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Boosting SDG Accelerators through Innovation and Cooperation: Lessons and Opportunities for North-East Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region

Submitted by TPARK1 on Tue, 02/04/2024 - 08:33
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The side event aims to invite member States and stakeholders to exchange insights on prioritizing digital innovations for SDG accelerators. In particular, the side event will seek collaboration opportunities among member States in the Asia-Pacific region with the support of regional and subregional mechanisms.

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Opening remarks

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Mr. HAHM Jeonghan, Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand

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  • Mongolia

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Moderator: Ms. Sarwat Ardan, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, UN Development Coordination Office, Asia-Pacific Region

Panelists:

  • Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat [TBC]
  • Dr ZHANG Jin, Senior Research Fellow, Development Research Center of the State Council / Vice President, Center for International Knowledge on Development
  • Prof. KANIE Norichika, Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University / Chair, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Japan
  • ESCAP member States: Bangladesh, Thailand (tbc)
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  • Mr. LEE Hee-sup, Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head, ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia
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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.

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.

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Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
E-mail address: [email protected]

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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;
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    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.
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Promoting cross-border electronic information exchange for efficient railway transport and transit in East and North-East Asia: Associated Events at the 11th Asia-Pacific Forum Trade Facilitation Forum

Submitted by TPARK1 on Tue, 27/02/2024 - 07:56
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During the 8th meeting of the Working Group on the Trans-Asian Railway Network (14-15 September 2023), the Working Group adopted a new annex (Annex III) to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Trans-Asian Railway Network entitled “General principles on electronic information exchange/data interchange among railways and between railways and control agencies along the Trans-Asian Railway Network”. It noted that the annex laid the groundwork for the further digitalization of railway transport through electronic data exchange. Furthermore, during the ad-hoc session of the Standing Committee of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (CPTA) (23-24 January 2024), findings on national studies of the status of cross-border paperless trade, including in China and Mongolia, were presented.

 

These developments provide renewed momentum for the project on promoting cross-border electronic information exchange for efficient railway transport and transit in East and North-East Asia.

The three-year project (2022-2024) aims to enhance railway efficiency to increase its use for sustainable transport connectivity along the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor through cross-border electronic information exchange. Funded under the China-ESCAP Cooperation Programme (CECP), the project engages with customs and railway officials and other stakeholders involved in rail transport and transit along the corridor.

 

The 11th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2024 will be held on 1-5 April 2024 and will focus on how digitalization can be leveraged to enable sustainable supply chains in the Asia-Pacific region. The Forum will provide an opportunity for the focal points of the project to engage with other member States, sharing experiences and perspectives on different aspects of trade facilitation and digitalization, including cross-border paperless trade and transport. To this end, the following associated events will be organized:

  • Outreach Event: Promoting cross-border paperless trade and lessons from Northeast Asia (3 April 2024, 14.00-16.00)
  • Second Focal Points’ Meeting: Promoting cross-border electronic information exchange for efficient railway transport and transit in East and North-East Asia (4 April 2024, 10.00-12.30) 
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  • Mr. Tengfei Wang, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP
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  • China (tbc)
  • Mongolia: Ms. Ariunaa Adiya, Counselor, Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia
  • Republic of Korea (tbc)
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  • Azerbaijan: Mr. Fuad Aslanov, Head of General Department for Digital Management, The State Customs Committee
  • Bangladesh: Mr. Noor Md. Mahbubul Haq, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce
  • Thailand: Mr. Sapphasuk Wijaiworakit, Director of Strategy and International Cooperation Section Thai Customs Departmen
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  • Mr. Tejo Kusuma, Technical Officer, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, World Customs Organization
  • Ms. Gloria Pasadilla, Individual expert
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          Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office

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  • Recent rail digitalization initiatives in Asia-Pacific region

          Presentation by Mr. Sandeep Jain, Transport Division, ESCAP

  • Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific – recent developments

          Presentation by Mr. Tengfei Wang, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP

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  • Updated recommendations of the assessment study on electronic information exchange among railways and between railways and Customs along China-Mongolia- Russian Federation and beyond

          Presentation by Ms. Ekaterina Kozyreva, President, IEC International, Project Consultant, ESCAP

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          China (online), Mongolia, Russian Federation (online)

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  • Progress on mapping rail consignment note to the WCO data model and on harmonizing rail transit datasets to facilitate rail border crossing

          Presentation by Mr. Tejo Kusma, Technical Officer, World Customs Organization

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  • Feasibility of an electronic database of the rolling stock for facilitation of international rail transport along the Trans-Asian Railway network 

          Presentation by Ms. Ekaterina Kozyreva, President, IEC International, Project Consultant, ESCAP

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  • OSJD initiatives to support electronic data interchange among railways

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  • Next steps in project implementation

          Presentation by Ms. Fideles Sadicon, Sustainable Development Officer, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office

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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.

