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The eightieth session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held from 22 to 26 April 2024 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

Guided by the theme “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”, the eightieth session will be an opportunity to strengthen region-wide cooperative action on leveraging digital innovation for the accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The session will bring together government leaders and ministers from across Asia and the Pacific and other key stakeholders to discuss how digital innovation can more inclusively contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals across multiple disciplines.

Moreover, participants will be able to identify opportunities to fully unleash the transformative potential of digital innovations and discuss pathways to strengthen their contribution to sustainable development. A digital innovations fair will provide space to engage with a broad range of partners and stakeholders showcasing digital innovations that are already contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals across the region.

CREDENTIALS AND REGISTRATION

Each delegation is required to submit a letter of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government or organization, at the earliest convenience, preferably by 22 March 2024 to [email protected].

All participants who appear in the letter of credentials are requested to register online at https://indico.un.org/event/1007591/ as soon as possible but no later than 22 March 2024. Only the names of duly accredited and registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

22 Apr 2024
09:00
12:00
Agenda item 1. Opening of the session
ESCAP Hall, UNCC 

9:00-11:00

Agenda item 1 (b) Election of officers 

Agenda item 1 (c) Adoption of the agenda 

Agenda item 1 (a) Opening addresses 

- Opening addresses 

- Special remarks by Heads of State or Government on the theme of the session 

11:00-12:00 

Agenda item 2 

Theme topic: “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”:  

High-level roundtable 1: Socio-economic outlook, emerging challenges and solutions  

12:15
13:15
Lunch for Heads of State/Government and Ministers
13:15
14:15
SIDE EVENTS
UNCC and online
14:30
17:30
Agenda item 2 Theme topic: “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific"
ESCAP Hall, UNCC

Agenda item 2 (a)General debate 

- Presentation of findings of the theme study  

- Country statements 

18:00
20:00
RECEPTION HOSTED BY ESCAP AND MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT
UNCC
23 Apr 2024
09:00
12:00
Agenda item 2 Theme topic: “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”
ESCAP Hall, UNCC

Agenda item 2 (a) General debate (continued) 

09:00-10:00  

High-level roundtable 2: Digital innovations for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 

10:00-12:00  

- Country statements 

12:00
12:45
Lunch
12:45
14:15
SIDE EVENTS
UNCC and online
14:30
15:30
Agenda item 2 Theme topic: “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”
ESCAP Hall, UNCC

Agenda item 2 (a) General debate (continued) 

14:30-15:30  

High-level roundtable 3: Digital Inclusion 

15:30
17:30
Agenda item 3 Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Small Island Developing States
ESCAP Hall, UNCC

Agenda item 3: Special Body of Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Small Island Developing States

Keynote speakers 

Presentation of the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2024: Leveraging Digitalization for Productivity and Decent Employment  

Country interventions 

24 Apr 2024
09:00
12:00
Agenda item 2 Theme topic: “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”
ESCAP Hall, UNCC
Agenda item 2 (b) Subregional perspectives

Subregional perspectives on “Subregional perspectives on leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development”  (Concept Note) 

- High-level dialogue with subregional organizations 

- Country interventions 

12:00
13:00
Lunch
13:00
17:00
DIGITAL INNOVATION FAIR
UNCC and online

13:00-14:30 and 15:30-17:00 

Side events 

Digital Innovation Fair

25 Apr 2024
09:00
12:00
Agenda item 4: Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific and issues pertinent to the subsidiary structure of the Commission
ESCAP Hall, UNCC

Agenda item 4 

Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific and issues pertinent to the subsidiary structure of the Commission: 

(a) Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 

(b) Social development 

(c) Environment and development 

(d) Disaster risk reduction 

(e) Energy 

12:00
12:45
LUNCH
12:45
13:45
SIDE EVENTS
14:00
17:00
Agenda item 4: Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific and issues pertinent to the subsidiary structure of the Commission
ESCAP Hall, UNCC

Agenda item 4 

Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific and issues pertinent to the subsidiary structure of the Commission: (continued) 

(f) Transport 

(g) Macroeconomic policy, poverty reduction and financing for development 

(h) Trade, investment, enterprise and business innovation 

(i) Information and communications technology, science, technology and innovation 

(j)  Statistics 

26 Apr 2024
09:00
12:00
Agenda items 5, 6, 7, and 8
ESCAP Hall, UNCC

Agenda item 5 

Management Issues 

(a) Proposed programme plan for 2025; 

(b) Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development; 

(c) Evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2022–2023;

(d) Evaluation of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of  Technology. 

