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Asia and the Pacific countries convene at UN forum to build back better together from the COVID-19 pandemic

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 15:09
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Heads of States and Heads of Governments, senior officials and other stakeholders from across the Asia-Pacific region are set to take stock of the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and scale-up regional cooperation in response to the pandemic, as the 77th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) gets underway next week.

Held under the theme “Beyond the pandemic: building back better from crises in Asia and the Pacific,” the session will also review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly in the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and Pacific island developing States.

Members of the media and the public are invited to participate in the proceedings, which will be held online from 26 to 29 April at: www.youtube.com/unescap.

Highlights:

Opening of the Ministerial Segment

When: 26 April, Monday, 1300 (GMT+7)

Key speakers:

  • H.E. Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan  
  • H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • H.E. Mr. Taneti Maamau, President of the Republic of Kiribati  
  • H.E. Mr. Sadyr Japarov, President of the Republic of Kyrgystan  
  • H.E. Mr. David Kabua, President of the Marshall Islands
  • H.E. Mr. Battulga Khaltmaa, President of Mongolia
  • H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • H.E. Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan
  • H.E. Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan  
  • H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh  
  • H.E. Mr. Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan  
  • H.E. Mr. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia  
  • H.E. Mr. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji
  • H.E. Mr. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • H.E. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka  
  • H.E. Mr. Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of Thailand
  • H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly
  • H.E. Mr. Munir Akram, President of ECOSOC
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP 

General Debate: Building back better from crises through regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific

When: 27 April, Tuesday, 10:00 (GMT+7)

Keynote addresses

  • Ms. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister, New Zealand; former Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Patron, Helen Clark Foundation
  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization (TBC)

27 April, Tuesday, 14:00 (GMT +7)

Keynote addresses

  • Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
  • Ms. Mari Elka Pangestu, Managing Director, World Bank
  • Mr. David Wallerstein, Chief Exploration Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Tencent

Subregional Perspectives: Building Back Better from Crises through Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific

When: 28 April, Wednesday, 10:00 (GMT+7)

Key speakers:  

  • H.E. Dato’ Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  • H.E Mr. Tenzin Lekphell, Secretary-General, Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation 
  • H.E Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, Secretary-General, Economic Cooperation Organization
  • H.E Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Board, Eurasian Economic Commission
  • H.E. Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
  • H.E Mr. Vladmir Norov, Secretary-General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization
  • H.E Mr. Esala Ruwan Weerakoon, Secretary-General, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
  • Mr. Andrey Smorodin, Director, Greater Tumen Initiative

For more information and a full copy of the programme, visit: www.unescap.org/commission/77

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Virtual Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2021

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Thu, 25/03/2021 - 09:20
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30 March 2021, 0900-1000 hours, Bangkok time

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will launch its flagship report, the “Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2021: Towards post-COVID-19 resilient economies,” on Tuesday 30 March (9:00 Bangkok time).

This year’s Survey will focus on how important change in economic policymaking can make a difference in building resilience. Even with the unprecedented economic and social damage that the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the region, it presents an opportunity to build forward better towards a resilient, inclusive and sustainable future.

To participate in this event, please register via this link. You will receive a link to join the event once your registration is received. The launch will be held on YouTube, including an interactive Q&A session.

For more details, please visit the event page

 

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Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2021

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Thu, 18/03/2021 - 18:52
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23 to 26 March 2021, Bangkok, Thailand (Virtual)

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Over 1,000 senior government officials and stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, academia, think tanks and international organizations will convene via a virtual platform next week to discuss sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 8th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held from 23 to 26 March 2021 under the theme “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Pacific.” 

This year’s Forum will play a unique role as a catalyzer of solutions and peer learning to accelerate transformations for implementing the 2030 Agenda while recovering from COVID-19.

The Forum will conduct in-depth reviews of Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17. Countries will also receive support for the presentation of their Voluntary National Reviews at the 2021 High-Level Political Forum, which will be held in July in New York.

Members of the media and public are invited to watch the proceedings online.

