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The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) was established in 1990 and conducts work programs on developing human resources, touching on issues ranging from education to labor to capacity building. In addition, the HRDWG is responsible for building cultural awareness and gender equity. The HRDWG conducts its work program through its three networks: the Capacity Building Network (CBN); the Education Network (EDNET); and the Labour and Social Protection Network (LSPN).

In 2009, APEC went to the United States to reaffirm its commitment and strengthen its thriving work on human resources development. The 31st APEC HRDWG Meeting (HRDWG31) took place in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 22-25 June 2009.

Approximately 120 HRD experts from APEC’s twenty-one member-economies attended to concertize the renewed vision and reinvigorated work plan of the HRDWG as steered by Lead Shepherd Alan Ginsburg of the US Department of Education.

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Administrative Circular

Meeting Venue and Date

The 31st APEC HRDWG meeting was held in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, from Monday, 22 June to Thursday, 25 June 2009. The venue for the 31st APEC HRDWG Meeting was:

DePaul University - Lincoln Park Campus

Address: Student Center - 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614, USA


The 31st HRDWG Meeting Administrative Circular contains information on room availability at the following hotels:

  • The Willows Hotel
  • Majestic Hotel
  • The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel
  • DePaul University-Clifton/Fullerton Hall

Airports and Transportation

Chicago is served by O’Hare International Airport and by Midway Airport.

O’Hare International Airport

For visitors needing information or directions, airport information booths are located on the lower levels of the domestic terminals and on the upper and lower levels of the International Terminal. A foreign currency exchange is located on the lower level of the International Terminal. O’Hare is located approximately 13 miles from downtown Chicago. The cost for taking a taxi to/from the airport varies depending on travel time from $30-$50 USD.

Transportation from O'Hare International Airport

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is served directly by train, taxi, shared-ride van, shuttle, and bus. The Airport Transit System provides a quick, convenient, and free service for transfers to / from the terminals. It can also be used to reach the long-term parking facility.

CTA Train Service - The Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line provides a 24-hour service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. Trains run every eight minutes from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm weekdays and every ten minutes from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The CTA station is located on the lowest level of the main parking garage and is accessible by pedestrian tunnels from Terminals 1, 2, and 3.

Taxi and Shared-Ride Van Services - Taxis at Chicago O'Hare International Airport are available at all terminals from the lower level curb front. Metered rates apply to all destinations. Chicago O'Hare International Airport shared-ride vans are also available at all terminals from the lower level curb front.

Bus and Shuttle Services - Located on the ground floor of the elevated parking garage, the bus/shuttle center is the primary pickup point for hotel courtesy and Pace buses as well as shuttles for car rental agencies and parking. The center is accessible by tunnels from Terminals 1, 2, and 3.

Continental Airport Express shuttles leave Chicago O'Hare International Airport every five to ten minutes. Tickets may be purchased at the kiosk outside of the International Terminal and at the lower levels of Terminals 1, 2, and 3 at the counters across from the baggage claim. Continental Airport Express also offers shuttles to northern suburban locations.

Midway Airport

This airport is conveniently located 10 miles from downtown Chicago. Midway’s one terminal building has three concourses – A, B and C. Airport information booths are located in the ticketing lobby, baggage claim and the concessions food court. All vehicle pick-up services are available on the lower level roadway. The cost for taking a taxi between Midway and downtown is approximately $28-$32 USD.

Transportation from Midway Airport

Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) is located just ten miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Chicago. One of the fastest growing airports in the continent, Chicago Midway Airport serves over 17 million travelers each year.

CTA Train Services - Chicago Midway Airport offers easy access to downtown Chicago via Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Orange Line buses, regional buses, downtown and suburban shuttles, and interstate highways.

Bus and Shuttle Services - GO Airport Express shuttles depart from Midway airport every 15 minutes for downtown service to Chicago hotels, downtown businesses and near north residential locations. The GO Airport Express ticket counter and loading zone is located at Door 3, lower level across from the baggage claim. Reservations from Midway to downtown are not necessary. The last GO Airport Express van leaves Midway at 10:30 pm seven nights a week.


Photo galleries from the 31st Human Resources Development Working Group Meeting are accessible using the links below.

Planning Documents

Each year HRD holds a meeting to further its planning and activity efforts. The resources below were developed to support the 31st HRD meeting held 22-25 June 2009 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Meeting Resources

Planning Documents Description


This document is a grid with the staffing organization for the APEC Chicago meeting.

Possible Pandemic Flu Implications

An email sent regarding possible Pandemic Flu implications for the meeting.

Meeting Specifications

A grid detailing the times and locations of each event.

Shuttle Bus Schedule

Schedule for shuttles arranged by DePaul, SEI and the hotel.


Describes and defines halal food management.

Guidelines For Hosting APEC Meetings

An overview of the arrangements and accommodations required when hosting an APEC meeting.

Administrative Circular

This Circular provides general information on arrangements and other relevant information for the 31st APEC HRDWG Meeting.

Mayor’s Proclamation

Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley proclaims June 22-25 2009 to be APEC HRDWG days.

Preparatoy Staff Assignments

Provides information on staff assignments in preparing for and in the initial days of the conference.


Official documents from the 31st meeting of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group including the Summary Record can be found at this link.

Other HRDWG Meetings

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)