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:
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Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
E-mail address: [email protected]

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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;
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    3. cost incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
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    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.
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3rd Forum on Carbon Neutrality Goals of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea

Submitted by TPARK1 on Thu, 25/01/2024 - 12:41
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Building on the two previous forums, the Third Forum on Carbon Neutrality Goals will focus on digital innovation and just transition. The Third Forum aims to serve as a hub for the exchange of policies, measures, and practices in various cross-cutting sectors among high-level government officials, experts, and international organizations in China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea to ensure the pathway to carbon neutrality.

The outcomes of the Forum will be presented to the dialogue on subregional cooperation during the 80th ESCAP Commission Session to be held on 22 -26 April 2024 under the theme of "Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific" and will also be reported to the 25th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting (TEMM25) held in the Republic of Korea.

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          o Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana (Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) - via pre-recorded video

          o Mr. LEE Hee-sup (Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat)

          o Mr. Selwin Charles Hart (Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team) - via pre-recorded video

  • Keynote speech: Mr. LIU, Zhenmin (Special Envoy for Climate Change, China)
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Moderator: Ms. Oyun Sanjaasuren (Director of External Affairs, Green Climate Fund)

          o Mr. CHEN Zhihua (Deputy Director General, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, China)

          o Mr. SUGA Yoshinori (Director, Ministry of the Environment, Japan)

          o Mr. LEE Young Seok (Director General, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea)

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Moderator: Ms. Anne Juepner (Director, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre)

          o Mr. XU Jintao (Professor, Peking University, China)

          o Mr. KOSHIZUKA Noboru (Professor, The University of Tokyo III, Japan)

          o Ms. KANG Min-kyung (Research Fellow, Incheon Carbon Neutrality Center, Incheon Institute, Republic of Korea)

          o Mr. Gankhuyag Dagva (Chief Infrastructure Officer, Newcom Group, Mongolia)

 

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Moderator: Ms. KIM Hyeyoung (Head, Office of the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG)

          o Mr. GAO Chen (CEO, Sinotrans Limited Seoul Office)

          o Mr. NAM Seung Hong (Director of Carbon Neutrality and Economy Division, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea)

          o Mr. Simon Gilby (Sustainable Development Officer, UN Office for Sustainable Development)

          o Mr. Euan Low (Impact Lead for Energy & Infrastructure, Green Climate Fund)  

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          o Mr. LEE Hee-sup (Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat)

          o Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)

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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.

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.

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Submitted by TPARK1 on Tue, 28/11/2023 - 19:29
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Aligned with the Greater Tumen Initiative’s common vision and strategic directions and ESCAP’s subregional programme priority in East and North-East Asia on sustainable connectivity, the Annual Forum on Connectivity aims to provide a regular platform for GTI sectoral bodies to engage on connectivity-related issues of common interests. The Forum is jointly organized by the country chair of the GTI Consultative Commission (CC), GTI Secretariat and ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and is a regular side event leading up to the annual meeting of the GTI Consultative Commission. GTI member countries include China, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation.

The 23rd CC Meeting is chaired by China with the theme “Build an Open, Connected and Innovative NEA Economy”.

To this end, the 2nd Annual Forum on Connectivity, co-organized by China (through the Ministry of Commerce), ESCAP (through its East and North-East Asia Subregional Office) and GTI Secretariat, will be utilized as a platform for sectoral dialogues in line with the theme of the 23rd CC meeting. In particular, the Forum aims to be a dialogue on “Trade Digitalization: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities”.

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Chaired by Mr. Lee Lawrence Hoomyung (Director, GTI Secretariat)

  • Mr. Chen Chao (Deputy Director General, Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China)
  • Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)
  • Mr. Lee Lawrence Hoomyung (Director, GTI Secretariat)
  • Mr. Cui Changzheng (Deputy Secretary General, Liaoning Provincial Government, People’s Republic of China)
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Chaired by: Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav (Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office)

This session will highlight developments on trade digitalization, including its cross-sectoral linkages and impacts.  

