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Virtual launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022

Submitted by NABARQUE on Mon, 28/03/2022 - 14:41
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The 2022 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific Survey was launched last Tuesday, 12 April 2022, from 14:00 to 15:00 (Bangkok time). Published annually since 1947, the Survey provides analyses to guide policy discussion on the current and emerging socio-economic issues and policy challenges to support sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

The event was opened to media, policymakers, civil society, academics, researchers, and all other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region as well as outside of the region. 

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About the report

The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific Survey 2022 discusses at length how the rapid development of Asia-Pacific economies over the past few decades has lifted millions out of poverty but the high economic growth has masked key social issues, particularly inequality, and the global financial crisis and COVID-19 pandemic have forced such issues into the mainstream.

This 75th issue of the Survey released during the auspicious occasion of ESCAP's 75th anniversary, suggests Asia-Pacific economies must prioritise inclusive growth – whereby citizens of all socio-economic groups are able to improve their livelihoods, incomes, health and education levels. An important opportunity to shift the paradigm that was missed in 2009, so it is vital that Asia-Pacific economies make full use of this post-COVID-19 rebuilding process.

 

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Mr. Mitch Hsieh, Chief, Communications and Knowledge Management Section

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

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Can Asia-Pacific region be the cradle of inclusive structural transformation?   

Professor Lant Pritchett, Research Director at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Fellow at the London School of Economics

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Ms. Sweta C. Saxena, Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

Mr. Hamza Ali Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division

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Moderated by Mr. Mitch Hsieh, Chief, Communications and Knowledge Management Section

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online registration

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

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

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Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
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Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
E-mail address: [email protected]

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
  3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
    1. all expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
    2. salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
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    5. any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
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Side Event with APDIM: Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment in Asia and the Pacific: Potential for Concerted Action at Regional Level to Reduce Risk and Strengthen Resilience

Submitted by ABAHRAMI1 on Mon, 16/08/2021 - 17:12
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Sand and dust storms have a large-scale impact and affect a range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to human health, productivity, agriculture, and infrastructure (transport). The findings of the Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment in Asia and the Pacific of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) indicate that a high number of people living in South, South-West and Central Asia are exposed from medium to high level of dust which can have short and long-term negative impact on human health. Sand and dust storms also have wide-ranging negative impact on various socio-economic sectors including agriculture, aviation, and energy.

The deposition of dust on glaciers induces a warming effect, increasing the melting rate of ice. Along with the effects of climate change, dust deposition is a vital component of change to these essential sources of water, with direct and indirect impact on society through numerous issues, including food security, energy production, agriculture, water stress and flood regimes.

Reducing the harmful impact of sand and dust storms as part of disaster risk reduction and resilience-building efforts are interrelated and can help advance the progress being made for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.  Given the frequent transboundary impact of sand and dust storms, there is a strong case for the design and implementation of well-coordinated actions at the national, regional, and interregional levels.

The urgency and importance to build regional cooperation to combat slow-onset disasters is clear in a number of the United Nations General Assembly and ESCAP resolutions adopted in recent years. Some of these resolutions requested the ESCAP Secretariat to support and facilitate disaster risk assessment to strengthen regional cooperation mechanisms as well as to combat the negative impact of sand and dust storms.  

In this context and as a member of the United Nations Coalition on Combating Sand and Dust Storms, APDIM is organizing a side-event during the seventh session of the ESCAP Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction to launch the Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment in Asia and the Pacific and discuss how coordinated regional action on sand and dust storms can contribute to combating the negative impact of this transboundary challenge.

Objectives

APDIM side event at the seventh session of the ESCAP Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction will launch the Report on the Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment in Asia and the Pacific and will focus on its outcomes and recommendations to strengthen partnership and promote cooperation and coordination in the region. The side event seeks for a deeper understanding of the socio-economic impact of sand and dust storms; coordinated monitoring and early warning systems, particularly impact-based forecasting; and coordinated actions in most at-risk and exposed geographical areas to mitigate the risks. The side event will bring together senior officials from Member States, international and intergovernmental organizations, and experts.

