12th UN Conference on Trade and Development

Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter.

UNCTAD XII will be held at ministerial level next April, 20-25, 2008 in Accra, Ghana. The conference is not only about defining UNCTAD�s programme but also about what is important for developing countries: a kind of development and trade paradigm which is later sometimes used, or abused by official institutions and donors. As developing countries have more say than at the WTO, there are some interesting positions being taken, sometimes reflected in the outcome which can be useful for NGOs. NGOs will have an official speaking slot at the conference, opportunities to lobby, to network and hold workshops. Obeserves can get accreditation at UNCTAD XII.

CSO/NGO Accreditation: Civil society organizations that do not have observer status but that wish to participate and to contribute to the conference and its preparatory process are encouraged to indicate to us their interest in being accredited at UNCTAD XII.

In order to be accredited, NGOs/CSOs which do not have observer status with UNCTAD are kindly requested to: read the Accreditation Procedures and complete the online Accreditation Questionnaire.

Important: the deadline of 31 January 2008 has been extended to 18 February 2008.

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