What:                         The 8th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

When:                        23 to 26 March 2021

Watch online:         https://www.youtube.com/UNESCAP 

Key speakers:

  • Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • H.E. Munir Akram, President of the Economic and Social Council
  • H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand (TBC)
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • H.E. Ms. Rosemarie Edillon, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning National Economic and Development Authority, The Philippines

 

Launch of the Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership Report: ‘Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Leaving No Country Behind’

When: 23 March 2021 (13:00-14:00 hours, GMT+7 - Bangkok)

Key speakers: 

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP 
  • Mr. Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB
  • Mr. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN
  • Mr. Christophe Bahuet, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Deputy Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub, UNDP 

Watch live: http://bit.ly/WatchSDGPartnerLaunch

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is an annual and inclusive intergovernmental forum and a regional platform for supporting countries, particularly those with special needs, in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while serving as a regional preparatory meeting to the High-Level Political Forum.

For more information, visit: https://www.unescap.org/apfsd/8

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Launch of the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2021

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Tue, 09/03/2021 - 16:35
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16 March 2021, 10:00-12:00 hrs.

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Launch of the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2021

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Asia-Pacific Regional Review of Implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 14:15
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Next week, from 10 to 12 March, the Asia-Pacific region will review the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration adopted by UN Member States in 2018 – a framework and a call for action for international and regional coordination and cooperation on international migration.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the number of international migrants has grown from 52 million in 1990 to over 65 million today, roughly 25 per cent of all the world’s international migrants. These migrants contribute to the sustainable development of their countries of origin and destination. Yet, they face complex human rights challenges that we must address to ensure that no one is left behind.

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional UN Network on Migration for Asia and the Pacific, the review will highlight the situation of migrants in the region, and identify good practices to make migration safe, orderly and regular.

Members of the media are invited to watch the proceedings online.

What:                 Asia-Pacific Regional Review of Implementation of the Global Compact for Safe,
                           Orderly and Regular Migration

When:                10 to 12 March 2021

Watch online:   https://www.youtube.com/UNESCAP

Key speakers:

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
  • Mr. António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration
  • Ms. Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, ILO

Key events

10 March 2021: Opening Ceremony (09:00 - 9:50)

11 March 2021: Roundtables (9:00 – 17:00)         

  • Ensuring migration is voluntary, regular, safe and orderly; (09:00-10:30)
  • Protecting migrants through rights-based border governance and border management measures; (10:30-12:00)
  • Supporting migrants’ protection, integration and contribution to development; (14:00-15:30)
  • Strengthening evidence-based policymaking, public debate and cooperation for safe, orderly and regular migration. (15:30-17:00)

For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2Psh4lz

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Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2021

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 14:52
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This International Women’s Day on 8 March, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Women are celebrating the tremendous efforts by women and girls around Asia-Pacific region in spearheading post-COVID-19 recovery and shaping a more equal future for all.

Members of the media and public are cordially invited to participate in the interactive dialogue on ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’. The dialogue will reflect on progress made towards gender equality and renew the commitment to ensuring that women and girls in the region are valued and empowered.

During the event, ESCAP and UN Women will also officially launch a synthesis report titled The Long Road to Equality: Taking stock of the situation of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific for Beijing+25

When:  Monday, 8 March 2021, 0930 – 1120 (GMT+7)

Register online: http://bit.ly/RegisterIWD2021

Key speakers:

  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women (Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships)
  • Hon. Smriti Irani, Minister for Women and Child Development, India
  • Hon. Batmunkh Battsetseg, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mongolia
  • H.E. Dr. Sarah Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Mohammad Naciri, Regional Director UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Gita Sabharwal, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand
  • Rebecca Barnes, Director of Policy, Ministry for Women, New Zealand
  • Sumaiya Islam, Executive Director of Bangladesh Nari Sramik Kendra (BNSK)
  • Celia Boyd, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SHE Investments
  • Ramida Jennie Juengpaisal, Digital Product Designer and Frontend Developer at 5Lab

For media in Bangkok who would like to attend the event at the UN Conference Centre in person, please provide the following details to escap-scas@un.org: First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number; Email Address; Mobile No; Organization/News Agency, as well as the latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo.

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UN regional meeting to focus on energy transition in Asia-Pacific during COVID-19

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Thu, 18/02/2021 - 15:27
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Third Session of the Committee on Energy, 24 – 26 February 2021 (online)

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Senior government officials and stakeholders from 53 countries will convene next week to discuss energy transition in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on policy solutions for a greener, more resilient, and inclusive energy future in Asia and the Pacific.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Committee on Energy – a key platform for reviewing progress made towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) on energy in the region – will convene its third session from 24 to 26 February. The Committee will review the draft regional road map on power system connectivity, along with regional and national policies to support Goal 7 on energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

ESCAP will also launch the Regional Trends Report 2021: Shaping a sustainable energy future in Asia and the Pacific - A greener, more resilient and inclusive energy system. The report examines the ambitions and progress of ESCAP member States in achieving sustainable energy goals and provides recommendations on how to develop energy systems that offer greater resilience to future crises.

