The virtual hosting of UNCTAD XV from 3rd – 7th October 2021 by Barbados, a Small Island Developing State, offers a critical opportunity to ground the discussions in the present and future realities and prospects of the most vulnerable countries and their populations. The Theme of the UNCTAD forum From Inequality and Vulnerability to Prosperity for All, provides a platform to re-energize and refocus development efforts and commitments. It also presents a unique opportunity for member states to respond strategically by reinforcing the value of multilateralism and providing a renewed mandate for a strengthened UNCTAD.
Civil Society participation is an important element of UNCTAD processes. Since its establishment by the General Assembly in 1964, UNCTAD has recognized the important role of civil society in its work. The organisation has established formal and informal engagement mechanisms to facilitate civil society involvement.
In order to ensure effective civil society participation in UNCTAD XV, the International Civil Society Facilitating Group (ICSFG) will be established. The ICSFG members would work mainly on the substantive dimensions of civil society engagement in the process leading to UNCTAD XV with its respective Civil Society Forum being held on 22nd – 24th September 2021.
All civil society organisations interested in becoming a member of the ICSFG, can access the terms of reference here and complete the form.
Deadline: July 28th, 2021