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15 to 23 February 2024 | Open meeting

Associated and pre-events take place on the week before and on the week of the 11th APFSD. These events complement the main programme by providing additional space for Member States, UN agencies , civil society, youth, and other stakeholders to convene and discuss topics relevant to the Asia-Pacific region. Major pre-events include the annual APFSD Youth Forum and Peoples’ Forum, which serve as inclusive preparatory meetings for the APFSD and the Youth Climathon, an opportunity for young people from the Asia-Pacific region to develop innovative solutions for the acceleration of climate action.

 

For in-person events, please register by February 6th at: https://indico.un.org/event/1007683/

For virtual events, respective registration details can be found under the Programme tab.

Additional details and concept notes can be found under the Documents tab. 

 

Accessibility Requirements: We try to ensure that events at the UNCC are accessible to everyone. Contact [email protected] for specific accessibility needs.

If you have any questions about your associative or pre-event, the APFSD, or any other matters, please contact [email protected]  with a copy to [email protected].

15 Feb 2024
09:30
17:30
APFSD Youth Forum 2024
Sukosol Hotel [In person and Virtual]

Organizers: Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Youth LEAD, Y-PEER Asia Pacific Centre, Major Group for Children and Youth, Right Here Right Now Global Partnership, Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), and Children and Youth Major Group to UNEP. 

 

Description: The APFSD Youth Forum 2024 will be a dedicated space for young people from the region to engage in an indepth review of the progress made towards sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, specifically SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 13 (Climate action), SDG 16 (Peace, justice, and strong institutions),17 (Partnership for the Goals), SDG 3 (Health and Wellbeing), and SDG 5 (Gender Equality). The Call to Actions developed during the APFSD Youth Forum 2024 will contribute to the APFSD Intergovernmental Fora 2024, ECOSOC Youth Forum 2024, as well as the High-Level Political Forum 2024. The APFSD Youth Forum this year will also showcase youth-led innovations for SDG in the region. This year , the APFSD Youth Forum will bring together over 500 young people from 42 countries in a physical and online space. We have received an overwhelming response of 2400 applications this year . Around 100 selected participants, including youth innovation scholars  will join the forum physically in Bangkok, and 400  young people will participate via online space. The methodology this year is interactive, with sessions focusing on regional and national-level actions.

16 Feb 2024
09:30
18:00
APFSD Youth Forum
Sukosol Hotel [In person and Virtual]

Organizers: Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Youth LEAD, Y-PEER Asia Pacific Centre, Major Group for Children and Youth, Right Here Right Now Global Partnership, Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), and Children and Youth Major Group to UNEP. 

 

Description: The APFSD Youth Forum 2024 will be a dedicated space for young people from the region to engage in an indepth review of the progress made towards sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, specifically SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 13 (Climate action), SDG 16 (Peace, justice, and strong institutions),17 (Partnership for the Goals), SDG 3 (Health and Wellbeing), and SDG 5 (Gender Equality). The Call to Actions developed during the APFSD Youth Forum 2024 will contribute to the APFSD Intergovernmental Fora 2024, ECOSOC Youth Forum 2024, as well as the High-Level Political Forum 2024. The APFSD Youth Forum this year will also showcase youth-led innovations for SDG in the region. This year , the APFSD Youth Forum will bring together over 500 young people from 42 countries in a physical and online space. We have received an overwhelming response of 2400 applications this year . Around 100 selected participants, including youth innovation scholars  will join the forum physically in Bangkok, and 400  young people will participate via online space. The methodology this year is interactive, with sessions focusing on regional and national-level actions.

17 Feb 2024
08:30
17:00
Peoples Forum 2024: Change the System, Shift the Power: Advancing People’s Demand for Development Justice!
Royal Princess Hotel

Organizers: Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) 

Description: This Forum will be held in Bangkok ahead of the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). The APPFSD aims to serve as a platform that harnesses the collective voice of the region on their perspective on the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). With the theme "Change the System, Shift the Power: Advancing People’s Demand for Development Justice!", the forum seeks to consolidate civil society organizations and people's movements across Asia Pacific towards transformative and genuine development that is centered on the people's needs and aspirations.

09:30
15:00
APFSD Youth Forum
Sukosol Hotel [In person and Virtual]

Organizers: Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Youth LEAD, Y-PEER Asia Pacific Centre, Major Group for Children and Youth, Right Here Right Now Global Partnership, Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), and Children and Youth Major Group to UNEP. 

 

Description: The APFSD Youth Forum 2024 will be a dedicated space for young people from the region to engage in an indepth review of the progress made towards sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, specifically SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 13 (Climate action), SDG 16 (Peace, justice, and strong institutions),17 (Partnership for the Goals), SDG 3 (Health and Wellbeing), and SDG 5 (Gender Equality). The Call to Actions developed during the APFSD Youth Forum 2024 will contribute to the APFSD Intergovernmental Fora 2024, ECOSOC Youth Forum 2024, as well as the High-Level Political Forum 2024. The APFSD Youth Forum this year will also showcase youth-led innovations for SDG in the region. This year , the APFSD Youth Forum will bring together over 500 young people from 42 countries in a physical and online space. We have received an overwhelming response of 2400 applications this year . Around 100 selected participants, including youth innovation scholars  will join the forum physically in Bangkok, and 400  young people will participate via online space. The methodology this year is interactive, with sessions focusing on regional and national-level actions.

