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

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

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

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

 

CoverAsia and the Pacific is uniquely placed to leverage digital technologies to overcome sustainable development challenges. Already, the region is recognized as a dynamic hub for digitally driven innovation fueled by pioneering technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Finance, GovTech, and the Internet of Things. Yet to encourage further ingenuity and tap digital innovation to bolster the huge collective effort required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the region needs a plan. 

Against this background, the theme study examines existing digital innovations which have accelerated progress towards sustainable development and explores ways to build on their successes. It proposes a framework to understand the interlinkages between digital innovation and sustainable development, investigates current and emerging practices, explores how an enabling environment might be created and provides recommendations for regional cooperation. To achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a deliberate, strategic push is required. This report aims to inform this effort, which ESCAP stands ready to support every step of the way. 

 

 

CREDENTIALS AND REGISTRATION

Each delegation is required to submit a letter of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government or organization, at the earliest convenience, preferably by 12 April 2024 to [email protected].

All participants who appear in the letter of credentials are requested to register online at https://indico.un.org/event/1007591/ as soon as possible but no later than 12 April 2024. Only the names of duly accredited and registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

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

9:00-11:00

Agenda item 1 (b) Election of officers 

Agenda item 1 (c) Adoption of the agenda 

Agenda item 1 (a) Opening addresses 

- Opening addresses 

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

- Video on the theme  

- Special remarks by Heads of State/Government 

11:00-12:00 

Agenda item 2 

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

- High-level thematic roundtable on "Socio-economic outlook, emerging challenges and solutions" 

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

Agenda item 2 (a)General debate 

- Presentation of findings of the theme study  

- Country statements 

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

Agenda item 2 (a) General debate (continued) 

09:00-10:00  

High-level thematic roundtable on "Digital innovations for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals" 

 

10:00-12:00  

- Country statements 

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

Agenda item 2 (a) General debate (continued) 

14:30-15:30  

High-level thematic roundtable on "Digital inclusion" 

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

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

Keynote speakers 

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

Country interventions 

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

Subregional perspectives on “Subregional perspectives on leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development” 

- High-level dialogue with subregional organizations

- Country interventions

12:00
12:45
Lunch
12:45
18:00
DIGITAL INNOVATION FAIR
UNCC and online

DIGITAL INNOVATION FAIR

SIDE EVENTS

12:45-14:00
14:45-16:00
16:45-18:00

 

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

Agenda item 4 

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

(a) Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 

(b) Social development 

(c) Environment and development 

(d) Disaster risk reduction 

(e) Energy 

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

Agenda item 4 

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

(f) Transport 

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

(h) Trade, investment, enterprise and business innovation 

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

(j)  Statistics 

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

Agenda item 5 

Management Issues 

(a) Proposed programme plan for 2025; 

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

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

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

 

 

Agenda item 6 

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

Agenda item 7 

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

 

Agenda Item 8 

Other Matters 

12:00
12:45
LUNCH
12:45
13:45
SIDE EVENTS
UNCC and online
14:00
16:00
Agenda item 9: Adoption of the report of the Commission on its eightieth session
ESCAP Hall, UNCC
Apr
22
2024
13:15-14:15 || Impact of Digital Public Infrastructure on Sustainable Development

In-person and online

Apr
22
2024
13:15-14:15 || DIGITAL INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN LLDCS

In-person

Apr
22
2024
13:15-14:15 || Expanding Digital: Innovations for SDG Fulfillment

In-person and online

Apr
22
2024
13:15-14:15 || Celebrating milestones in building statistical capacity: challenges and opportunities in an increasingly digital and disaster-prone world

In-person and online

Apr
22
2024
13:15-14:15 || Smart Innovation for Sustainable Development: Perspective from Bangladesh and the Region

In-person and online

Apr
22
2024
13:15-14:15 || Blending Technology with Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development

Virtual, Thailand

Apr
23
2024
12:45-14:15 || Shaping Sustainable Ageing Through Digital Innovation in Asia-Pacific Countries

In-person and online

Apr
23
2024
12:45-14:15 || Strengthening Development Partnership: Accelerating the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In-person and online

Apr
23
2024
12:45-14:15 || SPECA Ministerial Meeting

In-person

Apr
23
2024
12:45-14:15 || Innovative disaster information management for sustainable and climate resilient development

In-person and online

Apr
23
2024
17:30-18:30 || Russian regions and businesses: pathways to cooperation across Asia and the Pacific in leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development

In-person and online

Apr
23
2024
17:30-18:30 || Technologies of the future - Role of critical minerals in digital infrastructure and SDGs

In-person and online

Apr
23
2024
17:30-18:30 || Youth-Led Digital Innovations for Sustainable Development and Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific

In-person and online

Apr
23
2024
12:45-14:15 || Launch the State of the Climate in Asia Report 2023

In-person and online

Apr
23
2024
12:45-14:15 || Digital Platforms for Knowledge Sharing and Cooperation in Climate Technologies

Bangkok, Thailand

Apr
24
2024
12.45-14.00 || CICA - ESCAP side event on "Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific"

In-person and online

Apr
24
2024
12.45-14.00 || Cooperation with Impact

In-person and online

Apr
24
2024
12.45-14.00 || Boosting SDG Accelerators through Innovation and Cooperation: Lessons and Opportunities for North-East Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region

In-person

Apr
24
2024
13.30-15.00 || ESBN EC Closed Meeting

In-person and online

Apr
24
2024
12.45-14.00 || Digital transformation and regional cooperation in the Pacific

In-person

Apr
24
2024
14.45-16.00 || Expert Group Meeting on Ocean-based Climate Action

In-person and online

Apr
24
2024
14.45-16.00 || Digital Innovations for Enhancing Sustainable Local Livelihoods in the Mekong Subregion based on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus approach

In-person

Apr
24
2024
15.30-17.00 || Accelerating Corporate Sustainability in Asia Pacific with the ESBN Green Deal – Empowering SMEs to navigate the evolving ESG landscape

In-person and online

Apr
24
2024
14.45-16.00 || Leveraging Digital Innovations for Promoting Cross-Border Connectivity in the BBIN Subregion

In-person and online

Apr
24
2024
14.45-16.00 || Digital financial technologies for sustainable development in the Asia Pacific

In-person

Apr
24
2024
16.30-18.30 || Dialogue on Renewed Efforts to Deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): working towards the Summit of the Future

In-person and online

Apr
24
2024
16.45-18.00 || Exchange of views on the Third UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries and Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States

In-person

Apr
24
2024
16.45-18.00 || Digital Solutions and Opportunities in Regional Trade: the EAEU Approach

In-person and online

Apr
25
2024
12:45-13:45 || Launching of Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) DX: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through Digital Transformation

In-person

Apr
24
2024
12:45-13:45 || Smart Mobility in Pacific SIDS: Opportunities and Challenges for the 2030 Agenda

In-person and online

Apr
25
2024
12:45-13:45 || Digitalizing humanitarian assistance

In-person and online

Apr
25
2024
12:45-13:45 || Accelerating financing for climate action: Progress across the Asia-Pacific region

In-person and online

Apr
25
2024
12:45-13:45 || Accelerating rail digitalization for a more climate friendly transport in Asia-Pacific region

In-person and online

Apr
25
2024
12:45-13:45 || Connecting Voices, Transforming Coal Regions For A Better World" by Innovation Regions for a Just Energy Transition (IKI JET)

In-person and online

Apr
25
2024
12:45-13:45 || 2024 Review of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade in Asia and the Pacific: Digitalization as a key enabler to get every one in the picture

In-person and online

General

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

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

Credentials

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

Office of the Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Executive Office Suite

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

Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

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

Registration and identification badges

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

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

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

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

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

Communications

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

Meeting documents

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

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

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

N/A

Health and vaccination Health and vaccination

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

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

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

Zika virus

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

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

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

Air pollution and Health

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

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

Insurance and emergency medical service

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

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

Visa requirements Visa and entry requirements

Visa Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry Requirements (as of 1 March 2023)

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

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

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

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

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

Travel agent Travel agent

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

Travel Advisory Travel Advisory

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

Transport to attend meetings Transport to attend meetings

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

Transport from and to Airport Transport from and to Airport

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

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

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

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

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

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

Souvenir shop Souvenir shop

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

Safety and Security Safety and Security

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

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

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

Contact numbers:

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

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

Zero Tolerance towards harassment

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

Security protocols for UN personnel

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

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

Prayer and meditation rooms Prayer and meditation rooms

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

Postal services Postal services

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

Lost and Found Lost and Found

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

Airline reservations Airline reservations

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

Library facilities Library facilities

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

Internet services Internet services

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

Hotel accommodation Hotel accommodation

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

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

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

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

Foreign currency declaration Foreign currency declaration

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

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

Floor plans UNCC Floor plans

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

Financial & administrative arrangements Financial & administrative arrangements

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

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

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

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

Catering services Catering services

Operating hours

Catering services are available at the following locations:

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

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

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

Banking facilities Banking facilities

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

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

Weather Weather

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

H.E. Mr. Dennis Francis
H.E. Mr. Dennis Francis
President of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
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Ambassador Dennis Francis has had a career spanning approximately 40 years in the Diplomatic Service of Trinidad and Tobago. For 18 of those years of unbroken service, he held the rank of ambassador until his compulsory retirement from career service in 2016. According to Mr. Francis, he has the distinction of being his country’s longest-serving ambassador. Before demitting office as Director of Multilateral Relations, he functioned as Senior Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on all multilateral-level matters, including climate change and the negotiations on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

His transfer back to Port of Spain in 2011 capped Ambassador Francis’ posting as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, as well as Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization and to the UN Human Rights Council. He was also accredited concurrently to the U.N. Specialized Agencies in Vienna and Rome, besides having bilateral accreditation as Ambassador to Austria and Italy. Ambassador Francis was also appointed Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. 

In 2010 at a period of renewed engagement in Multilateral Trade Negotiations, Ambassador Francis was elected to the sensitive Chairmanship of the Negotiating Group on Rules of the WTO, namely Anti-Dumping, Subsidies and Countervailing Duties and Fisheries Subsidies. He also served as Chairman of the Committee on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in Regular Session as well as Chairman of the Commonwealth Group of Developing Countries (2007-2008). 

He has led many national delegations including to the First Universal Periodic Review of Trinidad and Tobago in the UN Human Rights Council in October 2011 and to UNCTAD 12, which was held in Accra, Ghana in 2008. 

Ambassador Francis’ assignment in Geneva in 2006 followed a seven-year tour of duty as High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Jamaica and Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority. During this period, Ambassador Francis was also accredited as Ambassador (non-resident) to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. When he demitted office in Jamaica, he had held the position of Dean of the Diplomatic Corps for almost two years. Ambassador Francis took an active interest in the issues before the International Seabed Authority, leading to his election to the Chairmanship of the Assembly in 2003. 

In July of 2021, he completed a three-year assignment as Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO. 

Ambassador Francis co-facilitated a training course entitled “Protocol and Diplomacy: A Guide for the Modern Professional,” at the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean; an institution in the conceptualization of which he was intimately involved as Lead Technical Adviser to the Foreign Minister. In 2018, Ambassador Francis also co-authored a book entitled “Heads of Mission-A Handbook,” which has received regional and international acclaim. In 2020, Ambassador Francis returned to The University of the West Indies, his alma mater, as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of International Relations at the St. Augustine Campus. He is also a graduate of The School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. (1985). 

Ambassador Francis is married to his best friend, Joy Thomas-Francis and they have three adult sons. 

 

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His Excellency Mr. Dennis Francis was elected President of the seventy-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly, serving from September 2023 until September 2024.  

With a diplomatic career spanning approximately 40 years, Mr. Francis has significantly contributed to Trinidad and Tobago's diplomatic efforts. For 18 years, he held the rank of Ambassador, making him the country's longest-serving Ambassador until his compulsory retirement in 2016. 

Mr. Francis's notable assignments include serving as Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations Office at Geneva, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Human Rights Council. He also held concurrent accreditations to specialized agencies of the United Nations system in Vienna and Rome, as well as Ambassadorial positions to Austria and Italy.  

His leadership roles in international trade negotiations, particularly as Chairman of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules, underscore his expertise in anti-dumping, subsidies, countervailing measures, and intellectual property rights. 

Mr. Francis has led various national delegations, including Trinidad and Tobago's first universal periodic review in the Human Rights Council in 2011 and the twelfth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 2008. His tenure as High Commissioner to Jamaica and Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority further highlights his diverse diplomatic portfolio. Additionally, he has contributed to academic and professional development in diplomacy, co-authoring a handbook and serving as a visiting scholar at the University of the West Indies. 

On 5th September 2023, Mr Francis officially assumed his role as President of the seventy-eighth session of the UNGA, with his first Plenary Meeting highlighting his commitment to representing Trinidad and Tobago's values on the global stage. His presidency focuses on rebuilding trust, reigniting global solidarity, and accelerating action towards Sustainable Development Goals, under the theme “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all.” 

Mr. Earle Courtenay Rattray
Mr. Earle Courtenay Rattray
Chef de Cabinet, Executive Office of the Secretary-General
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 17 December 2021 the appointment of Courtenay Rattray of Jamaica as his Chef de Cabinet.  He will succeed Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil, to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her outstanding service and steadfast commitment to the United Nations.   

The Secretary-General expressed his profound appreciation to Ms. Ribeiro Viotti. He particularly admires her exemplary leadership in steering the work of the United Nations through some of the greatest tests in the organization’s history, including the global pandemic, a potentially crippling financial crisis and one of the organization’s biggest internal reforms.  Her vision, sound judgement and unmatched integrity inspired and shaped the United Nations and will leave a positive impact on the Organization for the years to come. 
  
Mr. Rattray has been High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States since July 2021.  Prior to this appointment, he served as Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations in New York, during which time, he was also Co-chair of the Group of Friends of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Financing; Children and the SDGs; and the Group of Friends of Decent Work. 
  
He previously served as Jamaica’s Ambassador to China (2008-2013); Director of the Bilateral Relations Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Kingston (2005 -2008); Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C., (2001-2005); Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (2000-2001); and Special Adviser to the Minister for Industry and Investment (1999-2000).  Before he joined the foreign service, he served as Executive Director of the Jamaica Marketing Company in London (1990-1997) and Director of Marketing and Promotions at the Jamaica National Export Corporation in Kingston (1987-1988).  

Mr. Rattray holds a Master of Arts degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in the United States, a Master of Arts in International Business from the London South Bank University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College in the United States.  He was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) by West Virginia Wesleyan College.  

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Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
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Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana was appointed Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on 13 September 2018.

Prior to joining ESCAP, Ms. Alisjahbana was Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia, a position she assumed in 2005. She joined Universitas Padjadjaran as a lecturer in 1988. Since 2016, she has served as Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies at Universitas Padjadjaran and Vice Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.

She also serves on the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia - AIPI), the Forum of Statistics Community (Forum Masyarakat Statistik or Advisory Council of the Indonesian Statistics), the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and Council Member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

From 2009 to 2014, she was Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia. She served as Co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation from 2012 to 2014. From 2009 to 2014, she was Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank representing the government of Indonesia. In 2016, she was a member of the High Level Independent Team of Advisors to support the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer term positioning of the United Nations Development System in the context of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Ms. Alisjahbana has been involved in various research projects and consultancies to the United Nations University/Institute for Advanced Study in Tokyo, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the European Commission, and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Ms. Alisjahbana earned her Bachelor degree in Economics and Development Studies from Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia, a Masters degree in Economics from Northwestern University, USA and a Ph.D in Economics from University of Washington, USA. She was awarded the Mahaputra Adipradana Order (Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana) from the Republic of Indonesia, honorary brevet from the Indonesian Navy and honorary flight wing from the Indonesian Air Force.

Sheikh Hasina
H.E. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
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Sheikh Hasina 
Hon'ble Prime Minister of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh 

The Awami League-led 14-party alliance won an absolute victory in the 12th National Parliament election held on January 07, 2024. On January 11, Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina sworn in as the Prime Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for the fifth time including fourth consecutive time. 

  

Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, assumed the office on 7 January 2019 for the fourth time after her party Awami League-led grand alliance won the December 30, 2018 11th Parliamentary elections. 

  

Earlier, she served as Prime Minister for the first time in 1996-2001, second term in 2009-2013 and the third term in 2014-2018. Sheikh Hasina was the Leader of the Opposition in the 4th, 5th and 8th Parliaments. 

  

Sheikh Hasina initiated a mass movement against the voter-less election held by BNP on February 15, 1996 and forced the government of Khaleda Zia to quit power on March 30, 1996. 

  

Sheikh Hasina is a staunch crusader against fundamentalism, militancy and terrorism. Assuming the office on January 6 in 2009, her government enacted laws leading to constitute the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) for the trial of crimes against humanity done during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. The tribunal began the investigation and prosecution of the suspected war criminals and a number of verdicts has been given and executed. 

  

Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of five children of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born on 28 September 1947 at Tungipara in Gopalganj district. 

  

She graduated from the University of Dhaka in 1973. She has a checkered political career. She was elected vice president of the Students Union of the Government Intermediate Girl's College when she contested as a candidate from Students League. Later, she served as secretary and then as president of college unit of Student League. 

  

She was also a member of Students League in Dhaka University and became the secretary of Rokeya Hall unit. She actively participated in all mass movements from her student life. 

  

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with the members of his family was brutally assassinated on the fateful night of August 15, 1975. Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana were the only survivors as they were in West Germany at that time. Later, she went to the United Kingdom from where she started movement against the autocratic rule in 1980. Sheikh Hasina was unanimously elected as president of Bangladesh Awami League in 1981 in her absence while she was in forced exile. She finally returned home on May 17, 1981 ending her six years in exile. 

