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Department for General Assembly and Conference Management

Committee on Conferences

The Committee on Conferences was established by the General Assembly on 18 December 1974, pursuant to resolution 3351 (XXIX). On 21 December 1988, by resolution 43/222B, the General Assembly decided to retain the Committee on Conferences as a permanent subsidiary organ, which shall be composed of twenty-one members to be appointed by the President of the General Assembly, after consultations with the chairmen of regional groups, for a period of three years, on the basis of the following geographical distribution:

The Committee held its organizational session on Wednesday, 23 April 2015.

The Committee elected the following officers to serve a term ending upon the election of the next Bureau at an oragnizational session to be held in 2016:            

Ms. Liya Zhang is the Secretary of the Committee, and Chief, Meetings Management Section of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management.

Ms. Jocelyn Turner is the Deputy-Secretary of the Committee, and Conference Affairs Officer, Meetings Management Section of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management.

The 2015 substantive session of the Committee is being held from Tuesday, 8 September to Monday, 14 September, once again, in a paper-smart format. The session will consider a draft resolution, which will be included in the Report of the Committee on Conferences, and will then be considered by the Fifth Committee, with a view to recommending it to the General Assembly for adoption at its seventieth session.

Secretariat of the Committee on Conferences

The Meetings Management Section of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management serves as the technical and substantive Secretariat of the Committee on Conferences. It assists the Committee to carry out its mandate contained in paragraph four of General Assembly resolution 43/222B. The staff of the Section draft procedural reports which include the agenda and the report of the Committee, and prepare reports for consideration by the Committee on the utilization of conference servicing resources at New York, Geneva, Vienna, and Nairobi to guide it in its recommendations to the Assembly on the best utilization of those resources.  It also compiles statistics and consolidates inputs to give the Committee as complete and accurate a picture as possible of the Department's work programme and capacity. When the General Assembly examines the question of the pattern of conferences, based on the report of the Committee on Conferences, the staff of the Section provide all additional information to assist the Assembly in its deliberations.  It also provides support to the Fifth Committee in informal consultations when the draft resolution on pattern of conferences is being discussed.

Pattern of Conferences Reports of the Secretary-General:

Resolutions on Pattern of Conferences:  

Reports of the Committee on Conferences: 

Report of the ACABQ on Pattern of Conferences:

Report of the Fifth Committee on Pattern of Conferences:

Member States represented on the Committee on Conferences:

Members of the Committee on Conferences:

Calendar of Conferences and Meetings of the United Nations:

Connect to the CoC website for 2015 pre-session, in-session and post-session documents, and additional information and reference materials.

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Last Update: 10 September 2015 / Mingxia Xu