 

 

Agenda item 6 

Activities of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission 

Agenda item 7 

Dates and venue of and theme topic for the eighty-first session of the Commission (2025) 

 

Agenda Item 8 

Other Matters 

12:00
12:45
LUNCH
12:45
13:45
SIDE EVENTS
UNCC and online
14:00
16:00
Agenda item 9: Adoption of the report of the Commission on its eightieth session
ESCAP Hall, UNCC
General

This document provides links to external and third-party website, for convenience of meeting participants, and for use at their discretion. ESCAP cannot vouch for the accuracy or correctness of the information contained therein.

The 80th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is scheduled to be held at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok (UNCC) from 22 to 26 April 2024. The opening of the session will take place in the morning of Monday, 22 April 2024.

Credentials

Each delegation is required to submit a letter of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government or organization, at the earliest convenience prior to 22 March 2024 to [email protected] with copy to the team of the Secretary of the Commission (Mr. Lorenzo Santucci, Secretary of the Commission at [email protected], Ms. Caridad Canales Davila, Deputy Secretary of the Commission at [email protected] and Ms. Wilasluck Aurtaveekul, Senior Meetings Services Assistant at [email protected]). Only delegates who appear on the credentials will be recognized in the list of participants. Originals may be sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the address below.

Office of the Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Executive Office Suite

United Nations Conference Centre The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Each delegate who appears in the aforementioned letter of credentials is required to register online as soon as possible at https://indico.un.org/event/1007591/. Only registration of accredited delegates will be accepted.

Registration and identification badges

In order to facilitate the registration process participants are REQUIRED to register online at https://indico.un.org/event/1007591/ well in advance, but no later than 22 March 2024, to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of photo badges as well as the compilation of the list of participants.

Please note that prior online registration is mandatory in line with standard security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises. A document containing tips on completing the online registration on behalf of another participant can be accessed on the registration portal, noted above.

Participants who have registered online can obtain photo badges at the registration counter, located on the Ground Level, UNCC, from 08:00 to 10:00 hours on the opening day of the event.

Participants who are not able to register online during the times indicated above are requested to do so upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. Only the names of duly registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

For identification and security reasons, all participants are REQUIRED to wear their meeting badges at all times while they are in the UN complex, which include meetings and social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be immediately communicated to the registration counter or the UN security, so that the incident could be recorded, and a new badge can be issued.

Communications

Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
(Name of delegate)
c/o Mr. Lorenzo Santucci
Secretary of the Commission
Office of the Executive Secretary
ESCAP, United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200
Thailand
Fax: +66.2.2881051
E-mail: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

Meeting documents

Considering the carbon footprint involved in producing papers and printing documents, it is strongly recommended to utilize soft copies at the maximum extent. If hard copies are needed, participants are requested to bring with them their own copies of the meeting documents distributed by the ESCAP secretariat to their Governments/Agencies/Organizations prior to the session. Hard copy will only be made available upon request (print on demand service) and only one set per member State delegation.

Documents for circulation or distribution at the session should be handed to Mr. Lorenzo Santucci, Secretary of the Commission, (email: [email protected]), Office of the Executive Secretary, Executive Office Suite, Level 2, United Nations Conference Centre.

In accordance with the UN regulations for the control and limitation of documentation, the secretariat cannot undertake to process and/or reproduce a document or a statement submitted by individual delegations, unless the Commission specifically takes a decision to that effect and approves the financial implications thereof.

Meeting organizers are encouraged to avoid handing out print copies of documents, newsletters, flyers or other such material. As an alternative, they are urged to use innovative and eco-friendly means to deliver such information, such as using QR codes, social media, website or email.

Daily subsistence allowance

N/A

Health and vaccination Health and vaccination

Upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who are nationals of or have traveled from/through countries listed below, which have been declared Yellow Fever infected areas, must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a valid Yellow Fever vaccination at the Health Control Office upon arrival before proceeding to immigration. A valid vaccination certificate means that the vaccine was administered at least 10 days prior to travel to the affected country. The International Health Certificate must also be submitted together with the visa application form.

The countries/areas listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand dated 30 November 2022):

  1. Angola
  2. Argentina
  3. Benin
  4. Bolivia
  5. Brazil
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Burundi
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central African Republic
  10. Chad
  11. Colombia
  12. Congo
  13. Republic of the Congo
  14. Cote d’Ivoire
  15. Ecuador
  16. Equatorial Guinea
  17. Ethiopia
  18. French Guiana
  19. Gabon
  20. Gambia
  21. Ghana
  22. Guinea
  23. Guinea-Bissau
  1. Guyana
  2. Kenya
  3. Liberia
  4. Mali
  5. Mauritania
  6. Niger
  7. Nigeria
  8. Panama
  9. Paraguay
  10. Peru
  11. Rwanda
  12. Sao Tome & Principe
  13. Senegal
  14. Sierra Leone
  15. Somalia
  16. Sudan
  17. Suriname
  18. Tanzania
  19. Togo
  20. Trinidad & Tobago
  21. Uganda
  22. Venezuela

Zika virus

Zika is endemic in Thailand and cases have been reported amongst tourists. All travelers are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites while in Thailand. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Thailand or talk to their doctor about the implications of traveling to Thailand during this time.