Members of the media and public are invited to watch the proceedings online: 

When:                                 24-26 February 2021

Watch online:                    https://www.youtube.com/UNESCAP

Key speakers:

Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Mr. Mohammad Hossein, Director General, Power Cell, Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources, Bangladesh, and the Chair of the second session of the Committee on Energy

Key Events:                       

24 February

Opening and report launch: Regional Trends Report 2021: Shaping a   Sustainable Energy Future in Asia and the Pacific (10:00 – 10:30)

26 February

Side event: Energy Access in the Asia Pacific Region (10:00: 11:30)

Side event:  Phase-Out of Coal in the Asia-Pacific region (Launch of a joint report with IBC, UNEP, ILO (12:00 – 13:30)

For more information, visit: https://www.unescap.org/events/committee-energy-third-session

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Regional Briefing: World Economic Situation and Prospects 2021 Report

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Tue, 26/01/2021 - 15:00
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The latest edition of the United Nations' flagship report, the World Economic Situation and Prospects, will be launched in the Asia-Pacific region on Thursday, 28 January 2021.  The report highlights that the devastating socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come unless smart investment in economic, societal and climate resilience ensure a robust and sustainable recovery of the global economy.

The regional briefing will also share the report's perspective on Asia-Pacific's regional economic outlook and related policy challenges to support robust recovery from the pandemic and long-term sustainable development.

 

Members of the media are invited to participate:  

What:   Regional Briefing: World Economic Situation and Prospects 2021 Report

When:  28 January 2021, 1100 – 1200hrs (Bangkok time)

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To participate in this event, please register via this link. The webinar will be organized on the Microsoft Teams platform and journalists will receive the link to join the meeting upon registration.

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ESCAP and the Islamic Republic of Iran solidify partnership on disaster information

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 21:54
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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Islamic Republic of Iran reaffirmed their partnership by signing the administrative and financial agreement for the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM).

The agreement was signed today by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, and H.E. Mr. Seyed Reza Nobakhti, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to ESCAP.

The agreement provides APDIM with the required operational support to carry out its mandate to reduce human and material losses due to natural hazards and contribute to the efficient design, investment and implementation of disaster risk reduction and resilience policies.

APDIM strives to ensure that risk information, information capacity and application, and regional cooperation are in place and enhanced to support member States in the region in disaster risk reduction and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.   

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Rising protectionism, COVID-19 implications on trade and investment to be discussed at regional UN meeting

Submitted by CBOONTHA on Tue, 19/01/2021 - 14:07
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Senior government officials and key stakeholders will convene from 25 to 29 January to deliberate issues of importance to trade and investment policymaking in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week, hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), features several engaging virtual events on trade facilitation, trade and investment agreements, science, technology and innovation policies, and responsible business practices.

The ESCAP Committee on Trade and Investment – the key platform for regional dialogue and intergovernmental collaboration on trade and investment — will also convene its seventh session during the Week, from 27 to 29 January 2021. The Committee will review recent trends and developments in trade and investment in Asia and the Pacific such as the impacts of rising protectionism and the COVID-19 pandemic, and promoting inward and outward foreign direct investment in the post-COVID-19 era.

7th ASIA-PACIFIC TRADE & INVESTMENT WEEK

7th Asia-Pacific Trade & Investment Week, 25 - 29 January 2021

Members of the media and public are invited to watch the proceedings virtually:  

When:                                    25-29 January 2021

Watch online:                       https://www.youtube.com/UNESCAP

Key speakers:                      Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and
                                                Executive Secretary of ESCAP

                                               Mr. Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic, New Zealand, and Chair
                                                of the APEC2021 Senior Officials' Meeting

Key Events:                                       

25-26 January                       Sixth Meeting of the Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-Border
                                                Paperless Trade Facilitation

26 January                             Webinar on Enhancing Trade Information Portals

27 January                             Webinar on LDC Graduation and Trade

27-29 January                       Seventh Session of the ESCAP Committee on Trade and Investment

For more information, visit https://www.unescap.org/events/seventh-asia-pacific-trade-and-investment-week

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