Background Note for
Participants in the Monterrey Round Tables
In an effort to gain the maximum benefit from the exchange of ideas at the Round Table
and to provide a meaningful summary of the ideas discussed, the following suggestions are
- The importance of timely arrival at the Roundtable. The Roundtable room
will be open for participants to meet each other before the formal scheduled starting
time, with setting beginning 1/2 hour before the Roundtable starts, so that there is a
maximum of time for interactive discussions.
- The necessity of time limits on individual statements. With three hours
and seventy participants, it will be necessary to maintain a strict two-minute limit on
- The number and names of advisers. Given the limitations of the
available rooms and security considerations, it is important to know in advance the names
of the two advisers for government delegations and the adviser for representatives of the
institutional stakeholders, the business entities and civil society.
- The seating arrangements. Roundtable participants will be seated in
alphabetical order within government delegations, followed by representatives of NGOs, the
business sector and IGOs.
- The internal broadcasting of the discussions. To permit all conference
delegates to benefit from the ideas raised at the Round Tables, there will be
close-circuit internal broadcast to other conference rooms of all sessions.
- The documentation of new proposals and commitments. To facilitate a
better understanding of new proposals and commitments on FfD issues, Roundtable
participants can, if they so wish, distribute the evening before their Roundtable a
short statement to the participants attending their Roundtable . These statements could
subsequently also be made available on the FfD website.
- The Round-table summaries. The Secretariat will assist the Co-Chairs in
finalizing a concise summary of each Roundtable discussion. The summary will be translated
during the conference.