  

Sheikh Hasina faced the wrath of the rulers on her return as she launched movement to restore democracy in the country. She was detained time and again, and at least 22 attempts were made on her life so far. 

  

The military government interned her for 15 days after arresting on February 15, 1983. She was under house arrest twice in February and November in 1984. 

  

Sheikh Hasina was arrested again on March 2, 1985 and was confined for three months. She was again arrested on October 15, 1986 and left under house arrest for 15 days. Later, police arrested her on November 11, 1987 and interned for a month. 

  

She was detained again on February 27, 1989 and November 27, 1990. The military backed caretaker government arrested Sheikh Hasina on July 16, 2007 and confined her at a sub-jail set up on the parliament premises. She was released on June 11, nearly after a year.  

  

Notable attempts to assassinate Sheikh Hasina include firing by police on November 10, 1987 during a ‘gherao’ programme of the Secretariat. Juba League leaders Nur Hossain, Babul and Fattah were killed in the incident. An attempt was made to lift the car with a crane along with Sheikh Hasina in front of the National Press Club. 

  

Police opened fire targeting Sheikh Hasina and charged batons in front of Chittagong Court Building on January 24, 1988 during rule of president Ershad. At least 30 leaders and workers of Awami League were killed in that incident. Twice she was targeted with gunfire while delivering speech at Laldighi Maidan. Her car was come under gunfire while returning from the public meeting at Laldighi Maidan. 

  

During BNP’s regime, Sheikh Hasina repeatedly confronted gun attacks. Miscreants fired on September 11, 1991 while she was visiting a polling centre in the capital’s Kalabagan area. A series of gunshots hit her carriage at Ishwardi railway station while she was traveling by train in 1994. In 2000, two bombs weighing 76 kgs and 84 kgs were planted at Kotalipara helipad, and at her place for public meeting in a bid to kill her. She survived as the bombs were detected prior to her arrival. The gravest attempt made on Sheikh Hasina’s life was on August 21, 2004. On the day, a dozen of Arges grenades were charged on her rally at Bangabandhu Avenue. Although Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped, the gruesome attack left 22 leaders and workers of Awami League dead, including central leader Ivy Rahman. As a consequence, Sheikh Hasina’s hearing capability was impaired. 

  

Sheikh Hasina continued her struggle and remained undaunted to ensure people’s right to food, vote and other fundamental rights ignoring numerous obstacles, including threat on her life. Under her leadership, people of Bangladesh achieved democracy and freedom of speech. Bangladesh graduated to developing country from LDCs. 

  

The country achieved tremendous success in socio-economic fronts during her tenure. In 1996-2001 term, Sheikh Hasina’s government achieved laudable successes in many fields, the most significant being the 30-year Ganges Water Sharing Treaty with India; the Peace Accord on Chittagong Hill Tracts; construction of Bangabandhu Bridge; and ensuring food security. She also introduced beneficial programme for farmers, and social safety nets for the distressed, landless and deprived people. These include allowances for distressed women, widows, disabled and freedom fighters; Ashrayan for the homeless and “One house-One farm” scheme. 

  

During her term in 2009–2013, Sheikh Hasina’s government’s achievements included increased power production capacity to 13,260 MW; GDP growth over 6%; elevation of 5 crore people to middle-income group; resolving maritime boundary dispute with Myanmar and India, digital centers at all union parisads; distribution of free text books among the students upto secondary level, distribution of agri-cards and scope to open bank accounts with Tk 10 only for farmers, slump in poverty level to 24.3 percent in 2013-14 which was 38.4 in 2006; and adoption of her peace model by  UN resolution. 

  

During 2014-2018, her government’s landmark achievements included the following: elevating the country to lower middle-income status, adoption of Land Boundary Agreement by Indian parliament resolving the 68 years long border dispute; raising per capita income to USD 1,602; decreasing poverty rate to 22.4 percent, raising forex reserve over USD 32 billion, launching implementation of Padma bridge with own fund and sending Bangabandhu Satellite-1 in the orbit. 

  

In the fourth term from 2019 to date, her government’s achievements include: Bangladesh’s graduation to developing country from LDC, inauguration of the Padma Bridge with own fund, trial run of Metro-rail in Dhaka. The connecting roads of several districts with Dhaka have been turned into four lanes, work on tunnel under the river Karnaphuli in Chittagong, Ruppur Nuclear Power plant and Matarbari multi-purpose project is progressing fast. Work on a good number of the proposed 100 SEZs and ICT parks at every division is going on. Current per capita income has risen to 2,824.   

  

Different reputed universities and institutions across the world conferred various degrees upon her for the outstanding contribution to peace building, upholding democracy and socio-economic development. 

  

She was conferred honorary doctorate by Boston University, Bridgeport University, Barry University in the USA; Waseda University in Japan; University of Abertay in Scotland; Vishwa-Bharati University and Tripura University in India; Australian National University; Catholic University of Brussels; People’s Friendship University and State University of Petersburg in Russia; Dhaka University and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agriculture University. The University of Dauphine in France conferred diploma on her for her outstanding contribution to strengthen democratic process and empowerment of women. 

  

Sheikh Hasina was also honoured with awards for her outstanding contributions to social work, peace and stability. These include: UNESCO’s Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize 1998; Pearl S Buck Award 1999; CERES Medal by FAO; Mother Teresa Award; MK Gandhi Award; Paul Harris Fellow; Indira Gandhi Peace Award 2009; Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque in Kolkata; Paul Haris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Medal of Distinction in 1996-97 and 1998-99 and Head of State Medal in 1996-97 by the International Association of Lions Clubs, Global Diversity Award in the UK; and two South-South Awards. UNESCO honoured her with "Tree of Peace" in recognition of her outstanding contribution to promotion of girls' and women's education on September 8, 2014, Award for Regional Leadership in Women’s Political Empowerment by Women in Parliaments Global Forum and Visionary Award by Global South-South Development Expo-2014. 

  

She was conferred on the United Nation’s highest environmental accolade ‘Champion of the Earth Award 2015’ in policy leadership category for her forefront role at home and abroad to face the adverse impacts of climate change. The International Telecommunication Union gave her the ‘ICTs in Sustainable Development Award 2015’ for her outstanding contributions in spreading information technology in the country. She was awarded with the Global Women’s Leadership Award on 27 April 2018. Institute of South Asian Women gave her Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award in 2019. She was awarded with the SDG Progress Award by SDSN in 2021. 

  

Sheikh Hasina was acknowledged as “the Voice of the Vulnerable” by the BBC during the COP-26 in November 2021. At the UN and the Commonwealth, she has been a strong advocate for mainstreaming the poorest and marginalized populations in Commonwealth’s shared future and SDGs. 

  

Sheikh Hasina has authored several books, including Sheikh Mujib is my Father, Why are they Street Children, The Origin of Autocracy, Miles to go, The Quest for Vision 2021 (two volumes), Elimination of Poverty and Some Thoughts, People and Democracy, My Dream My Struggle, Development for the Masses, Sada Kalo (Black and White) and Sabuj Math Periye (Crossing the Green Field), Mujib Banglar, Bangla Mujiber (Mujib belongs to Bangla, Banla belongs to Mujib) etc. 

  

Sheikh Hasina is the Chairperson of ‘The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust.’ She believes in democracy, secularism, inclusive growth and progress, and dedicated her life to eliminate poverty and barriers that marginalize people. Her interest is in technology, cuisine, music and reading. 

  

Her husband, an internationally reputed nuclear scientist, Dr M Wazed Mia died on May 9, 2009. 

  

Sheikh Hasina’s only son Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed is an ICT expert. Her only daughter Saima Hossain Wazed is a psychologist and has been working for the betterment of autistic children. She has 7 grandchildren.

H.E. Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Manet Hun
H.E. Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Manet Hun
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia
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Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet 

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia 

Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei HUN MANET –​ born on October 20, 1977, in Memot District, Kampong Cham Province, during the Khmer Rouge regime –​ is a highly distinguished military leader who held significant positions within the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF). Notably, he served as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the RCAF and the Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army (RCA), while also leading the National Counter-Terrorism Special Forces. 

His academic journey began in Phnom Penh, where he received his General Education in 1993. In 1995, Samdech Thipadei HUN MANET joined the RCAF and was subsequently admitted to the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point in the same year. A trailblazer, he was the first Cambodian to graduate from West Point in 1999 with a diploma and a bachelor’s degree in economics. Continuing his academic pursuits, he obtained a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Bristol. 

Throughout his military career, Samdech Thipadei HUN MANET has achieved remarkable feats, such as being appointed as the Commander of Cambodia’s National Headquarters of Counterterrorism Special Forces in 2008, where he played a pivotal role in bolstering Cambodia’s ability to counter terrorism. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in 2013 and assumed the position of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the RCAF in 2018. In March 2023, he received the highest rank of a 4-Star General in recognition of his exceptional contributions and leadership in strengthening the army’s capabilities and enhancing the foreign relations in the field of defense. 

Beyond his military duties, Samdech Thipadei HUN MANET actively engages in social programs, notably serving as the Chief of the Samdech Techo Hun Sen Scholarship Committee and the Samdech Techo Scholarship Association. These organizations offer scholarship opportunities to numerous Cambodian youths, enabling them to pursue higher education within the country. Additionally, he chairs the Board of Directors of the Samdech Techo Youth Volunteer Doctor Association (TYDA), which mobilizes medical professionals, students, and volunteers to provide free healthcare services to rural Cambodians. 

Within the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), Samdech Thipadei HUN MANET holds a prominent position in the party’s permanent committee and leads its central youth wing. He was democratically elected by the party as their official nominee for the esteemed position of Prime Minister in the future. Following the July 2023 election victory, His Majesty the King appointed Samdech Thipadei HUN MANET as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia. 

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Samdech Thipadei HUN MANET has demonstrated exceptional leadership by effectively guiding the RCA in supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia’s efforts to combat the pandemic. His oversight of vaccination campaigns; establishment of quarantine and treatment centers; facilitation of transportation for incoming Cambodian workers at the borders; and management of Luong Me Hospital exemplifies his commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of the Cambodian people. 

Samdech Thipadei HUN MANET stands as an exemplary and astute leader, characterized by his remarkable intellect and unwavering dedication to his country and its citizens. His resolute commitment to national harmony, stability, and advancement, coupled with his resounding determination, epitomizes the quintessential attributes of a trustworthy, inspiring, and compassionate leader. His democratic election by the party as their designated candidate for the Prime Ministerial role serves as a testament to his proven capabilities. 

Samdech Thipadei HUN MANET is married to Dr. Pich Chanmony, and together, they are proud parents of three lovely children: Vorleak, Lyna, and Rithyseth. As he takes on the role of Prime Minister, the nation eagerly anticipates his continued dedication and leadership in advancing Cambodia’s prosperity and well-being. 

H.E. Mr. Sonexay Siphandon
H.E. Mr. Sonexay Siphandon
Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
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H.E. Mr. Srettha Thavisin
H.E. Mr. Srettha Thavisin
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
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Personal Information

Mr. Thavisin was born on February 15, 1962. He’s a former Chief Executive Officer and President, Sansiri Public Company Limited, the main driving leader of the organization.

Before joining Sansiri, Mr. Thavisin worked for Procter & Gamble, a large multinational corporation manufacturers and distributors of fast-moving consumer products (FMCG).

While running Sansiri with a broad vision and a comprehensive approach to business management, Mr.Thavisin had driven Sansiri strength to strength for almost 40 years and had also created confidence in the Sansiri brand among consumers along with being a leader in the creation of various standard settings.

Mr. Thavisin has always been a keen observer of the country's social agendas and has given ideas to create various activities to strengthen the economic and social foundation for the nation in many aspects, especially in pushing for social changes, supporting equality and diversity including in many projects related to children and youth.

 

Education

Mr. Thavisin graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from Claremont Graduate School, USA.

 

Professional Career

2023 Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand

Chairman of the Pheu Thai Family Advisor

Consultant of the Pheu Thai Party Economic Team

One of the Pheu Thai Party's prime ministerial candidates

 

2023 April 3, 2023.Resigned from all positions, directorships and sub-committees of Sansiri Public Company Limited Including Chairman of the Investment Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee.

2022 Led the organization to announce its position on the environment and set goals to become the first Net Zero in real estate business.

2021 Received the model organization award Human Rights (Honorable Prize from the Department of Labor Protection and Social Welfare, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security).

2020 Led the company to sign the United Nations Global Standards of Conduct for Business Agreement with UNDP, the first Thai company in Thailand to carry out this matter in order to support and reduce discrimination in equality for LGBT.

2019 Led the organization to win the award of Outstanding Innovation Organization Type of large size business from National Innovation Agency.

2014 Sansiri became the only private sector representative of Thailand to join UNICEF Innovation & Action Workshop Panel in New York, USA to discuss the rights and welfare of children around the world.

2010 He Initiated a partnership with UNICEF to support and extend the rights and welfare of children and youth. It was one of the first business organizations in Thailand to have received such honor to cooperate with such a cooperation which had been running for a period of 10 years until the end of the year 2020.

2007 With the view that promoting and supporting children and youth was important, he began to initiate Sansiri Academy project, a football clinic for youth free of charge and to date, more than 8000 children have been trained and many of them have had the opportunity to attend and join the youth national team.

2007 He developed Baan Sansiri Sukhumvit project, single-detached house in the city center and was extremely well received and awarded with the Asia's Best Residential Project of The Year 2006.

1995 Under his management, Sansiri was registered and transformed into a public limited company and increased the registered capital by another 100 million baht. 1994 He introduced a change in the shareholder structure and the company name was changed to Sansiri Co., Ltd.

1990 Started working at Sansamran Holding Company Limited.

H.E. Mr. Airlangga Hartarto
H.E. Mr. Airlangga Hartarto
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Indonesia
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Place, Date of Birth:

Surabaya, 1 October 1962

Religion :  Islam
Address :

Jl. Tirtayasa Raya No. 32,Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta, Indonesia 12160

Office :

Ali Wardhana Building 3rd floor, Jalan Lapangan Banteng Timur 2-4, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia 10710                                               

EDUCATION:
• Ir, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering University of Gadjah Mada (UGM), Faculty
of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering UGM (1987)
• IPU (Insinyur Profesional Utama/ Chartered Professional Engineer) Professional
Certification of Indonesian Engineers Association 2015
• AMP Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (1993)
• MMT, Master of Management Technology, The University of Melbourne – Australia
(1996)
• MBA, Master of Business Administration, Monash University, Melbourne –
Australia (1997)

OCCUPATION:
• Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Republic of Indonesia (2019 – now)
• Minister of Industry Republic of Indonesia (2016 - 2019)
• Member of Commission XI of the House of Representatives (2014 - 2016)
Finance, Banking, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, National Development Planning
• Chairman of Commission VI of the House of Representatives (2009 - 2014)
Industry, Trade, Investment, Cooperation / SME, Business Competition, Batam
Authority, Aceh Authority
• Chairman of Commission VII of the House of Representatives (2006– 2009)
Energy, Mining, Environment, Research and Technology

EXPERIENCE OF INDUSTRIAL AND FINANCIAL WORK:
• Founder / President Commissioner, PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk
• Packaging paper industry with capacity of 1.5 million tons / per year in Cibitung /
West Java (Since 1990 - 2016)
• Founder / President Commissioner, PT Ciptadana Capital
• Companies engaged in the Capital Market; Securities, Investment Bank, Multi
Finance and Asset Management, Pioneer of Real Estate Investment Trust Fund
(Since 1999 - 2016)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS / COMMUNITY:
• Chairman of Golkar Party (2017 - now)
• President of Indonesia Wushu Federation (2017 - now)
• Coordinator of Economic Affairs, Golkar Party (2016 - 2017)
• Chair of Golkar Party of:
• Cooperative SMEs (2011 - 2014)
• Trading Industry (2014 - 2016)
• Chairman of the Board of Engineers, The Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII),
(2009 - 2012, 2012 – 2015)
• President of The Institution of Engineers Indonesia (PII), (2006 – 2009)
• Secretary General of Asean Federation of Engineering Organization (AFEO)
(2005)
• Chairman, Indonesian Issuers Association (AEI)
• Associations of companies that have been listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange
(2005 - 2008, 2008 - 2011, 2011 – 2014)
• Members of KAGAMA Advisory Board (2009 – 2014)
• Member of Board of Trustees (MWA) –University of Gajah Mada (2002 - 2007,
2007-2012, 2018-2021)
• Vice Chairman of the Gajah Mada Alumni Family (KAGAMA) (2005 – 2009)

AWARDS:
• Distinguished President of Sport Federation (Wushu) from Ministry of Youth Affairs
and Sports Republic of Indonesia (2020)
• Doctor Honoris Causa in the field of Development Policy from The Korea
Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy, South Korea (2019)
• Distinguished President of Sport Federation (Wushu) from National Sports
Committee of Indonesia/ Komite Olahraga Nasional Indonesia (2018) Appreciation
for the role in the development of Wushu athletes on ASIAN Games XVIII – 1 gold
and 3 bronze medals
• Distinguished Honorary Fellow of The ASEAN Engineering Federation
Organization (2017)
• 56th Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow, Singapore (2017)
• Presidential Award - Satya Lencana Wirakarya (2014)
• Entrepreneurship Award of University of Gadjah Mada (2012)
• Australian Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship (2009)
• Appreciation for the pioneering role in the development of business climate and
leadership in civic organizations
• Founding Fellow of Asean Academy of Engineering Technology (2004)
• Finalist of Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship of The Year (2001)

AUTHOR :
• The Role of Humanistic Leadership on Good Governance in Sport Organization: A
Literature Review/ Peran Kepemimpinan Humanis dalam Peningkatan Good
Governance di Organisasi Olahraga: Sebuah Kajian
Airlangga Hartarto, Tandiyo Rahayu, Fathur Rokhman, Soegiyanto, Billy
Castyana,Gustiana Mega Anggita, Adiska Rani Ditya Candra, Heny Setyawati
Publisher : Jurnal SPORTIF : Jurnal Penelitian Pembelajaran pada edisi Volume 6,
Nomor 3, Desember tahun 2020
• “Merajut Asa: Membangun Industri, Menuju Indonesia yang Sejahtera dan
Berkelanjutan” / Building Industry, Towards a Prosperous and Sustainable
Indonesia
Publisher: Grasindo (2016)
• “Membangun Kemandirian, Mewujudkan Kedaulatan Ketahanan Energi Nasional” /
Building Self-Reliance, Realizing National Energy Security Sustainability
Publisher: RM Books (2014)
• “Strategi Clustering dalam Industrialisasi Indonesia” / Clustering Strategy in
Industrialization of Indonesia
Publisher: Andi Offset (2004)

H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali
H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali
Minister for Ministry of Finance, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
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Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali was born on 06 February 1943 AD in the district of Dinajpur.