18 Feb 2024
08:30
17:00
Peoples Forum 2024: Change the System, Shift the Power: Advancing People’s Demand for Development Justice!
Royal Princess Hotel

Organizers: Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) 

Description: This Forum will be held in Bangkok ahead of the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). The APPFSD aims to serve as a platform that harnesses the collective voice of the region on their perspective on the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). With the theme "Change the System, Shift the Power: Advancing People’s Demand for Development Justice!", the forum seeks to consolidate civil society organizations and people's movements across Asia Pacific towards transformative and genuine development that is centered on the people's needs and aspirations.

19 Feb 2024
08:30
16:45
New Frontiers on Social Protection in a Changing World
Meeting Room A, UNCC [In person]

OrganizerUnited Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Co-organizerIssue-based Coalition on Inclusive Economic Growth and Recovery

 

DescriptionSocial protection plays a crucial role in addressing poverty, inequality, and promoting inclusive development in the Asia Pacific region. It is also an enabling policy instrument to enhance people’s resilience, to address individual and co-variate risks over lifecycle intersecting with climate change related events, disasters and health and environment related risks. Although advances have been made, social protection coverage gaps in the Asia Pacific region remain large and benefit levels are often inadequate. Climate change and the respective mitigation and adaptation measures could further disrupt labour markets and disproportionately affect vulnerable people in the absence of comprehensive and adequate social protection system. These effects will also create new intersecting vulnerabilities across different groups, including marginalized groups based on factors like gender, age, race, geographical location and disability. The workshop will highlight how the intersection between structural exclusion, existential risks and mega trends (e.g. climate change, ageing, economic slowdown, overlapping crisis, etc.) are shifting the frontiers of social protection. In particular, the event will zoom into the climate and fiscal challenges as an impetus to strengthen social protection systems across the Asia Pacific region, recognizing the right to social protection through adequate public spending is contained within key human rights treaties.

09:00
16:30
Global Workshop on Policy Experimentation and Regulatory Sandboxes on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Development
Conference Room 3, UNCC [In Person]

Organizers: Division of Public Institution and Digital Government, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Co-organizers: Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

 

Description: Frontier technologies hold the potential to accelerate SDGs for Asia-Pacific countries with innovative policies, yet pose risks like the widening digital divides and regulatory challenges. Recently, countries are adopting policy experimentation and regulatory sandboxes, creating controlled spaces for governments and relevant stakeholders to trial digital innovations beyond existing regulatory frameworks. In line with the theme of this APFSD, which focuses on reinforcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and eradicating poverty during times of multiple crises and aligning with this year's APFSD's emphasis on SDG 16 and SDG17, among others, this associated event will disseminate the findings and outcomes of project implementation in three target countries, namely Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and the Maldives, on developing regulatory sandboxes on frontier technologies for sustainable development.

Regional Workshop for the Voluntary National Reviews: Leveraging Data to Leave No One Behind
Meeting Room G, UNCC [In person and Virtual]

Organizer: Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

 

DescriptionThis event will provide a platform for participating member States to support each other in the development of their VNRs and it will be an opportunity to identify and discuss common challenges, as well as to receive technical support on VNR preparation. The workshop will feature dedicated sessions on strengthening the data and statistics aspects of progress narratives in VNRs and showcase best practices in mainstreaming results from ESCAP's Leave No one Behind (LNOB) Platform and National SDG Tracker

 

LinkVoluntary National Reviews (VNR) | ESCAP (unescap.org)

09:00
17:15
SIDS Partnership Symposium
Meeting Room H, UNCC [In Person]

OrganizersUnited Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Co-organizersEconomic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Description: This event will center its attention on how to enhance coalitions and partnerships for the following two key SIDS priorities, as identified in the Praia (Cabo Verde) Declaration, firstly, Partnerships for Science, Technology, Innovation and Digitalization, and secondly, Partnerships for Climate Finance. The objectives of the SIDS Partnership Symposium include gathering insights and perspectives from SIDS stakeholders on how the SIDS Partnership Framework can be improved in its upcoming phase to bolster implementation of SIDS priorities through partnerships in SIDS. Exploring how to enhance coalitions and partnerships on two key regional SIDS priorities (as identified in the Praia (Cabo Verde) Declaration), including through financing, technological innovation, data, capacity development, trade initiatives, and statistics. And fostering peer learning and exchange of knowledge among stakeholders in building effective collaborations for SIDS

14:00
16:00
Local and Regional Government Assembly
Phayathai 4 Room, 6th Floor, Eastin Grand Phayathai Hotel [In Person]

Organizers: Asia-Pacific Local Government Coordinating Body (APLG) through the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC).