Presentations:

  • On Trade Digitalization (Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China)
  • Highlights of the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (Mr. Tengfei Wang, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP) [in-person] 
  • Mr. Chen Ximin Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Information Officer, Neusoft Group
  • Trade-Transport Linkage: Focus on Cross-Border Paperless Railway Transit Transport Facilitation (Ms. Ekaterina Kozyreva, President, IEC International / ESCAP Project Consultant) [online]
  • Russia (tbc)
  • Mongolia (tbc)

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Chaired by: Mr. Lee Lawrence Hoomyung (Director, GTI Secretariat)

This session will focus on prospects of cooperation on trade digitalization across sectoral bodies under the GTI platform.  

Presentations:

  • Leveraging digitalization in logistics (tbc)
  • The Digital Transformation of E-commerce Trade: Exploring the Unlimited Potential of Global Markets (Pan Cheng, Marketing Director of Liaoning Boying Technology Co., Ltd)
  • TradeGo (tbc)
  • China Merchants Energy Shipping (tbc)
  • China Cosco (tbc)
  • ROK (tbc)

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North-East Asia Regional Power Interconnection and Cooperation Forum 2023

Submitted by TPARK1 on Tue, 21/11/2023 - 14:40
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NEARPIC 2023 will be jointly organized by ESCAP, China Electricity Council (CEC), and the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) in Beijing, China. This year’s NEARPIC holds significance in several aspects. Not only has NEARPIC come full circle back to China and is organized in-person for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, but also substantively, it marks the milestone of launching the Geen Power Corridor Road Map for Northeast Asia.    

In 2019, ESCAP undertook a study report that examined the extensive literature on power interconnections in Northeast Asia and found that there is a shared view on the untapped benefits of power grid connectivity in the region. The ESCAP report developed nine strategies to support concretizing progress of connectivity initiatives in Northeast Asia that would also provide a pathway toward promoting sustainable development and energy transition efforts under the SDGs and Paris Agreement. 

The Green Power Corridor Road Map for Northeast Asia had been developed as a follow-up project under Strategy Nine of the above report and aims to build a common vision among Northeast Asian countries by proposing actions and timelines for moving towards interconnected power grids.  

In this regard, the launch of Green Power Corridor Road Map at NEARPIC 2023 is an important opportunity for the region to take stock of the discussions so far and discuss the way forward. While progress has been slow due to COVID-19 and other geopolitical issues, considering the commitments of the regional economies to drastically reduce GHG emissions, power interconnections should be prioritized as a practical solution to meet rising energy demands and climate action goals.  

The Forum will also discuss progress made and planned activities related to power interconnection in North-East Asia by key stakeholders and development partners, and innovations in the power sector contributing to energy transition in the region and beyond.

The Forum will have a dedicated session following up from the 6th North-East Asia Multistakeholder Forum on Sustainable Development Goals 2022 where the implementation of SDG 7 was discussed to see what are the key gaps in the region and how to achieve SDG 7 and related SDGs in North-East Asia.

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Opening and welcome remarks by

  1. Mr. Hongpeng Liu, Director, Energy Division, ESCAP (10 mins)
  2. Mr. Kun Yang, Executive President, China Electricity Council (10 mins)

Keynote speech

  • Mr. Gesong Chen, Director General, Development Bureau, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (10 mins)
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      Congratulatory Remarks by Mr. AHN Dong Ouk, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in China

  1. Ms. Maria Pastukhova, Senior Researcher, E3G and Consultant on GPC Roadmap for Northeast Asia (15 mins)
  2. Mr. Jason Veysey, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute and Consultant on GPC Roadmap for Northeast Asia (15 mins)
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Moderator: Mr. Hongpeng Liu, Director, Energy Division, ESCAP

Discussants:

  1. Mr. Xiaomeng Lei, Chief Expert of Expert Committee, China Electricity Council (10 mins)
  2. Mr. Yeren Ulzii Batmunkh, Director General, Ministry of Energy, Mongolia (10 mins)
  3. Mr. Sungkyu Lee, Assistant Vice President / Head of Power Grid Policy Team, KEPCO, Republic of Korea (10 mins)
  4. Ms. Kozlova Olga Sergeevna, Head of Long term Electric Power Planning, Ministry of Energy, Russian Federation (10 mins)
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Moderator: Mr. Xiaomeng Lei, Chief Expert of Expert Committee, China Electricity Council

