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Global Commodities Forum

- Global Commodities Forum 2013

- Global Commodities Forum 2012

- Global Commodities Forum 2011

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Global Commodities Forum 2013, organized by UNCTAD with the support of its partners, is a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and find better solutions to perennial problems of the commodity economy.
 
THEME: "Recommitting to commodity sector development as an engine of economic growth and poverty reduction."
 
The Global Commodities Forum will address key issues relating to risk management and resilience, such as methods and mechanisms for developing countries and small-scale producers to prosper in spite of the ongoing volatility in commodity markets.
 
Due attention will be given to the agricultural sector, with a session on overcoming disadvantages in the sector by developing capabilities, investing in neglected infrastructure and other public goods, and filling the void left by the elimination of parastatal institutions.
 
Two breakout sessions will be held. One session will be for stakeholders to discuss the challenges and solutions involved in collecting, analysing and disseminating market information and other commodities data, and the other on how to improve transparency in commodity markets and value chains.
 
DATES: 18-19 March 2013
 
VENUE: United Nations, Palais des Nations, E-Building, Geneva, Switzerland
 
OBJECTIVE: The GCF is a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and identify solutions to problems that cut across individual commodity sectors, problems such as: the nancialization of commodities markets; expanding producers’ access to credit and markets; and increasing value addition.
 
PARTICIPANTS:
 
  • The Global Commodities Forum will bring together ministers and other high-level representatives of governments, corporate executives of banking and finance institutions, leading academics and experts, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Member States of UNCTAD are requested to help to disseminate the information on the Global Commodities Forum to the main stakeholders in their countries, thus facilitating their active participation in the Forum.
  • Participants in this informal high-level multi-stakeholder meeting will attend in their personal capacities, and will include leading policymakers, businesspeople and experts of the commodity economy.
  • Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the meeting, as well as non-governmental organizations in the general category and those in the special category wishing to participate as observers, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by 8 March 2013.
CONFERENCE ROOMS: Conference rooms XVI, E-Building, Palais des Nations
 
DOCUMENTATION: The programme as well as background papers and written presentations will be presented in their original form and language. Electronic copies will be made available on the event website.
 
 
CONTACT:
Mr. Samuel K. Gayi, Head, Special Unit on Commodities, samuel.gayi@unctad.org
 
LOGISTICS:
Ms. Catherine Katongola-Lindelof, catherine.katongola@unctad.org
Ms. Danièle Boglio, daniele.boglio@unctad.org
tel: +41.22.917.6286/1648/5853, fax: +41.22.917.0509
 
REGISTRATION: gcf@unctad.org
 
 
 
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Global Commodities Forum 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum 2012, is a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and find better solutions to perennial problems of the commodity economy.

Theme of GCF 2012: "Globalization and Commodity Trade: Harnessing Development Gains from Commodity Production".

 

Report of the Global Commodities Forum 2012

 

GCF 2012 will also address key issues relating to the sovereign debt crisis, and trade related innovations developed in response to the credit crunch. A special session will be held for stakeholders to discuss opportunities for collaboration - focusing on private sector solutions to the challenges faced by developing countries.


DATES:
23-24 January 2012

VENUE: United Nations, Palais des Nations, E-Building, Geneva, Switzerland

OBJECTIVE: The GCF is a major multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss and identify solutions to problems that cut across individual commodity sectors, problems such as: the nancialization of commodities markets; expanding producers’ access to credit and markets; and increasing value addition.

SESSIONS: The third GCF is divided into two parallel streams: the Plenary A stream deals with the Forum’s overall theme of harnessing development gains from commodities production and trade; and the Parallel B stream examines the development of supply markets in commodity-dependent countries.

Plenary A: Recent developments in international commodities trade, their impacts and implications (Joint A1/B1); The sovereign debt crisis and its impacts on commodities production and trade (A2); Trade-related nancial innovations developed in response to the post-2008 credit crunch (A3); Key challenges facing commodity-dependent developing countries (A4/5); Identifying emerging opportunities in the changing global energy mix (A6); Practical examples of supply chain development in developing countries (A7).

Parallel B: Recent developments in international commodities trade, their impacts and implications (Joint A1/B1); In practice: Financing commodity-based development in developing countries (B2/3); Expanding access to markets and trade-enabling tools (B4/5); Identifying potential opportunities for collaboration (B6/7).

PARTICIPANTS: Ministers and high-level government ofcials in charge of mineral resources and agriculture; corporate leaders involved in the production, trading, nancing and distribution of hydrocarbons, metals and food; representatives from international organizations; non-governmental organizations; and authoritative experts and academics specializing in commodities issues.

CONFERENCE ROOMS: Conference rooms XVIII and XXVI, E-Building, Palais des Nations

INTERPRETATION: The Plenary session (room XVIII) will be interpreted simultaneously in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The Parallel session (room XXVI) will be interpreted simultaneously in English and French.

