At its forty-fifth session (New York, 25 June-6 July 2012), the Commission considered its possible future work in the area of public-private partnerships. It noted that PPPs were widely considered to be a tool for economic development as evidenced by the conclusions reached by States at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012, that encouraged the use of public-private partnerships. The Commission requested the Secretariat to hold a colloquium to identify the scope of possible work and primary issues to be addressed. The importance of coordination and cooperation between relevant bodies on ongoing work in that area was emphasised.
The colloquium on PPPs will take place from 2 to 3 May 2012 at the Vienna International Centre to identify the scope of possible work by UNCITRAL in that area, primary issues to be addressed in that work and the possible form that a resulting work product could take (a model law, legislative guide or other). The colloquium will bring together experts from government, private sector, academia and the non-profit sector. Issues expected to be discussed at the colloquium include oversight mechanisms, the promotion of domestic dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms in the context of public-private partnerships and the possible expansion of the scope of the UNCITRAL instruments on privately financed infrastructure projects (the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide and the UNCITRAL Model Legislative Provisions on Privately Financed Infrastructure Projects [hyperlinks]), in particular to include forms of private financing and related transactions not currently covered in those instruments.
The colloquium will be conducted on an informal basis. Interpretation in the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be available.
The report of the colloquium will be before the Commission at its forty-sixth session and will be made available upon its issuance at www.uncitral.org/uncitral/commission/sessions/46th.html.
Further information about the colloquium and its documents will be posted on this page.