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  1. Mr. Heein Chang, Senior Researcher, KEPCO, Republic of Korea (10 mins)
  2. Ms. Yi Gao, Director Electric Power Planning Research Division Il, Research Institute of Economics & Technology Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (10 mins)
  3. Ms. Wei Huang, Strategy and Policy Officer, AIIB (10 mins)
  4. Mr. Seiichiro Kimura, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute (10 mins)
  5. Mr. Alfredo Bano Leal, Senior Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank (10mins)
  6. Ms. Tungalag Narangerel, Research Officer, Mongolia Energy Economics Institute (10 mins)
  7. Ms. Yue Ru, Finance & Admin Associate and Acting Coordinator (Energy and Environment), Greater Tumen Initiative (10 mins)
  8. Ms. Qing Wang, Gender and Climate Change Programme Officer, UN Women, China (10 mins)
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  1. Mr. Bin Wang, Deputy Director General, Northeast Branch of State Grid Corporation of China (10 mins)
  2. Mr. Yang Cao, Deputy Division Director, Division of International Cooperation, International Energy Consultancy Institute, China Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI) (10 mins)
  3. Mr. Dongil Lee, CIGRE Korea (10 mins)
  4. Mr. Sangil Kim, Executive Director, Korea Power Exchange (10 mins)
  5. Mr. Shang Li, Senior Engineer, CAICT (10 mins)
  6. Mr. Zanbin Zhang, General Manager, Inner Mongolia Guohe Power Co., Ltd. (10 mins)
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Moderator: Mr. Benjamin Rae, Senior Economist, UNRC’s Office, China

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  1. Ms. Yejin Ha, Economic Affairs Officer, Energy Division, ESCAP (10 mins)
  2. Ms. Altanzul, Ministry of Energy, Mongolia (10 mins)
  3. Ms. Ja Hyun Kim, Power Market & Grid Policy Analyst, Solutions for Our Climate, Republic of Korea (10 mins)
  4. Mr. Daniel del Barro Alvarez, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering University of Tokyo, Japan (10 mins)
  5. Ms. Khishigjargal Enkhbayar, Member of Advisory Group, UNDPPA Youth Advisory Group for Northeast Asia (10 mins)
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Mr. Hongpeng Liu, Director, Energy Division, ESCAP

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  1. Steering Committee of Reference (update)
  2. Invitation of new members of the Terms Steering Committee
  3. Future plans and strategic direction of NEARPIC
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Accelerating Digital Innovations for Older Adults in China, Japan and the Republic of Korea

Submitted by TPARK1 on Tue, 07/11/2023 - 08:24
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The world is witnessing a substantial increase in the number of older adults. This demographic transition is driven by factors such as increased life expectancy and declining birth rates. By 2050, it is estimated that nearly 22% of the global population will be aged 60 or older. This shift places tremendous pressure on healthcare systems, social services, and the overall well-being of older individuals.

East Asia, hosts China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, which hosts high urban density and rapidly ageing populations with the estimated median ages of 37.9, 48.4 and 43.4 respectively. Digital Innovation plays a vital role in addressing the challenges associated with an ageing population.

In this session, the objective is to explore the approaches of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea in accelerating digital innovation adoption amongst older adults and with cases on how the implementation of the digital process is taking place in each country.

This will also be followed by exploring the trends, opportunities and challenges to be faced by the countries, as we move forward towards 2050 and the demographic, education and development pathways continue to develop and what that could mean for the future of ageing in these countries.

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  • Dr. Feng Wenmeng, Research Office Director and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Administration and Human Resources, Development Research Center of the State Council of China (DRC)
  • Dr. Komazawa Osuke, Senior Director, Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency.
  • Dr. Moon Choi, Head of Ageing and Technology Policy, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
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  • Dr. Liu Jianbing, Director, Key Laboratory on Service Engineering and Smart Health for Seniors of Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (10 mins)
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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.

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.

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Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
E-mail address: [email protected]

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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;
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    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.
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Capacity building for efficient cross-border transit through dry ports development: Study Tour and Training

Submitted by TPARK1 on Thu, 02/11/2023 - 12:32
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ESCAP’s engagements with member States on dry ports development in the Asia-Pacific region are in line with the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports which entered into force in April 2016. For Mongolia, dry ports development is a key element of its policy priority areas being a transit and landlocked developing country along transport and economic corridors. Mongolia’s New Recovery Policy identified recovery of operations of border ports as one (of six) priority areas, aiming to increase trade turnover through the phased establishment of inland “dry” ports.

