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General

The sixth session of the Committee on Transport is scheduled to be held from 12 to 13 November 2020.

The secretariat is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and is putting into place measures to mitigate public health risks associated with mass gatherings. The secretariat continues to receive guidance from the World Health Organization, the authorities of the host country of ESCAP and the United Nations Secretariat.

Decisions on the schedule and modality of the Committee session to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants will be communicated as soon as practicable.

Credentials

Delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials to Mr. Weimin Ren, Director, Transport Division, ESCAP, United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, Fax: (66-2) 288-1067, 288-3050, at their earliest convenience prior to 1 October 2018.. Letters of credential should be addressed to the Executive Secretary of the ESCAP and emailed to [email protected].

Members of delegations are kindly reminded to bring official identification with them, duly signed by the appropriate authorities of their respective Governments/Agencies/Organizations, and provide them to the Secretariat staff at the registration counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC along with a copy of the letter of credentials indicating their appointment to the delegation.

Registration and identification badges

Participants are requested to register and obtain a visitor’s badge with ID picture on the first day of the meeting, i.e. Monday, 19 November 2018 between 08.00 hours and 09.00 hours. This is done at the Registration Counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so immediately upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. This procedure is important for security reason and will also ensure that all participants’ names appear on the list of participants.

Online registration

In conformity with standard United Nations security procedures, all participants must complete a mandatory online registration at https://meetings.unescap.org/. Participants are encouraged to complete this procedure well in advance of the meeting and no later than 1 October 2018. To facilitate the process, participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance.

For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times when on the United Nations compound, and also during the meeting and at social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Conference Management Unit, located on the ground floor of the UNCC behind the registration counter, so that a new one can be issued immediately.

Communications

Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
(Name of delegate)
c/o Mr. Weimin Ren
Director
Transport Division
ESCAP, United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200
Thailand
Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
E-mail address: [email protected]

Meeting documents

The secretariat has adopted a paperless approach to meetings. As a result, participants are expected to get acquainted with all the meeting documents prior to the meeting. Should participants wish hard copies of the documents, they are expected to bring them to the meeting. These documents will be made available prior to the session at www.unescap.org/events/committee-transport-fifth-session

Participants wishing to circulate any papers or literature at the meeting are requested to consult staff from the secretariat servicing the meeting for the necessary arrangements.

Daily subsistence allowance

ESCAP does not provide financial assistance for participation in the 5th session of the Committee on Transport. However, it does cover the travel expenses of officials participating in the workshop on cross-border co-deployment of fibre optic infrastructure along road and rail networks. In that regard, the following shall apply:

Depending on which of the above applies, participants whose travel is sponsored (or partly sponsored) by ESCAP will receive a DSA to cover all costs associated with their participation in the meeting, including accommodation, meals and local transport while in Bangkok. A voucher to be cashed at the bank located on the ESCAP premises will be given to participants. Participants will receive their vouchers against submittal of a copy of their passports, copy of their air-tickets and the original boarding pass(es) for the flight(s) to Bangkok. To facilitate the issuance of vouchers, eligible participants are kindly requested to come with read-made copies of their passports. To date, the DSA for Bangkok is Thai Baht 7,150 (about US$ 216). Please note that this amount is subject to change without prior notice.

Participants who are unable to stay for the entire duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after their arrival so that the DSA can be adjusted accordingly.

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
  3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
    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. cost 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.
Event Participants

List of registered participants (as of 16 Feb 2024)

Members

Armenia

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  • H.E. Mr. Vahan Kostanyan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • H.E. Mr. Vahram Kazhoyan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to ESCAP
  • Mr. Davit Manukyan, Head of the Division of UN and Sustainable Development Department of Multilateral Policy and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Australia

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  • Ms. Julia Feeney, Minister & DHOM and Permanent Representative of Australia to ESCAP
  • Mr. Michael Carey, Deputy Permanent Representative
  • Ms. Danielle Sever, Director, Global Development Section

Azerbaijan

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  • Mr. Huseyn Huseynov, Head of Sustainable Development and Social Policy Department
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Bangladesh

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  • H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdul Hye, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the ESCAP
  • Mr. Md. Akhter Hossain, Principal Coordinator (SDGs), Prime Minister's Office
  • Mrs. Ishrat Jahan, Joint Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance
  • Mr. Md Rashedur Rahman Sardar, Deputy Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance
  • Mr. Saroar Ahmed Saleheen, Economic Counsellor and Alternative Permanent Representative to ESCAP

Bhutan

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  • Ms. Jigme Wangmo, Assistant Desk Officer

Brunei Darussalam

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  • Mrs. Hamizah Ismail, Acting Senior Special Duties Officer
  • Mrs, Nur Lyana Ramlee, Special Duties Officer

Cambodia

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  • H.E. Mr. Ribaun Korm, Secretary-General
  • H.E. Mr. Pagnathun Theng, Delegate of the Royal Government of Cambodia in charge Director General of Planning
  • H.E. Mr. Kop Roly, Under Secretary of State Ministry of Environment
  • Mr. Veara Kim, Deputy Secretary General
  • Mr. Somethea Chhau, Deputy Director General
  • Mr. Khorn Sok, Director, General Department of Policy
  • Mr. Chandara Ly, Executive Assistant
  • Ms. Darapisey Kem, Junior Economist, General Department of Policy