Co-organizers: C40 Cities, CityNet, Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia, UCLG Middle East and West Asia (MEWA), UCLG Eurasia, Metropolis, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and United Nations University – Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).

 

DescriptionThe Local and Regional Government Assembly (LRG Assembly) will convene local and regional governments in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen cooperation and discuss the SDGs under review for 2024: SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 13 (Climate action), SDG 16 (Peace, justice, and strong institutions), and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals). The LRG Assembly will also deliberate and finalize the Joint Statement of Local and Regional Governments to the 11th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). An associated event of the 11th APFSD, the LRG Assembly is organized by the Asia-Pacific Local Government Coordinating Body (APLG) through the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) and hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Link: UCLG ASPAC (uslg-aspac.org)

20 Feb 2024
13:00
14:15
APFSD Youth Climathon
Meeting Room H, UNCC [In Person and Virtual]

Organizers: United Nations ESCAP, Hackathon Thailand, Youth Empowerment in Climate Action Platform, UNESCO, UNFCCC RCC AP, and Global Climate Action Partnership and Asia LEDS.

 

Description: This final session of the APFSD Youth Climathon will see the presentation of innovative youth solutions for climate action from the Youth Climathon finalists. Four talented teams of youth will present their solutions covering the themes of urban resilience, climate smart agriculture, and natural ecosystems. These solutions represent over a month of work from preceding workshops and pitches and are backed by the passion and ingenuity of youth. Youth are critical stakeholders in climate action and in securing sustainable futures. Engaging them in solutions today is key for tomorrow.

Registration link

22 Feb 2024
11:45
13:00
Strengthening capacity, governance and policy coherence in small island developing States
Meeting room Asia-Pacific Foyer, Ground Floor

OrganizersOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Nations ESCAP Subregional Office for the Pacific, UK International Development and Thailand International Cooperation Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

DescriptionThis side event aims to inform the work of development partners / donors in improving rules, processes, and capacity strengthening approaches, to leverage the strengths of policymakers and to provide more tailored and sustainable support; Surfacing practical opportunities to enhance governance systems by better integrating and sustaining capacity strengthening efforts and promoting coherence in times of complexity and multiple crises; Identifying opportunities to enhance key enablers of capacity strengthening, such as effective and sustainable partnerships, regional approaches or global learning opportunities; and Amplifying SIDS’ voices in the discussions in the run-up to the fourth International Conference on SIDS to be held from 27 to 30 May 2024 in Antigua and Barbuda, aligning with discussions to date for the summit and the AOSIS DAC Taskforce. The side event provides an opportunity in achieving sustainable development is of upmost importance for SIDS, with SIDS looking for innovative solutions to achieve the 2030 agenda and goals within their own context, and pursuing greater opportunities for peer learning, south-south and triangular cooperation opportunities.  It is important that approaches and frameworks including innovative solutions to advance global agendas are well coordinated and contextualized. With the engagement of policy makers, civil society, and other stakeholders, the discussions will identify pathways forward for SIDS to enhance their capacities. By the conclusion of the side event, participants should be able to further their understanding of innovative solutions and policy choices to implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the advancement of the SIDS priorities for the next decade.

Concept Note

Registration link

17:00
19:30
APFSD11 Networking Meetup (food & beverage will be served)
Dok Ruk, the Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort

Venue: Dok ruk, the Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort, 164-172 Krung Kasem Road, Bang Khun Phrom, Phra Nakon, Bangkok, Thailand ( 5 - 10 min walk from United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok)

Organizer/Host: Ascent Partners Foundation Limited

Event Description: SDG Goal 17 (Partnership for the Goals) is one of the SDGs under review during the Asia Pacific Forum Sustainable Development(APFSD) 2024. It highlighted the importance of strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. This session provides an unofficial setting in an informal environment for APFSD 2024 attendees exchanging ideas to explore collaboration. Thai-style buffet dinner will be served.

All APFSD 2024 attendees are welcome to join. No registration is required, but you are required to present your forum attendee badge or UN badge for identity confirmation purpose.

23 Feb 2024
10:00
12:00
SIDS Partnership Symposium
Meeting Room H, UNCC [In Person]

OrganizersUnited Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Co-organizersEconomic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Description: This event will center its attention on how to enhance coalitions and partnerships for the following two key SIDS priorities, as identified in the Praia (Cabo Verde) Declaration, firstly, Partnerships for Science, Technology, Innovation and Digitalization, and secondly, Partnerships for Climate Finance. The objectives of the SIDS Partnership Symposium include gathering insights and perspectives from SIDS stakeholders on how the SIDS Partnership Framework can be improved in its upcoming phase to bolster implementation of SIDS priorities through partnerships in SIDS. Exploring how to enhance coalitions and partnerships on two key regional SIDS priorities (as identified in the Praia (Cabo Verde) Declaration), including through financing, technological innovation, data, capacity development, trade initiatives, and statistics. And fostering peer learning and exchange of knowledge among stakeholders in building effective collaborations for SIDS

for more information, please contact

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