Conférence: La place du Sud dans la crise économique mondiale et l’analyse des négociations multilatérales, 31 janvier-1er février 2013

Venue: Palais des Nations, Room XVIII, Geneva, Switzerland

The South Centre held a South Conference on The South in the Global Economic Crisis and Reviewing Multilateral Negotiations on 31 January and 1 February 2013 at Room XVIII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.  It reviewed the critical situation regarding the global economy as it affected developing countries, as well as the state of multilateral cooperation and negotiations that took place in 2012, which were at a very difficult and complex crossroads, as seen in the impasse or near impasse in several areas.

Developing country policymakers and opinion shapers participated and presented in this conference, to undertake a review of the prospects for the South and policy options in the current global context and to identify possible ways forward.

The conference covered the following issues:

  • Current problems and prospects in the global economic crisis
  • The current economic problems, policies and prospects in various developing country regions (Africa, Latin America, Asia)
  • The state of play in WTO, issues on the road to the 2013 Bali Ministerial, and future of multilateral trade system
  • FTAs and investment agreements and their impacts on development and policy space
  • Review of outcome of COP18 of the UNFCCC in Doha and the negotiating agenda in 2013
  • The post 2015 UN development agenda
  • The imperative of South-South cooperation

icon Programme in PDF (English only)

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

DAY 1 – 31 JANUARY 2013

 

1000-1120 Opening Session Chair: Mr. Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre

  • icon Opening Statement, H.E. former Tanzania President Benjamin W. Mkapa, Chairperson, South Centre Board
  •  icon Statement, H.E. Ambassador Peter Thomson (Fiji), Chair, Group of 77 and China, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations in New York
  • icon Statement, H.E. Ambassador Miguel Carbo Benites (Ecuador), Chair, Group of 77 and China (Geneva chapter), Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the World Trade Organization and UNCTAD
  • Statement,  Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Under Secretary-General, United Nations; and Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
1120-1300 Current Global Economic Crisis and Challenges Facing Developing Countries Chair: H.E. former Tanzania President Benjamin W. Mkapa, Chairperson, South Centre Board

  • Comments by:
    • H.E. Ambassador Dilip Sinha, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva
    • Dr. Rubens Ricupero, Dean, Faculty of Economics and International Relations, Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, Brazil
1300-1430 LUNCH
1430-1530 Africa and the global crisis Chair: Dr. Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair (Working Group III), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Board Member, South Centre

1530-1630 Asia and the global crisis Chair: Dr. Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; Vice Chairman, South Centre Board

1630-1730 Latin America and the Caribbean and the global crisis Chair: H.E. Ambassador Marion Vernese Williams, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations in Geneva

 

DAY 2 – 1 FEBRUARY 2013

 

930-1130 WTO and the Multilateral Trade System: The Fate of Doha, the Agenda Bali Ministerial and Beyond  Chair: Mr. Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre

1130-1300 Development Impacts of Bilateral Trade Agreements and Bilateral Investment Treaties Chair: Mr. Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre

1300-1430 LUNCH
1430-1700 Climate change, Biodiversity, Sustainable Development Goals, the Post RioPlus20 process, and the UN Post-2015 development agenda Chair: Ms. Chee Yoke Ling, Director, Third World Network

  • icon Paper: The MDGs Beyond 2015,  Dr. Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; Vice Chairman, South Centre Board; on the Post-2015 Development Agendas
  • Dr. Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair (Working Group III), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; on the Sustainable Development Agenda
1700-1720 Closing Session Chair: Mr. Martin Khor, Executive Director

  • H.E. former Tanzania President Benjamin W. Mkapa, Chairperson, South Centre Board
  • H.E. Ambassador Peter Thomson (Fiji), Chair, Group of 77 and China; Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations in New York
  • Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Under Secretary-General, United Nations; and Executive Secretary, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

 


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