 

He received B.A. Honours (1962) and M.A. (1963) in Economics from Dhaka University. He started his career as the senior lecturer of Economics, Dhaka University in1964.

 

Later, he joined the erstwhile Pakistan Foreign Service in 1966. He was posted as Vice-Consul of Pakistan in New York in 1968. Immediately after arriving in New York in 1968, he started to organize the Bengali Community in the United States for independence. He joined the Bangladesh Liberation Movement in April, 1971 and appointed as the Representative of the Provisional Government of Bangladesh at Mujibnagar in the United States in May, 1971. He played an important role in achieving global support in favor of liberation war in United Nations, United States and Canada.

After the independence of Bangladesh, he made an important contribution as a representative of the Government of Bangladesh in the relief and rehabilitation program of the United Nations. In 1974, he played an active role in gaining the membership of Bangladesh in the United Nations. In March 1975, he was appointed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka. Later, he was appointed as First Secretary, Counsellor and Deputy High Commissioner respectively in the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi, the capital of India (1977-79).

He was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of Bangladesh in Beijing, China (1983-86). He outlined new possibilities for Bangladesh-China relations. His efforts made China's participation in the implementation of the Barapukuria coal mine

He launched new transit routes as ambassador to Bhutan and initiated Bangladesh-Bhutan trade. This led to the opening of the Burimari-Chengrabanda land port which gave new life to the economy of North Bengal.

Mr. Mahmood Ali, as Additional Foreign Secretary, signed an agreement with the Government of India to launch the Tin Bigha Corridor under the Mujib-Indira Pact (1992). During this time, he formulated and implemented the Agreement of Understanding regarding the repatriation of Rohingya refugees with Myanmar (1992).

As Bangladesh's ambassador to Germany, he revitalized the country’s economic relations with Germany (1992-95). As ambassador to Nepal, he established a successful understanding of the Bangladesh-Nepal transit route through India (February-October 1996). He was appointed High Commissioner to UK in November 1996 and opened new horizons in Bangladesh-UK relations.

After retirement form service in 2001, he was elected Member of Parliament in the Bangladesh Parliament as Awami League candidate in December, 2008. He was appointed as the Minister for Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief in September, 2012, and then in November, 2013, he was appointed as the Minister for Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ali was re-appointed as Foreign Minister in February 2014. 

Recently he is elected as fourth time Member of Parliament in 2023 and appointed as Finance Minister for Ministry of Finance of Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh.        

H.E. Mr. Bagdat Mussin
H.E. Mr. Bagdat Mussin
Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry, Kazakhstan
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H.E. Mr. Bagdat Mussin has been the Minister of Digital Development, Innovations, and Aerospace Industry since 2020. Before that, he worked as an Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on digitalization and innovative technologies. Previously, Mr. Mussin worked in the private sector, serving as the chairman of various corporations and founder of IT startups as an IT entrepreneur. His life and career are associated with implementing numerous projects within the framework of the digitalisation of Kazakhstan, including the transition of services to the online format. Apart from his primary career, he holds the position of the President of the Sports Programming Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and is a Member of the Board of Trustees at Nazarbayev University. Since 2020, B. Mussin has been a member of the Commission on Digitalization under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

H.E. Mr. Bakytzhan Sagintayev
H.E. Mr. Bakytzhan Sagintayev
Chairman of the EEC Board, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)
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Biography 

His Excellency Mr. Bakytzhan Sagintayev was born on October 13, 1963, in Usharal village, Talas District, Dzhambul Region, Kazakhstan. 

He graduated from the Kazakh State University named after S.M. Kirov, he is Ph.D. in Economics (1990, thesis subject: "Level of life and living conditions of urban and rural population: socio-economic aspect"). 

Employment: 

From 1985 to 1988, he was a lecturer of the political economy chair at the Alma-Aty Institute of National Economy. 

From 1988 to 1992, he was an assistant lecturer, then senior lecturer and associate professor of the sociology chair at the Kazakh State University named after S.M. Kirov. 

From 1992 to 1993, he presided the tourist and commercial firm "Marue". 

From 1993 to 1997, he was Director General of Kazmet, JSC. 

From 1997 to 1998, he was Chief Specialist, then Deputy Director General of Lukoilneftegazstroy-K, CJSC. 

From 1998 to 2002, he served as Deputy Akim of Zhambyl Region, Deputy Chairman of the Small Business Support Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Board of Small Entrepreneurship Development Fund, CJSC, Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Natural Monopoly Regulation, Competition Advocacy and Small Business Support of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

From 2002 to 2004, he was First Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Natural Monopoly Regulation and Competition Advocacy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

From 2004 to 2007, he was Chairman of the Agency for Natural Monopoly Regulation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

From 2007 to 2008, he headed the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

From 2008 to 2012, he was Akim of Pavlodar Region. 

In 2012, he served as Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

From September 2012 to January 2013, he was First Deputy Chairman of Nur Otan People's Democratic Party. 

From 2013, he was First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan — Minister of Regional Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

From 2014, he was First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

From 2016 to 2019, he was Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

In March 1-24, 2019, he served as State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

In March-June 2019, he headed the Presidential Executive Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

From 2019 to 2022, he was Akim of the city of Almaty. 

On June 1, 2022, by the decision of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council he was appointed Minister in charge of Economy and Financial Policy of the Eurasian Economic Commission from the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

By Decision of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, he was appointed Chairman of the EEC Board from February 1, 2024. 

He was invested with the following orders: Kurmet Order (2008), Parasat Order (2013), Barys Order, 3rd class (2021). 

H.E. Mr. Henry Puna
H.E. Mr. Henry Puna
Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
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Mr Henry Puna is the 10th Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum. 

He is the first Cook Islander to hold this post. 

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General is responsible, in close consultation with the Forum Chair and within the limits set by the Forum Leaders from time to time, for setting Forum Leaders’ Meeting agendas and coordinating responses by members to regional events, particularly crises. The Secretary General also performs several other key functions which include being the Pacific Ocean Commissioner. As the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, the Secretary General advocates for the secure future of Pacific people based on the sustainable development, management and conservation of the Pacific Ocean and its resources. 

Prior to taking up the regional role on May 24th, 2021, Secretary General Puna was Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, from November 2010 until October 2020. 

Born in Aitutaki in 1949 and raised in Rarotonga, he spent his formative years witnessing the transition to self-governance for his nation. He was one of the first wave of Cook Islands solicitors, starting at Auckland University then the University of Tasmania, obtaining a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1979. He is an alumnus of Australia National University in Canberra and was admitted to the bar in September 1980. 

Secretary General Puna’s formative years combined with his return to atoll life as a pearl farmer and parliamentarian, supplied rich insights and lived knowledge of the resilience and resourcefulness of small island communities bearing the brunt of climate change across the Blue Pacific. 

Holding portfolios including Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Marine Resources, Energy and Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Tourism, and the Outer Islands, Puna steered his nation on a path which has earned the Cook Islands global recognition for Oceans sustainability and renewable energy. 

As the Cook Islands Foreign Affairs Minister and Leader, he pursued a more vigorous level of international diplomacy for the Cook Islands, extending foreign relations and formal ties to more than 50 nations including the People’s Republic of China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, and Singapore. 

Before politics, between 1989 and 1996, Mr Puna served on the board of the South Pacific Ports Association, and the Pacific Forum Line. His executive roles in national government heading Trade, Labour and Transport as well as operating within the constraints facing regional shipping and transportation strengthened his affinity for the hardships and vulnerabilities of connecting remote atoll-based communities across ocean states. 

A key focus in his early years as Prime Minister was transforming access to energy across all inhabited islands of the Cooks. His championing of renewable, clean energy and support ensured the bilateral and global funding partnerships for a successful transition to solar energy, breaking the monopoly of fossil fuel. 

At the international level, as the 43rd Forum Chair and host of the 2012 meetings and Leaders Retreat, he invited former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to a milestone meeting with Forum Leaders, who renewed their commitment to address human rights for women, through a new Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration. 
In 2016, in recognition of his service to the region and academia, he received an honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and served as Chancellor of the University from 2017-2018. 

As a Forum Leader championing climate change, tuna fisheries, and innovative partnerships for oceans and energy sustainability, a landmark global achievement  has been the  2017 founding legislation establishing the world’s largest multiple-use marine park, the Marae Moana. 

Henry Puna is 71 in 2021, and an avid golfer and fisher. He is married to Cook Islands Member of Parliament for Manihiki, Akaiti Puna. 

 

Written Bio according to last years’ example 

His Excellency Mr. Henry Puna serves as the 10th Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), marking a historic moment as the first Cook Islander to assume this esteemed position.  

In his role, Mr. Puna leads the PIFS, acting in close collaboration with the Forum Chair and under the guidance of the Forum Leaders, to set agendas for Forum Leaders’ Meetings and coordinate regional responses to events and crises. His responsibilities also encompass the significant role of Pacific Ocean Commissioner, where he champions the sustainable development, management, and conservation of the Pacific Ocean and its resources. 

Before his tenure at the PIFS, which began on May 24, 2021, Mr. Puna dedicated a decade of his career to serving as the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, from November 2010 until October 2020.  

Born in 1949 in Aitutaki and raised in Rarotonga, he has witnessed his nation's journey to self-governance firsthand. Mr. Puna is a pioneer among Cook Islands solicitors, having pursued his education at Auckland University and the University of Tasmania, where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1979, followed by further studies at Australia National University in Canberra. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Puna has been a fervent advocate for the Pacific region's resilience and resourcefulness, particularly in the face of climate change. His leadership in various ministerial roles, covering Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Marine Resources, Energy and Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Tourism, and the Outer Islands, has significantly advanced the Cook Islands' global standing in oceans sustainability and renewable energy. 

An exemplar of international diplomacy, Mr. Puna has expanded the Cook Islands' foreign relations, establishing formal ties with over 50 nations, including major Asian countries. His earlier contributions to regional shipping and transportation, as well as his efforts to transition the Cook Islands towards renewable energy, underscore his commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship. 

H.E. Mr. Indra Mani Pandey
H.E. Mr. Indra Mani Pandey
Secretary-General of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)
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His Excellency Indra Mani Pandey is a career diplomat of India. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1990. 

Before his current assignment, he served as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and Other International organizations in Geneva. He had earlier served as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs in charge of the Disarmament & International Security Affairs Division. During his 33-year-long career as an Indian diplomat, Ambassador Pandey has served as Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman. Before his Ambassadorial assignment in Muscat, he served as Deputy Ambassador of India to France and Consul General of India at Guangzhou, China. 

Ambassador Pandey had also served in various diplomatic capacities at Indian Missions in Cairo (Egypt), Damascus (Syria), Islamabad (Pakistan), Kabul (Afghanistan) and the Permanent Mission of India to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva (Switzerland).  

During his earlier stints at the Ministry of External Affairs of India in  New Delhi, Ambassador Pandey handled assignments in the West Asia and North Africa Division; Consular, Passport and Visa Division; Counter Terrorism Cell; Americas Division; and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar (BSM) Division. 

During October 1998- June 99, Ambassador Pandey attended the Foreign Service Programme at Oxford University, the U.K.  In 2009, he attended the 49th Annual Course on National Security and Strategy, conducted by the National Defence College of India. 

Ambassador Pandey is married to Mrs. Sushma Pandey and they have a daughter, Devangi. 

H.E. Mr. Lee Hee-sup
H.E. Mr. Lee Hee-sup
Secretary-General, Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)
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Education 

Feb 1985 B.A in Political Science and International Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 

Professional Career 

Apr 1987 Passed High Diplomatic Service Examination 

Jun 1987 Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) 

Dec 1995 First Secretary, Korean Embassy in Japan  

Dec 1998 Counsellor, Korean Embassy in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh 

Feb 2004 Visiting Fellow, Royal Institute of international Affairs, UK 

Feb 2005 Assistant Secretary, National Security Council (NSC) 

Jan 2006 Assistant Secretary, Office of the President  

Aug 2006 Director, Northeast Asia Division I, Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)  

Jul 2007 Minister-Counsellor, Korean Embassy in the Commonwealth of Australia 

Jan 2011 Minister, Korean Embassy in the Republic of Indonesia 

Mar 2012 Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Office of the President  

Mar 2013 Deputy Secretary for Policy Coordination, Office of National Security  

Oct 2014 Minister, Korean Embassy in Japan  

May 2019 Director-General for Global Education and cooperation, National Human Resources Development Institute (NHI), Ministry of Personnel Management (MPM) 

Oct 2020 Consul-General, Korean Consulate-General in Fukuoka, Japan 

Sep 2023 ~ Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat 

H.E. Mr. Kairat Sarybay
H.E. Mr. Kairat Sarybay
Secretary-General, Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)
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Ambassador Kairat Sarybay was appointed as the first CICA Secretary General by the Sixth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on 13 October 2022. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director of the CICA Secretariat since October 2020. 

  

The CICA Secretariat during Ambassador K. Sarybay's tenure has focused on the strategic initiative of the Kazakh Chairmanship to transform CICA into a full-fledged international organization. These efforts contributed to the launch of the CICA transformation process by the Sixth CICA Summit and to the endorsement of the Road Map for CICA Transformation in September 2023 by the CICA Ministerial Council. 

  

Moreover, the Secretariat effectively supported the Member States in the implementation of confidence building measures (CBMs), updating the CICA Catalogue of CBMs in 2021, including the introduction of new areas for interaction, and developing relevant concept papers on the implementation of CBMs. The Secretariat team also assisted the Member States in further institutionalizing the organization through establishing new bodies – the Council of Eminent Persons, the Think Tank Forum and the CICA Fund. 

  

During the period since 2020, the CICA family has also experienced notable growth, with Kuwait becoming a Member in 2022, Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia – Observers in 2021 and 2023 respectively, and the Eurasian Economic Union – a partner organization in 2022. CICA has also greatly expanded cooperation with the United Nations. 

 

Track record 

Embarking on a diplomatic career in August 1991 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ambassador Sarybay held various roles in central office and diplomatic missions abroad. His career path includes responsible positions in the foreign policy system of the Republic of Kazakhstan, such as the Assistant to the President, Head of the Protocol Service of the President, Press Secretary and Head of the Press Service for the President, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to multiple countries. 

  

As Head of Protocol Service of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1996-1997, K. Sarybay developed a new edition of the Presidential Decree “On State Protocol”. Later he served as the Press Secretary and Head of the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1997-1998). 

  

K. Sarybay was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1998-1999. 

  

From 1999 to 2003, K. Sarybay served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Türkiye, becoming the youngest ambassador in the history of Kazakhstan. 

  

Serving as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Federal Republic of Germany in 2003-2007, K. Sarybay initiated the process, which resulted in the adoption of the EU Strategy on Central Asia (2007). 

  

As Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2007-2008, Ambassador K. Sarybay held the simultaneous roles of National Coordinator for Interaction with the European Union and head of the government task force to develop “The Path to Europe” State Programme. This programme was approved by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and played the role of a strategic document for developing priorities of the KazakhChairmanship in the OSCE (2010). 

  

Ambassador Sarybay served as Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Foreign Policy Issues in 2008-2010. 

  

He was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the third time in September 2010 and held this post until February 2014. The main milestones of K.Sarybay’s activities at this post are as follows: 

  

- leading the task force in the development and implementation of the concept paper of the Chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 2011-2012. It was during the 38th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Astana, Kazakhstan, in June 2011, that the decision to rename the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was reached; 

  

- active participation in the establishment of the Islamic Organization for Food Security headquartered in Astana, Kazakhstan; 

  

- preparation and convening of the Commemorative Session and Fourth Ministerial Meeting of CICA in Astana, Kazakhstan, in September 2012; 

  

- leading the task force in the preparation of the third meeting of the Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan (Heart of Asia), which was convened in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in April 2013; 

  

- leading the delegation of Kazakhstan’s negotiation process regarding the legal status of the Caspian Sea in 2011-2013, resulting in a breakthrough between the summits of the Caspian Five in Baku (2010) and Astrakhan (2014); 

  

- development of the “African dimension” of Kazakhstan's foreign policy in 2011-2013, resulting in the opening of the Embassies of Kazakhstan in Pretoria and Addis Ababa. 