China

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  • Mr. Zhiqiang Han, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Mr. Yousheng Ke, Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP
  • Mr. Youbing Chen, Assistant Permanent Representative
  • Mr. Yang Jun, Assistant Permanent Representative
  • Ms. Jianxiu Liu, Assistant Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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  • Mr. Nam Song Ri, Counsellor and Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • Mr. Yong Han, Counsellor

Fiji

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  • H.E. Mr. Esrom Immanuel, Assistant Minister for Finance
  • Mr. (Dr.) Neelesh Gounder, Chief Policy Advisor

France

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  • Mr. Sebastien de Vaujany, First Secretary, Alternate Deputy Permanent Representative
  • Mrs. Juliette Perrot, Global health program officer
  • Mr. Gabriel Facal, Deputy Director IRASEC-Research Institute
  • Mr. (Dr.) Serge Morand, Director of Research, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

India

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  • Ms. Paulomi Tripathi, Deputy Chief of Mission & Permanent Representative
  • Mr. Sivaguru Mathuswamy, Counselor & Alternate Deputy Permanent Representative
  • Mr. A. Muthukumar, Private Secretary to Vice-Chairman
  • Mr. Yogesh Suri, Senior Advisor
  • Ms. Ishita Aggarwal, Young Professional

Indonesia

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  • H.E. Mr. Bambang Susantono Susanto, Chairman of Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Mr. Rachmat Budiman, Ambassador / Permanent Representative
  • Mr. Pungkas Bahjuri Ali, Senior Advisor to the Minister of National Development Planning for Social Affairs and Poverty Eradication, Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency
  • Ms. Mia Amalia, Deputy for Planning and Land Affairs, Nusantara Capital Authority, Indonesia
  • Mr. Cahyadi Indrananto, Chief Knowledge Management
  • Mrs. Diani Sadiawati, Chief of Sustainable Development Goals of Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Mr. Troy Harrold Pantouw, Special Staff for Public Communication Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Tari Lestari, Director for State Finance and Monetary Analysis
  • Mr. Andy Artha Donny Oktopura, Head of the Planning Bureau
  • Ms. Felicia Yudhaningtyas, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management
  • Mr. Triyantoro N/A, Director of Audit III.B
  • Mr. Indra Yuwana, Director of Investment and Ease of Doing Business Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Mrs. Lusie Indrawati Susantono, Official Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Mr. Aji Nasution, Minister Counsellor
  • Mr. Christian Pangaribuan, Counsellor
  • Ms. Mustika Hanum Widodo, First Secretary
  • Mrs. Silvany Austin Pasaribu, First Secretary
  • Mrs. Anna Amalia, Senior Planner
  • Ms. Wulan Metafurry, Junior Planner
  • Mr. Ade Wiguna Nur Yasin, Junior Planner
  • Mr. Andreas Mahardika, Analyst for United Nations Cooperation
  • Ms. Naomi Simamora, Staff of Multilateral Cooperation
  • Mr. Pandji Himawan, Chief Collabotation and Creative
  • Mrs. Indriana Nugraheni, Expert Staff for SDGs at the Nusantara National Capital Authority of The Republic of Indonesia
  • Mrs. Susianah Affandy, Expert Staff of Service Innovation and Public Partnership
  • Mr. Andrew Tirtowijoyo Young, Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Mr. Marwan Riyandi, Deputy Director of Investment and Ease of Doing Business
  • Mr. Wahyuardi Prabowo, Staff of the Chief SDGs Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Ms. Putri Amalia Sholichah, Staff of Deputy of Green and Digital Transformation
  • Ms. Gavrila Dharmawan, Communication Strategist of Deputy for Facilities and Infrastructure, Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Ms. Kharin Marjani, Public Relations Officer of Nusantara Capital Authority
  • Mrs. Alicia Tiffany Beandda, Staff of Director of Forestry Utilization Development and Water Resources
  • Ms. Nia Febriani, Staff of Director of Investment of Ease of Doing Business Investor Relations
  • Mr. Agustinus Renaldi Indiarto, Staff of Special Staff for Public Communication Nusantara National Capital Authority
  • Mr. Luqman Abdul Malik, Staff of Special Staff for Public Communication
  • Mr. Sanjoyo Kirlan, Manager for Development Social Pillar
  • Mr. Rachman Kurniawan, Manager for Environmental Development Pillar
  • Ms. Chiquita Abidin, Assistant Manager for Economic Development Pillar
  • Mrs. Zuzy Anna Ilyas, Director of SDGs Center Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Mr. Ahmad Komarulzaman, Deputy Director, SDGs Center Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Mr. Yanuar Nugroho, Expert Team Coordiantor

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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  • Mr. Mehdi Rouzeh Gir, Deputy Permanent Representative

Japan

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  • Mr. Tatsushi Nishioka, Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission
  • Ms. Yoshiko Motoyama, Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • Mr. Yamato Kobayashi, Deputy Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division
  • Ms. Nana Fushimi, Assistant Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division
  • Mr. Kazuya Suzuki, Chief Representative, JICA
  • Ms. Yurie Murai (Osawa), Alternate Permanent Representative of Japan to ESCAP
  • Mr. Yudai Aoyagi, Researcher/ Adviser for Economic Affairs
  • Mr. Nakahara Issei, Assistant Director International Strategy Division
  • Mr. Satoshi Seki, Assistant Director International Strategy Division
  • Mr. Iki Noriaki, Researcher

