of delegations on Thursday, 24 April 2003 from 12:00 to 13:30
hours at the Dining Room, Level 1, UNCC.