In addition to the above, Medical Services Division at UNHQs advises that pregnant UN personnel should not undertake duty travel or be relocated to countries/areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur. Women who are seeking pregnancy should obtain individual advice from their medical practitioner on risk management regarding their plans to travel into a Zika-affected area. For further information, please refer to the Zika virus FAQ.

Information on other non-vaccine preventable diseases to watch out for while in Thailand can be found here: Thailand - Traveler view | Travelers' Health | CDC.

Air pollution and Health

Bangkok, like many metropolitan Asian cities in the world, is periodically affected by high levels of air pollution, with haze and high concentrations of PM2.5 particularly of concern for sensitive groups.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand advises tourists to monitor Bangkok’s air pollution and take precautions when necessary. People who have existing asthma or are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution should consult their treating physician as to whether a trip to Bangkok is advisable at this time. Information on the Air pollution can be found Air4Thai website, maintained by the government of Thailand with daily information on air pollution.

Insurance and emergency medical service

Delegates are strongly encouraged to subscribe to a travel or health insurance which is valid in the Kingdom of Thailand, in order to cover any medical bills or hospitalization fees. In case of medical emergency, please call 1669. The nearest hospital to the UNCC is Bangkok Adventist (Mission) Hospital, which has English speaking medical support staff +662-282-1100.

When feeling unwell while in the UNCC: Anyone who feels unwell while already within the UNCC is advised to call any medical service staff at +66 2288 1352/1353/1761 during business hours, for further guidance. After business hours, they are advised to call the UN Medical Officer at +66 2288 1353 for further guidance. In case of a medical emergency within the UNCC, they are advised to call UN Security at +66 2288 1102/1120 for assistance in calling an ambulance.

Visa requirements Visa and entry requirements

Visa Requirements

Participants are REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate entry visa from the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General before entering Thailand, EXCEPT for those nationals listed at List of Countries entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival.

Please note that participants holding UN Laissez-Passer (UNLP) travelling on official business to Thailand are also REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate visa before entering.

To apply for an appropriate entry visa to Thailand, participants are required to contact their nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General for the most updated information regarding visa application procedures and required documents. The list of Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General can be found at https://www.thaiembassy.org.

Participants who wish to apply for a visa outside their country of residence or reside in a country where there is no Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate, should check with the meeting organizer for the location where it is possible for them to apply for a Thai visa. Please note that certain nationalities, for security reasons, are not allowed to apply for a visa except at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General which has jurisdiction over the concerned territory.

Participants who may need further assistance from ESCAP on their visa application should contact the meeting organizer, well in advance, for necessary action.

Participants who wish to apply for a visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Muang International Airport should follow the below requirements:

  1. The applicant must possess a passport from the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to apply for visa on arrival (List of countries entitled for Visa on Arrival) with the validity of more than 30 days, at least one completely blank page, and be in possession of a valid return ticket with date of departure within 15 days of the date of entry.
  2. The applicant must fill out an application form, which is available at the Visa-on-Arrival counter at the airport, supply one recent passport-sized photograph and a fee of Thai Baht (THB) 2,000.
  3. QR code for online application is available at Visa On Arrival (immigration.go.th). Upon presentation of printed Transaction Reference Number, the applicant could obtain the visa at the Visa-on-Arrival counter at the airport before proceeding for immigration procedures.
  4. The applicant must provide proof of means of living expenses at the amount of THB 10,000 per person or THB 20,000 per family.

NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of October 2022.

Entry Requirements (as of 1 March 2023)

Thai Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) issued “Public Health Measures for Foreign Travellers Entering Thailand”, which is effective from 1 March 2023 until further notice, as per the following:

  • Proof of vaccination is No longer required.
  • Proof of health insurance is No longer required.
  • Any passenger having symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival shall be recommended to get COVID-19/RT-PCR test at arrival.

For more information, travelers can contact the DDC Hotline 1422.

Accessibility support for persons with disabilities Accessibility support for persons with disabilities

The UNCC is fully wheelchair-accessible and houses the Accessibility Centre on Level 1. For more information, please visit the Accessibility Centre’s webpages

Travel agent Travel agent

The American Express Global Business Travel (AMEX-GBT) office is located on Level 1, UNCC, and is open weekdays from 08:00 to 17:00 hours. Remote support is available on other days ([email protected])

Travel Advisory Travel Advisory

Visitors are advised to be respectful of Thai customs at all times. Please note that Thailand has laws against making negative comments about the institution of the monarchy. Such laws are strictly enforced and are applicable to spoken, written, gestures and electronic communication, including social media.