Kazakhstan

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  • Ms. Ayazhan Mukanova, Director of the Department of International Cooperation Ministry of Digital Development Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • H.E. Mr. Phoxay Khaykhamphithoune, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • H.E. Mr. Khamphan Anlavan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • Mr. Soulisack Soulithone, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative
  • Ms. Moukdavanh Sisoulith, Deputy Director General of Department of the International Organizations
  • Mr. Kedmany Zouphonetheva, First Secretary and Assistant Permanent Representative
  • Ms. Viengdalat Somphet, Deputy-Director of the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Division
  • Ms. Boualamphone Keophoxay, Officer of the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Division

Malaysia

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  • H.E. Mrs. (Honourable Dato) Hajjah Hanifah Hajar Taib, Deputy Minister Ministry of Economy
  • Mr. Bong Yik Jui,Deputy Chief of Mission / Minister, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to UNESCAP Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok
  • Mr. Asfaazam Kasbani, Director, National SDG Centre Ministry of Economy
  • Ms. Hafiza Yaakob, Deputy Director, National Audit Department
  • Mr. Nurr Shaffique Abdul Karim, Private Secretary, Office of the Deputy Minister of Economy Ministry of Economy
  • Ms. Wong Chia Chiann,Principal Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Economics and Environment Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Ku Azzuanith Ku Azmi, Second Secretary, Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok
  • Mr. Muhammad Ashraff Nasaruddin, First Secretary, Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok
  • TPr. Ts. Norliza Hashim, Chief Executive Officer, URBANICE
  • Ms. Ashikin Abdul Razak, Director, International Cooperation Division, Ministry of Economy
  • Ms. Prisheela Prakas, Undersecretary, Multilateral Economics and Environment Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Rosmayuzi Musa, Deputy Director, Agriculture Division Ministry of Economy
  • Ms. (Dr.) Noranida Zainal, Deputy Director, Environment and Natural Resources Division Ministry of Economy
  • Ms. Shahnurraisa Mohd Zain,First Secretary (Trade), Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok
  • Ms. Jenny Rayapan,Principal Assistant Director, International Cooperation Division Ministry of Economy
  • Mr. Mohd Zainal Othman,Principal Assistant Director, Equity Development Division Ministry of Economy
  • "Mr. Radin Shah Izuan Radin Mohd Hambali, Principal Assistant Director, K-Economy Division Ministry of Economy
  • Mr. Isaac Rabindranath Chinniah,Principal Assistant Director, Security and Public Order Division Ministry of Economy
  • Ms. Nazlian Ismail,Principal Assistant Director, Agriculture Division Ministry of Economy
  • Ms. Nor Syamsida Ismail, Principal Assistant Secretary International Division, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Ms. Nur Fatiha Ainie Mat Aziz, Principal Assistant Director, National Audit Department
  • Ms. Nidyakala Manian,Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Economics and Environment Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Mohammad Sarimie Nurul Nizam Shamsir Khan, Assistant Director, K-Economy Division, Ministry of Economy
  • Mr. Sakkaravarthy Rajendran,Assistant Director, International Cooperation Division Ministry of Economy
  • Ms. Ungku Aida Farzana Ungku Azly, Assistant Secretary International Division, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Ms. Ainon Mardia Mohamed Yusof, Assistant Director, National Audit Department
  • Ms. Nur Hasyima Ismail, Assistant Secretary Climate Change Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability

Maldives

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  • H.E. Mr. Mohamed Faiz, Minister of State for Housing, Land and Urban Development
  • Ms. Heena Waleed, Chief Executive Officer, National Social Protection Agency
  • Ms. Sujatha Haleem, Chief Executive Officer, Pensions Office
  • Mrs. Fathimath Shiuna Ahmed, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Social Protection Agency
  • Mrs. Azhath Rushdy, Director, Policy and Programs Pensions Office
  • Mrs. Aishath Naaz, Director Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • Ms. Siyana Shiyam, Second Secretary
  • Mr. Aman Khaleel, Senior Planning Analyst, Ministry of Housing, Land and Urban Development
  • Ms. Aishath Shahula, First Secretary

Mongolia

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  • Mr. Ankhbayar Nyamdorj, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • H.E. Mr. Tumur Amarsanaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary/Permanent Representative
  • Mrs. Guamaral Altangerel, Deputy Permanent Representative

Nepal

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  • Hon (Dr.) Min Bahadur Shrestha, Vice-Chairman National Planning Commission
  • Mr. (Dr.) Ram Kumar Phuyal, Member, National Planning Commission
  • Mr. (Dr), Toya Narayan Gyawali, Secretary National Planning Commission
  • Mr. Mahesh Bhattarai, Joint Secretary, National Planning Commission
  • Ms. Anita Paudel, Program Director, National Planning Commission
  • Ms. Kartika Yadav, Planning Officer, National Planning Commission

Pakistan

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  • Ms. Faiza Haseeb, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative

Palau

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  • H.E. Ms. Ilana Victorya Seid, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN
  • Mr. Bridge Thomas, Palau SIDS Focal Point
  • Ms. Villaney Remengesau, Palau NGO Representative
  • Mr. Geoffrey G. Kabino, Personal Assistant to Ms. Villaney Remengesau

