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Major groups participation in the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development
of Small Island Developing States

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Preliminary Draft-- subject to change*

Based on the organization of work of the Mauritius International Meeting (MIM) as contained in document A/CONF.207/4, the entry points for major groups will be the following:

Monday, 10 January

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Conference Room 1

Plenary session


Statements by representatives of United Nations specialized agencies, organizations and programmes and of intergovernmental organizations, and report of the Civil Society Forum

Format: Major groups will self-select one representative and an alternate to report on the Civil Society Forum. The time allocated will be five minutes.

Four additional speaking slots will be granted to major groups according to the following criteria: 1) Caribbean Region, 2) Pacific Region, 3) AIMS Region and 4) International networks. Major groups representatives are invited to identify their spokespersons accordingly and communicate their names to the Secretariat in good time. The time allocated to each intervention will be five minutes.

Access to Plenary: Major groups will have nine seats at the table and nine seats at the back for advisors, for a total of 18 seats. A limited number of additional seats for major groups may be available at the back of the conference room. Details will be provided at the morning briefing taking place in the designated working space for major groups.


3-6 p.m.
Conference Room 1

Panel Discussion 1:
The Environmental Vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States

Format: Major groups will have an opportunity to participate in the interactive discussion following the panelís presentation, by making brief remarks on the topics. Co-chairs might recognize up to three major group sectors during this session. The Secretariat will liaise with the major groups to make sure that the names of their representatives participating in this session are communicated to the Moderator through the Secretariat in good time. Additional details on this session will be provided at a later stage.

The background paper for this session can be found at: http://www.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/sid/MIM/A-conf.207-CRP1.pdf

Tuesday, 11 January

10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Conference Room 1

Panel Discussion 2: The Special Challenges of Small Island Developing States in Trade and Economic Development

Format: Major groups will have an opportunity to participate in the interactive discussion following the panelís presentation, by making brief remarks on the topics on the agenda (no statements). Depending on availability of time, the Moderator might recognise up to three major group sectors during this session. The Secretariat will liaise with the major groups and make sure that the names of the major groups representatives participating in this session are communicated to the Moderator in good time. Additional details on this session will be provided at a later stage.

The background paper for this session can be found at: http://www.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/sid/MIM/A-conf.207-CRP2.pdf

3-5 p.m.
Conference Room 1

Panel Discussion 3: The Role of Culture in the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

Format: Major groups will have an opportunity to participate in the interactive discussion following the panelís presentation, by making brief remarks on the topics on the agenda (no statements). Depending on availability of time, the Moderator might recognise up to three major group sectors during this session. The Secretariat will liase with the major groups and make sure that the names of their representatives participating in this session are communicated to the Moderator through the Secretariat in good time. Additional details on this session will be provided at a later stage.  

The background paper for this session can be found at: http://www.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/sid/MIM/A-conf.207-CRP3.pdf

5-7 p.m.
Conference Room 1

Panel Discussion 4: Addressing Emerging Trends and Social Challenges for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

Format: this panel will differ from the others by providing the opportunity to all nine major groups to participate in the interactive discussion following the panelís presentation. It is expected that the major groups representatives will be invited in turn (order to be agreed in consultation with the major group representatives) to make a three minute presentation on specific issues of concern related to the Panelís subject. It is hoped that by this approach, the Plenary will receive major groupsí perspectives on possible multi-stakeholder solutions for addressing emerging trends and social challenges. The Secretariat will liaise with the major groups to make sure that the names of their representatives participating in this session are communicated to the Chair in good time. Additional details on this session will be provided at a later stage.  

The background paper for this session can be found at: http://www.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/sid/MIM/A-conf.207-CRP4.pdf

Wednesday, 12 January

10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Conference Room 1

Panel discussion 5: Building Resilience in Small Island Developing States

Format: Major groups will have an opportunity to participate in the interactive discussion following the panelís presentation, by making brief remarks on the topics on the agenda (no statements). Depending on availability of time, the Moderator might recognise up to two major group sectors during this session. The Secretariat will liaise with the major groups to make sure that the names of their representatives participating in this session are communicated to the Moderator through the Secretariat in good time. Additional details on this session will be provided at a later stage.  

The background paper for this session can be found at: http://www.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/sid/MIM/A-conf.207-CRP5.pdf

Access to Panels: Major groups will have nine seats at the table and nine seats at the back for advisors, for a total of 18 seats on the floor. A limited number of additional seats for major groups may be available at the back of the conference room. Details will be provided at the morning briefing taking place in the designated working space for major groups.
 

Main Committee

Major groups will be able to observe the negotiations of the draft outcome (unless otherwise decided).  

High-level Segment

Thursday, 13 January

3-6 p.m.
Conference Room 3

Roundtable One: The Way Forward

Two major groups high-level representatives self-selected from the following groups will be able to participate in this session: 1) AIMS Region, 2) Caribbean Region, 3) Pacific Region, and 4) International networks. Major groups representatives are invited to identify their spokespersons accordingly and communicate their names to the Secretariat in good time. The time allocated for each intervention will be two minutes.

Friday , 14 January

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Conference Room 3

Roundtable Two: The Way Forward

Two major groups high-level representatives self-selected from the following groups will be able to participate in this session: 1) AIMS Region, 2) Caribbean Region, 3) Pacific Region, and 4) International networks. Major groups representatives are invited to identify their spokespersons accordingly and communicate their names to the Secretariat in good time. The time allocated for each intervention will be two minutes.

Information on major groups access to the Roundtables will be provided in due time.

Coordinating Participation in the International Meeting

Major groups representatives are invited to work through issue- based caucuses, each major group sector and the regional networks, and identify representatives from each sector who wish to participate in a given session. Names of representatives should be communicated to the Secretariat at or prior to the morning's coordination meeting in the major groups room.