Transport to attend meetings Transport to attend meetings

Participants need to make their own transport arrangements to and from the UNCC. Metered taxis are readily available in the city and you may also book your transportation via applications such as Grab and Volt. Some hotels close to the UN building may provide complimentary transfer service on fixed schedule, to and from the UNCC, so please check with the hotel concierge.

Transport from and to Airport Transport from and to Airport

Participants need to make their own transportation arrangements from Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Mueang International Airport to their respective hotels. For the Airport Rail Link, an express and commuter rail connecting to Makkasan Station (MRT subway Petchaburi Station) and Phayathai Station (BTS Skytrain), passengers should go to Level B. Detailed information can be found at https://www.srtet.co.th/index.php/en/.

Electric taxis (EVsociety/VIP) are currently available at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The counter is located next to the main taxi area. The service is available 24 hours and can be pre-booked via:

Line ID: @evsociety
Phone: +66 2039 8888
Email: [email protected]
EV Society Facebook

Metered-taxi and bus services are readily available at the airport. More information is available at https://www.bangkokairportonline.com

To use the airport limousine service, participants should only contact the authorized officials at the counters located in the airport arrival zone. These officials will issue a ticket for the assignment of a limousine for transporting passengers to the desired destination, upon request. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport limousine service counters are located on Level 2 at Baggage Claim and Arrival Hall exits, channels A, B and C.

For public taxis, participants are advised to proceed to the Level 1 of the Passenger Terminal, between exit doors 4 and 7, outdoor area, where they will find automatic dispensing machines from which they can collect a queuing ticket for a public taxi. In addition to toll fees, there is a THB 50 surcharge to be added to the meter charge from the airport to the city. Please refer to the airport website noted above for details.

Souvenir shop Souvenir shop

The souvenir shop is located on Level 1 of UNCC. It is open from 09:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. The shop can be contacted at +66 2288 1295.

Safety and Security Safety and Security

For security and safety reasons, participants are reminded NOT to leave their belongings unattended. Belongings left unattended within the UNCC may be removed to the nearest Lost and Found counter or the Security Operations Centre.

All drone unmanned aircrafts are prohibited from flying over the UNCC as per the security requirements.

All occupants of the UNCC MUST comply at all times with all lawful directions given by the officers of the United Nations Security and Safety Section. Failure to do so may lead to the participant’s removal from the UNCC.

Contact numbers:

UN Security
Security Control Centre (24/7): +66.2.2881102
UN Security Emergency Number: +66.2.2881100
Mobile +66.81.8078471

Thailand Emergency Numbers:
Police general emergency call: 191
Fire: 199
Ambulance and rescue: 1669/1554
Tourism Police: 1155

Zero Tolerance towards harassment

The United Nations has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, and will deal with such complaints promptly. Please refer to the United Nations Code of Conduct and report any incident to the Security and Safety Section either in person or by phone at +66 2288 1102.

Security protocols for UN personnel

In line with security procedures for UN staff, travel notification through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) is required prior to any official travel. Upon notification of travel on TRIP, UN staff members will automatically receive an updated security advice for UN visitors to Thailand. Please visit https://dss.un.org to apply for this travel notification.

In addition, the UN Department of Safety and Security requires all UN personnel, including interns and consultants, to complete the mandatory BSAFE Security Awareness Training These security certifications are required to be completed, prior to having commenced official travel.

Prayer and meditation rooms Prayer and meditation rooms

Prayer and meditation rooms are located near CR2 on Level 2, UNCC.

Postal services Postal services

Postal services are available at the United Nations branch of Thailand Post, located on the Ground Level of UNCC. It is open from 08:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. The office can be contacted at extension 2911.

Lost and Found Lost and Found

Please contact the Security Operations Centre, either in person or by phone at +66.2.2881102.

Airline reservations Airline reservations

Many international airlines operate regular services to and from Bangkok. Participants are advised to secure their return bookings prior to their departure for Bangkok. If this is not possible, they should make firm return bookings immediately upon arrival in Bangkok. Travel services are available through the American Express Global Business Travel (AMEX-GBT) office located on Level 1, UNCC.

Library facilities Library facilities

ESCAP Library facilities are available on Level 1, Service Building from 08:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. For details on the use of the ESCAP Library facilities, please consult the staff on duty or call extensions 1329 and 1360. Further information about the ESCAP Library can be found on its website at http://www.unescap.org/library.

Internet services Internet services

Free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of the UNCC. Please use UN-WiFi, no password is required. Use of internet at UNCC is governed by relevant Organizational policies and guidelines. Failure to adhere to policies may result in revoking of those services.