DOCUMENTATION: The background papers and written presentations will be presented in their original form and language. Electronic copies will be made available on the event website.

PROGRAMME: Download here 

WEBSITE: http://www.unctad.info/en/Global-Commodities-Forum-2012/

CONTACT:
Mr. Samuel K. Gayi, Head, Special Unit on Commodities, samuel.gayi@unctad.org

Mr. Kris Terauds, kris.terauds@unctad.org, tel: +41.22.917.5786

LOGISTICS:

Ms. Catherine Katongola-Lindelof, catherine.katongola@unctad.org

Ms. Danièle Boglio, daniele.boglio@unctad.org
tel: +41.22.917.6286/1648/5853, fax: +41.22.917.0509

REGISTRATION: gcf@unctad.org

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Web site of the Global Commodities Forum 2011








 

 

 

 

 

 



GCF 2011 is supported by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), and the Governments of China, Switzerland and France.

Venue: United Nations, Palais des Nations, E-Building, Geneva, Switzerland

Target Audience: Ministers and high-level government officials in charge of mineral resources, corporate leaders in the area of hydrocarbons and metals, commodity trade and finance, academia and NGOs working on commodity problematique.

Objective: The Global Commodities Forum is a high level neutral and integrated platform, bringing together key stakeholders to address informally and in a holistic way, such perennial issues of the modern commodity economy as the instability of commodity markets and their interconnectedness, effectiveness of commodity policies and the sustainability of the production of commodities and their use, long-term energy and food security and the role of innovation and early warning systems in it, performance of commodity supply chains and the state of business practices and innovation.  Themes of the second meeting of this Forum will include the following plenary and parallel sessions.

Plenary A: The current state and instability of hydrocarbons (A1), agricultural(A2) and metals(A3) markets; the volatility of commodity markets and  interconnectedness and price correlations between minerals and agricultural markets(A4), improvements on the  measuring of the commodity economy and the overcoming information asymmetries(A5); commodity policies in agricultural economies (A6) commodity policies and extractive industries(A7).

Parallels B: The long-term sustainable supply of and demand for hydrocarbons & food and innovation (B1&B2, B4&B5); new technologies and commodities (B6&B7); forecasting of trends and designing adequate early warning systems for commodities (B6);

Parallels C: The recovery in commodity finance and the emerging regulatory environment (C1&C2); support institutions for commodity finance (C3), price and other related risk management (C4&C5); shipping and international trade in commodities (C6).

Invitations: Sent to ministers and high-level policymakers of many UNCTAD member countries, business leaders and their associations, to authoritative members of academia and other civil society. All plenary speakers received personal invitations of the UNCTAD Secretary General Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi.

Conference Rooms:  XVII , XXV and XXVI

Interpretation: The conference is interpreted simultaneously in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Documentation: It would be appreciated if papers and written presentations, apart from being in original language, would be also delivered in English or French.

Contact:

Mr. Samuel K. Gayi
Head of the Special Unit on Commodities
Fax: +4122 917 0509
e-mail: gcf@unctad.org

Web site: Global Commodities Forum 2011


GLOBAL COMMODITIES FORUM 2010

Downloads and Presentations:

Global Commodities Forum 2010 Report [PDF]

Global Commodities Forum Complete Program [PDF]

Registration Form [Doc]

Global Commodities Forum 2010 Draft Concept Note [PDF]

Basel 2 and the Availability and Terms of Trade Finance, Mr. Andrew Cornford [PDF]

Outlook for metals – a bright future? Mr. Magnus Ericsson, Raw Metals Group, Sweden [PDF]

Boom, Bust and Partial Recovery in Energy Markets, Ambassador Richard Jones, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency [PDF]

Commodities, Governance and Economic Development under Globalisation- A Book Launch in Memory of Alfred Maizels, Ms. Machiko Nissanke, Department of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK [PDF]

Current situation and prospects for copper, nickel, lead and zinc, Mr. Don Smale, Secretary General, International Lead and Zinc Study Group, International Nickel Study Group, International Copper Study Group [PDF]

Mining & Sustainable Development, Ms. Debra Valentine, Group Executive Legal & External Affairs, Rio Tinto [PDF]

Défis Posés aux Pays Francophones Exportateurs de Minerais et de Métaux-Policy Challenges for Metal and Mineral Exporting Countries, Members of La Francophonie, Mr. Harve Cronel, La Francophonie [PDF]

Speech delivered at the Global Commodities Forum by H.E Mr. Germánico Pinto, Minister of Non-Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador and President of the OPEC Conference on the importance of Global Dialogue on energy to improve cooperation between oil-exporting and importing countries [PDF]

Energy Commodities and the State of Qatar, H.E Mr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of State of Qatar for Energy & Industry Affairs State of Qatar [PDF]

  

