At its forty-sixth session in 2013, the Commission agreed that Working Group V (Insolvency Law) should hold a colloquium in the first few days of the working group session scheduled for the second half of 2013 to clarify how it would proceed with outstanding aspects of its current mandate, including application of the concept of "centre of main interests" to enterprise groups, the obligations of directors of companies that are members of an enterprise group in the period approaching insolvency and the insolvency of financial institutions, and to consider topics for possible future work, including insolvency issues specific to micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises. The colloquium, which will be the fourth such colloquium held to discuss issues of international insolvency law, will take place from 16 through 18 December 2013 at the Vienna International Centre.
The colloquium will be conducted on an informal basis and will be open to experts from government, the private sector, academia and the non-profit sector. Interpretation in the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be available.
The colloquium will be followed by the forty-fourth session of Working Group V on 19 and 20 December. Attendance at the Working Group will be restricted to Member and Observer States and those intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations invited to participate.
Experts seeking to participate in the colloquium will need to register by completing the registration form and collect a grounds pass from the United Nations Security Pass Office in order to access the Vienna International Centre (a passport is required for the release of the ground pass).