Hotel accommodation Hotel accommodation

Hotels, located relatively close to ESCAP or by mass-transit routes, may be used by participants, should they choose to. The selection of hotels at a walking distance from the UNCC is encouraged to reduce participants’ local travel emissions and their exposure to traffic. Click here for a list of hotels, with indicative prices.

NOTE: ESCAP cannot vouch for accuracy of the information or rates contained in the document. The list is meant purely for reference and for ease of participants. The special discount rates provided are subject to change without notice. Please confirm the room rates with the hotel directly.

Participants are responsible for booking their own rooms and are requested to contact the hotel well in advance. Any cancellations, postponements or other changes should be reported to the hotel. Rooms not occupied may be charged to the participants as per the hotel’s policies.

Before departure from Bangkok, participants should settle directly with the respective hotels all accounts, including room charges and other expenses, such as for local and long-distance telephone calls, Internet usage, business center usage, laundry, room and hotel transportation services, mini-bar items, as well as restaurant and bar services. Participants are also responsible for any charges incurred with respect to rooms remaining vacant owing to late arrival or rescheduled departure for which inadequate prior notice is given.

Foreign currency declaration Foreign currency declaration

Any person who brings or takes an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding USD 20,000 or its equivalent into or out of the Kingdom of Thailand shall declare such amount of foreign currency to a Customs Official. Failure to make such a declaration or making any false declaration to a Customs official is a criminal offence.

For reference, participants may use – at their discretion – online currency conversion tool, such as https://freecurrencyrates.com for indicative currency conversion rates.

Floor plans UNCC Floor plans

The UNCC floor plans are available at https://www.unescap.org/uncc/our-rooms. The UN buildings are smoke-free. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas outside of the buildings and in the UNCC, the designated smoking area is outside of the Public Foyer.

Financial & administrative arrangements Financial & administrative arrangements

In those cases where the participation costs are borne by the ESCAP Secretariat, the Secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditure, including the following:

  1. All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
  2. Salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
  3. Costs incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
  4. Compensation in the event of death or disability of participants in connection with attending the meeting;
  5. Any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
  6. Any other expenses of a personal nature, not directly related to the purpose of the meeting.
Electric plug and socket Electric plug and socket

The electric power in Thailand is 220V running at 50Hz and the plug types used are either Type A, Type B, or Type C. A hybrid socket is almost universally found, which accepts a combination of the above plug types.

Delegates are strongly encouraged to carry their own adapters for use with laptops and other electrical appliances as the Secretariat will not be able to provide these. In case of need, adapters can be purchased from shops in the city dealing in electronic and electrical items.

Catering services Catering services

Operating hours

Catering services are available at the following locations:

  • International Cafeteria (Level 1, UNCC), which serves breakfast from 7.30 to 10.00 hours, and Thai, Halal and International menus for lunch from 11:00 to 14:00 hours on Monday through Friday.
  • Coffee Corner (Level 1, UNCC), which serves assortment of bakery pastries and beverages, is open from 07:00 to 17:00 hours on Monday through Friday.
  • Rajapruek Lounge (Ground Level, UNCC), which serves light meals and beverages, is open from 07:00 to 17:00 hours on Monday through Friday.

In line with the Sustainable United Nations (SUN) and Environmental Management System (EMS} principles, no single use plastic is available in the UNCC. Single-use food and drink containers have been banned within the UN compound in Bangkok. When purchasing coffee/tea at the Coffee Corner, meeting participants will be asked to pay a deposit of THB 100 for a cup, which will be returned upon return of the cup.

Dining venues at the UNCC also do not provide food storage boxes, plastic cutlery or straws for take-away orders. Diners wishing to take food away are advised to bring their own reusable food containers.

Banking facilities Banking facilities

Banking services are available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, located on Level 1 of the Service Building, from 08:30 to 15:30 hours during weekdays. (telephone extension 2168).

Siam Commercial Bank ATMs can be found near the registration desk, on the Ground Level of UNCC, and near its UN Branch office, noted above.

Weather Weather

The weather in Bangkok is usually warm and humid. Light tropical clothing would be appropriate. The conference and meeting rooms at the UNCC are air-conditioned and the temperature is maintained in the range of 23-24 degrees Celsius (73-75 degrees Fahrenheit).

Proposed side events should be related to the theme of the eightieth session of the Commission, “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”, and address at least one of the following guiding questions:

  1. What are examples of current or emerging digitally-driven innovations that can promote inclusive and sustainable development of the region in various sectors?
  2. How to ensure an enabling environment that can foster high-impact digitally-driven innovations that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?  
  3. What are examples of successful initiatives at country, subregional or regional levels that ensure that digitally-driven innovations are inclusive and leave no one behind, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals?