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- Opening Keynotes

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Ms. Letizia Rossano, Director, Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM)

- Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment in Asia and the Pacific

  • Mr. Amin Shamseddini, Programme Officer, APDIM
  • Mr. Yoshiya Touge, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tohoku University
  • Mr. Alexander Baklanov, Science Officer, Science and Innovation Department, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

- Panel Discussion 

  • Mr. John Leys, Honorary Associate Professor, The Australian National University, Visiting Scientist CSIRO, Honorary Scientific Research Fellow, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Mr. Ali Mohammad Tahmasebi Birgani, Chair of National Committee to Combat Sand and Dust Storms, Department of Environment, Islamic Republic of Iran

- Open Discussion/Question and Answer

- Wrap-up and closing of the event by APDIM Director

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

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

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

Online registration

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

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

Communications

Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
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ESCAP, United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200
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Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
E-mail address: [email protected]

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
  3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
    1. all expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
    2. salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
    3. cost incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
    4. compensation in the event of death or disability of participants in connection with attending the meeting;
    5. any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
    6. any other expenses of a personal nature, not directly related to the purpose of the meeting.
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Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series: Statistics that Leave No One Behind: Inclusive Data Charter

Submitted by KBOONPRI on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 10:02
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This Stats Café brought together experts from the Inclusive Data Charter network, including international and regional organizations and national governments, to discuss experiences in producing and using inclusive and disaggregated statistics to progress the Leave No One Behind commitment.

In order to live up to the promise inherent within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to “Leave No One Behind,” we need timely, comprehensive, and disaggregated data to better understand the situation of the poorest and most marginalized. In the Asia-Pacific region, COVID-19 has further heightened the need for accurate data on marginalized communities as the pandemic has exacerbated socio-economic inequities and disrupted data collection efforts.

While there have been some advances in methodologies on data disaggregation since the launch of the SDGs in 2015, critical challenges remain, including the lack of political will and prioritization of inclusive data, limited coordination and cooperation between data producers -especially around the utilization of existing data, and the complexities of collecting data on hard-to-reach populations.

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

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

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

Credentials

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

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

Registration and identification badges

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

Online registration

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

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

Communications

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

Meeting documents

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
  3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
    1. all expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
    2. salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
    3. cost incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
    4. compensation in the event of death or disability of participants in connection with attending the meeting;
    5. any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
    6. any other expenses of a personal nature, not directly related to the purpose of the meeting.
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The Asia-Pacific Stats Café on "Statistics that Leave No One Behind: Inclusive Data Charter" was held on Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 13:00-14:00 p.m. (GMT+7).

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Gemma Van Halderen
Gemma Van Halderen
Chief Data Officer, Data and Evaluation Group, Australian Government Department of Social Services
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Ms Gemma Van Halderen has over thirty years of experience in government statistics and more recently, as Chief Data Officer in the Australian Government Department of Social Services. From 2018-2021, she was Director of the UN ESCAP Statistics Division and worked extensively with governments, multilateral agencies and the statistical community to support developing nations across Asia and the Pacific meet their data obligations under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Van Halderen has been a member of the statistical profession since her undergraduate days, filling executive committee roles with her local branch of the Australian Statistical Society before expanding to the International Association for Official Statistics and becoming an elected member of the International Statistics Institute.  She was the focal point for the Association’s Young Statistician Prize from 2014-2023, and participated in World Statistics Congresses in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brazil, Turkey and Australia.

Ms. Van Halderen holds an Honour’s degree in mathematical statistics from the Australian National University.

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Kate Richards
Kate Richards
Outreach Manager –Inclusive Data Charter Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
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Sara Valero
Sara Duerto Valero
Regional Advisor on Gender Statistics, UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
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Sara Duerto Valero is the Regional Advisor on Gender Statistics in UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, where she manages the Flagship Programme Initiative “Making Every Woman and Girl Count.” Besides planning and implementing interventions to support the quality, availability and use of gender statistics across Asia and the Pacific, she provides technical advice and prepares analytical materials on gender statistics. Before joining the regional office, she worked as a statistics specialist in UN Women’s Headquarters. Previously, Sara was a statistician at the Statistics Division of the United Nations Secretariat (UNSD), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP-SD), and UNESCO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and a graduate degree on Business from the Universidad de Zaragoza.

Renice Akinyi Bunde
Renice Akinyi Bunde
Statistician, Governance, Peace and Security Statistics, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
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Petra Nahmias
Petra Nahmias
Chief, Population and Social Statistics Section, Statistics Division, ESCAP
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Petra Nahmias is Chief of the Population and Social Statistics Section at UNESCAP, having recently taken up this role. She previously led the statistics team at UNHCR, working on a wide variety of statistical and demographic issues related to forced displacement and statelessness. A sociologist-demographer by training, she has further experience in both the international and national statistical systems including the United Nations Population Division, the UK Department for International Development and the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
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As the world is still gearing up to welcome 2024, let us find a moment to reflect on some of the key trends of the past year and pursue now to embrace the path towards hope and promise for everyone, everywhere.