Papua New Guinea

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  • Mr. Richard Pagen, Chief Ombudsman
  • Mr. Peter Mirino, Deputy High Commissioner
  • Mr. Pero Lawrence Duguman, First Assistant Secretary, Policy and Budgets Division
  • Mr Twain Pambuai, Acting Secretary
  • Mr. Steven Laeok, Assistant Director - Human Rights

Philippines (the)

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  • H.E. Ms. Rosemarie Edillon, Undersecretary
  • Ms. Edna May Lazaro, Deputy Chief of Mission
  • Mr. (Dr.) Jaime Montoya, Executive Director
  • Ms.(Dr.) Noralene Uy, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects
  • Ms. Jasmin Uson, Officer-In-Charge, International Cooperation Division
  • Ms. Sofia Paula Fulmaran, OIC-Strategic Planning Division
  • Ms. Beatriz Ines Herrera-Davila, Second Secretary
  • Ms. Genshen Espedido, Senior Economic Development Specialist
  • Ms. Michelle Caoili, Senior Communications Development Officer, International Cooperation Division
  • Ms. Kia Gibaga, Senior Communications Development Officer
  • Mr. Anthony Harbie Quebec, Senior Communication Development Officer
  • Ms. Fresh Aira Sison, Communications Development Officer II
  • Ms. Katherine Barcellano, Corporate Planning Analyst A
  • Ms. Noveanne Banogon, Attorney III
  • Ms. Joan Merylle Bantug, Planning Officer III
  • Mr. Uziel Guthrie Naguit, Planning Officer V
  • Mr. Gil M. Bathan, Civil Engineer IV
  • Mr. Junard Cruz, Assistant to the Chairman, CIAC
  • Ms. Rosette Razon, Assistant

Republic of Korea (the)

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  • Mr. Kyoo Ho Lee, Deputy Director-General
  • Mr. Jeonghan Hahm, Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • Mr. Sang Hoon Lee, Deputy Permanent Representative
  • Ms. Hyunjin Jeon, Second Secretary, Development Agenda and Policy Division
  • Ms. Youngsuk Jun, Country Director, KOICA Thailand
  • Ms. Wan So, Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP

Russian Federation (the)

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  • Ms. Anastasia Grebennikova, Head of Section, Competition, Energy Efficiency and Ecology Department
  • Ms. Svetlana Balakhonova, Chief Specialist, Competition, Energy Efficiency and Ecology Department
  • Ms. Maria Bagrad, Deputy Head of Section, Multilateral and Economic Cooperation and Special Projects Department
  • Mr. Konstantin Malyshev, Deputy head of International youth cooperation and tourism office, Department of State youth policy and education, Ministry of science and higher education of the Russian Federation
  • Mr. Rostislav Lenchuk, Second Secretary, ECOSOC and Regional Commissions Section
  • Mr. Egor Alimov, Assistant Permanent Representative of Russia to ESCAP
  • Mr. Alexey Shapoval, Assistant Secretary

Samoa

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  • Ms. Peseta Noumea Simi, Chief Executive Officer Foreign Affairs & Trade

Singapore

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  • Ms. Chen Siying, Assistant Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch, International Organisations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Solomon Islands

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  • Ms. Susan Sulu, Permanent Secretary
  • Ms. Alice Iwebu Kale, Director, Program Quality Division

Sri Lanka

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  • H.E. Mrs. C.A. Chaminda I. Colonne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka and Permanent Representative
  • Ms. Rekha Gunasekera, Director General
  • Ms. Chamindry Deshinie Samaranayake Saparamadu, Director General Sustainable Development Council
  • Ms. A.W.S. Samanmali, First Secretary
  • Mrs. Vireshika Bandara, First Secretary (Commercial)
  • Ms. Subhashini Silva, Deputy Director
  • Ms. Nadeeka Amarasinghe, Assistant Director

Tajikistan

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  • Mr. Najmuddin Bekov, First Secretary of the Embassy