  

From February 2014 to September 2020, K. Sarybay served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna. He was also appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Slovenia concurrently. 

  

In the position as the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Austria, K. Sarybay contributed to the development of effective inter-parliamentary dialogue, strengthening bilateral political and economic cooperation and establishing network diplomacy. He successfully established an extensive network of Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Kazakhstan all over the federal states of Austria, except the capital city of Vienna. 

  

As the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Slovenia, K. Sarybay was one of the most active non-resident Ambassadors. During his tenure, Friendship Groups were established in both Parliaments of Kazakhstan and Slovenia, two Honorary Consulates of Kazakhstan were opened (in Maribor and Nova Gorica), and cooperation with the Kazakh-Slovenian Business Club enhanced opportunities in building trade and economic relations. 

  

K. Sarybay acting as a Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna was elected as a Co-Coordinator of CTBT Article XIV in 2015-2017 (together with Japan), served as a Chair of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation in 2016-2017, Chairperson of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Committee in 2017-2019, Chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2019-2020. During his tenure, the project on the establishment of the IAEA Low-Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan was successfully completed. 

  

In addition to his diplomatic achievements, K. Sarybay is a proponent of women's empowerment and has initiated numerous innovative arts and sports projects. Around fifty musical concerts and cultural events were held in all regions of Austria and Slovenia within the framework of “The Pearls of Kazakhstan - Melodies of the Great Steppe” in 2015-2020, a continuation of the same endeavour in Germany from 2003-2007. As part of the Art Circle project, “The Art Embassy of Kazakhstan” was inaugurated in the Goriška Brda region, Slovenia. Furthering cultural exchange, the first Vienna Ball was successfully organized in Astana in 2018. The Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan in Vienna has organized the OSCE Connectivity Bicycle Tour three years in a row (in 2018-2020). 

  

Under the leadership of K. Sarybay, the CICA Secretariat organized football tournaments, bicycle and ski tours, which have already become a good tradition, and a hike up Kanysh Satpayev Peak near Almaty in 2023, where the organization’s flag was planted at an altitude of 4317 meters above sea level. 

  

For his outstanding services, Ambassador Sarybay has been awarded multiple Orders of the Republic of Kazakhstan – “Parasat” (“Nobility”), 2nd-degree “Dostyq” (“Friendship”) and “Qurmet” (“Honour”) and several state medals, as well as the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Karel Kramář Commemorative Medal of the Czech Republic, and numerous awards of international organizations. 

  

Ambassador Sarybay has a scientific and research background in oriental studies and linguistics. He is the author of several books, a number of scientific and popular science articles on ancient Turkic languages and articles on relevant international policy issues, lecturing as the visiting professor of the Diplomatic Institute of the Academy of Public Administration of Kazakhstan. 

  

Kairat Sarybay is a graduate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Leningrad State University (1988), fluent in Kazakh, Russian, Turkish, English and German. Born on 8 June 1966 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, married to D.A. Leyla Mahat, has four children and two grandchildren. 

  

Ambassador Sarybay's commitment to multilateral diplomacy, cultural exchange and gender equality reflects his dedication to advancing peace, security and prosperity in Asia and globally. 

Mr. Shuhrat Sobirzoda
Mr. Shuhrat Sobirzoda
Deputy Secretary-General Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
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Born on September 27, 1973 in the Republic of Tajikistan. Tajik. 

 

Education: 

 

Technological University of Tajikistan (1995) 

 

Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (2001) 

 

Career: 

 

1998-1999 — Attache of the Asia and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan. 

 

2001-2004 — Third Secretary of the Asia and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan. 

 

2004-2007 — Expert of the first category of the SCO Secretariat. 

 

2007-2010 — Second Secretary of the Asia and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan. 

 

2010-2013 — Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Kyrgyz Republic. 

 

2013-2017 — First Secretary, Advisor to the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan. 

 

2017-2020 — Advisor to the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in China, Permanent Representative of Tajikistan to the SCO Secretariat. 

 

2020 — 2022 — Head of the SCO Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan. 

 

Since February 25, 2022 — Deputy Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. 

 

State awards: Diploma of the Republic of Tajikistan. 

The diplomatic rank is Second Class Advisor. 

 

Married, four children. 

Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol
Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol
CEO of the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
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Chief Executive Officer, ITFC & Acting Chief Executive Officer, ICD

Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol is the CEO of the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) and the Acting CEO of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD). He has more than 35 years of experience in Development Financing, serving in a variety of technical and leading positions across the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group.

Before assuming his current roles, Eng. Hani accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience while holding diverse leadership positions including Deputy Chief Executive Officer, ITFC and Acting Chief Executive Officer at Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC).

Eng. Hani is a Saudi national, who obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from Marymount California University, USA; bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Bluefield State University, West Virginia; and a master’s degree in Engineering Management with honors from George Washington University, USA.

In addition, he obtained several distinctive Executive leadership development programs at Harvard University, USA, and London Business School England.

Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
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Doreen Bogdan-Martin took office as Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 1 January 2023. 

Ms Bogdan-Martin has held leadership positions in the field of international telecommunications policy for over three decades, with a track-record of brokering innovative partnerships to expand digital inclusion and connectivity for everyone around the world. Following her historic election by ITU Member States in September 2022, she became the first woman ever to head the organization, which was first established in 1865 and became a UN specialized agency in 1947. 

As ITU Secretary-General, she aims to drive innovative solutions, maximize ITU's relevance for its 193 Member States, intensify global cooperation on connecting the unconnected, and strengthen the alignment of ITU's programmes with the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. Ms Bogdan-Martin has consistently emphasized the need for digital transformation to achieve economic prosperity, job creation, skills development, gender equality, and socio-economic inclusion, as well as to build circular economies, reduce climate impact, and save lives. 

As Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau for a four-year term starting in 2018, she helped put sustainable digital development at the forefront of international cooperation, including with the private sector and civil society. She actively promoted the Partner2Connect initiative, which has mobilized unprecedented pledges of funding and support for meaningful Internet connectivity in developing countries. 

Earlier, she was instrumental in establishing the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, serving as its Executive Director for more than a decade, contributed to the success of ITU's Global Symposium for Regulators as the pre-eminent worldwide meeting for digital policy makers, and led in the formulation of  ITU's youth engagement strategy. She also pioneered ITU's ongoing contribution to the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age and initiated collaboration with UNICEF on the Giga project to connect every school worldwide to the Internet. ​

Within ITU, she has promoted gender equality and encouraged bringing more women into the workforce, as well as helping women grow professionally and contributing to networks of women pursuing gender-balanced participation in conferences and policy making. 

From 2008 until 2018, Ms Bogdan-Martin served as Chief of ITU's Strategic Planning and Membership Department, overseeing corporate communications, external affairs, corporate strategy, and membership. Earlier, she headed the Regulatory and Market Environment Division and Regulatory Reform Unit in the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau​. 

Before joining ITU in 1994, she worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce as a Telecommunication Policy Specialist in the National Telecommunication and Information Administration. 

Ms Bogdan-Martin holds a Master's in International Communications Policy from American University in Washington, DC, a post-graduate certification in Strategies for Leadership from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a certification in Accountability and Ethics from the UN Leaders Programme. She is also a qualified amateur radio operator. 

Ms Bogdan-Martin is married with four children. 

Ms. Rabab Fatima
Ms. Rabab Fatima
Under-Secretary-General, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
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Ms. Fatima brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in national and international civil service, encompassing bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, policymaking, advocacy, programme planning and implementation. 

She is the current Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York.  Prior to this position, she was the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan (2016-2019), Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh (2015-2016), Regional Representative for South Asia (2007-2011) and Regional Adviser for South and South-West Asia and Regional Adviser for Climate Change and Migration (2012-2015) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Geneva, and Head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth Secretariat, London (2006-2007). 

Ms. Fatima joined her country’s diplomatic service in 1989 and served in various capacities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in Bangladesh missions in New York, Kolkata, Geneva and Beijing. 

She holds a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, United States, and a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Canberra, Australia. 

Ms. Fatima Yasmin
Ms. Fatima Yasmin
Vice-President for Sectors and Themes, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Fatima Yasmin is the Vice-President for Sectors and Themes of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She assumed the position on 1 September 2023.  

  

Ms. Yasmin is responsible for management of the Sectors Group and the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department under ADB’s new operating model.   

  

Ms. Yasmin was the Senior Secretary at the Finance Division of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Finance. She has more than 32 years of broad development experience, including in macroeconomic management, public sector and fiscal policy reform, and trade and poverty reduction in government and international organizations.   

  

ADB’s sector and thematic expertise are consolidated in the two groups under Ms. Yasmin to deliver integrated solutions to clients in accordance with country programs and strengthen ADB’s position as a leader in development knowledge in the region. The sector and thematic groups will launch and lead innovative initiatives to tackle the region’s key development challenges, with a focus on climate change.   

  

Ms. Yasmin holds a master in development economics from Australian National University and a Master of Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, in Bangladesh. She also received a Fellowship in Public Policy and Human Rights under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program at Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States. 

Ms. Ko Barrett
Ms. Ko Barrett
Deputy Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
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Ms. Ko Barret was appointed as WMO Deputy Secretary-General in January 2024 and will begin her mandate on 1 April 2024. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Climate at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In this role, she provides strategic advice and direction within NOAA to enable the Agency to align, integrate, and extend its capabilities to best provide the climate services needed to address the climate challenge. She represented NOAA’s interests in government-wide efforts to transform the economy and achieve US climate goals to reduce emissions and stabilize global temperature by mid-century.

In 2015, Ko Barrett was one of the first women elected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a role she held until July 2023. As Vice-chair, Ms. Barrett utilized her talent for facilitating consensus to advance the organization’s work. She championed the Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere, chaired the Gender Action Team, and led the Science Board for the Scholarship Program for scientists from developing countries. Her quotes on climate change and its impacts were featured in thousands of articles worldwide. 

For over 15 years, she represented the United States in delegations responsible for negotiating and adopting climate science and policy outcomes. In addition to her work with the IPCC, she served as a lead negotiator on adaptation and capacity building issues for the United States in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Ko Barrett is widely recognized as an expert on climate science and policy, particularly on issues related to climate impacts and strategies to help society adapt to a changing world.

Ms. Barrett joined the Senior Executive Service in 2016. She served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Research Programs for five years, following various leadership positions in its Climate Program Office for over a decade. Before joining NOAA in 2005, Ms. Barrett was the Director of the Global Climate Change Program at the US Agency for International Development, where she oversaw climate activities in more than 40 countries. 

Ms. Barrett has won multiple awards for her contributions to NOAA, the nation and our planet. These include the NOAA Administrator’s Awards in 2010 and 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Award for Leadership in 2021, and the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award in 2011. She also shared a Nobel Peace Prize with members of the IPCC in 2007. In 2017, Ms. Barrett was the commencement speaker and received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina - Asheville. In 2021, she received a Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the federal career civil service. Most recently, in 2022, the Global Landscape Forum included Ms. Barrett on its list of 16 Women Restoring the Earth.

Ms. Barrett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina – Asheville. There, she was named a University Scholar, Distinguished Research Scholar, and was elected a member of the Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.  

Mr. Danny Quah
Mr. Danny Quah
Professor in Economics and Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
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Danny Quah is Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics and Dean at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. His research on inequality and income mobility characterises the range of experiences across economies to suggest that a single narrative on inequality is unlikely to be correct or helpful. His work on world order takes an economic approach to international systems, studying the supply and demand of world order: what international system do the world’s Great Powers wish to provide; what world order does the global community need?    

  

Quah is a Commissioner on the Spence-Stiglitz Commission on Global Economic Transformation and on LSE's Global Economic Governance Commission. He serves on the Executive Committee, International Economic Association; the Advisory Board, LSE IDEAS; the Eminent Advisory Council of the UNDP Bureau for Asia-Pacific; and the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council for Geopolitics.  He is Vice President at the Economic Society of Singapore.  

  

He is the author of “The Global Economy’s Shifting Centre of Gravity”.  

Ms. Xirui Lian
Ms. Xirui Lian
Founder of Lvdoya
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Xirui (Sherry) Lian, Founder and CEO of Lvdoya, in collaboration with the UNFCCC 

The initiator of ‘the Intelligent Climate & Eco-Civilization Initiative' and The Institute of Ecological Civilization and International Climate Action (Shenzhen) 

Research Fellow of China Environmental Protection Industry Research Institute 

Vice-director of Carbon Neutrality Foundation, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation 

 

Xirui (Sherry) Lian is an entrepreneur in the climate technology sector. In 2015, she founded the information technology platform Lvdoya (绿豆芽) and has been closely collaborating with the UNFCCC since 2019, providing "dual carbon" digital innovative technology solutions for local governments, institutions, and enterprises in China. 

She leads an international team that combines the professional and cutting-edge ideas and standards in the field of climate action with the stages and national characteristics of China's response to climate change. The team has innovatively developed a recycling network centered around a SaaS carbon account system, supported by a carbon neutrality meter, with Carbon Cabins as the scene, obtaining nearly a hundred patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Carbon Cabins have become a benchmark project for community-level carbon inclusivity and circular economy in China, driving millions of the public to actively participate in green and low-carbon actions.  

She has attended five COPs, delivering keynote speeches to introduce the experience and achievements of China's carbon inclusivity projects in engaging the public in climate action to the world with innovative digital and AI solutions. The Secretariat of the UNFCCC has globally promoted these efforts. Many media in China, including China Central Television (CCTV), the People's Daily, and Xinhua News Agency, have reported her solutions widely and positively.  

In 2023, at the COP28 in Dubai, UAE, Lvdoya launched the Intelligent Climate & Eco-Civilization Initiative together with the UNFCCC, using digital solutions to promote international climate information sharing and strengthen communication and cooperation on climate action. This initiative was recognized by H.E. Mr. Xie Zhenhua, the former special envoy for China's climate change affairs, as "an important achievement under the COP28 transparency theme". Sherry became the first Chinese entrepreneur in the carbon inclusivity field to be officially interviewed on the UNFCCC's official YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7zFNjTkmK0 

Ms. Moon-sil Choi
Ms. Moon-sil Choi
Vice President, Department of Digital Inclusion, National Information Society Agency, Republic of Korea
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Moon-sil Choi's professional experience of more than 28 years in Digital Inclusion, ICT strategy, Service, and Policy has contributed significantly to the progress of ICT in Korea. In particular, she played a crucial role in establishing the "Digital Bill of Rights," a core policy of the Republic of Korea in 2023. The Digital Bill of Rights is a charter that contains the primary direction for establishing a new digital norm in the age of digital intensification. She took on the overall role of supporting the Digital Bill of Rights. Additionally, she has contributed to the overall digital transformation in Korea through planning public government services, overseas expansion of Korea's digital government, opening public data to the private sector, and transitioning administrative information systems to the cloud.

Ms. Jin Zhang
Ms. Jin Zhang
Vice-President, Center for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD), China
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Ms. Jin Zhang is Vice President and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD), part of the Development Research Center of the State Council of China. She received her PhD degree from the University of Cambridge where she taught and researched for many years. Her research areas include global and Chinese development; globalization, value chains and China; the political economy of state-owned enterprises. She is executive editor of the Routledge series China in the World.

Mr. Prasant Ranjan Verma
Mr. Prasant Ranjan Verma
Accessibility Specialist, Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY), Consortium, India
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Prashant is Accessibility Specialist with the DAISY CONSORTIUM (www.daisy.org)   for technical support & software testing. Responsible for conducting trainings in Digital Talking Books production & providing support to libraries and publishers taking up inclusive publishing worldwide.  Mr. Verma has conducted face to face trainings on information accessibility from 2003 till date in more than 25 countries like USA, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Mauritius, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia and Kazakhstan apart from conducting online training and technical support for many other countries from all continents. Mr. Verma has prepared numerous manuals, step-by-step tutorials and videos on tools useful for accessible books production and reading.   

Prashant is General Secretary at National Association for the Blind Delhi, a premier NGO working for the empowerment of persons with blindness, low vision and multiple disabilities. 

Prashant is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC), and a member of International Association of Accessibility Professionals.  

Prashant is Chairman of Committee for Sugamya Pustakalaya, the first national level online accessible books distribution portal developed by DAISY Forum of India.  

Prashant is credited with several innovations including the Currency Identification Device for India and Mauritius and Bank Cheque Printing Templates for the blind. He had launched www.GoodFoodTalks.in, India's first accessible restaurant finder and menu reading app in 2016. He has written several books and manuals on computer training and use of technology for the visually impaired. 

Prashant is an experienced Accessibility and Usability evangelist and has provided accessibility testing services to numerous companies and organizations like UNDP, Microsoft, UNESCO, UNICEF, Dolphin Computers, RNIB UK and more.    

Qualifications:  

CPACC, O Level, MSW, PG Dip. NGO Mgt., DAISY Int. Trainer, Dip. In Assistive Technology, CCC, MSW 

Ms. Pitiporn Phanaphat
Ms. Pitiporn Phanaphat
First Executive Vice President of Digital Products and Platforms Business, Siam Commercial Bank
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Ms. Pitiporn (Bee) Phanaphat is currently leading SCB digital products and platforms as Head of Digital Businesses, Digital Banking, at Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand. She joined SCB Group firstly in 2016 as First Executive Vice President, leading bank strategic partnership and business development, leading many key strategic investments, divestments, and joint venture setups for SCB.  