Deepening global inequalities are having enormous socio-economic implications across countries. Increasing income and social disparities are spreading around regions. Growing intensities of climate induced natural disasters, the uneven speed of post-pandemic recoveries, and cost-of-living crises from conflicts and geopolitical tensions are exacerbating inequalities and poverty traps globally.

The changing distribution of economic benefits vis-à-vis the rising prices of food and fuel are causing social unrest and protests. Citizens are voicing their frustration not only in the streets of capitals but through exponential engagement on social media platforms.

With the intensification of various external shocks, and the lack of economic opportunities for accelerating growth and productivity surges, multidimensional poverty indices are on rise. The inequality-poverty nexus is contributing to a new form of uncertainty for disadvantaged households.

Intensifying course of climate change

Intensifying hazards caused by climate change, such as floods, tropical cyclones, heatwaves, droughts and earthquakes, have impacted agricultural outputs and industrial sectors, especially through decreasing productivity growth and falling real wages. The widening gap between rich and poor in rural and urban areas has also been linked to extreme weather events due to the increasing frequency of natural disasters. These inequalities are further aggravating extreme poverty, creating the vicious nexus of climate-disaster-inequalities among vulnerable groups.

Evidence from around the world indicates that climate change is likely to impact more severely on vulnerable groups and coastal communities, because they are more exposed to the uncertainties of weather patterns. Lack of adaptive capacity are often constraining the ability of these communities to build resilience and cope with the severity of these environmental shocks. Widespread incidence of climate migration from low- to high-latitude areas and social mobility are increasingly impacting the social fabric of small island developing States and other developing economies. With the exodus of young and skilled labour force, transfers of income and the wealth gap will further worsen inequalities in communities, raising concerns of greater socio-economic uncertainties.

From Fiji to Ethiopia, Bangladesh to Brazil, the exacerbation of inequalities due to climate change has been impacting socio-economic prosperity. Growth uncertainties are causing extreme poverty to increase, while causing hardship and hunger for households in rural areas.

Varying scales of COVID-19 pandemic

Socio-economic polarization has been on the rise since the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to differentiated impacts of national lockdowns, pandemic restrictions and vaccination measures have had adverse impacts on the existing inequalities and multidimensional poverty indices. As economic development stagnation persists, rural areas have seen rising impacts of extreme poverty and income divergence across households, leading to new episodes of income divergence within countries.

The post-COVID 19 recoveries are uneven. Rising levels of unemployment and stagnating real wages remain major indicators of corresponding economic growth deceleration. The differentiated policy measures to stabilize labour market distortions, social protection systems and sectoral productivity surges have not always achieved the desired outcomes in developing countries. According to the labour force surveys in various countries, the majority of workers have been engaged in less paid work due to lack of dynamism in the labour market. Evidence suggests that the changes in work style and availability of types of jobs as well as their skills and profiles aggravate the income disparity within urban centres.

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CS99The ninty-ninth session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held from 15 to 19 May 2043 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Mars.

Guided by the theme “Accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development”, the annual session will be an opportunity to strengthen regional cooperation on climate change.

The session will bring together Government leaders from across Asia and the Pacific and other key stakeholders to discuss policy options and areas of regional cooperation required to accelerate climate action in the region and beyond. With dedicated discussions on catalysing climate finance and investments, complemented by a climate solutions fair, the session will allow identifying opportunities, sharing solutions and facilitate engagement of a broad set of partners and stakeholders, to both reduce the risks and impacts of climate change and foster ambitious climate action in Asia and the Pacific towards net-zero pathways and limit global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

 

The cover for Theme study 2023The theme study sets out the transformations that are needed for Asia and the Pacific to transition to a net-zero-carbon future in support of sustainable development. It provides an outline of the regional context of climate change and identifies policies and actions that could be taken in various sectors of the economy to support the global climate agenda, while also making broad economic, social and environmental gains. To close the emissions gap in key sectors, efforts must be made to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. Low-carbon mobility and logistical solutions are crucial for accelerating innovation, developing technologies and tapping into greener fuels. The move towards low-carbon transport options requires an integrated approach to land use and urban planning, as Asia and the Pacific is rapidly motorizing. Furthermore, Governments need to boost their climate-smart trade and investment sectors so that they can decarbonize industries that are currently notable for exporting carbon-intensive goods. Trade and investment should be utilized as force multipliers to combat climate change but are still missing from the existing regional climate landscape. The theme study also contains information on climate-related financing needs in the region and addresses data gaps for better monitoring. Given the carbon neutrality commitments from the majority of Asia-Pacific countries, the report recommends strengthening regional policy dialogue and technical cooperation on low carbon, climate-resilient transition.

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 11 May 2023 to [email protected].