Thailand

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  • Mrs. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Pinsuda Jayanama, Director-General, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Cataleya Phatoomros, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Chomquan Pinyowit, Director, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Thipsuda Khamtho, Counsellor, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Aditat Panupong, First Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Atipha Vadhanaphong, First Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Natchaya Suwannasri, Second Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Natasha Isarabhakdi, Third Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Somreuthai Pollasen, Sustainable Development Diplomacy Officer, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Prae-ravee K-hasuwan, Director, International Cooperation Sub-bureau, Bureau of Academic Affairs and Planning, Agricultural Land Reform Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Arpaphan Pattanapant, Expert on Land Reform, Bureau of Academic Affairs and Planning, Agricultural Land Reform Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Maneewan Sriyanon, Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Fisheries Development Policy and Planning Division, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Thida Ketsrikaew, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Fisheries Development Policy and Planning Division, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Kreeyaporn Devahastin, Policy and Plan Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Planning Division, Department of Land Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Payattika Polsraku, Policy and Plan Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Planning Division, Department of Land Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Rungtawan Poosuk, Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Bureau of Academic Affairs and Planning, Department of Land Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Mr. Intouch Yimtae, Policy and Plan Analyst, Practitioner Level, Planning Division, Department of Land Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Mr. Achari Waramit, Policy and Plan Analyst, Practitioner Level, Planning Division, Department of Land Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Mr. Pirach Pongwichian, Expert on Saline Soil Management, Research and Development for Land Management Division, Department of Land Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Nisa Meesang, Researcher Specialist on Plant System for Soil Management, Research and Development for Land Management Division, Department of Land Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Arunee Chootip, Chief of International Cooperation Branch, Department of Royal Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Phattaporn Mekpruksawong, Senior Expert on Civil Engineering, Department of Royal Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Panarpa Chiabchalard, Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, International Agricultural Economics Division, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Benjarat Pharelai, Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Agricultural Development Policy and Planning Division,, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Pavitra Trinawong, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Agricultural Development Policy and Planning Division, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Kunla Thinvilai, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, International Agricultural Economics Division, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Ms. Punyatorn Manosudprasit, Trade Officer, Practitioner Level, Representative, Bureau of America, Pacific and International Organizations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce
  • Ms. Soorisa Nusuk, Trade Officer, Professional Level, Agricultural Trade Policy and Strategy Division, Trade Policy and Strategy Office, Ministry of Commerce
  • Mr. Watcharachack Sutayon, Trade Officer, Practitioner Level, Competitiveness Strategy Division, Trade Policy and Strategy Office, Ministry of Commerce
  • Ms. Saravanee Singtong, Director, Sustainability Policy Division, Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation
  • Ms. Chanida Sansaard, Policy Specialist, Sustainability Policy Division, Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation
  • Mr. Jitti Mungkalasiri, Researcher, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation
  • Ms. Thitiporn Unaratana, Director, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior
  • Mr. Nattapon Udommake, Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior
  • Ms. Sirapat Chongwattanaboon, Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior
  • Ms. Rooptamma Sukniam, Justice Affairs Officer, Practitioner level, Bureau of Justice Policy and Planning Coordination, Office of Justice Affairs, Ministry of Justice
  • Mr. Kompan Pansakun, General Administration Officer, Practitioner Level, Bureau of Justice Policy and Planning Coordination, Office of Justice Affairs, Ministry of Justice
  • Ms. Varinyupa Buranaareepong, Justice Officer, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
  • Ms. Fairda Malem, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Policy and Planning Subdivision, Department of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ms. Chanakan Tangchit, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Office of National Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ms. Chatchawan Genarkarn, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Biodiversity Management Division, Office of National Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ms. Dares Kaewket, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Office of National Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ms. Walaiporn Aranyig, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Office of National Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ms. Wanida Sae-jiw, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Office of National Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Mr. Sarawut Boonsuk, Deputy Director-General, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health
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The sixth session of the Committee on Transport is scheduled to be held from 12 to 13 November 2020.

The secretariat is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and is putting into place measures to mitigate public health risks associated with mass gatherings. The secretariat continues to receive guidance from the World Health Organization, the authorities of the host country of ESCAP and the United Nations Secretariat.

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Delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials to Mr. Weimin Ren, Director, Transport Division, ESCAP, United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, Fax: (66-2) 288-1067, 288-3050, at their earliest convenience prior to 1 October 2018.. Letters of credential should be addressed to the Executive Secretary of the ESCAP and emailed to [email protected].

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Childcare incubation programme launched to empower Fijian women entrepreneurs in the care economy

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On 14 December 2023, in Suva, Fiji, a partnership between ESCAP, the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) and the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) was kicked off with the launch of the Care Catalyst: Micro Business Women’s Childcare Incubation Programme.

The comprehensive six-month training initiative is designed to empower aspiring women entrepreneurs in Fiji interested in establishing and operating their own child daycare businesses. The programme will equip participants with the necessary skills, knowledge and opportunities for increased access to finance and support to establish sustainable and successful child daycare ventures that meet the increasing demand for quality childcare services in Fiji and contribute to the overall development of early childhood education.

By and large, women bear the burden of unpaid care work, which can impact their participation in the formal labour market, impede economic empowerment, and undermine their overall socio-economic status.

Fijian women comprise just 34 per cent of the labour force while they carry out 73 per cent of the unpaid household work. The care economy is a significant contributor to the Asia-Pacific economy. Recognizing and valuing this work is crucial for sustainable and inclusive economic development, and an important component of promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Through supporting the development of childcare businesses in Fiji, the incubation programme is expected to have a significant impact on the country’s economy and society, providing working parents, especially working mothers, including women entrepreneurs, with access to affordable and quality childcare services.

The training programme will be open to 15 participants passionate about childcare entrepreneurship. Priority will be given to women from marginalized communities and those with limited access to business training and resources. The strongest three participants will be provided with seed grants of US$1000.

The initiative is implemented in the context of ESCAP’s Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) programme, which supports women’s entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Nepal, Samoa and Viet Nam, with funding from Global Affairs Canada. The incubation programme builds on successful CWE initiatives at the regional level, applying the approach at the local level, working directly with women entrepreneurs in the care economy.

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Partnership initiated to enhance climate resilience of micro and small women-led businesses in Bangladesh

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To empower women business owners in Bangladesh to build resilience against risks to their livelihoods posed by climate change and support them in growing their businesses, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has formed a partnership with Nari Maitree, a prominent women-led organization in Bangladesh committed to empowering women and enhancing their socio-economic status through capacity building, partnership building and advocacy. Through the partnership, a pioneering project will be implemented to fortify the resilience of women-led Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) to climate change impacts in Bangladesh.

The project focuses on enabling access to finance, providing tailored training, and fostering partnerships to bolster climate resilience among women-led MSEs. Specifically, support will be provided to women entrepreneurs to access finance for climate-related initiatives, alongside the provision of targeted training and capacity building to raise awareness on climate risks and offer guidance to integrate climate resilience into their business models, while establishing networks for women entrepreneurs to collaborate and share knowledge, fostering collective action on climate adaptation and resilience.