 

Ms. Phanaphat advocates for initiatives that aim to bridge the digital divide and foster equal access to financial services. Her role is also leveraging technology to enhance financial inclusivity and improve the socio-economic well-being of modern consumers at all ages. Her endeavors reflect a dedication to creating a more inclusive digital environment that empowers individuals through innovative financial solutions. 

 

During 2018 – 2019 she oversaw the Credit Card Division and served as a member of the Board of Directors of SCB-Julius Baer (both Thai and Singapore entities) and Digital Ventures, subsidiaries of SCB. In 2020 - 2021 she joined SCB 10X as Chief Business Development & Financial Officer, as well as one of the founding Team, to drive strategic investment for SCB10X while serving as Board Directors in many of its investment portfolio companies including Monix and Synqa (Omise). Prior to joining SCB, Ms. Phanaphat served as CEO of Tesco Financial Services, a joint venture between Tesco Lotus and Bank of Ayudhya. In addition, she has over 15 years of experience working in leading multinational corporations, including Boston Consulting Group and JP Morgan New York. 

 

Ms. Phanaphat holds an MBA from Harvard University and B.S. degrees in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management, United States. 

Mr. Parinand Varnasavang
Mr. Parinand Varnasavang
Policy Specialist, Division of International Partnership, Office of the National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thailand
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Parinand Varnasavang, born on February 20, 1974, is a seasoned professional with expertise in electrical engineering and policy research. He holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A., along with a Royal Thai Government Scholarship.

Serving as a Policy Specialist at the Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation Policy Council, Varnasavang contributes to policy formulation in diverse domains. His roles include researching social sciences, humanities, and arts and fostering international partnerships in education and innovation.

He also serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Kasetsart University, enriching the academic landscape since 2012.

With extensive experience at the National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Office from 2009 to 2019, Varnasavang played pivotal roles in drafting national policies focusing on internationalization, diplomacy, and Sustainable Development Goals.

Earlier in his career, he contributed to various programs at the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) NSTDA.

Dr. Paul Janecek
Dr. Paul Janecek
Chief Executive Officer, Think Blue Data Co.,Ltd
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Founder and CEO. Paul received his PhD in Computer Science from the EPFL, specializing in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Visualization. In what sometimes seems like former lives, he was: a professor at the AIT; a researcher in university labs in Europe (Paris-SudAarhus); an engineer at Intel (US patents 58154345936884); a helicopter pilot; and a West Point graduate. He likes exploring and understanding complexity, the beauty of maps, the cleverness of gadgets, things and people you can trust, and food and wine with friends.

Dr. Aladdin Rillo
Dr. Aladdin Rillo
Managing Director, Policy Design and Support Department, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
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Dr Aladdin D. Rillo is currently a Senior Economic Advisor for the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).  Prior to that, he worked at the ASEAN Secretariat for many years where he served in various positions; the latest as the Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Economic Community (2018-2021), during which he provided the overall leadership in the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025 and ASEAN’s economic integration agenda.  He also held positions at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo as Senior Economist (2013-2018) and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto as Senior Manager Transfer Pricing (2006-2007).

Dr Rillo has written and published extensively on the ASEAN economy and on the broader economic and trade and financial integration issues. He holds PhD and MA degrees in economics from the University of Hawaii, and an AB in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Mr. Ali Shareef
Mr. Ali Shareef
Deputy Director General, Weather Service Division, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) Secretariat
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Ali Shareef, Deputy Director General of Maldives Meteorological Service, is the current focal point for RIMES Secretariat, representing RIMES in the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS). 

Shareef has over 2 decades of experience in the sector. Since 2008, he has been working as a Deputy Director General of Maldives Meteorological Service, managing meteorological, climatological, and early warning operations at the National Meteorological and Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre. Previously, he held the positions of director, meteorologist and senior forecaster at the Department of Meteorology of the Government of Maldives. 

He is the national correspondent for SAARC Meteorological Research Centre (SMRC) Newsletter, and WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones’ Newsletter, as well as the editor for the Maldives Annual Climate Report. Ali has participated in many high level training programs in Meteorology around the world. 

List of registered participants (as of 5 April 2024)

Members

 

Azerbaijan

  • • H.E. Mr. Irfan Davudov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Malaysia
  • • Mr. Elchin Bashirov, Head of the Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Mr. Emil Ahmadov, Second Secretary of the Consular, Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Mr. Rashad Khaligov, Deputy Chairman of Board, Innovation and Digital Development Agency, Ministry of Digital Development and Transport 
 

Bangladesh

  • • H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh 
  • • H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Finance 
  • • H.E. Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology 
  • • Mr. Md. Akhter Hossain, Principal Coordinator (SDGs) Prime Minister's Office 
  • • Mr. Md. Shahriar Kader Siddiky, Secretary, Economic Relations Division 
  • • Mr. Md. Ali Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology 
  • • H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdul Hye, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok 
  • • Mr. A. H. M. Jahangir, Additional, Secretary Economic Relations Division 
  • • Mr. Md. Mozibor Rahman, Joint Secretary, Information and Communication, Technology Division 
  • • Ms. Ishrat Jahan, Joint Secretary, Economic Relations Division 
  • • Dr. Syed Mohammad Aminur Rahman, Director (Deputy Secretary), Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority 
  • • Mr. Saroar Ahmed Saleheen, Economic Counsellor and Alternate Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok 
  • • Ms.Taslima Mostary, Senior Assistant Secretary, Economic Relations Division 
  • • Mr. Shah Salauddin, Assistant Private Secretary to Honorable Finance Minister, Ministry of Finance 
  • • Mr. Md. Mamunur Rashid Bhuiyan, Project Director (Joint Secretary), Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme 
  • • Mr. Faiyaz Murshid Kazi, Director General (Multilateral Economic Affairs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. MD Mushfiqur Rahman, Private Secretary to Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology 
  • • Mr. Nirjhar Adhikary, Counsellor (Political) and Deputy Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to ESCAP, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok 
  • • Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme 
  • • Mr. H. M. Asad-Uz-Zaman, Strategy & Innovation Specialist,  Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme 
  • • Mr. A.B. M. Adnan Faisal, Communications & Outreach Consultant  Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme 
  • • Mr. Cherdsak Virapat, Director General, Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP)
  • • Mr. Sohel Ahmed, PS (Deputy Secretary) to Principal Coordinator (SDG) Prime Minister's Office 
  • • Mr. Khan Md. Reza-Un-Nabi Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology
 

Cambodia

  • ​​​​​​• H.E. Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Manet Hun, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia
  • • H.E. Dr. LY Thuch, Senior Minister, President of the National Committee for ESCAP and First Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA)
  • • H.E. Mr. HUN Saroeun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Thailand
  • • H.E. Mr. KORM Ribaun, Secretary-General of the National Committee for ESCAP
  • • H.E. Mr. SUY Chiheang, Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority
  • • H.E. Mr.LY Panharith, Secretary-General of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority
  • • H.E. Mr. KAN Pharidh, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • • H.E. Mr. ROS Seilava, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance 
  • • H.E. Ms. CHEA Ratha, Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • H.E. Mr. CHAO Lay, Deputy Secretary-General of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority 
  • • H.E. Mr. KE Sovann, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation 
  • • H.E. Mr. PA Vongvichet, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications 
  • • H.E. Mr. HUL Seingheng, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation 
  • • H.E. Mr. POCH Sovanndy, Advisor to the Ministry of Planning 
  • • Mr. NOU Keosothea, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Committee for ESCAP 
  • • Mr. Salah A Essa, Advisor to the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) 
  • • Mr. KHENG Sokha, Advisor to the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) 
  • • Mr. THUCH Dalin, Minister Counselor, Royal Embassy of Cambodia to Thailand 
  • • Mr. PHlM Runsinarith, Advisor to the National Committee for ESCAP 
  • • Mr. KLEUNG Sinet, Technical Advisor to the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) 
  • • Mr. LANG Kosal, Deputy Chief of the Cabinet of Senior Minister 
  • • Mr. CHAO Jinularo, Assistant to the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) 
  • • Mr. LY Chandara, Acting Director of Administration Department, National Committee for ESCAP 
  • • Mr. CHOY Reach, Assistant to Senior Minister Dr. Ly Thuch 
  • • Mr. KEO Vibol, Chief, Office of Multilateral Cooperation, Minister of Economy and Finance 
  • • Ms. PA Sokchanna, Chief of Bureau, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • Ms. SAN Solita, Deputy Chief of Bureau, Department of lnternational Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • Mr. KHOM Tola, Deputy Chief of Bureau, the United Nations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation 
  • • Mr. VONG Sakra, Deputy Chief of Bureau, the United Nations Department Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • • Mr. IECH Setha, Deputy General Director, General Department of Digital Economy, Ministry of Economy and Finance 
  • • Mr. NGOR Pengty, Official, Department of New Economy, General Department of Policy, Ministry of Economy and Finance  
 

China

  • ​​​​​​• H.E. Mr. Ma Zhaoxu, Executive Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs 
 

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

  • • H.E. Mr. Kim Je Bong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand  
  • • Mr. Ri Nam Song, Counsellor and Permanent Representative to ESCAP 
  • • Mr. Han Yong, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP 
 

Fiji

  • • Honourable Mrs. Lenora Qereqeretabua, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • H.E. Mr. Amenatave Yauvoli, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Fiji to Indonesia
  • • Mr. Solomone Momoivalu, Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Fiji to Indonesia
  • • Ms. Vasiti Cirikiyasawa, Second Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Fiji to Indonesia 
 

Indonesia

  • • H.E.Mrs. Y.M. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
  • • H.E.Mr. Y.M. Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for the Economy of the Republic of Indonesia
  • • H.E. Mr. Rachmat Budiman, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • • Tri Purnajaya, Director of Economic and Environmental Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Andy Artha Donny Oktopura, Head of Bureau for Planning, Secretariat General, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • • Mr. Ahmad Rama Aji Nasution, Minister Counsellor and Alternate Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • • Mr. Christian Pangaribuan, Counsellor and Alternate Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • • Ms. Mustika Hanum Widodo, First Secretary and Alternate Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • • Lalu Muhamad Iqbal, Special Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on Strengthening Diplomatic Infrastructure, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Rolliansyah Soemirat, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ade Faisal, Senior Planner/ Coordinator of Research, Science and Technology, Directorate of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of National Development Planning/ National Development Planning Agency
  • • Udhi Catur Nugroho, Researcher, Research Center for Geo-Informatics, National Research and Innovation Agency/BRIN
  • • Yvonne Mewengkang, Deputy Director, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Lydia Safitri, Deputy Director, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Sitti Hamdiyah, Senior Policy Analyst, Bureau for Public Relations and Foreign Cooperation, Secretariat General, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • • Nilam Amalia Pusparani, Senior Computer Administrator, Center for Data, Statistics and Information, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • • Novi Susetyo Adi, Senior Geospatial Analyst, Directorate for Coastal and Small Islands Utilization, Directorate General for Marine Spatial and Ocean Management, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • • Sanjoyo, Manager for Social Development Pillar, SDGs National Secretariat, Ministry of National Development Planning/ National Development Planning Agency
  • • Dwi Rahayuningsih, Policy Planner, Directorate of Poverty Alleviation and Community Empowerment, Ministry of National Development Planning/ National Development Planning Agency
  • • Muhamad Jaki Nurhasya, Second Secretary, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ade Guna Nur Yasin, Mid-Level Planner, Bureau for Planning, Secretariat General, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • • Herdiansyah Oktabela, Mid-Level Planner, Bureau for Planning, Secretariat General, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • • Sapta Indra Kusuma, Mid-Level Computer Administrator, Center for Data, Statistics and Information, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • • Sri Rahayu, Junior Planner, Bureau for Public Relations and Foreign Cooperation, Secretariat General, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • • Heni Apriani, First Planner, Directorate for Multilateral Funding, Ministry of National Development Planning/ National Development Planning Agency
  • • Tatya Layung Nareswari, Third Secretary, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Cut Jihan Shavira, UN and Global Cooperation Staff, Directorate for Multilateral Funding, Ministry of National Development Planning/ National Development Planning Agency
  • • Muhammad Haikal Trinada, Data Processing Staff, Directorate of Poverty Alleviation and Community Empowerment, Ministry of National Development Planning/ National Development Planning Agency
  • • Adityo Karno, Official, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

  • • H.E. Dr. Davood Manzoor, Vice-President and the Head of Planning and Budget Organization (PBO) of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
  • • H.E. Dr. Nassereddin Heidari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to ESCAP 
  • • Mr. Hamid Tavoli, Head, Division for Development and International Trade and Financial Entities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Dr. Behnam Sarkheil, Advisor to Vice President and Head of Department, Planning and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
  • • Dr. Masoud Mirzaei, Head of the Center for Public Relation and International affairs, Planning and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
  • • Dr. Hassan Chenarani, Head of Budget Coordination, Planning and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
  • • Dr. Afshin Khodamoradi, Head of the Center for Information, Technology Communication and Cyber Security, Planning and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
  • • Dr. Ehsan Movahedian, Deputy Head of International Affairs, Planning and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
  • • Mr. Mehdi Rouzeh Gir, Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bangkok 
  • • Mr. Mehdi Hajimohammadi, Senior ESCAP expert, Division for Development and International Trade and Financial Entities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Mojtaba Fazli, Expert, Planning and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
 

Kazakhstan

  • • H.E. Mr. Murat Nurtleu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
 

Lao People's Democratic Republic

  • • H.E. Mr. Saleumxay KOMMASITH, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 
  • • H.E. Mr. Khamphan ANLAVAN, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative of the Lao PDR to ESCAP 
  • • Mr. Daovy VONGXAY, Director General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Soukhanxay ARCHKHAWONG, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Executive Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Soulisack SOULINTHONE, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Lao PDR to ESCAP 
  • • Mr. Alomlangsy RAJVONG, Director of the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Division, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Kedmany ZOUPHONETHEVA, First Secretary and Assistant to the Permanent Representative of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to ESCAP 
  • • Mrs. Saysamone PHOMMATHEP, Officer of Non-Govemrnental Organization Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Boualamphone KEOPHOXAY, Officer of the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Soulivanh XAYYAVONGS, Officer of the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
 

Maldives

  • • H.E. Dr. Hussain Niyaaz, Secretary, Economic and Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Aishath Shiruma Ahmed, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in the Kingdom of Thailand 
  • • Ms. Aishath Shahula, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in the Kingdom of Thailand 
  • • Ms. Siyana Shiyam, Second Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in the Kingdom of Thailand 
 

Mongolia

  • • H.E. Ms. BATTSETSEG Batmunkh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia  
  • • H.E. Mr. TUMUR Amarsanaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Mongolia to ESCAP 
  • • Ms. MANDKHAI Batsuren, Director-General of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia 
  • • Ms. GUAMARAL Altangerel, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mongolia to ESCAP 
 

Netherlands

  • • H.E. Mr. Wouter Jurgens, Director for Asia and Oceania (DAO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • • H.E. Mr. Remco van Wijngaarden, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • • Ms. Miriam Otto, Head of the Political and Economic Department and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • • Mr. Pheaktra Doung, Policy Officer and Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP 
 

Pakistan

  • • H.E. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Special  Initiatives  
  • • Mr. Yasir Hussain, Charge d'Affaires and Permanent Representative of Pakistan  to  ESCAP  
  • • Ms. Faiza Haseeb, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to ESCAP  
  • • Mr. Nasir Mehmood, Chief (Information and Communication Technology), Ministry for Planning Development and Special Initiatives 
  • • Ms. Aiman Amjad, Assistant Chief (Sustainable Development Goals), Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives 
 

Palau

  • • Ms. Roleen Ronny, Microeconomist, Ministry of Finance  
  • • Ms. Klumch Tangelbad, Planning Specialist, Ministry of Finance 
 

Papua New Guinea

  • • Hon. Ano Pala, MP, Minister for Planning , Department of National Planning and Monitoring 
  • • Mr. Koney Samuel, Secretary, Department of National Planning and Monitoring     
  • • Mr. Michael Kumung, Deputy Secretary,    Planning and Monitoring, Department of National Planning and Monitoring     
  • • Mr. Peter Mirino, Deputy High Commissioner, Papua New Guinea High Commission, Kundu Kuala Lumpur     
  • • Mr. Buri Gari, Acting Director General, Multilateral and Development Corporation, Department of Foreign Affairs     
  • • Mr. Lawrence Duguman, A/FAS, Policy and Budgets Division, Department of National Planning and Monitoring     
  • • Mr. Reichert Thanda, A/FAS Development Cooperation and Management Division, Department of National Planning and Monitoring
  • • Mr. Wilson Gusamo, A/FAS, Policy and Budgets Division, Department of National Planning and Monitoring     
  • • Mr. James Ketowe, Executive Officer, Department of Petroleum and Energy
  • • Mr. Conrad Kumul, Executive Manager, External Affairs & Community Outreach, National Energy Authority     
  • • Ms. Jerominah Mugau, Foreign Service Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs 
     
 