Ms. Catherine Katongola-Lindelof
gcf@unctad.org

Ms. Daniele Boglio
gcf@unctad.org



 




 

Commodity Development Strategies in the Integrated Framework, Presentation of Work by CSEND in Cooperation with UNDP by The Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) [PDF]

Commodity Speculation and Commodity Investment, Mr. Christopher L. Gilbert, Academic Director, Doctoral Programme in Economics and Management, CIFREM University of Trento, Italy [PDF]

Commodity Price Fluctuations and Impact on China’s Economy: Cases of Soybean and Iron Ore, Dr. Hu Jiangyun Development Research Center of the State Council, People´s Republic of China [PDF]

Boom, Bust and Better Policy: Crisis Lessons for Resource Rich Countries, Ms. Karin Lissakers, Director, Revenue Watch Institute [PDF]

A Case for Innovative Commodity Stabilisation Mechanisms, Ms. Machiko Nissanke, Department of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK [PDF]

ICE - Global Markets in Clear View, Mr. David Peniket, President and COO, ICE Futures Europe [PDF]

Share of World Trade Covered by Berne Union Members, Ms. Kimberly Wiehl, Secretary General, Berne Union [PDF]

Building Modern and Sustainable Supply Capacity in Extractive Industries, Mr. Germánico Pinto,
Ministry of Non-Renewable Natural Resources, Republic of Ecuador [PDF]

 

Day One: Monday 22 March


09.45 -11.00 Opening Inaugural Plenary

Statements by ministers and heads of international agencies on the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue on the perennial issues of commodities to find better policy frameworks and market mechanisms for the future global commodity economy.

Opening Statement: Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

11.00 - 13.00 Plenary Session Two

Boom, Bust and Partial Recovery in Oil, Gas and Other Energy Markets

• Recent developments in oil, gas and other energy markets;

• International trading arrangements in oil and gas;

• Fundamental and non-fundamental factors in oil and gas pricing;

• Terms of trade changes for energy exporters and importers.

• Long term trends in supply and demand for hydrocarbons;

13.00 - 15.00 Lunch Break

15.00 - 16.30 Plenary Session Three

Current State and Prospects for Minerals
and Metals


• Recent developments in iron ore, steel and non-ferrous metals markets;

• International trading arrangements in metals;

• Fundamentals and non-fundamental factors affecting metals' prices;

• Changes in terms of trade for metals exporters and importers.

• Changing supply and demand patterns in mining;


16.30 - 18.00 Plenary Session Four

Building Modern and Sustainable Supply Capacity in Extractive Industries

• Real investments in productive capacities: developing sustainable projects with modern technologies;

• Investing in productive capacities as a part of effective revenue management;

• FDI, contract negotiations and rent distribution in extractive industries;

• G-20/multilateral and bilateral initiatives to augment access to commodity finance;

• Aid for Trade - prospects for building up commodity trade related infrastructure.

Day Two: Tuesday 23 March


09.00 - 10.15 Plenary Session Five

Causes of Commodity Price Volatility

• Fundamentals, speculation and other factors: The recently increased price volatility: a new trend or an episode?

• Relationship between commodity trading, financing arrangements and prices;

• Regulated commodity exchanges, versus unregulated over the counter (OTC) markets;

• Speculation and commodities as financial asset classes;

• Investment in commodity futures and investment in productive capacities: is there a crowding out effect?

10.15 - 11.30 Plenary Session Six

Addressing Volatility: Options for Regulation

• Options for the regulatory and market mechanisms mix;

• What next for major commodity exchanges and OTC markets?

• Complementing better commodity trading rules with better regulatory oversight;

• Addressing issues of commodity trading arrangements and market stabilization;

• Prospects for commodity exchanges in developing and transition economies;

11.30 - 13.00 Plenary Session Seven

Policy Challenges for Energy and Mineral Exporting Countries

• The policy options for minerals, metals and energy producers;

• Foreign investors' contribution to the economy;

• Good governance, transparency and accountability;

13.00 - 15.00 Lunch Break


15.00 - 16.00 Plenary Session Seven (continued)

• Dealing with competition within the supply chain;

• Strategies for value addition and diversification;

• Extractive industries' linkages with the rest of the economy

16.00 - 17.00 Plenary Session Eight

Policy and Institutional Frameworks in Extractive Industries

• Dialogue on better market and regulatory frameworks and improved pricing mechanisms for hydrocarbons;

• Dialogue on building up a sustainable energy matrix for the future world economy;

• Dialogue on sustainable mining practices;

• International cooperation between commodity producers and users.


17.00 - 18.00 Concluding Plenary Session

The Chair of the forum will present to participants the main approaches expressed at the forum and will explore the possibilities of improving the policy and institutional frameworks, both nationally and internationally, to meet the future challenges of developing extractive industries and maintaining good rules and practices in production and distribution of oil, gas & metals, including better multilateral trade rules and improved principles for the financing of extractive industries.