Only a small proportion of registered MSMEs in Bangladesh are led by women, most of which are micro and cottage enterprises, although there a large number of unregistered women owned enterprises. These small businesses are highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and related economic shocks and setbacks. Moreover, small women-led business face barriers to accessing the finance needed build resilience against these risks and grow their businesses. More than 60 per cent of women in Bangladesh do not have access to finance due to institutional, cultural, social and economic barriers.

The initiative marks a significant stride in bolstering women’s entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, leveraging strategic partnerships and innovative approaches to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change on small businesses led by women.

The activities kicked off on with the project’s first workshop held in Dhaka Bangladesh on 14 December 2023, bringing together women entrepreneurs to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change and its impact on businesses, which will be followed up by tailored mentoring and training.

The initiative is funded under ESCAP’s Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) programme, supported by Global Affairs Canada, implemented in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Nepal, Samoa and Viet Nam. To date, the programme has directly benefitted 176,000 women entrepreneurs across the region through access to finance and enhanced skills to grow their businesses.

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Policymakers from Latin America and Asia and the Pacific exchange strategies to drive inclusive and sustainable economies

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As the second phase of the partnership between ESCAP and the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation of Colombia (APC Colombia) draws to a close, unique opportunities for in-depth exchange between Latin America and Asia and the Pacific have been facilitated. Established in August 2022, the partnership has promoted policies for inclusive and sustainable economies in countries through learning and exchange across the two regions.

To this end, a diverse group of policymakers and industry leaders from Ecuador, Chile and Colombia convened in Delhi to participate in a study tour from 1 to 6 November 2023, focused on advancing investment in superfoods and indigenous foods. Participants comprised members of ESCAP’s Community of Practice (CoP) for Policy makers on the Green Transition of Business

As part of the programme, delegates participated in a roundtable discussion on South-South Complementarities in Indigenous Superfoods and Alternative Proteins hosted by Invest India. The event facilitated constructive conversations on attracting investments and promoting circular food systems, and the potential of superfoods and alternative proteins in driving the green transition in agriculture. Participants explored the role of specific government policies in catalyzing business transitions towards a green economy, echoing the global call for more initiatives and measures that inspire the private sector to pursue sustainable development. 

Delegates went on to participate in the Inclusive Business in Agriculture and Food Systems National Investment Dialogue, co-hosted by Invest India and ESCAP. The dialogue underscored the role of inclusive business models in creating positive social and environmental impacts while enhancing competitiveness in agriculture and food sectors, as well as the need for supportive policies to scale up inclusive business models in the region. 

South-South collaboration and knowledge exchange is critical in catalyzing the adoption of innovative approaches and strategies to promote sustainable agriculture. "The experience of participating in the study tour has benefitted my work in that I could broaden my network both in Latin America and India. It also allowed me to learn from the experiences of other countries and identify opportunities to apply in Chile," said Daniela Acuña, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Agricultural Studies and Policies at the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile.

Building on the success of this exchange, a further opportunity to bring together policymakers from both regions was facilitated in Cambodia, with a focus on financial inclusion. Hosted by the National Bank of Cambodia from 29 November to 1 December, the second study tour to be facilitated by ESCAP and APC Colombia brought together delegates from Central Banks and related Ministries from Bhutan, Cambodia, Colombia, Fiji, Malaysia and Nepal. Participants engaged in an intensive three-day programme of workshops and site visits designed to enhance cooperation and collective learning around women's financial inclusion.

Participants zoomed in on the particular constraints faced by women and solutions and policy approaches being leveraged to address these challenges. Discussions centred around sex-disaggregated reporting, client protection frameworks to support women, financial literacy, strategies to enhance women’s access and usage of digital financial services, leveraging industry engagement to address women’s financial exclusion, and the development of roadmaps and action plans to accelerate women’s financial inclusion.

Speaking during the opening, Rupa Chandra, Director of the Trade Investment and Innovation Division at ESCAP, underscored that “effective South-South cooperation can push forward this important agenda, enabling policy makers to avoid duplication of efforts and common pitfalls, share lessons learned, scale up what works, and accelerate progress towards an inclusive financial system.”

Echoing this sentiment, Paula Franco, head of the Financial Inclusion group from the Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia noted that “cooperation and building a community can play a key role in designing and implementing sound and evidence-based policies. Moreover, sharing knowledge and experiences from both regulators and Financial Service Providers is a great way to drive innovative ideas to promote financial inclusion. Financial inclusion with a gender perspective requires engagement from the private sector, so it is important to balance regulation and other kinds of incentives to catalyse the process.”

Reflecting on her key takeaways from the programme, Wati Seeto, Manager of Financial Inclusion and Market Conduct at the Reserve Bank of Fiji noted that “the study tour facilitated the opportunity to measure how far we have come in relation to other CoP members, share our successes and learnings and learn from successes and challenges faced in other countries. There is real value in sharing and learning from others.”

The meaningful exchanges and lasting relationships fostered through the partnership between ESCAP and APC Colombia are expected to contribute to catalyzing transformative policy approaches across Asia and the Pacific and Latin America, empowering participating policymakers to apply lessons learned to address inequalities and build more inclusive and sustainable economies in their respective countries.