Philippines

  • • Hon. Ivan John E.Uy, Secretary, Department of Information and Communications 
  • • H. E. Ms. Millicent Cruz-Paredes, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok
  • • Hon. David L. Almirol, Jr., Undersecretary for e-Government Department of Information and Communications Technology  
  • • Ms. Edna May G. Lazaro, Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok 
  • • Dr. Divina Gracia L. Del Prado, Ph. D., Assistant Secretary and Deputy National Statistician, Sectoral Statistics Office, Philippine Statistics Authority  
  • • Engr. Ninaliza H. Escorial, Deputy Executive Director, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Department of Science and Technology 
  • • Mr. Mark C. Pascasio, Chief Statistical Specialist, Officer-in-Charge, Assistant National Statistician, Macroeconomic Accounts Service, Sectoral Statistics Office Philippine Statistics Authority  
  • • Ms. Arlene A. Romasanta, Director IV, Department of Environment and Natural Resources 
  • • Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Director, Technology and Application Promotion Institute Department of Science and Technology 
  • • Engr. Philip A. Martinez, Senior Science Research Specialist, Advanced Science and Technology Institute, Department of Science and Technology 
  • • Ms. Beatriz Ines Herrera-Davila, Second Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok 
  • • Ms. Nadine Rosario M. Morales, Acting Director, Office of United Nations and International Organizations, Department of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. John Sylvester T. Custodio, Planning Officer II, International Cooperation Division, Department of Information and Communications Technology  
  • • Ms. Lyneth Therese C. Monsalve, Chief Administrative Officer, Commission on Population and Development  
  • • Ms. Rowena M. Ricafort, Assistant, Office of the United Nations and International Organizations Department of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Ms. Rosette G. Razon, Attache, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok 
 

Republic of Korea

  • • H.E. Mr. HUR Sungwook, President, National IT Industry Promotion Agency  (NIPA)
  • • Mr. HAHM Jeong Han, Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand
  • • Mr. LEE Sang Hoon, Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand
  • • Ms. PARK Bomi, Second Secretary, Multilateral Economic Organizations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms. SO Wan, Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand
  • • Ms. PARK Younjin, Director General for Policy Planning, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  • • Mr. LEE Junghun, Deputy Director, International Cooperation and Trade Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  • • Mr. LEE Kangmin, Senior Officer, International Cooperation and Trade Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  • • Ms. MOON Seongyoon, Interpreter, International Cooperation and Trade Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  • • Mr. PARK Jinhong, Director, Global Business Department, Global Cooperation Team, National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA)
  • • Ms. PARK Sohee, Manager, Global Business Department, Global Cooperation Team, National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA)
  • • Ms. SEO Lynn, Deputy Director, Regional Digital Innovation Department, Regional Digital Industry Team, National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA)
  • • Mr. NAM Sang-yirl, Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Cooperation Research, Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI)
  • • Ms. KIM Nayeon, Researcher Fellow, Center for International Cooperation Research, Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI)
  • • Mr. PARK Hwanil, Chief Director, Division of Global Innovation Strategy, Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)
  • • Ms. KIM Eunjoo, Principal Researcher, Division of Global Innovation Strategy, Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)
  • • Mr. PARK Dong Un, Associate Research Fellow, Division of Global Innovation Strategy, Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)
  • • Ms. KWON Sohyun, Senior Researcher, Division of Global Innovation Strategy,  Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)
  • • Mr. JUNG lntaek, Senior Researcher, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology 
     

 

 

Thailand

  • • H.E. Mr. Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 
  • • H.E. Mr. Jakkapong Sangmanee, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 
  • • H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs 
  • • H.E. Mrs. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Busadee Santipitaks, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Thitirat Wongkaew, Counsellor, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Chavarat Urasyanandana, Secretary to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Psusist Wongsurawat, Chief of Staff, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Dhisadee Chamlongrasdr,Minister Counsellor, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Wichulee Chotbenjakul, Counsellor, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Waraporn Chompoonutjinda, First Secretary, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Suchaya Tancharoenpol, First Secretary, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Aeyaya Chorot,Attache, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Piyanut Rattanapian, Attached to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Salinthip Utthiya, Attached to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Pinsuda Jayanama, Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Phuchphop Mongkolnavin, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Ms. Cataleya Phatoomros, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mrs. Chomquan Pinyowit, Director, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Ms. Penkhae Intarasuwan, Minister Counsellor, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Ms. Thipsuda Khamtho, Counsellor, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Mr. Aditat Panupong, Counsellor, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Ms. Atipha Vadhanaphong, First Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  
  • • Mr. Chayanin Sriviseth, First Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Sasiyada Naowanondha, First Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  •  • Ms. Natasha Isarabhakdi,Third Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  •  •  Ms. Chanya Na Pikul,Project Coordinator, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  •  • Ms. Somreuthai Pollasen,Project Coordinator, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mrs. Chatvadee Chindawongse, Director, Strategy and Cooperation Division, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Atheta Siriprachai, Third Secretary, Strategy and Cooperation Division, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Nashsuphang Sapappom, Attache, Strategy and Cooperation Division, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Napamas Panyatrong, Counsellor, Press Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Hataipat Sresthabutr, Second Secretary, Public Diplomacy Information Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Nasak Pongsri,Attache, Press Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Yothin Boonla, Official Photographer, Press Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Arnon Jangsawang, Official Photographer, Press Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Athipon Kongkhunchat, Official Photographer, Press Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Louis Sidhakornbhakdi, Official Photographer, Press Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Nisagorn Jaiyen, Public Relations Officer, Public Diplomacy Information Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Monsaran Wongchareon, Public Relations Officer, Public Diplomacy Information Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Kittisak Raidee,Public Relations Officer, Public Diplomacy Information Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Suchanun Phornprapha, Public Relations Officer, Public Diplomacy Information Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Thanik Mongkornrat,Public Relations Officer, Public Diplomacy Information Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Chanoknan Sawaengkarn,Public Relations Officer, Public Diplomacy Information Division, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mrs. Arunee Hiam,Deputy Director-General, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Chidchanok Malayawong,Director, Development Promotion and Coordination Division, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mr. Maes Suwantra,Counsellor, Development Promotion and Coordination Division, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Ms. Chananchida Maliwan, Development Cooperation Officer, Development Promotion and Coordination Division, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • • Mrs. Rungratana Boon-long, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mrs. Kobpetch Harnpattanapanich, Assistant Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister  
  • • Mr. Yodwut Klinthong, Director, Bureau of Planning and Special Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mr. Jaturont Kesjarul,Director, Special Affairs Division, Bureau of Planning and Special Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mrs. Saijai Jamjirawan, Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Information and Communication Technology Center, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Siriyubol Kasiyaphong,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Bureau of Planning and Special Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mr. Thanin Thanuthamcharoen, Computer Technical Officer, Professional Level, Information and Communication Technology Center, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Patchariwan Vanapraseat,Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Information and Communication Technology Center, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mr. Roengronachit Warungkarasami, Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Bureau of Planning and Special Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Nongyao Lunpila,Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Bureau of Planning and Special Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Napat Thuppun,Director, International Affairs Division, Office of the Board of Investment, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mrs. Romrawee Chandrasen, Investment Promotion Officer, Senior Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Board of Investment, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Budsayapan Limyingcharoen, Investment Promotion Officer, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Board of Investment, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mr. Vudthidej Chamnikij,Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level,International Strategy and Coordination Division, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Kanteera Purivikrai,Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, International Strategy and Coordination Division, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, Office of the Prime Minister  
  • • Ms. Pitchapa Houlsanthia, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, International Strategy and Coordination Division, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mr. Korat Somthongdang,Plan and Policy Analyst, Beginner Level, International Strategy and Coordination Division, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Bawornrat Sukrakanchana, Expert on Monitoring and Evaluation, Office of the National Water Resources, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Patcharawee Suwannik, Director, Policy and Master Plan Division, Office of the National Water Resources, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Mr. Nitidate Makkate,Director, Knowledge Development and Dissemination Sub-Division, Office of the National Water Resources, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Phannarai Aksornthueng,Director,Monitoring and Evaluation Sub-Division, Office of the National Water Resources, Office of the Prime Minister 
  • • Ms. Vanida Khumnirdpetch, Director, Bureau of Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 
  • • Mr. Krit Hansaward,Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Bureau of Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 
  • • Ms. Wannika Wutthi,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Bureau of Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 
  • • Ms. Natcha Lueang-iam,Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Bureau of Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, 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. Kunla Thinvilai,Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, International Agricultural Economics Division, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 
  • • Mr. Anuchit Chamsing,Director, Post-Harvest Engineering Research Group, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 
  • • Ms. Khanit Wannaronk,Director, Crop Production Engineering Group, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 
  • • Ms. Pachirarat Pechcho,Acting Chief, Foreign Relations Group, Planning Division, Department of Agricultural Extension, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 
  • • Ms. Narimol Panurat,Foreign Relations Officer, Planning Division, Department of Agricultural Extension, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives 
  • • Ms. Chanunya Bandhukul,Executive Director, 
  • • Bureau of America, Pacific, and International Organizations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • Mr. Sarig Ubolbarn,Trade Officer, Senior Professional Level,Bureau of America, Pacific, and International Organizations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • Mr. Thanakrit Luangasnathip,Trade Officer, Senior Professional Level, Bureau of Trade in Services and Investment Negotiations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • Mr. Chanaphai Chenaksara,Trade Officer, Professional Level, Bureau of Trade in Services and Investment Negotiations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • Ms. Nathnicha Tansakul,Trade Officer, Professional Level, Bureau of Trade in Services and Investment Negotiations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • Ms. Nongwipa Maneeprawat,Trade Officer, Bureau of America, Pacific, and International Organizations, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce 
  • • Ms. Thasawan Samorwong, Foreign Relations Officer, Senior Professional Level, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society  
  • • Ms. Ishariyaporn Smiprem,Foreign Relations Officer, Senior Professional Level, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Ms. Natthaleeya Narash,Foreign Relations Officer, Professional Level, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mr. Pathomdanai Ponjan,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Ms. Yanisa Intaraphun,Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mr. Jackrakrit Srisun,Foreign Relations Officer, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Ms. Kesaraporn Techapichetvanich,Senior Computer Technical Officer, Meteorological Digital Service Division, Thai Meteorological Department, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mr. Anan Sirithanyarat,Meteorologist, Meteorological Digital Service Division, Thai Meteorological Department, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mr. Pakornpop Boonyuen, Meteorologist, Meteorological Digital Service Division, Thai Meteorological Department, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Ms. Pornsiri Rucksunchart, Meteorologist, Weather Forecast Division, Thai Meteorological Department, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mr. Tanik Chokkuea, Meteorologist, 
  • • Weather Forecast Division, Thai Meteorological Department, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Ms. Pailin Sangkhao,Foreign Relations Officer, 
  • • Meteorological Development Division, Thai Meteorological Department, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mrs. Kanjana Phumalee,Director, Policy and Academic Statistics Division, National Statistical Office, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mr. Taran Osiri,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mr. Pongsakorn Banjongjit,Plan and Policy Analyst, Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Mr. Thaya Navanugraha,Assistant Vice President, Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society 
  • • Ms. Kingkade Niyomsen,Team Leader, Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society   
  • • Mr. Phichet Phophakdee, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education 
  • • Mrs. Phimwarat Muangnil,Director, Bureau of International Cooperation, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education 
  • • Mr. Panthep Larpkesorn,Director, Multilateral Cooperation Unit,Bureau of International Cooperation, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education 
  • • Ms. Siriporn Wiriyaukradecha,Foreign Relations Officer, Bureau of International Cooperation, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education 
  • • Mr. Woranon Chansiri,Executive Director, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy  
  • • Ms. Nuchanat Pakpleenok,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy  
  • • Ms. Krittiya Peerphayak,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy  
  • • Ms. Aunchana Laohaprasart,Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy  
  • • Ms. Bongkoch Chakamanont,Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy  
  • • Ms. Peeraya Rakudomchock,Foreign Relations Officer, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy  
  • • Mrs. Patcharaporn Phasukavanich,Chief, Strategy and Planning Group, Strategy and Planning Division, Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy  
  • •  Ms. Duangtip Lawanstiend, Plan and Policy Analyst, Strategy and Planning Division, Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy 
  • • Mr. Panithan Suksamran,Director, International Organizations Cooperation Section, International Economic Policy Division, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance 
  • • Ms. Phanida Pruchayakul,Senior Economist, International Economic Policy Division, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance 
  • • Mr. Warotai Kosolpisitkul, International Economic Advisor; International Economic Policy Division, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance 
  • • Ms. Luksmon Smansin,Director, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Mrs. Nongnuch Chunbandhit,Director, International Cooperation Strategy Group, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Mr. Panthawat Kopkitthanarot,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Ms. Soontharee Namliwal,Policy Specialist, Division of International Policy Partnership on Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Mr. Parinand Varnasavang,Policy Specialist, Division of International Policy Partnership on Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Office of National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Dr. Chaiyatorn Limapornvanich,Director, Innovation Strategy Department, National Innovation Agency (Public Organization), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Ms. Walairatchata Mokkhavesa,Senior Innovation Strategist, Innovation Strategy Department, National Innovation Agency (Public Organization), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Mr. Napat Srithongperng,Innovation Strategist, Innovation Strategy Department, National Innovation Agency (Public Organization), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Ms. Sirikul Hutasavi,Head, Agricultural Economic and Geo-Social Division, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Ms. Chanika Sukawattanavijit,Senior Specialist (Geo-Informatics), Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Mr. Poramet Thuwakham, International Relations Officer, Office of Strategic Alliance, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Dr. Orakanoke Phanraksa,Head, International Affairs Division, Thailand Science Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Ms. Luntharima Prommi,Program Officer, International Affairs Division, Thailand Science Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation 
  • • Mr. Chanchai Chalokkongtavorn,Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Office of Industrial Economics, Ministry of Industry  
  • • Ms. Sasiwaroon Nawagawong,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Office of Industrial Economics, Ministry of Industry  
  • • Mr. Artite Pattanapongchai,Director, Digital Industry Development Division, Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry 
  • • Mr. Witawat Jainontee,Director, International Cooperation Group, Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry 
  • • Ms. Marisa Keereemasthong,Engineer, Practitioner Level, Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry 
  • • Ms. Pavichaya Sakyapinan,Foreign Relations Officer, Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry 
  • • Ms. Sineenat Chawna, Scientist, Professional Level, Department of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry  
  • • Mrs. Monhathai Rattananupong,Acting Director, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior  
  • • Ms. Thitiporn Unaratana,Director, Foreign Affairs Unit, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Mr. Tiwagon Phisansaridigum,Director, Monitoring and Evaluation Subdivision, Policy and Planning Bureau, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Mr. Sirisak Wongphakdee,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Policy and Planning Bureau, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Sirapat Chongwattanaboon,Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Mr. Nopparat Thamrongsap, Director,Planning Division, Community Development Department, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Mr. Chaithawat Damsrisawat,Director, Community Development Data Storage Management Group, Community Development Department, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Duangnapa Uttamangapong,Director, Research and International Cooperation Bureau, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Areerat Wijitpatcharapon,Director, International Cooperation Section,Research and International Cooperation Bureau, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Suthathip Dejchaisri,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Research and International Cooperation Bureau, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Chawisa Thamnimitchok,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Policy Division, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Punika Pranpanus,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Policy Division, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Sophita Thanyalakmetha,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Policy Division, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Mr. Suwannachai Somporng,Director, Technical Service and Research Subdivision, Department of Local Administration, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Patthiya Gitpot,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Department of Local Administration, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Jarida Chittrawat,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Department of Local Administration, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Mr. Suthep Prathuangpokjaroen,Director, Information Technology Centre, Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Interior 
  • Mr. Urint Hutasingha,Director, Office of Foreign Relations, Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Chuthatip Achavasmit,Foreign Relations Officer, Senior Professional Level, Office of Foreign Relations, Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Mr. Wirat Wisetngamwasin, Computer Technical Officer, Professional Level, Information Technology Center, Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Nuanwan Chaweewan,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Information Technology Center, Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, Ministry of Interior 
  • • Ms. Varinyupa Buranaareepong,Justice Officer, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice  
  • • Ms. Nawarat Narkvichit,Justice Officer, Senior Professional Level, Justice Policy and Planning Coordination Division, Office of Justice Affairs,  Ministry of Justice 
  • • Mr. Kompan Pansakun,General Administration Officer, Practitioner Level, Justice Policy and Planning Coordination Division, Office of Justice Affairs,  Ministry of Justice 
  • • Mrs. Kanokkarn Suksuntichai,Director, ASEAN Unit, International Cooperation Bureau, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour 
  • • Ms. Unchuleekorn Grouysawad,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour 
  • • Ms. Chayanee Nuntasuwan,Labour Specialist, Professional Level,ASEAN Unit, International Cooperation Bureau, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour 
  • • Ms. Mukdamanee Charoencheep,Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, ASEAN Unit, International Cooperation Bureau, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour 
  • • Ms. Sujittra Kiatsutthakorn, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Division of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Arunee Srivilai,Environmentalist, Practitioner Level, Division of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Mrs. Nawarat Rungsrirattanawong,General Administration Officer, Senior Professional Level, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Dares Kaewket,Environmentalist, Professional Level, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Chanakan Tangchit,Environmentalist, Professional Level, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Wanida Sae-Jiw,Environmentalist, Professional Level, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Walaiporn Aranyig,Environmentalist, Professional Level, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Natthakarn Teankrajang, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Fairda Malem, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Department of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Suphannee Suwannachat,Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Department of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Mrs. Jiraphan Muangpluem,Environmentalist, Professional Level, Department of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Sineenat Unburee,Environmentalist, Professional Level, Department of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Paradee Pansriworapong, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Department of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Mrs. Kwanjai Taemthong,Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Mr. Jutha Supholdhavanij,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Mr. Sumeth Dechatuntrakool,Forestry Technical Officer, Senior Professional Level, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Nicharat Daorueng,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Mrs. Sireetorn Akkayanont,Forestry Technical Officer, Practitioner Level, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Nanthiwa Kerdchuen,Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level,Strategy and Planning Division, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Supattra Rotphanichakul,Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Information Technology and Communication Center, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Ms. Ekpadcha Kaewtrakarnwong, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 
  • • Dr. Supharerk Thawillarp,Deputy Director, Bureau of Digital Health, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mrs. Thitipat Kuha,Policy and Plan Analyst, Expert Level, Division of Strategy and Planning, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mrs. Sureerat Jaidee,Deputy Director, Division of Public Health Emergency Management, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mr. Traitep Dosanant,Public Health Officer, Professional Level, Division of Public Health Emergency Management, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Ms. Natnaree Khingchatturat,Policy and Plan Analyst, Practitioner Level, Division of Strategy and Planning, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Ms. Sukanya Sutthalak,Public Health Officer, Practitioner Level,Division of Public Health Emergency Management, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mr. Apichat Phatsanakrison,Public Health Officer, Practitioner Level, Division of Public Health Emergency Management, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Dr. Sarawut Boonsuk,Deputy Director-General, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Dr. Bunyarit Sukrat,Director, Bureau of Reproductive Health, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mrs. Jittima Rodsawad,Director, Center for International Cooperation, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Ms. Benjawan Tawatsupa,Director, Division of Health Forecast, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mr. Nuttapon Sirilar,Public Health Technical Officer, Professional Level, Division of Health Impact Assessment, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mr. Pinyapatch Chullasuk,Director, Division of Health Emergency Management, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Ms. Phannikan Wungkum,Public Health Technical Officer, Professional Level, Division of Health Emergency Management, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mr. Kittinun Sayaves,Computer Technical Officer, Practitioner Level, Division of Digital Health Promotion, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mr. Saranyu Jampachaisri,Computer Technical Officer, Practitioner Level, Division of Digital Health Promotion, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Mr. Sudkhed Detpetukyon, Registered Nurse, Practitioner Level, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Ms. Somruetai Kantiwong,Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Center for International Cooperation, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health 
  • • Ms. Sasipim Arampibulkit,Director, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Srisajja Neumsuwan,Director, International Cooperation Group, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Woranut On-ubol,Foreign Relations Officer, Professional Level, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Aungkana Inuooy,Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Kamonchanok Saelao,Social Development Worker, Senior Professional Level, Strategy and Plan Division, Department of Children and Youth, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Nantanoot Suwannawut,Social Development Worker, Professional Level, Strategies and Plans Division, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Prim Keawpradub,Foreign Relations Officer, Strategies and Plans Division, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Chayaporn Thatakian,Social Development Worker, Professional Level, Strategy and Plan Division, Department of Older Persons, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Mr. Jirasin Thongma,Foreign Relations Officer, Strategy and Planning Division, Department of Social Development and Welfare, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Mr. Apirak Fakin,Foreign Relations Officer, Strategy and Planning Division, Department of Social Development and Welfare, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Sonthariya Netirungsiwatchara, Social Development Worker, Senior Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Department of Women's Affairs and Family Development, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Ms. Chantima Thawornnan,General Administration Officer, Department of Technical and Housing Innovation Development, National Housing Authority, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 
  • • Mr. Prapatpaow Awakul,Director,International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Ms. Dusadee Pratipsindhu,Chief, International Organizations and United Nations Sub-division, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Mr. Satsavas Sukyu,Transport Technical Officer, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Mr. Monchai Chumintarajak,Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Ms. Autcharapun Kanya,Civil Engineer, Practitioner Level, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Ms. Orawan Liengsukson,Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Bureau of International Highways Cooperation, Department of Highways, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Ms. Natnaree Sutheesophon,Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Bureau of International Highways Cooperation, Department of Highways, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Ms. Sasivara Laohasurayodhin,Acting Transport Technical Officer, Senior Professional Level, Department of Land Transport, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Ms. Papassara Taksadipong,Transport Technical Officer, Practitioner Level, Department of Land Transport, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Mr. Ruengdej Mangkorndejsakul,Director, Strategic and Planning Division, Department of Rail Transport, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Ms. Maturin Chuaphoodee Transport Technical Officer, Strategic and Planning Division, Department of Rail Transport, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Mr. Chittanupong Chaisukniphat,Civil Engineer, Senior Professional Level, Department of Rural Roads, Ministry of Transport  
  • • Ms. Tanyaluk Ruangket,Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Department of Rural Roads, Ministry of Transport 
  • • Ms. Ratsamee Duangkham,Plan and Policy Analyst, Department of Rural Roads, Ministry of Transport 
  • • Ms. Wibhawan Wisetkaew,Transport Technical Officer, Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Marine Department, Ministry of Transport 
  • • Mr. Natdanai Juangpanich,Transport Technical Officer, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Marine Department, Ministry of Transport 
  • • Mr. Chitkamon Pondate,Chief, Research Planning Development and Information Division, 
  • • Traffic Business Strategy Bureau, State Railway of Thailand, Ministry of Transport 
  • • Mr. Waranon Chana,Computer Officer, Senior Level, Project Supervisor Section, Information Strategy Division, Information Technology Department, State Railway of Thailand, Ministry of Transport 
  • • Ms. Pannarai Chingchitr,Director, International Affairs Office, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration 
  • • Mr. Jarupong Pengglieng,Director, Planning and City Capacity Development Division, International Affairs Office, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration 
  • • Ms. Sureerat Naruniranat,Chief, City Capacity Development Section, International Affairs Office, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration 
  • • Mr. Akkarapol Chatchavalvanich, Foreign Relations Officer, International Affairs Office, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
 