All participants who appear in the letter of credentials are requested to register online at https://indico.un.org/event/1003482/ as soon as possible but no later than 11 May 2023. Only the names of duly accredited and registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

 

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Participants are kindly requested to assess the 79th session of the Commission by completing the questionnaire under the following link.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

The three-year term of the current members of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) will end at the seventy-ninth session of the Commission.  The Commission will therefore elect new members to serve on the Governing Council (for the period 2023-2026) of the regional institution during the session.

The Statute of APCTT (Commission resolution 72/3) stipulates that “the Centre shall have a Governing Council consisting of a representative designated by the Government of India and no fewer than eight representatives nominated by other members and associate members of ESCAP elected by the Commission. The members and associate members elected by the Commission shall be elected for a period of three years but shall be eligible for re-election”. In addition to the host country (India), the current members of the Governing Council are: Bangladesh; China; Indonesia; the Islamic Republic of Iran; Nepal; Pakistan; the Republic of Korea; Sri Lanka; Thailand; and Uzbekistan.

The Commission will elect new members to the Governing Council on Tuesday, 16 May 2023 from 11.00 to 13.00 hours, in Conference Room 1, at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok.

Rule 41 of the rules of procedure of ESCAP stipulates that “all elections shall be decided by secret ballot.” The secretariat shall make arrangements for the elections to take place at the United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok.

All delegations are encouraged to participate in person at the session and cast their vote at the United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok. Delegations that are not represented in Bangkok and are unable to send a representative to Bangkok may consider including in their delegation a Bangkok-based representative that shall exercise their voting right. Only duly accredited and registered participants will be allowed to cast a vote.

All members and associate members seeking election or re-election to the Governing Council are requested to complete the nomination form and submit it to the Secretary of the Commission at [email protected] by 16:00 hours Bangkok time (UTC+7) on Friday, 21 April 2023.

If they desire, members and associate members seeking election or re-election to the Governing Council may attach to the nomination form a brief statement (not exceeding two pages) outlining their aims, vision and/or commitments as members of the Governing Council, should they be elected. The document will be made public by the secretariat on the Commission website.

Governing Council members are expected to participate in the Council meetings, to be held at least once a year, to provide guidance to the Centre as stated in the Statute. The cost of participation of the Governing Council members in all meetings of the Governing Council will be borne by the Governments concerned.

To ensure continuity in the work of the Governing Council, elected members are expected to designate at least one representative who would, as far as possible, serve on the Governing Council as national focal point(s) throughout the period of such membership.

RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS

The following members are elected for the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) for the period 2023-2026: 

  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Korea
  • Russian Federation
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Uzbekistan

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Who can seek election/re-election to the Governing Council?

  • All ESCAP members and associate members can seek election or re-election to the Governing Council.

 

Can associate members of ESCAP vote in the elections at the Commission session?

  • As stipulated in paragraph 6 of the terms of reference of ESCAP, “representatives of associate members shall be entitled to participate without vote in all meetings of the Commission, whether sitting as Commission or as Committee of the Whole". This means associate members can seek election or re-election but may not vote in the elections.

 

How to submit a nomination for election/re-election to the Governing Council?

  • All members and associate members seeking election or re-election to the Governing Council are requested to complete the nomination form and submit it to the Secretary of the Commission at [email protected].
  • If they desire, members and associate members seeking election or re-election may attach a brief statement (not exceeding two pages) indicating their aims, vision and/or commitments as members of the Governing Council, should they be elected to the Council. The document will be made public by the secretariat on the Commission website.

 

When is the deadline to submit a nomination for the Governing Council?

  • The nomination forms must be submitted in advance at the latest by 16:00 hours Bangkok time (UTC+7) on Friday, 21 April 2023. Nomination forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Nominations received for the Governing Council will be published on the Commission website as well as displayed at the election venue.

 

When and where will the election to the Governing Council take place?

 

  • The casting of ballots will take place on Tuesday, 16 May 2023 from 11.00 to 13.00 hours at the United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok:

          The United Nations Building

          Rajadamnern Nok Avenue

          Bangkok 10200, Thailand

 

How will the election to the Governing Council be conducted?

