The General Assembly
The economic crisis brings to the "Organization of a Conference on the World Economic-financial Crisis and its Repercussions for the Development" by United Nations. We anticipate the draft of resolution.

Roma, 20.02.2009
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Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann
HIGH LEVEL CONFERENCE

The General Assembly,

Recalling the Follow-up Interactional Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, held in Doha, Qatar from 29 November to 2 December 2008, and the resulting Doha
Declaration of 2 December 2008, as well as its resolution 63/239, through which it endorsed the Doha Declaration, which stated that the United Nations will hold a conference at the highest level on the world financial and economic crisis and its impact on development and that the conference will be organized by the President of the General Assembly with the modalities to be defined by March 2009 at the latest,

Concerned that the Millennium Development Goals and other international commitments adopted al UN international conferences may not be met by their respective target dates, and may be fundamentally compromised, if the current crisis is not overcome through timely and effective action,

1. Decides that the Conference on the Global Financial and Economic Crisis and Hs impacts on Development:

  • Will be convened from 26 to 29 May 2009, al the United Nations Headquarters in New York;
  • Will include participation of Member States of the General Assembly and observers, in accordance with the established practice of the General Assembly,
  • Will be held at the highest possible political level, including with the participation of Heads of State and Government, ministers, special representatives and other representatives, as appropriate;
  • Will be chaired by the President of the General Assembly;
  • Will consist of:
    - A short opening meeting on 26 May, with statements by the President of the Conference and the Secretary General;
    - Four interactive multi-stakeholder round tables on 26 and 27 May, based on the major issues relating to the financial and economic crisis and its impacts on development;
    - A high-level segment on 28 and 29 May, consisting of plenary meetings at the level of Head of State and Head of Government or their designated representatives at ministerial and above level;
    - Negotiating and drafting sessions at the ministerial or highest possible level on 26 and 27 May and thereafter during the Conference, as necessary;
  • Will result in an inter-governmentally agreed outcome document;
  • Will also result in summaries of the plenary meetings and of the roundtable discussions, to be included in the report of the Conference;

    2. Invites funds, programmes and specialized agencies of the United Nations system, as well as non-governmental organizations, civil society and business sector entities accredited to the Doha Conference to participate in the preparatory process, and the Conference at United Nations, in accordance with the rules of procedure of the General Assembly;

    3. Requests the President of the General Assembly to provide, in a timely manner, an information note on other organizational matters of the Conference;

    4. Invites the Economic and Social Council to schedule at the time of its 27 April 2009 spring meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference On Trade and Development, a session devoted to comprehensive discussion of the global financial and economic crisis and its impact on development and provide recommendations for consideration in the preparatory process of the Conference;

    5. Calls upon the regional commissions, with the support of regional financial institutions and other relevant entities, to hold regional consultations, as early as possible and to provide inputs to the preparations for the Conference;

    6. Requests the funds, programs and specialized agencies of the United Nations system, including the Bretton Woods Institutions, to provide technical inputs within their areas of expertise and experience to serve as inputs for the preparatory process of the Conference, as early as possible;

    7. Invites the Inter-Parliamentary Union (lPU) to take part in the Conference and its preparatory process, and encourages Member States to include in their national delegations Members of Parliament and welcomes the decision of the IPU to organize an International Conference of Parliamentarians on the International Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact On Development to provide inputs for the United Nations Conference;

    8. Welcomes the initiative of the President of the General Assembly to open a Conference website that allows interested organizations and the public at large to register their opinions and recommendations as part of the preparatory process of the Conference;

    9. Welcomes also the initiative of the President of the General Assembly to organize a thematic interactive dialogue to be held from 25 to 27 March 2009, on the global financial and economic crisis and its impact on development;

    10. Request the President of the General Assembly to present the first draft outcome document by 6 April 2009, based upon all the preparatory inputs, reports and informal consultations listed above, to be followed by intergovernmental negotiations and drafting sessions starting from 13 April;

    11. Requests the Secretary-General to provide all necessary assistance to the preparatory process and the Conference, including the launching of a global
    public awareness campaign.

    By the President of the General Assembly
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