Timor-Leste

  •  H.E.Mr. Juvençio Martins, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste to ESCAP 
  •  Mr. Armindo Pedro Simões, Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP 
  •  Mr. Florencio Sanches, Excutive Director of SERVE.IP 
  •  Mr. Salvador da Costa Pereira, National Director for Ministry of Commerce and Industry 
  •  Ms. Merina Xareal, First Secretary 
  •  Mr. Duilio Marino Gusmão Araujo da Silva, Export Promotion Manager at the Tradelnvest 
  •  Mr. Silveiro Paulo da R. Freitas, Investment Promotion Manager of Industry Sector of the Tradelnvest 
  •  Ms. Gabriela Gusmão, Third Secretary 
Türkiye

 

  •  H.E. Mrs. Serap Ersoy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  •  Mr. Melihcan Ersen, Deputy Chief of the Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  •  Ms. Ayşe Mehlika Yıldız Ersen, Second Secretary and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP

 

Turkmenistan

 

  • • H.E. Mr. Yalakov Babanyyaz, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan 
  • • Mr. Charyyev Serdar, Deputy Head of the Department for Development and Finance of Economic Sectors of the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan 
  • • Representative from the State Committee for Water Management of Turkmenistan
  • • Mr. Svetlyakov Vladimir, Chief Specialist of the Mechanization of Energy and Communication, Division of the Commumication and Supervision, Department of the Turkmen Lake "Altyn asyr" of the "Garagumderyasuvhojalyk", Association of the State Committee for Water Management of Turkmenistan    

Uzbekistan

 

  •  • H.E. Mr. Pekos Oleg, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Digital Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan 
  • •  Mr. Vladimir Kravchenko, Director, Digital Economy Research Center, Ministry of Digital Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan 
  • •  Mr. Mirzokhid Khaydarov, Chief Specialist, International Relations Division, Ministry of Digital Technologies of Uzbekistan 
  • •  Mr. Fakhriddin Sultanov, Consul-General of Uzbekistan to the Kingdom of Thailand and the Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to ESCAP 
  • •  Mr. Phalakrit Karahong, Assistant to the Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to ESCAP 
 

Vanuatu

  • • Hon. Seremaia Matai NAWALU, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign    Affairs, International Cooperation & External Trade, Vanuatu 
  • • Hon. Bob LOUGHMAN, Minister of Tourism, Trade, Industry, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, Vanuatu 
  • • Mrs. Marian LOUGHMAN, Spouse of Minister of Tourism 
  • • Mr. Jackson LESSA, First Political Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation & External Trade 
  • • Mr. Kalfau George KALORIS, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation & External Trade 
  • • Mr. Jimmy RANTES, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business 
  • • Mr. Noel KALO, Director, Department of Industry, Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business 
  • • Mr. Benjamin NARAI, Special Advisor to the Minister Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business 
  • • Mr. Eddison TASO, Desk Officer, UN Specialized Agencies Department of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation & External Trade 
  • • Mr. Joseph GEORGE, Desk Officer, UN Entities & Bodies Department of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation & External Trade 
  • • Mr. Toara FRED, Security Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation & External Trade 

Associate members

 

Hong Kong, China

  • • Mr. LAM Chun Wah, Parson, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Bangkok 
  • • Ms. POON Yuen Chi, Teresa, Deputy Director Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Bangkok 
  • • Ms. Boonyawee Thitibordin, Associate, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Bangkok 
 

Macao, China

  • • Mr. TAI Kin Ip, Director of the Economic and Technological Development Bureau  
  • • Mr. CHEUNG Chon Kit, Senior Officer, Economic and Technological Development Bureau 

 

Permanent observers

 

Belarus

  • • H.E. Mr. Uladzimir Baravikou, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Observer to ESCAP 
Chile  

Chile

  • • H.E. Mr. Patricio Powell, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Observer to ESCAP
  • • Mr. David Hansen, Third Secretary and Alternate Permanent Observer 
 

Finland

  • • H.E.Mr. Jyri Järviaho, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Observer to the ESCAP
  • • Mr. Pekka Morén, SpeciaI Representative of Finance Ministry of Finland
  • • Mr. Miika Tomi, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland in Bangkok
  • • Ms. Roosa Korhonen, Junior Desk Officer, Political Affairs, Embassy of Finland in Bangkok 
 

Romania

  • • H.E. Mrs. Daniela-Brînduşa Băzăvan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Observer to ESCAP 
South Africa    

South Africa

  • • H.E. Mr. Darkey Ephraim Africa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Observer to ESCAP 

 

Intergovernmental Organizations

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • • Ms. Fatima Yasmin, Vice-President for Sectors and Themes of the Asian Development Bank  
  • • Ms. Prabhjot Rehan Khan, Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) 

 

Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 

  • • Mr. LIU Ziping, Deputy Secretary General 

 

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) 

  • • H.E. Mr. Indra Mani Pandey, Secretary-General 

 

Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)  

  • • H.E.Mr. Kairat Sarybay, Secretary-General   
  • • Mr. Arkadii Koshcheev, Senior officer of the Secretariat 
  • • Dr. Ugur Turan, Expert of the Secretariat, Environmental dimension 
  • • Ms. Gulnara Alimbayeva, Personal Assistant to the CICA Secretary-General 

 

Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) 

 

  • • Dr. Songyang Wu, Regional Expert
  • • Ms. Marivic Pulvera Uzarraga, Manager, Project Operation and Information

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)  

  • • Mr. Kashif Zaman, Deputy Secretary-General 

Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) 

  • • H.E. Mr. Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Chairman of the EEC Board 
  • • Mr. Kazbek Rymzhanov  
  • • Mr. Daniiar Turusbekov  
  • • Mr. Madi Burin  
  • • Mr. Aibar Bereketov  
  • • Mr. Bakai Makanbaev  
  • • Mr. Medet Akhmetov  
  • • Mr. Ulanbek Kudaiarov  
  • • Ms. Anastasiia Zobina 
  • • Mr. Slambekov Saken 

Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat  

  • • Mr. Seung Su LYU, Programme Advisor 

International Pepper Community (IPC) 

  • • Mrs. Firna Azura Ekaputri Hj. Marzuki, Executive Director 
  • • Mr. Galih Perwara, Information Officer 
  • • Mr. Budiman Munggaran, Statistical Officer 
  • • Mr. Yadi Suryadi, IT Officer 
  • • Ms. Pebria Shilvi, Finance and Administrative Officer

International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries (ITTLLDC) 

  • • Mr. Dulguun Damdin-Od, Executive Director 
  • • Ms. Enkhtuul Jantsankhorol, Administrative Officer  

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) 

  • • Mr. Henry Puna, Secretary-General  

Secretariat of the International Coconut Community (ICC) 

  • • Dr. Jelfina C. Alouw, Executive Director, ICC 
  • • Mr. Alit Pirmansah, Market & Statistics Officer, ICC 

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) 

  • • Mr. Shuhrat Sobirzoda, Deputy Secretary-General 
  • • Saida Iskandarova, Expert from Economic Department

Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) 

  • • H.E. Mr. Lee Hee-sup, Secretary-General 
  • • Ms. Kang Prum, Programme Officer, Department of Economic Affairs 

UN Specialized Agencies and Bodies

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • • Mr. Robert Simpson, Special Adviser to the Assistant Director-General and   Officer-in-Charge for Regional Programme Leader  
  • • Mr. Aziz Elbehri, Senior Policy Officer  
  • • Ms. Eva Galvez Nogales, Agricultural Officer

International Labour Organization (ILO) 

  • • Ms. Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific 
  • • Mr. Ken Chamuva Shawa, Senior Economist and Head of Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit 
  • • Mr. Stefan Kühn, Labour Economist, Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit 

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 

  • • Ms. Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 

  • • Ms. Ko Barret, Deputy Secretary-General 
  • • Mr. Ben Churchill, Director, Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific 
  • • Mr. Jun Yu, Regional Officer, Regional Office for Asia and the South-West Pacific 

Funds and Programmes

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • • Ms. Marlene Nilsson, Regional Director, a.i. 
  • • Mr. Jonathan Gilman, Regional Development Coordinator 
  • • Mr. Subrata Sinha, Regional Environmental Affairs Officer 

Related Organizations 

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 

  • • Mr. Liu Hua, Deputy Director, General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation  
  • • Mr. Gashaw Gebeyehu Wolde, Head of the Asia and the Pacific Section in the Department of Technical Cooperation 

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  

  • • Ms. Julie Amoroso-Garbin, Regional Lead, Regional Collaboration Centre for Asia and the Pacific 

Non-Governmental Organizations 

Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)  

  • • Mr. Cyril  Ritchie, First Vice President of CoNGO (2018-2025) 
  • • Ms. Sheila Bordier, Senior Associate of CoNGO 

Global Peace Foundation 

  • • Mr. Leonardo T. Faustino, Executive Director 
  • • Kier S. Aventurado 
  • • Mr. Robert T. Capiral, Programme Coordinator 

International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) 

  • • Dr. Sebastian Cordoba IFSW-Asia Pacific Main Representative to the UN
  • • Dr. Wilaiporn Kotbungkair, IFSW-Asia Pacific Representative to the UN 

Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA)

  • • Ms. Mondhiya Bhangsbha, President 
  • • Dr. Chaiskran Hiranpruk 
  • • Miss Sawitta Wichitrakorn 
  • • Ms. Prapa Kijjana, Executive Secretary

Soroptimist International 

  • • Ms. Theresa Devasahayam, Representative 

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) 

  • • Mr. Kenddrick Yonghao Chan, Senior Policy Analyst 
  • • Ms.Tay Pei Chin, Senior Policy Advisor 
  • • Ms. Maria Teo Bee See, Community Manager 

Vier Pfoten International/FOUR PAWS International 

  • • Dr. Jackson Tzu-ie Zee, Director Global Affairs & Disaster Resilience  
  • • Mr. Benjamin Strohmann, SEA Development and Operations Manager  
  • • Mr. Somsak Soonthornnawaphat, Government Liaison Officer  
  • • Ms. Ngoc Anh Nguyen, Asia for Animals (AfA) Coalition - Policy Lead Coordinator 

Other Entities 

Eurasian Development Bank 

  • • Mr. Nikolai Podguzov, Chairman of the Management Board 
  • • Mr. Denis Ilin, Senior Managing Director
  • • Mr. Alexander Vasilchenko, Managing Director, Head of the Chairman's Office 
  • • Ms. Lilia Khusnutdinova, Managing Director, Head of Department of International Cooperation 

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) 

  • • Ms. Kathryn Clarkson, Head of IFRC Country Cluster Delegation for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and Permanent Observer of IFRC to UNESCAP 
  • • Ms. Cindy Le Ky Huong, Coordinator, Corporate Services and Partnerships, Country Cluster Delegation for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam 
  • • Ms. Sacha Magaloff, Senior Assistant, Disaster Law and Humanitarian Diplomacy, Country Cluster Delegation for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
  • • Ms. Olga Dzhumaeva, Head of Country Cluster Delegation for East Asia International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies   

Private Sector Representatives members of the ESCAP Sustainable Business Council 

  • • Mr. Agus (Yono) Reksoprodjo, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Sintesa Group 
  • • Mr. Anthony M. Watanabe, Chief of Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures PCL 
  • • Mr. Arief Ekaadiputra Novrianto, Chief Executive Officer,Guava Amenities Pte Ltd 
  • • Ms. Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer of City Development Limited 
  • • Mr. Piyachart Isarabhakdee, Chief Executive Officer, BRANDI and Companies 
  • • Ms. Sasarin Borwornchokchai, Chief Consulting Officer, BRANDI and Companies 

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

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

Theme  

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

Dates  

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

Venue

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

Criteria for submitting proposals  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Link to submit proposals

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

Responsibility of organizers

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

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

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

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

Questions

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

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

PART I: Guide to participation 

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

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

Letter of credentials and online registration 

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

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

Office of the Executive Secretary of ESCAP 

Executive Office Suite, United Nations Conference Centre 

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

Rajdamnern Nok Avenue 

Bangkok 10200, Thailand 

 

 

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

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

Country interventions 

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

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

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

Documents and interpretation 

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

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

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

 

Paperless meetings 

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

Decisions and resolutions 

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

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

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

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

Liaison officers  

The liaison officers are secretariat staff members who shall be assisting members and associate members of the Commission in addition to their regular duties in the substantive servicing of the Commission session. Delegations may contact the liaison officers should they need assistance. The staff members whose names appear in the list of liaison officers shall serve as liaison officers to members and associate members of the Commission.

