Key Contacts / FAQs

  Name Email

Registration

Mr. Desmond Parker, Deputy Chief and Ms. Wai-tak Chua, Protocol Assistant
[Please address email to both persons]
parker2@un.org & chuaw@un.org

Conference venue

Mr. Augustine Aghaulor, Chief, Planning and Coordination Section, UNON Augustine.aghaulor@unon.org

Hotels in Nairobi

Ms. Sabina W. Maghanga, Director of Macroeconomics and Planning, Kenya Ministry of Planning smaghanga@planning.go.ke

Visa

Ms. Sabina W. Maghanga, Director of Macroeconomics and Planning in Kenya Ministry of Planning smaghanga@planning.go.ke

Conference documents and general information

Mr. Cosmas Gitta, Chief of Policy Dialogue, SU/SSC cosmas.gitta@undp.org
Tel.   212-906-6441 

Speakers’ List

Mr. Leo Buencamino, Special Adviser, SU/SSC leo.buencamino@undp.org
Tel 212-906-5204

Exhibition/display of materials

Mr. John O. Kakonge, Sr. Deputy Director, SU/SSC and Ms. Teresa Liu, Programme Specialist, SU/SSC
[Please address email to both persons]
john.o.kakonge@undp.org & teresa.liu@undp.org
Tel. 212-906-5727 and 5336

Roundtable I

Mr. John O. Kakonge, Sr. Deputy Director, SU/SSC john.o.kakonge@undp.org
Tel. 212-906-5727

Roundtable II

Ms. Mami Yamada, Chief of Public-Partnerships Division, SU/SSC mami.yamada@undp.org
Tel. 212-90-5609

Shipping and Printing (locally)

Division of Conference Services UNON
C/O [Fill in Mission Name or Contact] at the UN Conference on South-South Cooperation
Attention: Henry Hunt
[Please make sure to write somewhere on the shipping package(s) or labels that the contents of the package(s) are printed matter.]
United Nations Complex GIGIRI
United Nations Avenue, DP Block
Nairobi Kenya
Mobile: 0722203353
Tel: +254 (0)20 762-2518
Email: Henry.Hunt@unon.org

General Exhibition Inquiries

Francisco Vasquez and Cristina Schulz-Langendork Francisco.Vasquez@unon.org & cristina.schulz-langendorf@unon.org
Tel: (254 20) 762-3124 (GMT +3)
or: 0724 259762


Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to the Conference

  1. What is the High Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation? When and where will it be held?
  2. Who should participate in the Conference, and at what level?
  3. What are the main documents for this Conference?
  4. What are the main expectations for this Conference?
  5. How can participants register to participate in the Conference?
  6. What should a participant do if his/her accreditation is not confirmed?
  7. How can participants register to speak in the Plenary or participate in the Round Table discussions?
  8. How can interested parties submit materials to be showcased in the Conference’s Exhibition?
  9. How can participants take part in the consultations on the proposed Outcome Document for the Conference?
  10. Is there funding available for participants from Least Developed Countries? How can participants obtain such funding?
  11. What are Kenya’s visa requirements? How can participants obtain the required visa? How will the costs of participants’ visas be handled?
  12. How can participants make arrangements for hotel accommodations?
  13. How can participants make travel arrangements for their time in Nairobi?

During the Conference

  1. If a participant already has a United Nations badge, will he/she still have to obtain a Conference-specific badge?
  2. Is there going to be transportation from the hotel to the UNON Complex?
  3. What is the Programme for the Conference?

After the Conference

  1. May participants remain in Kenya after the Conference for tourism/bilateral purposes?


Prior to the Conference

1. What is the High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation? When and where will it be held?

The High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation is the outcome of a United Nations decision to convene such a conference on the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC).

The Conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, 1-3 December 2009, at the United Nations Office of Nairobi (UNON) in Gigiri.

For general information about South-South cooperation, please go to: www.ssc.undp.org

For general information on the Nairobi Conference, please go to: www.southsouthconference.org.

For other information relevant to the Conference and Host country (Kenya) support, please go to: www.southsouthconferencekenya.org.

2. Who should participate in the Conference, and at what level?

All Member States of the United Nations system, as well as intergovernmental organizations with observer status with the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations specialized agencies and other entities of the United Nations system, have been invited by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to participate in the Conference. Also invited are non-governmental organizations and public and private sector development partners of the United Nations. The General Assembly decided, by resolution 64/1 of 6 October 2009, that the Conference is to be held “at the highest possible level.”