ESCAP has strengthened its support to Mongolia on dry ports development responding to Mongolia’s requests to develop member States’ capacity on dry ports and continue organizing capacity-building workshops and seminars, especially for countries with special needs, including the landlocked developing countries. Activities include:

  1. Introductory training on dry ports (October 2020)
  2. Comprehensive technical assessment study on dry ports development in Mongolia (April to October 2022) and technical consultation workshop (October 2022)
  3. Capacity building for efficient cross-border transit through dry ports development (June 2023)

In June 2023, the Prime Minister of Mongolia ratified the order reviving the inter-agency Working Group on Dry Ports, with the Ministry of Road and Transport Development as lead ministry.  

Following up from the training conducted in June 2023 and providing technical support to the newly revived working group, the following activities are proposed.  

  • Training. The training will deep dive into the theme of public-private partnership for dry ports, building on the productive sessions and good evaluation feedback from the training held in June 2023. 
  • Study Tour. Officials have conducted past study tours on dry ports (e.g., Khorgos Gateway, Kazakhstan). The study tour will complement past study tours, this time, learning from Thailand’s experience. The location will also provide a foundation in broadening corridor connections across subregions covering North-East Asia and beyond, such as, South-East Asia.
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  • Using PPPs to develop logistics infrastructure
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  • Country Case: Understanding the legal framework in Thailand
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  • Country Cases: Understanding the legal framework in Singapore and Viet Nam
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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

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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;
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    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.
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North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2023

Submitted by TPARK1 on Thu, 19/10/2023 - 12:39
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North-East Asia is home to key players in development cooperation (i.e., China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation). To this end, the North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum has been the primary platform to exchange insights, share experiences and discuss challenges on development cooperation, including its contribution to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

The Forum, held annually since 2014, is a partnership effort among ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, China International Development Research Network (CIDRN), Japan Society for International Development (JASID), Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC) and Russian Association of International Development Assistance Experts (RAIDAE).

 

There is an opportunity to enrich stakeholder engagements by strengthening the linkages to broader conversations and work on development cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. To this end, in 2023, the Forum is held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Forum of Directors- General of Technical Cooperation for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (AP DG Forum). The AP DG Forum will be held on 27-28 November with the theme “Digital Innovation and South-South Cooperation: Driving Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific”.

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Objectives:

  1. To understand the commonalities and differences in national development cooperation models, including sectoral and regional priorities
  2. To showcase joint collaborations on development cooperation in the subregion

 

     Sub-panel 1: National Development Cooperation Models [10 mins each]

 

          Ms. Chuanhong Zhang (Professor, China Agricultural University)

          Mr. Tsuyoshi Kano (Associate Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology

          Mr. Daeshik Jo (Secretary General, Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation)

          Mr. Denis Degterev (Leading Researcher, Institute of Africa Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences)

 

          Interactive discussions: Q&A [15 mins]

 

     Sub-panel 2: Sectoral and Regional Priorities [10 mins each]

 

          Mr. Andrei Sakharov (Research Fellow, RANEPA)

          Ms. Ji Young Hong (Senior Research Fellow, Korea Eximbank)

          Mr. Jun-ichi Takada (Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

          Ms. Gubo Qi (Professor, China Agricultural University)

 

          Interactive discussions: Q&A [15 mins]

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  1. To highlight how development cooperation could leverage technological innovation for sustainable development
  2. To discuss the sectoral and regional priorities of development cooperation related to technological innovation (e.g., digital trade, data for development, digital innovations for climate action, connectivity, innovation to address socio-economic issues, etc.)
  3. To discuss potential areas to collaborate through innovative approaches in development cooperation

 

          Mr. Zorikto Gomboin (Deputy Head of Laboratory, Radio Research and Development Institute)

          Ms. Ji Hyun Kim (Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute) [online]

          Mr. Jun-ichi Takada (Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

          Mr. Tsuyoshi Kano (Associate Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology)

          Ms. Meibo Huang (Shanghai University of International Business and Economics)

          Ms. Dongfang Niu (Assistant Professor, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics)

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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 North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2023 and the Fifth Asia-Pacific Directors General Forum for South-South and Triangular Cooperation are scheduled to be held from 27 to 28 November 2023.

27 November (Monday)

Morning: Fifth Asia-Pacific Directors General Forum for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (AP DG Forum) in Conference Room 3, Level 1, UNCC

Afternoon: North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum 2023 (DCF) in THEATRE room, Ground Floor, UNCC

28 November (Tuesday)

Fifth AP DG Forum in Conference Room 3, Level 1, UNCC

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Please register using this link: Registration

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Online registration and identification badge

Please note that Photo badges are used at UNCC for meeting participants and prior online registration is mandatory in line with standard security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises. Participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance, which will speed up the registration process.