PART II: Side events and Digital Innovations Fair 

Side events 

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

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

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

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

Digital Innovations Fair 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Please make your pledge by filling out the pledging form

 

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

 

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

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting: 

 

Ms. Zeynep Orhun Girard 

Chief, Capacity Development and Partnerships Section 

Strategy and Programme Management Division 

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 

Office: +66 22 88 1672 

E-mail: [email protected] 

 

PART IV: Visa exemption request 

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

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

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

PART V: Protocol arrangement 

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

  1. Airport transfer on arrival and departure 

 

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

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

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

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

Part VI: Detailed guide to participation by agenda item 

Agenda item 1: Opening of the session 

Supporting documents: 

  1. Provisional agenda (ESCAP/80/1) 

  1. Annotated provisional agenda (ESCAP/80/1/Add.1) 

 

Agenda item 1 of the provisional agenda includes (a) opening addresses; (b) election of officers; and (c) adoption of the agenda. 

Scheduled to begin at 09:00 hours on Monday, 22 April 2024, the session will be opened by the Chair of the seventy-ninth session of the Commission, who will also deliver a statement in that capacity, highlighting key work of ESCAP since the Commission last met in May 2023. 

The Chair will also preside over the election of officers of the eightieth session. In line with its rules of procedure and usual practice, the Commission will elect, from among its members, a Chair and two Vice-Chairs of the session. 

If the plenary so decides, the rule may be applied differently to enable the Commission to elect more than two Vice-Chairs, as has been the practice at previous sessions, in which case the Commission may elect a bureau of officers composed of a Chair and several Vice-Chairs. 

Following the election of officers, the Chair of the eightieth session will present the provisional agenda of the session before the Commission for adoption. 

After the agenda is adopted, the Chair will invite the Executive Secretary to deliver her welcome and policy address. Other high-level dignitaries may also be invited to address the Commission. 

The Chair will then invite special remarks by Heads of State/Government of ESCAP member States on the theme of the session. These special remarks will set the scene for the deliberations of the session and provide a vision from the region on how digital innovation can more inclusively contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals across multiple disciplines while identifying opportunities to fully unleash their  potential and discuss pathways to strengthen their contribution to sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. 

All deliberations will be webcast live and statements delivered will be made available on the Commission website for download. 

Agenda item 2: Theme topic, “Leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific” 

(a)       General debate; 

(b)       Subregional perspectives 

Supporting documents: 

  1. Summary of the theme study on leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/80/2) 

  1. Subregional perspectives on leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development (ESCAP/80/3) 

Agenda item 2 will start from 11:00 to 12:00 hours on Monday, 22 April 2024 and will continue until 12:00 hours on Wednesday, 24 April 2024. Three high-level thematic roundtables will discuss some of the key issues pertinent to the theme of the session, the secretariat will present the findings of the theme study and countries and observer organizations invited to the session will be able to deliver statements during the general debate.  

The first high-level thematic roundtable on” Socio-economic outlook, emerging challenges and solutions” will take place on Monday, 22 April 2024 from 11:00-12:00 hours. The aim of this roundtable is to discuss the socio-economic outlook in Asia and the Pacific and potential policy solutions to address the multifaceted development challenges faced by the region. This roundtable will also shed light on policy actions to mitigate the impact of higher cost of living on poor and vulnerable populations, mobilize domestic financial resources for the Sustainable Development Goals, and realize economic development that goes beyond gross domestic product growth. Guest keynote speakers will be invited to provide brief remarks on specific dimensions of the theme topic for the session. 

Under the agenda item 2 (a), starting from 14:30 to 17:30 hours on Monday, 22 April 2024, the secretariat will present key findings and recommendations of the study on the theme topic of the session, followed by the general debate or “country statements” on the theme topic.  

With regards to the general debate on the theme topic, Ministers and Heads of Delegations may wish to focus their country statements on the recommendations of the theme study which describes how Governments can encourage and support the development, replication and scale up of digital innovation. First, the theme study describes a framework that sets out the synergistic linkages between digital innovations and sustainable development. Second, it identifies five enabling actions while advocating for strengthened stakeholder engagement and durable partnerships. Third, the study recommends that existing regional cooperation mechanisms be leveraged to implement three pathways that consolidate digital innovation’s contribution to accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Country statements may focus on sharing experiences and initiatives on how digital technologies can be enabled and leveraged to improve the environment and people’s lives. Country statements may also draw attention on how enhanced regional cooperation can foster and accelerate digital innovation’s contribution to sustainable development. 

In view of time constraints, country statements may need to be summarized and focused on the theme topic, as the delivery time will be limited to five (5) minutes. Prepared texts of longer statements may be circulated and will be posted to the Commission website unless requested otherwise. 

Delegations wishing to deliver country statements under agenda item 2(a) are requested to inscribe on the speakers list by Friday, 12 April 2024, using the speaker request form.  

Delegations are also encouraged to provide statements to the secretariat at <[email protected]> prior to delivery in electronic format, if possible. Statements will be used to facilitate interpretation and drafting of the report of the Commission. Statements will be posted to the Commission website after delivery unless requested otherwise. 

The second high-level thematic roundtable on ”Digital innovations for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” will take place from 09:00 to 10:00 hours, followed by the general debate from 10:00 to 12:00 hours on Tuesday, 23 April 2024. 

The roundtable will highlight successful examples and identify the opportunities for countries in the region to leverage digital innovations for accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will provide policy recommendations to the Commission to further strengthen regional cooperation to scale and increase the impacts of digital innovations for the benefit of all countries and citizens in the region. Guest keynote speakers will be invited to provide brief remarks on specific dimensions of the theme topic for the session. 

The Chair will then open the floor to delegations for country statements. 

The third high-level thematic roundtable entitled “Digital Inclusion” will take place from 14:30 to 15:30 hours on Tuesday, 23 April 2024. 

This roundtable will highlight promising approaches and initiatives for digital inclusion from the Asia-Pacific region and will discuss forward-looking policy recommendations. Governments and other stakeholders will develop a more comprehensive understanding of the challenges related to inclusive digital transformation and will gain insights on strengthening the development of national digitalization strategies. Guest keynote speakers will be invited to provide brief remarks on specific dimensions of the theme topic for the session. 

The Chair will then open the floor to delegations for country statements. 

The consideration of agenda item 2 (b) of the provisional agenda will start in the morning of Wednesday, 24 April 2024 and will feature a dialogue with subregional organizations. The secretariat will introduce the agenda item, reflecting on the role of subregional cooperation in strengthening region-wide cooperative action on leveraging digital innovation for the accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The introduction will be followed by a dialogue with the Heads of subregional organizations from across the Asia-Pacific region focusing on the opportunities for leveraging digital innovations for sustainable development in each subregion. In addition, it will highlight key areas of cooperation between subregional organizations and ESCAP. It will also allow heads of subregional organizations to identify areas of cooperation among subregions and to discuss a key priorities. 

The Chair will then open the floor to delegations for brief country interventions (three minutes maximum). 

Under agenda item 9, the Commission is expected to adopt a resolution on the theme topic of the session and adopt decisions to: 

Take note of the following documents: 

(a) Summary of the theme study on leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/80/2) 

(b) Subregional perspectives on leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development (ESCAP/80/3) 

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

Supporting document: 

Summary of the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2024: Leveraging Digitalization for Productivity and Decent Employment (ESCAP/80/4) 

Under agenda item 3, the Special Body will consider the transformative role that digitalization and automation can play in advancing the productive capacities of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.  

The secretariat will present the findings and recommendations of the summary of the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2024: Leveraging digitalization for productivity and decent employment. The report explores the potential of digitalization to boost service sector productivity and the prospect for industrialization of services. It also draws attention to potential pitfalls and risks associated with these technologies and will explore the potential of digitalization to boost service sector productivity and the prospect for industrialization of services. 

The consideration of the agenda item will include opening remarks from a high-level representative of a least developed country, a landlocked developing country and a small island developing State in Asia and the Pacific. 

The Chair will then open the floor for brief country interventions (three minutes maximum).  

Delegations wishing to deliver country interventions under agenda item 3 are requested to inscribe on the speakers list by Friday, 12 April 2024, using the speaker request form

Under agenda item 9, it is anticipated the Commission will adopt decisions to: 

Take note of the following document: 

Summary of the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2024: Leveraging Digitalization for Productivity and Decent Employment (ESCAP/80/4) 

 

Agenda item 4: Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific and issues pertinent to the subsidiary structure of the Commission: 

Supporting documents: 

  1. Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia at its eighteenth session (ESCAP/80/5) 

  1. Report on the Eleventh Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (ESCAP/RFSD/2024/6) 

  1. Summary of round-table discussions (ESCAP/RFSD/2024/6/Add.1) 

  1. Report on the Seventh Asian and Pacific Population Conference (ESCAP/APPC (7)/4) 

  1. Report on the ad hoc session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023–2032 (ESCAP/80/6) 

  1. Composition of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023-2032 (ESCAP/80/6/Add.1) 

  1. Key social development issues for consideration in 2024 (ESCAP/80/7) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization on its nineteenth session (ESCAP/80/8) 

  1. Crises-resilient cities for a sustainable Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP/80/9) 

  1. Report of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction on its eighth session (ESCAP/CDR (8)/6) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management on its eighth session (ESCAP/80/10) 

  1. Scaling up the use of early warnings for preventive actions through the implementation of a regional strategy (ESCAP/80/11) 

  1. Report of the Third Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (ESCAP/APEF(3)/6) 

  1. Ministerial Declaration on Building a Secure, Sustainable and Interconnected Energy Future for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/APEF(3)/6/Add.1) 

  1. Employing digitally driven innovation in the energy sector to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (ESCAP/80/12) 

  1. Transitioning to the digitalization of transport for a sustainable future in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/80/13)  

  1. Report of the Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development on its fourth session (ESCAP/CMPF (4)/6) 

  1. Macroeconomic outlook, challenges and policies for the Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP/80/14) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology on its nineteenth session (ESCAP/80/15) 

  1. Enabling inclusive and sustainable development through digital trade, investment, innovation and the use of technology (ESCAP/80/16) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development on its eighteenth session (ESCAP/80/17) 

  1. Leveraging digital technologies to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (ESCAP/80/18) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific on its nineteenth session (ESCAP/80/19) 

  1. Towards the realization of the regional vision for inclusive civil registration and vital statistics systems (ESCAP/80/20) 

  1. Annual reports of international and intergovernmental organizations provided to the Commission (ESCAP/80/INF/1) 

Consideration of agenda item 4, taking place on Thursday, 25 April 2024, will start with an overarching presentation by the secretariat on the progress of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. 

The Commission will then consider each sub-item in order. The Chairs of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission that have met in between sessions will present the outcomes of these meetings, highlight actions requested of the Commission as well as key discussions at the subsidiary body under the relevant sub-item.  

In their statements, member States may address the points for action in the reports of the subsidiary bodies and in the notes by the secretariat on the specific subitems, as well as provide further guidance. 

Discussions under this agenda item will be webcast live. 

Under agenda item 9, it is anticipated the Commission will endorse through a resolution the following document: 

  1. Ministerial Declaration on Building a Secure, Sustainable and Interconnected Energy Future for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/APEF(3)/6/Add.1) 

Moreover, the Commission is expected to adopt decisions to: 

Endorse the following documents: 

  1. Report on the Eleventh Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (ESCAP/RFSD/2024/6)  

  1. Report on the Seventh Asian and Pacific Population Conference (ESCAP/APPC (7)/4)  

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization on its nineteenth session (ESCAP/80/8) 

  1. Report of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction on its eighth session (ESCAP/CDR (8)/6) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management on its eighth session (ESCAP/80/10) 

  1. Report of the Third Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (ESCAP/APEF(3)/6) 

  1. Report of the Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development on its fourth session (ESCAP/CMPF (4)/6) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology on its nineteenth session (ESCAP/80/15) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development on its eighteenth session (ESCAP/80/17) 

  1. Report of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific on its nineteenth session (ESCAP/80/19) 

Take note of the following documents: 

  1. Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia at its eighteenth session (ESCAP/80/5) 

  1. Summary of round-table discussions (ESCAP/RFSD/2024/6/Add.1) 

  1. Key social development issues for consideration in 2024 (ESCAP/80/7) 

  1. Crisis-resilient cities for a sustainable Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP/80/9) 

  1. Scaling up the use of early warnings for preventive actions through the implementation of a regional strategy (ESCAP/80/11) 

  1. Employing digitally driven innovation in the energy sector to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (ESCAP/80/12) 

  1. Transitioning to the digitalization of transport for a sustainable future in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/80/13) 

  1. Macroeconomic outlook, challenges and policies for the Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP/80/14) 

  1. Enabling inclusive and sustainable development through digital trade, investment, innovation and the use of technology (ESCAP/80/16) 

  1. Leveraging digital technologies to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (ESCAP/80/18) 

  1. Towards the realization of the regional vision for inclusive civil registration and vital statistics systems (ESCAP/80/20) 

  1. Annual reports of international and intergovernmental organizations provided to the Commission (ESCAP/80/INF/1) 

Additionally, the Commission is expected to adopt a decision to: 

(a) Take note of the report on the ad hoc session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities held on 8 and 9 November 2023 (ESCAP/80/6) and endorse the composition of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023–2032, for the period 2024–2032 (ESCAP/80/6/Add.1) 

 

Agenda item 5: Management issues 

Supporting documents: 

  1. Proposed programme plan for 2025 (ESCAP/80/21) 

  1.  Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development (ESCAP/80/22) 

  1.  Evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2022–2023 (ESCAP/80/23) 

  1. Evaluation of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (ESCAP/80/24) 

  1. Evaluation of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (ESCAP/80/INF/2) 

Agenda item 5 of the provisional agenda, which will be held on Friday, 26 April 2024, will review the work programme of ESCAP and begin with a presentation by the secretariat, followed by consideration by the Commission subitem-by-subitem. The Chair will open the floor for brief country interventions for each subitem. 

Under agenda item 5 (a), the Commission will review the proposed programme plan for 2025. 

Under agenda item 5 (b), members and associate members will have the opportunity to announce their intended contributions for 2024. Delegations intending to pledge contributions are requested to complete and submit the pledging form available on the Commission website. 

Under agenda item 5 (c) Evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2022–2023, the Commission will review a summary of the main findings and recommendations contained in evaluations conducted during the biennium 2022-2023 and the steps taken by the secretariat to address those recommendations. 

Under agenda item 5 (d) Evaluation of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology, the Commission will review the key findings and recommendations of this evaluation, and the secretariat’s response thereto, contained in document ESCAP/80/24. 

Under agenda item 9, it is anticipated the Commission will adopt decisions to: 

(a)        Endorse the proposed programme plan for 2025 (ESCAP/80/21); 

(b)       Take note of the note by the secretariat on the overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development (ESCAP/80/22) and thank members and associate members for their pledges for 2024; 

(c)     Take note of the note by the secretariat on the evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2022–2023 (ESCAP/80/23); 

(d)       Endorse the recommendations contained in the evaluation of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (ESCAP/80/24); 

(e)        Take note of the report on the evaluation of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (ESCAP/80/INF/2). 

 

Agenda item 6: Activities of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission 

Supporting document: 

Report of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission (ESCAP/80/25) 

Agenda item 6 of the provisional agenda will review the intersessional activities of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission as presented by the Rapporteur of the Advisory Committee. After the presentation, the floor will be opened for country interventions. 

Under agenda item 9, it is anticipated that the Commission will adopt a decision taking note of the report of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission. 

Agenda item 7: Dates and venue of and theme topic for the eighty-first session of the Commission (2025) 

Supporting document: 

Dates and venue of and theme topic for the eighty-first session of the Commission (2025) (ESCAP/80/26) 

Under agenda item 7 of the provisional agenda, the Commission will decide on the dates and venue of the eighty-first session of the Commission, to be held in 2025, as well as the theme topic to be considered by the Commission at that session. 

Following the presentation of the agenda item by the secretariat, the floor will be opened for country interventions. 

Under agenda item 9, it is anticipated the Commission will adopt a decision fixing the dates of its eighty-first session to be held in 2025. Through the same decision the Commission will determine the theme for its eighty-first session. 

Agenda item 8: Other matters 

Agenda item 8 of the provisional agenda provides the opportunity for members and associate members to raise other matters not covered under the items above. Discussions on this agenda item will be webcast live. 

Agenda item 9: Adoption of the report of the Commission on its eightieth session 

Supporting documents: 

    1.     Draft report to be adopted by the Commission: Organization of the eightieth session of the Commission (ESCAP/80/L.1) 

    2.     Draft report to be adopted by the Commission: Statement of programme budget implication of actions and proposals of the Commission (ESCAP/80/L.1/Add.1) 

    3.      Draft resolutions to be adopted by the Commission 

    4.      Draft decisions to be adopted by the Commission 

Under agenda item 9, the Commission will consider for adoption the report of its eightieth session. 

Pursuant to paragraph 7 of the annex of Commission resolution 78/2 of 27 May 2022 on “A conference structure of the Commission to advance sustainable development”, the report of the Commission will be composed of its decisions and resolutions. 

The draft record of proceedings of the Commission session, prepared by the secretariat, will be circulated among members and associate members for comments within fifteen days of the conclusion of the session. 

Following the adoption of the report, the Executive Secretary will deliver a closing statement. The Chair may also deliver a closing statement before formally closing the session. 

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