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The National Bank of Cambodia and ESCAP to co-develop a Sustainable Finance Roadmap

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) announced the development of the National Bank of Cambodia’s Sustainable Finance Roadmap, signifying the future collaboration through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing ceremony on Friday.

This initiative from the NBC, in partnership with the ESCAP, represents a significant commitment towards addressing climate-change-related risks and supporting the growth of green and sustainable finance, which will provide an opportunity for Cambodia to positively contribute to meeting its climate commitments and SDG goals.

ESCAP has collaborated closely with the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) since 2019, engaging in capacity-building initiatives and providing technical assistance programs with concerted efforts aligning with the overarching objective of bolstering the expansion of sustainable finance in Cambodia.

The MOA represents NBC’s adoption of the first recommendation of the policy analysis titled ‘Green and Sustainable Financial Market Analysis: Financing Cambodia’s Future’ co-developed by ESCAP and NBC, which notes the importance of developing a roadmap and vision for sustainable finance.

The Sustainable Finance Roadmap aims to align Cambodia’s financial system with its broader sustainable development goals, specifically addressing climate change, promoting environmental sustainability, and including considerations to enhance social and economic well-being. Overall, the adoption of the roadmap would support Cambodia to create a more resilient and stable financial system that supports long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

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Decisive action needed to harness digital trade and investment for inclusive sustainable development, finds new UN report

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Digital trade and investment are driving forces of the modern economy, and growth in the Asia-Pacific region has exceeded the global average, with the region now accounting for a quarter of the US$ 4 trillion trade in digitally deliverable products.

However, digital trade and investment remain highly uneven, according to the new Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2023/2024: Unleashing Digital Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, produced by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). While six economies in the Asia-Pacific region are responsible for 85 per cent of the region’s digitally deliverable exports, least developed countries (LDCs) account for less than 1 per cent.

“This disparity underscores an urgent need for action,” said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP. “It is imperative that we work together to ensure that digital trade and investment are not just growth engines but also catalysts for inclusive and sustainable development.”

ESCAP research suggests that a 1 per cent increase in digital trade value is associated with a 0.8 percentage point rise in the growth rate of an economy's real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. As these benefits are closely tied to Internet penetration rates, unlocking the full potential of digital trade urgently calls for bridging the “digital divide”.

“To achieve inclusive and sustainable outcomes from digitalization in the Asia-Pacific region, we need to work with countries at low levels of digital readiness to scale up their capacity to benefit from digital trade” said Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of UNCTAD. “Digital trade is not just about technology; it’s about people. It's about creating opportunities for everyone, regardless of their location or background.”

LDCs in the Asia-Pacific region have seen rapid growth in digital trade, but only 0.1 per cent of the region's digital FDI inflows reached them in 2021. In addition to risks of underinvestment in crucial infrastructure, these countries face a shortfall of skilled workers and regulatory complexities, which drive up operational costs. As a result, in spite of the growth, these countries accounted for less than 1 per cent of the region’s exports of digitally deliverable services in 2022.

“Addressing the social and environmental challenges arising from digital trade and investment is a complex matter, with diverse impacts that no single ministry or agency can manage in isolation,” according to UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller. “The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report highlights how trade and investment policies can mitigate these challenges and enable the resulting benefits.”

In addition to levelling the playing field on Internet penetration, harnessing the potential of digital trade and investment as effective means for achieving sustainable development will also require proactive trade and investment policies and coordinated efforts, globally as well as regionally.

Read the full report: www.unescap.org/kp/APTIR2023  

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Leading executives meeting at UN forum point the way towards green, sustainable businesses in Asia and the Pacific

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Top executives from around Asia and the Pacific meeting at a United Nations forum today called for the private sector to lead the way towards greener, more sustainable business practices.

The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF), held 22 and 23 November in Hong Kong, opened discussions on how businesses are decarbonizing their operations and scaling up sustainability initiatives in the region. Participants are also expected to be introduced to the Asia-Pacific Green Deal for Business digital platform, and will hear and meet key decision makers, business leaders and emerging entrepreneurs committed to sustainable development across the region.

“The responsibility is now on the [business] community to not only set in place genuine and ambitious actions to meet their commitments but to multiply their efforts by bringing new businesses into the sustainability sphere,” Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told the Forum, which is jointly organized by ESCAP and the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) with support from the Hong Kong Environment and Ecology Bureau.

ESBN Chair George Lam said in his welcome statement that with Asia and the Pacific being “the world's largest and fastest-growing economic region and largest source of greenhouse gas emissions…the region is also where the private sector should and can take the leading role in closely collaborating with governments and communities towards achieving the green transformation of the region.”

“Decarbonization and green transition involve a huge amount of investment. Estimates have indicated that Asia alone will need $66 trillion in the coming three decades. It is clear that governments cannot fund them on their own. The private sector’s resources must be effectively mobilized,” said Hong Kong Finance Secretary Paul Chan.  

“The HKSAR Government is committed to working with the business sector to realize green transformation in Hong Kong, and contribute to the regional decarbonization progress,” he added.

Meanwhile, Tse Chin-wan, Secretary for Environment and Ecology of Hong Kong, is scheduled to speak tomorrow regarding Hong Kong's quest for carbon neutrality before 2050.

