The formal opening of the Conference will take place on Saturday, 29 November, at 10 a.m. in the Al Dafna Hall. To allow the opening meeting of the Conference to begin punctually, participants are requested to be seated in the plenary hall by 9.45 a.m.
For details on the provisional agenda and proposed organization of work, delegations should refer to documents A/CONF.212/1 and A/CONF.212/4, as well as information available on the website of the Conference.
The programme of meetings has been announced in the proposed timetable for the Conference (see A/CONF.212/4, annex) and will be printed in the Conference journal, which will be issued on a daily basis and will specify conference rooms and times of meetings. All plenary meetings will be held in the Al Dafna Hall. All meetings of the Main Committee will be held in the Salwa Ballroom. Round-table meetings will be held in the Al Majlis Auditorium.
The list of speakers for the plenary meetings is open. Inscriptions shall be on a firstcome, first-served basis, and will be rearranged in accordance with the established practice of the General Assembly. Delegations are reminded that interventions in the plenary meetings should be limited to 5 minutes, on the understanding that this will not preclude the distribution of more extensive texts.
Delegations wishing to speak in the plenary meetings that have not yet inscribed on the list of speakers are kindly invited to do so by e-mail (email@example.com); or contact Ms. Carmencita Dizon, in Doha, as of Wednesday, 26 November 2008.
The Conference will include eight plenary meetings. The plenary meetings will be held on Saturday, 29 November, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.; and from Sunday, 30 November, to Tuesday, 2 December, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. All plenary meetings will be held at the Al Dafna Hall.
The Conference will include six interactive multi-stakeholder round tables on the six major thematic areas of the Monterrey Consensus. The round tables will be held on Saturday, 29 November, from 3 to 6 p.m. (round table 1); Sunday, 30 November, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (round table 2) and from 3 to 6 p.m. (round table 3); Monday, 1 December, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (round table 4) and from 3 to 6 p.m. (round table 5); and Tuesday, 2 December, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (round table 6). All the round tables will be held at the Al Majlis Auditorium.
Each round table will be open to participation by representatives of all Member States; 21 representatives of observers, relevant entities of the United Nations system and other accredited intergovernmental organizations; 7 representatives of accredited civil society organizations; and 7 representatives of accredited business sector entities. Each representative may be accompanied by one adviser. No list of speakers will be established.
Non-state entities wishing to participate in the round tables are kindly requested to inscribe with the Financing for Development Office (room DC2-2146; tel. +1 212 963 4755; fax +1 212 963 0443; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Department of Public Information will provide live coverage of the Conference through the World Wide Web. Internet users around the world will be able to follow the Conference proceedings by viewing the live webcast and to access information, such as press releases, official documents, the daily journal, statements and other information material.