Basic criteria for consideration

  • Members and associate members of the Commission, permanent observers to ESCAP or other UN Member States interested in organizing a side event at the Commission can submit a proposal. Proposals may also be submitted by UN entities, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations in general consultative status or other entities invited to the Commission.
  • Priority will be given to side events involving multiple organizing partners in order to allow the participation of as many organizations as possible.
  • Proposals will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Owing to technical constraints, proposals for multiple side events from same organizer will be considered only if slots are available after other requests have been considered.
  • Organizers should plan to hold their event in English or make their own interpretation arrangements for side events.
  • Organizers are encouraged to make the events as interactive as possible, including by allocating sufficient time for interaction with the audience.
  • Organizers are encouraged to make their events open to all participants at the Commission.
  • Side events should incorporate or focus on concrete success stories and examples of digital innovations, solutions and technologies applied that support the implementation of one or more Sustainable Development Goals.

Responsibility of organizers

 

  • Side-event organizers will be fully responsible for all aspects of their events, including arranging either in-person, online or hybrid platforms to be utilized and its management, programme, invitations, outreach, registration, identification of speakers, and any related logistics or costs.
  • Publicizing a side event is the responsibility of its organizers. The secretariat will not produce fliers, distribute notices, or run other publicity efforts for side events.
  • In using United Nations premises, due respect must be maintained for the dignity of the Organization. Events and exhibits must be consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations and must be non-commercial in nature. The managing entity reserves the right to reject booking requests, request change to materials presented for approval or cancel previously authorized bookings should it determine that an event or exhibit is not consistent with the foregoing.
  • The content of events or exhibits shall be the sole responsibility of their sponsor or sponsors, and any questions or concerns pertaining to meetings, conferences, events or exhibits should be referred to the sponsor or sponsors.

Link to submit proposals

 

Questions

 

Digital technologies are driving unparalleled innovations in all sectors of society. With almost 96 per cent of the population in Asia and the Pacific now covered by mobile broadband and with the COVID-19 pandemic propelling the speed of digital transformations, these now underpin many aspects of societal development. These digital transformations are reshaping both social interactions and national economies. In this new development paradigm, people are not just consumers of products and services but also, through their social networks, creating value and developing previously unheard-of products and services. Such development goes beyond the digitalization of goods and services; it represents an irreversible transformation of socioeconomic structures However, the ensuing changes brought about by these digital transformations, may also intensify pre-existing socioeconomic divides. It is therefore imperative to ensure that all segments of the population and all countries can benefit from digital technologies innovations and that no one is left behind.

Against this background, the Digital Innovations Fair, at the eightieth session of the Commission, will provide a space to engage with a broad range of partners and stakeholders to showcase digital innovations that are advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in an inclusive way across the development spectrum of the region. 

Theme  

The Digital Innovations Fair will support discussions on the theme of the session “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”. The exhibition should focus on at least one of the following areas at the regional, sub-regional, national or subnational level: a) digital-driven innovations that contribute to the achievement or accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals; b) digital-driven innovations for sustainable development that are inclusive or foster greater inclusion of marginalized people; c) initiatives that create an enabling environment to leverage digital innovations for sustainable development.  

Dates  

The fair will be held during the session of the Commission, from 22 to 26 April. On Wednesday, 24 April 2024, from 14.00-17.00 hours, participants will have the opportunity to interact with the exhibitors at the fair who will be able to present or showcase their initiatives. All participants attending the session of the Commission will be invited to visit the fair throughout the week. 

Venue

The fair will be held in the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok.  

Criteria for submitting proposals  

• Members and associate members of the Commission, permanent observers to ESCAP or other UN Member States interested in showcasing a solution at the Digital Innovations Fair during the 80th session of the Commission can submit a proposal to set up a “Country Booth”. Each “Country Booth” may showcase initiatives led by government, private sector, local authorities, non-governmental organizations or other stakeholders.

• Proposals may also be submitted by UN entities, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations in general consultative status, private sector, local authorities or other stakeholders invited to the Commission. UN entities submitting joint proposal are invited to set up a booth under the UN pavilion.  

• The proposal should contribute to theme and focus areas outlined in the guidelines.

• Organizers are invited to involve multiple organizing partners in order to allow the participation of as many organizations as possible.

• Proposals will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.  

• Organizers are encouraged to use interactive and engaging means to present their solutions.  

• The fair will be open to all participants attending the Commission. On Wednesday, 24 April 2024, from 14.0017.00 hours participants will have the opportunity to interact with the exhibitors at the fair who will be able to present or showcase their solutions. 

Link to submit proposals

• To submit proposals the following online form should be completed [https://forms.office.com/e/5THerPHkxr] by Friday, 15 March 2024

Responsibility of organizers

• Organizers will be fully responsible for all aspects of their booth, including arranging outreach and any related logistics or costs.  