For a printable copy of the SG’s invitation, please visit www.southsouthconference.org, under the “Documents” tab.

3. What are the main documents for this Conference?

The main documents for this Conference can be found under the “Documents” tab of the Conference website (www.southsouthconference.org). The main documents include: (i) 64th Session General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/64/1); (ii) 64th Session – The State of South-South Cooperation, Report of the Secretary-General (A/64/321); (iii) Report of the Secretary-General – The promotion of South-South cooperation for development, a thirty-year perspective (A/64/504); (iv) Provisional agenda and organization of work: Note by the Secretariat (A/64/507); Proposed timetable for the work of the High Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation.

4. What are the main expectations for this Conference?

The General Assembly decided, by resolution 64/1 of 6 October 2009, that the Conference will result in an intergovernmentally agreed outcome and summaries by the chairperson. The President of the General Assembly has requested that a draft of the outcome document be prepared in advance of the Conference, and has appointed Iceland and Yemen as co-facilitators to create such a draft. Questions regarding the process of consultation arrangements should be addressed to Mr. Mehdi Mirafzal (mehdi.mirafzal@undp.org).

5. How can participants register to participate in the Conference?

Participants must complete the following in order to register for the Conference: (i) complete the registration form found under the “Registration” tab of the Conference website (www.southsouthconference.org); (ii) send to the United Nations Protocol Office an official letter from the government/mission stating that the participant is the duly authorized participant to attend the Conference and listing the participant’s complete name and title; (iii) send to the Protocol Office a completed SG.6 form (12-09) (which can be found in the Office of Protocol and Liaison Service in New York, room S-201, at http://www.un.int/protocol and at the Conference website, under the “Registration” tab. The government/mission letter and SG.6 form must be sent to the Protocol Office in advance of the Conference for the participant’s registration to be complete. Please email the completed forms to Mr. Desmond Parker, Deputy Chief of Protocol, and Ms. Wai-tak Chua, Protocol Assistant (parker2@un.org, chuaw@un.org), or fax them to one of the following fax numbers: (a) 254 20 762 1302; (b) 254 20 762 1303; (c) 254 20 762 1304; (d) 254 20 762 1305.

6. What should a participant do if his/her accreditation is not confirmed?

If a participant does not receive confirmation from the Protocol Office, he or she should follow up with the Protocol Office to ensure proper accreditation prior to making arrangements to attend the Conference. Accreditation is a crucial prerequisite to participation in the Conference, so all prospective participants should be certain to obtain proper accreditation as soon as possible. Questions regarding the status of a participant’s accreditation request should be addressed to Mr. Desmond Parker, Deputy Chief of Protocol, and Ms. Wai-tak Chua, Protocol Assistant (parker2@un.org, chuaw@un.org).

7. How can participants register to speak in the Plenary or participate in the Round Table discussions?

Participants wishing to speak in the Plenary must register for the Plenary Speakers List prior to the Conference. To register for the Plenary Speakers List, please contact Mr. Leo Buencamino (leo.buencamino@undp.org). Participants wishing to participate in the Round Tables should contact: (i) Round Table 1 – Mr. John O. Kakonge (john.o.kakonge@undp.org); (2) Round Table 2 – Ms. Mami Yamada (mami.yamada@undp.org).

8. How can interested parties submit materials to be showcased in the Conference’s Exhibition?

All those with printed materials on the topic of South-South cooperation are encouraged to submit their materials for display (and, if desired, distribution) in the Conference’s Exhibition. All materials should be shipped in advance of the Conference to:

United Nations Office at Nairobi

Division of Conference Services UNON

C/O [Fill in Mission Name or Contact] at the UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

Attention: Henry Hunt

United Nations Complex GIGIRI

United Nations Avenue

DP Block

Nairobi Kenya

Tel Nos: 0722203353 (mobile)

+254 (0)20 762-2518

* Please make sure to write somewhere on the shipping package(s) or labels that the contents of the package(s) are printed matter

To request exhibition at the Conference, or to ask questions pertaining to the Exhibition, please contact Mr. Henry Hunt (Henry.Hunt@unon.org), copying Ms. Teresa Liu (teresa.liu@undp.org) and Mr. John O. Kakonge (john.o.kakonge@undp.org).