The Forum, meeting under the theme “An Asia Pacific Green Deal for Business: Driving the Green Transformation,” is the only public-private sector regional dialogue and networking event that effectively and proactively engages businesses committed to sustainable development across the region, bringing together government officials, entrepreneurs, investors, private sector enterprises and academia from across the region. Additional participants from chambers of commerce, industry, associations and business networks are expected to raise greater awareness about ESBN and the Green Deal as well as in expanding the Network’s membership.

The annual Forum also allows participants to showcase pilot projects and innovation solutions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and climate goals through private sector initiatives and public-private partnerships.

 

For further information: https://www.unescap.org/events/2023/asia-pacific-business-forum-2023

Watch the proceedings: www.youtube.com/unescap

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UN population and development review in Asia and the Pacific urges focus on individual rights and choices

Submitted by SCHANCHA1 on Fri, 17/11/2023 - 15:41
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Delegates from across Asia and the Pacific underscored the significance of population and development in a region home to more than 60 per cent of the world’s inhabitants, noting that decisions made by countries in this region shape the future of its 4.7 billion individuals as well as future generations across the globe.

This important message was reiterated during the Seventh Asian and Pacific Population Conference, which reviewed the implementation of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development (2013) and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (1994). The three-day conference was jointly organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and brought together more than 400 government officials and representatives of civil society and youth groups.

“Beyond sheer numbers, this gathering reflects our shared commitment to addressing the population dynamics in our region. The collective resolve, constructive dialogues, and solution-oriented approach evident throughout the conference underscore our potential to make substantial contributions to ICPD30 and position ourselves for the post-2030 population and development agenda,” said Lin Yang, ESCAP Deputy Executive Secretary, during the closing of the conference today.

The regional conference provided an opportunity to celebrate successes. Since the previous conference, convened ten years ago, Asia and the Pacific has seen increased life expectancy, along with a decline in maternal mortality, enhanced access to contraceptives and more girls going to school. These changes have occurred due to increased socioeconomic development, advancements in gender equality and people gaining greater agency to make decisions, including about their sexual and reproductive health.

Delegates acknowledged that the following megatrends are affecting economic, social and environmental outcomes: shifting population dynamics, the intensifying climate crisis, increasing migration, growing urbanization and rapid digital advancement. Moreover, they noted that inequality and social injustice persist. The message was clear: Forward-looking policies that capitalize on the demographic transition and place individual rights and choices at the centre are key to building sustainable and thriving societies and economies.

Additionally, partnerships across the region to exchange experiences, increase investments and accelerate progress and disaggregated data were noted as critical to achieving shared goals.

“Strengthened regional collaboration is required now more than ever. And that is exactly what we have seen over the last week. The energy, spirit and genuine interest that each of you have shown to work together to advance the quality of life of every individual that calls this region home is promising,” said UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Programme) Diene Keita, bringing the conference to a close.

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  • Maternal mortality has declined by over 60 per cent in Asia and the Pacific since 2000.
  • While fewer women are dying giving birth, over 60,000 women still died in 2020.
  • In some countries, fewer than 25 per cent of women have access to and use modern contraception.
  • Since 1950, life expectancy at birth has increased by almost 30 years, from 43 years then to 75 years now.
  • The proportion of people aged 65 years or over is projected to almost double by 2050.

For further information: https://www.unescap.org/events/2023/seventh-asian-and-pacific-population-conference

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Asia-Pacific business leaders to urge transition to ‘green economy’

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Tue, 14/11/2023 - 13:28
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Top executives, investors, tech entrepreneurs, business leaders and representatives from governments from around the region are gathering next week at the Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2023 (APBF 2023) in Hong Kong, China, to amplify the call on the private sector to accelerate transformation to greener business practices.

Co-organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) and the Hong Kong Environment and Ecology Bureau, the Forum will rally support for green actions across business sectors, including finance, digital platforms, logistics and infrastructure, innovation and tech entrepreneurships.

Under the theme “An Asia-Pacific Green Deal for Business: Driving the Green Transformation,” the regional public-private forum will highlight the role of the private sector in scaling up climate action and the contribution from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to accelerate the race to achieve net zero before 2030.

The Green Deal for Business was launched by the ESBN in 2022, aiming to harness transformational opportunities of a new green economy through a zero carbon, public-private finance approach to business practices.  

 

NOTE TO EDITOR: Members of the media are invited to attend in-person or via the online webcast.

What: Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2023

When: Date 22 – 23 November 2023

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region, China  

 

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For the full programme: https://www.unescap.org/events/2023/asia-pacific-business-forum-2023

Key speakers:

  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Paul Chan Mo-po, Finance Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  • George Lam, Chair of ESBN and President of Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation
  • Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Vice Chair of ESBN and Chief Executive Officer of Sintesa Group, Indonesia
  • Marjorie Yang, Chair of ESBN Taskforce on Circular Economy and Chairman of Esquel Group, Hong Kong, China
  • Patrick Healy, Chair of ESBN Task Force on Energy and Executive Director of Swire Pacific Limited, Hong Kong, China
  • Jacob Kam, Chair of ESBN Task Force on Infrastructure and Logistics and Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation Limited, Hong Kong, China
  • Adrian Cheng, Chair of ESBN Task Force on Innovation and Chief Executive Officer of New World Development Company Limited, Hong Kong, China
  • Poman Lo, Co-Chair of ESBN Task Force on Finance and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Regal Hotels International Holdings Limited, Hong Kong, China

 

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