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Special High-level Meeting of the Economic and Social Council with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

14 April 2008, New York

The Special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development took place on Monday, 14 April 2008, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The overall theme of the meeting was "Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, including new challenges and emerging issues".

The meeting substantively covered the following sub-themes:

  1. New initiatives on financing for development;
  2. Supporting development efforts and enhancing the role of middle-income countries, including in the area of trade;
  3. Supporting development efforts of the least developed countries, including through trade capacity-building;
  4. Building and sustaining solid financial markets: challenges for international cooperation;
  5. Financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The format of the meeting included an opening plenary meeting with statements by the President of ECOSOC, the UN Secretary-General, the heads of relevant intergovernmental bodies and other senior officials plus the presentation by the World Bank on Global Monitoring Report 2008, followed by simultaneous multi-stakeholder roundtable discussions on sub-themes 1 to 3. After the lunch break, the afternoon session featured consecutively the thematic debate on sub-theme 4 and the special event on sub-theme 5. Each of the debates began with three keynote presentations and included an informal interactive dialogue among all participants. Closing remarks by the President of the Council concluded the meeting.

The meeting was open to participation by all Members and Observers of ECOSOC. All intergovernmental organizations that have observer status with the General Assembly and all non-governmental organizations that are in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and all intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations accredited to the FfD process were also invited to attend.


Statements and Presentations

Inputs from Civil Society and the Private Sector

 
 
 

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