The General Assembly, in its resolution 62/187 of 19 December 2007, decided that the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus will be held in Doha, Qatar, from 29 November to 2 December 2008.
In accordance with General Assembly resolutions 61/191 and 62/187, the review conference should address progress made, reaffirm goals and commitments, share best practices and lessons learned. The conference should also identify obstacles and constraints encountered, actions and initiatives to overcome them and important measures for further implementation, as well as new challenges and emerging issues.
In his letter of 10 January 2008 addressed to all States, the President of the General Assembly emphasized the importance of a successful outcome to the Review of the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus. The President proposed a work programme for the preparatory process for the Doha Review Conference.
The Facilitators of the preparatory process, Ambassador Abdelaziz of Egypt and Ambassador Løvald of Norway, in their letters of 25 January 2008 and 5 March 2008 addressed to all States, outlined the modalities of the review sessions. From 14 February to 20 May 2008, the General Assembly held six informal review sessions on the thematic areas of the Monterrey Consensus. In addition, UN regional commissions held regional consultations in preparation of the Doha Review Conference. These were followed by informal consultations on the contents of the outcome document (9 and 16 June 2008) and hearings of civil society and the business sector (18 June 2008).
The General Assembly held, on 8 - 10 September and 19 September 2008, the first round of informal consultations on the draft outcome document of the Doha Conference. The Assembly will hold drafting sessions on the Doha outcome document through October and November 2008.