 

Participants are requested to register online at https://indico.un.org/e/5thAPDGForum (AP DG Forum) and https://indico.un.org/e/neadcf2023 (DCF) well in advance no later than 20 November 2023, to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of photo badges and compilation of the list of participants. Kindly note that both registrations are necessary due to security reasons. The guide on indico registration is available at https://indicohelp.unog.ch/. Participants who have registered online can obtain photo badges at the registration counter, located on the Ground Level, UNCC, from 08:00 to 11:00 and 13:00 to 15:00 hours during the event.

 

Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference/meeting 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 includes meetings and social functions. Loss of a meeting badge should be immediately communicated to the registration counter or the UN security, so that the incident can be recorded, and a new badge can be issued.

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ESCAP ENEA Office focal points:

 

Ms. Fideles Sadicon

Sustainable Development Officer

Email: [email protected]

 

Mr. Yoshihiko Fujita

Research Associate

Email: [email protected]

 

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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 event organizer prior to the session.

 

UNCC encourages sustainable meeting practices including the Paper-Smart Initiative. Meeting organizers are encouraged to use eco-friendly and innovative means to deliver information on their meetings including side events, instead of handing out hard copies of flyers, documents, newsletters, and/or other such materials.

Daily subsistence allowance

As of 1 November 2023, the United Nations daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rate for Bangkok is USD 209, the rate is subject to change on monthly basis. The DSA will be paid at the venue to cover accommodation (stay of three nights), local transport cost, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses. Participants who are unable to stay for the duration of the meeting are requested to inform the ESCAP ENEA as soon as possible after arrival, so that the subsistence allowance can be adjusted accordingly. 

 

In order to facilitate the payment of DSA, participants are requested to bring their passports, e-tickets and boarding passes on the first day of the meeting. After submitting boarding passes to the ESCAP Secretariat and receiving a slip for DSA, the participants are requested to pick up DSA at the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), United Nations Branch, located on Level 1 of the Service Building, from 08:30 to 15:30 hours during weekdays.  

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NEASPEC 26th Senior Officials Meeting

Submitted by TPARK1 on Tue, 10/10/2023 - 15:02
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NEASPEC 26th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-26) will be organized on 16-17 November 2023 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

SOM is an annual occasion to review the NEASPEC activities, discuss strengthening cooperation and formulate new initiatives. The upcoming SOM is expected to review all the progress made in 2023, plan for 2024, and celebrate NEASPEC's 30th anniversary.

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     a) Air Pollution
     b) Biodiversity and Nature Conservation
     c) Marine Protected Areas
     d) Low Carbon Cities
     e) Desertification and Land Degradation
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The meeting will consider a joint NEASPEC commemorative document in the occasion of the 30th anniversary of NEASPEC for adoption.

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The meeting will review the state of the Core Fund and project based funds of NEASPEC Member governments are invited to announce intended cash and/or in kind contributions for 2023-2024.

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The meeting will invite member States to express interest in hosting the next SOM. Member States may raise any other issues not covered under the items mentioned above.

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The Report of the Meeting consists of two major parts (i) the conclusions and recommendations, and (ii) the proceedings of the SOM. The first part of the Report will be adopted by the SOM, and the second part will be prepared by the Secretariat after the Meeting and will be circulated to member States for review and approval.

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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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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.
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Study Tour on Innovative Technologies and Good Practices for Air Pollution Control for City Officials of Bangladesh, India and Thailand

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A study tour involving relevant municipal officials from Dhaka, Gurugram, and Bangkok is set to be coordinated in partnership with the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of ESCAP.

This tour aims to offer an opportunity for participants to enhance their comprehension of innovative technologies and best practices in air pollution mitigation through engagement with key stakeholders in the Republic of Korea. The program will encompass a range of activities, including lectures, training sessions, interactive dialogues, and field visits.

Specifically, the study tour will emphasize the following objectives:

  • Gain insights from successful instances of innovative technologies and their applications for air pollution control in urban areas, drawing from the experiences of the Republic of Korea.
  • Grasp the strategies that enable the adoption of innovative technologies for air pollution control at the city level, including the development of action plans.
  • Foster collaboration across borders in the field of air pollution control technologies among the targeted cities.
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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.

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.
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