Civil Society Forum at UNCTAD 14

A Civil Society Forum will be organised from 15 to 21 July 2016, as part of the official programme of UNCTAD 14.

UNCTAD will organise the forum in partnership with the host civil society network, an international group of civil society representatives, and the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service.

Plenary (15-16 July 2016)

The plenary sessions of the Civil Society Forum will precede the official opening of UNCTAD 14 to provide an opportunity for representatives of participating organisations to discuss and share their views on issues related to the Conference agenda, build consensus and finalise a Civil Society Declaration, which will be presented at the opening plenary of UNCTAD 14.

Continuation of the forum (18-21 July 2016)

The Civil Society Forum will continue its activities in parallel to the Conference. To bring forward the views of their constituencies to the debate on delivering the post-2015 development agenda, representatives from civil society will contribute to the opening and closing plenaries of UNCTAD 14, as well as the round tables and thematic sessions.

As at previous UNCTAD ministerial conferences held in São Paulo (Brazil, 2004), Accra (Ghana, 2008) and Doha (Qatar, 2012), participants will have the opportunity to interact and exchange views with leading experts and high-level representatives, such as the United Nations and UNCTAD Secretaries-General, Governmental officials, policymakers and leaders in the private sector.

Participating organisations will also have the opportunity to organise workshops, seminars and other events on issues related to the theme and sub-themes of UNCTAD 14, and to promote the activities of their organisations to the media and policymakers.

Civil society organisations, which do not have observer status with UNCTAD and wish to take part in the Conference must apply for accreditation.

Organise your event in Nairobi

Interest in organizing side events in the context of the Civil Society Forum should be directed to the secretariat of the host civil society organisation in Kenya at:

The deadline to submit a proposal for a side event was 5:00 p.m. on 17 June (local time in Nairobi).

Source: UNCTAD