9. Who could provide general information on the state of discussion on the draft outcome document for the Conference?

The President of the General Assembly has appointed the Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Yemen to the United Nations as the Co-facilitators for negotiations towards preparing a draft internationally agreed outcome document. For general information on the state of this process (not on substance), please contact Mr. Mehdi Mirafzal (mehdi.mirafzal@undp.org).

10. Is there funding available for participants from Least Developed Countries? How can participants obtain such funding?

Paragraph 11 of GA Resolution 64/1 “Encourages all Member States and other relevant stakeholders that are in a position to do so to consider supporting the participation of developing countries, in particular the least developed countries, including by making voluntary contributions through the United Nations Fund for South-South Cooperation, in order to ensure the broadest possible participation.”

As of 19 November 2009, no concrete contributions have been received to support participation by developing countries. The Secretariat, however, is actively working to provide the financing needed to assist Least Developed Countries wishing to participate. Participants from LDCs should address all inquiries regarding possible funding opportunities to Ms. Mami Yamada (mami.yamada@undp.org).

11. What are Kenya’s visa requirements? Who is responsible for arranging for participants’ visas?

All participants arriving in Kenya to attend the Conference should have a valid passport. It is strongly recommended that participants who require a visa to enter Kenya apply for such visa before their departure to avoid delays at the airport. A list of the visa requirements for all nationalities can be found in the “Information for Participants” on the Kenyan National Government’s website for the Conference (www.southsouthconferencekenya.org) or on the main Conference website, in the “Logistical Arrangements” section.

Please note, participants will be responsible for obtaining their own visas, and will also be responsible for paying their visa fees.

12. How can participants make arrangements for hotel accommodations?

All participants will be responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. For your convenience, the Secretariat has placed a list of local hotels on the Conference website, in the “Logistical Arrangements” section. We strongly urge all participants to book their hotel arrangements as early as possible. If assistance is needed, please contact Ms. Sabina W. Maghanga, Director of Macroeconomics and Planning, Kenya Ministry of Planning (smaghanga@planning.go.ke).

13. How can participants make travel arrangements for their time in Nairobi?

Participants requiring transportation to and from the airport in Nairobi should send their itineraries to the Kenyan National Organizing Committee, which will assist in facilitating their transportation. Please contact Ms. Sabina W. Maghanga, Director of Macroeconomics and Planning, Kenya Ministry of Planning (smaghanga@planning.go.ke).

During the Conference

14. If a participant already has a United Nations grounds pass, will he/she still have to obtain a Conference pass?

A special conference grounds pass will be required for all participants wishing to enter the conference rooms for the High Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation. However, United Nations grounds passes from New York and other duty stations will still be honored for access to the general United Nations Office at Nairobi complex. Issuance of conference passes will be done solely on the basis of official communication conveying authorized lists of participants with names and functional titles, and individual accreditation form SG.6(12-09) (which can be found in the Office of Protocol and Liaison Service in New York, room S-201, at http://www.un.int/protocol and at the Conference website, under the “Registration” tab).

15. Is there going to be transportation from the hotel to the UNON Complex?

The Kenyan National Government is currently working on arrangements to facilitate transportation for participants while in Nairobi. For more information, please contact Ms. Sabina W. Maghanga, Director of Macroeconomics and Planning, Kenya Ministry of Planning (smaghanga@planning.go.ke).

16. What is the Program for the Conference?

The High Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation will have the overarching theme of “Promotion of South-South Cooperation for Development” and will consist of plenary meetings and interactive multi-sector stakeholder round tables on two sub-themes: (i) Strengthening of the role of the United Nations system in supporting South-South and triangular cooperation; and (ii) South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Development: complementarities, specificities, challenges and opportunities.” For more detailed information on the Conference program, please visit the Conference website, under the “Conference Program” tab.

After the Conference

17. May participants remain in Kenya after the Conference for tourism/bilateral purposes?

Participants wishing to remain in Kenya after the Conference for tourism or bilateral purposes should make arrangements to do so on their own, bearing in mind the relevant immigration/visa requirements of Kenya. Please direct any inquiries regarding extended stays in Kenya to Ms. Sabina W. Maghanga, Director of Macroeconomics and Planning, Kenya Ministry of Planning (smaghanga@planning.go.ke).

 
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