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UN convenes stakeholder groups to review progress and urgent follow-up action to step up sustainable development in the region

Bangkok - 24 Mar 2022

News Number: N/03/2022

Ninth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The Ninth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will be held from 28 to 31 March in Bangkok, with governments, civil society, private sector, academia, youth, UN bodies and other stakeholder groups set to address the theme “Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific,” ahead of the High-Level Political Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in July.

This year, delegates will undertake an in-depth review of five Sustainable Development Goals including Goal 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 14 (life below water), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals).

Organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the forum will provide an inclusive platform for countries to share regional best practices and lessons learnt, support the presentation of their voluntary national reviews and assess progress made towards implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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What:                   Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2022

When:                  28 to 31 March 2022

Key speakers:

  • H.E. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • H.E. Ariunzaya Ayush, Minister for Labor and Social Protection of Mongolia
  • H.E. Ali Sabry, Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka
  • H.E. Muhammetgeldi Serdarov, Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan
  • H.E. Jone Usamate, Minister for Infrastructure, Meteorological Services, Lands and Mineral Resources of Fiji
  • H.E. Ambassador Suriya Chindawongse, Vice President of ECOSOC
  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Najat Maalla M’jid, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
  • Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel laureate and SDG Advocate
  • Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General of the OECD
  • Shixin Chen, Vice President South Asia and Central West Asia Operations of the Asian Development Bank
  • Beverly Longid, Coordinator, International Indigenous People Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation, Philippines
  • Tirtha Saikia, Joint Director of North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS)

Highlight sessions:

  • Opening session and ministerial panel: 28 March, 1000 – 1200hrs (UTC+7)
  • Launch of the ESCAP-UNDP-ADB SDG Partnership Report: 28 March, 1205 – 1300hrs (UTC+7)
  • The UN acting as one on supporting the implementation of the 2030

Agenda: 29 March, 1530 – 1700hrs (UTC+7)

  • Reporting from SDG 4, 5, 14, 15, 17 roundtables: 30 March, 1000 – 1040hrs (UTC+7)
  • Subregional approaches for accelerating the SDGs: 30 March, 1040 – 1200hrs (UTC+7)
  • Interactive panel featuring 2022 Voluntary National Review (VNR) reporting countries: 30 March, 1400 – 1600hrs (UTC+7)
  • Youth event - Looking forward together to build back better through innovative pathways: 31 March, 1030 – 1230hrs (UTC+7)

For more information and the full timetable of events:

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