• The secretariat will publicize the fair but will not produce fliers or run other publicity efforts for particular initiatives.

• In using United Nations premises, due respect must be maintained for the dignity of the Organization. Events and exhibits must be consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations and must be non-commercial in nature. The managing entity reserves the right to reject booking requests, request change to materials presented for approval or cancel previously authorized bookings should it determine that an event or exhibit is not consistent with the foregoing.

• The content of events or exhibits shall be the sole responsibility of their sponsor or sponsors, and any questions or concerns pertaining to meetings, conferences, events or exhibits should be referred to the sponsor or sponsors. 

Questions

• All queries related to Digital Innovations Fair should be addressed to Ms. Madina Tlenchiyeva, Associate Expert, Office of the Executive Secretary, at [email protected], with a copy to [email protected][email protected][email protected], and [email protected].

Note: This page is for delegates, government officials and other members of government delegations participating in the 80th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). For general information concerning all participants please refer to the Information Note Section. 

PART I: Guide to participation 

This guide includes information to assist delegates attending the Commission session with their preparations and to facilitate their participation. The document includes useful information on the meetings, order of speakers, and the discussions conducted under each agenda item. 

The eightieth session of the Commission will take place from 22 to 26 April 2024 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. 

Letter of credentials and online registration 

Each delegation is required to submit a letter of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government, at the earliest convenience but before  Friday, 22 March 2024. Only delegates who appear on the letter of credentials will be able to participate and be recognized in the list of participants. 

Letters of credential can be sent via email to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the following address: <[email protected]> with a copy to the Commission secretariat team at <[email protected]>, <[email protected]> and <[email protected]>. Originals may be sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the address below. 

Office of the Executive Secretary of ESCAP 

Executive Office Suite, United Nations Conference Centre 

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 

Rajdamnern Nok Avenue 

Bangkok 10200, Thailand 

 

 

Each delegate who appears in the aforementioned letter of credentials is required to register online as soon as possible but no later than Friday, 22 March 2024 at https://indico.un.org/event/1007591/ to facilitate the issuance of name badges and ensure the accuracy of the list of participants. 

Only registration of accredited delegates will be accepted. Please note that registering online prior to the meeting is mandatory in accordance with standard United Nations security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises. 

Country interventions 

To participate in deliberations, delegations wishing to deliver their country statement under agenda item 2(a) (general debate on the theme topic, “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”) are kindly requested to inscribe on the speakers list by Friday, 12 April 2024, using the speaker request form.  

Country statements may need to be summarized and focused on the theme topic, as the delivery time will be limited to five minutes maximum. For all other agenda items, the delivery time will be limited to three minutes maximum. Prepared texts of longer statements may be circulated. 

Delegations are also encouraged to provide statements to the secretariat prior to delivery in electronic format. Statements will be used to facilitate interpretation and drafting of the report of the Commission. Statements will be posted to the Commission website after delivery unless requested otherwise. 

Documents and interpretation 

Pre-session documents are available in the four official languages of the Commission (Chinese, English, French and Russian) and will be posted on the official documents page of the Commission website (under agenda and official documents) when they are issued. The annual report will be available on the Commission website in all languages following the session. 

The session will be conducted in the four official languages of ESCAP – Chinese, English, French and Russian – with live simultaneous interpretation available in the conference room. Participants following the proceedings via the live webcast on YouTube may also be able to choose among the four official languages of ESCAP. 

International sign-language interpretation and live captioning services in the four official languages of ESCAP will also be available simultaneously throughout the session in the secretariat’s continuous efforts to improve accessibility of the Commission. 

 

Paperless meetings 

Please note that, in accordance with ongoing efforts of the United Nations towards a paperless Secretariat, printed official meeting documents are no longer provided for member State and associate member delegations except only upon explicit request. In such cases only one set of printed official meeting documents will be provided. 

Decisions and resolutions 

The Commission will consider a list of decisions under each agenda item. The details on the deliberations under each agenda item are provided in the sections below. 

Delegations wishing to submit draft resolutions are requested to submit the proposed text to the Executive Secretary in writing as early as possible and at least six weeks before the start of the Commission session (Friday, 1 March 2024). Delegations wishing to submit draft resolutions are encouraged to inform the secretariat well in advance of the official submission of the text. 

The draft resolutions, as well as the draft decisions to be adopted by the Commission will be negotiated and agreed upon ahead of the session through the Informal Working Group on Draft Resolutions to be convened prior to the Commission session to facilitate discussions. The silence procedure will be used to confirm agreement on the draft decisions and to validate consensus on draft resolutions that will be agreed upon by the Informal Working Group.  

The draft decisions and draft resolutions will be presented for formal adoption by the Commission under agenda item 9. 

Liaison officers  

The liaison officers are secretariat staff members who shall be assisting members and associate members of the Commission in addition to their regular duties in the substantive servicing of the Commission session. Liaison officers will be assigned to each delegation. Delegations may contact the liaison officers should they need assistance. The list of liaison officers and their contact information will be available on the Commission website in due course. 

PART II: Side events and Digital Innovations Fair 

Side events 

All delegations are invited to organize side events during the session on topics of their interest closely related with the theme of the session, “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”. As slots for the side events are limited, priority will be given to members, associate members and observer countries on a first-come, first-served basis. Events with multiple co-organizers/partners are particularly welcome. 

Delegations wishing to submit proposals are requested to follow the guidelines for organizers and to complete the side event proposal form, which is also available on the Commission website under side event tab. The proposals should be submitted via the online form before Friday, 15 March 2024. 

Confirmation and meeting room assignments, based on technical and logistic requirements, will be communicated to the organizers. 

Information on any other events that will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre concurrently with the eightieth session will be uploaded to the Commission website at: www.unescap.org/events/commission80

Digital Innovations Fair 

The Digital Innovations Fair will provide an opportunity for members, associate members, observers and stakeholders to share successful examples, perspectives, insights, and lessons learnt on how innovations driven by new digital technologies can or have accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

The fair will be held from 22 to 26 April 2024, while on Wednesday, 24 April 2024, from 13.00 to 17.00 hours participants will have the opportunity to interact with the exhibitors at the fair who will be able to present or showcase their solutions. 

All delegations and stakeholders wishing to submit proposals are requested to complete a form, Friday, 15 March 2024 via the online form before. Further information and updates will be made available on the Commission website at: www.unescap.org/events/commission80. 

PART III: Contributions to ESCAP Programme of Work and Regional Institutions 

With the support of member State donors and partners, ESCAP has, over the years, contributed considerably to the development of Asia and the Pacific by establishing several key regional institutions; negotiating crucial agreements; undertaking quality normative and analytical work; advocating for policies to address critical and emerging issues; and building capacities of its members to address development challenges facing the region. 

 

At the Commission session every year, members and associate members of ESCAP indicate their support, both in-kind and financial, to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions. 

 

The contributions to the ESCAP programme of work supplement regular budget resources and help us address development challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region. 

ESCAP's regional institutions (APCICT, APCTT, APDIM, CSAM and SIAP) are hubs of capacity building in focused areas directly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. They also act as a platform for exchanging good practices among member States, fostering South-South cooperation. The viability of these regional institutions is largely dependent on the financial and in-kind contributions provided by their host Governments as well as the voluntary contributions made by other donors. In its resolution 71/1, the Commission encouraged all members and associate members of ESCAP to make the necessary regular annual contributions to the regional institutions. 

 

In this regard, all members and associate members are invited to consider making or increasing their pledge for financial support to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions at the eightieth session of the Commission. 

 

Please make your pledge by filling out the pledging form

 

Please email the form to [email protected], with a copy to [email protected] or announce your pledge during the deliberations on Agenda item 5 (b): Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development

 

The ESCAP secretariat expresses its appreciation to members and associate members for the commitment and ongoing support to the work of ESCAP. 

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting: 

 

Ms. Zeynep Orhun Girard 

Chief, Capacity Development and Partnerships Section 

Strategy and Programme Management Division 

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 

Office: +66 22 88 1672 

E-mail: [email protected] 

 

PART IV: Visa exemption request 

Delegates from countries with no Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in their countries may request for visa exemption upon arrival for participants attending the Commission session. 

To request for the exemption, delegates are requested to complete the Request for Visa Exemption Form and return it via email along with the documents mentioned in the form to the email addresses indicated, by Friday, 29 March 2024

Kindly note that this arrangement is subject to change in accordance with the host country’s requirements upon the delegates’ arrival. For more information, please refer to the form or email [email protected] 

PART V: Protocol arrangement 

ESCAP provides the following protocol arrangements for delegates at the ministerial level and above for member States that do not have a diplomatic mission in Thailand

  1. Airport transfer on arrival and departure 

 

  1. Transfer between the hotel in the list of the recommended hotels and the UN Conference Centre, Bangkok, while the meeting is in session 

Delegations are encouraged to discuss with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Thai Government additional protocol courtesies and necessary arrangements for Head of State/Head of Government, including police escort and airport VIP lounge usage. 

Delegates are responsible for securing hotel reservations and the cost of their accommodation. 

In order to facilitate the participation of the high-level officials, delegations are requested to complete a protocol arrangement form and return it via email to addresses indicated in the form. The deadline for submission of the form is Friday, 29 March 2024

for more information, please contact

Office of the Executive Secretary +66 2288 1234 [email protected]
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