  • Only duly accredited delegates of ESCAP member States to the seventy-eighth session of the Commission will be allowed to cast votes.
  • The election will be conducted by secret ballot.
  • At the registration counter in front of the election venue, one representative from each delegation will be requested by the secretariat to:
    • present their Commission accreditation badge;
    • sign the registration sheet; and
    • collect the ballot papers (one ballot paper per regional institution per one delegation).
  • The representative will then enter the election venue to complete the ballot paper, with a clear tick mark (as indicated in the instructions) in the space provided next to the candidate. Delegates can vote for as many candidates as they wish.
  • In accordance with the statute of APCTT, its Governing Council is to consist of the host country (India) and no fewer than 8 representatives of members and associate members of the Commission.
  • The representative will then drop the completed ballot paper in the designated ballot box, then depart the election venue.
  • The representative shall not take a photograph of the ballot paper.
  • Corrections, overwriting, cross-out marks, or other such markings (other than the tick marks on the ballot) shall render the ballot invalid. If the representative made a mistake, they can return the ballot paper to the secretariat and request a new ballot. Returned ballots will be destroyed by the secretariat in front of the representative.

 

To ensure a smooth and transparent election, delegations are requested to:

  • depart the election venue immediately after casting the votes; and
  • refrain from waiting, sitting and/or conversing inside the election venue during the conduct of the election to prevent interruption to other delegations casting their votes.

 

Can elections be observed?

  • ESCAP members and associate members can observe the election process, provided they do not intervene, interfere or in any way disturb the election process and avoid overcrowding the room where the polling station will be located. 
  • Participants at the session, other than accredited member and associate member delegations, will not be permitted into the election venue during the balloting process.
  • Cameras, including mobile phone cameras, are not to be used during the balloting process.

 

How will the votes counting be conducted?

  • The vote counting will be conducted by the secretariat inside the election venue immediately after the conclusion of the election at 13.00 hours on Tuesday, 16 May 2023.  
  • Members and associate members may observe the vote counting.
  • No official announcement of results will be made after the vote counting. If a second round of voting will be necessary, all members and associate members will be promptly notified by the secretariat and the balloting will be arranged prior to Friday 19 May 2023.

 

When will the results of the election/re-election to the Governing Council be announced?

  • The results will be announced by the Secretary of the Commission under agenda item 8 Other matters on Friday, 19 May 2023.

 

Who should I contact if I need to obtain more information on the election/re-election to the Governing Council?

  • Further information can be obtained by contacting:

          Ms. Preeti Soni

          Head

          Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT)

          E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

          Telephone: +91-11-30973700

          Fax: +91-11-26856274

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Note: This page is for delegates, government officials and other members of government delegations participating in the 79th 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 paperless meetings, order of speakers, and the discussions conducted each agenda item.

The seventy-ninth session of the Commission will take place from 15 to 19 May 2023 in a hybrid modality at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok and online.

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 Thursday, 11 May 2023. 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 Thursday, 11 May 2023 at https://indico.un.org/event/1003482/ 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.

Online participation

All delegates are encouraged to participate in person. However, if in-person participation is not possible, delegates may participate through the videoconferencing platform Zoom.

Owing to the limited number of connections available, the online participation via Zoom of members, associate members and Member States of the United Nations that are permanent observers of the Commission will be prioritized.

Based on availability, connections will be made available for observer organizations that would notify the secretariat of their interest to speak under a specific agenda item at <[email protected]> by Friday, 28 April 2023. Tentative speaking slots will be assigned based on the availability of connections and confirmed during the meeting based on time availability and taking into account the speaking order of United Nations intergovernmental meetings.

All other delegates may follow the proceedings via the live broadcast on the Commission website at https://www.unescap.org/events/commission79.

Country interventions

To participate in deliberations, delegates are requested to complete the speaker request form to identify which members of the delegations participating online will have a speaking role during the session. The secretariat will send a link to the Zoom session only to those accounts identified on the form. Please note that the Zoom link is not transferable. Delegations attending in person may request to speak by raising their flag or informing the presiding conference room officers.

Delegations wishing to deliver their country statement under agenda item 2(a) (general debate on the theme topic, “Accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development”), are kindly requested to inscribe on the speakers list by Friday, 5 May 2023, 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 three minutes. 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.

For delegates participating online, a guide to using the Zoom videoconferencing platform will be shared in due course. Zoom users will also be invited to a test-run prior to the session to familiarize themselves with Zoom, test the connection and ensure a smooth online participation. All Zoom users are strongly encouraged to join the test-run, especially those who will join the Zoom platform from a meeting room, so they can see if the meeting room’s conference/AV system is adequately linked to Zoom.

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 and via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Details on how to choose an interpretation on Zoom will be provided in the Zoom participation guide. 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.

In light of the hybrid format of the session, all negotiations on draft resolutions and draft decisions will be undertaken by the Informal Working Group on Draft Resolutions and will be concluded no later than two weeks in advance of the session and in accordance with the practice adopted by the Commission at its seventy-sixth, seventy-seventh and seventy-eighth sessions, with the use of the silence procedure. Please refer to the note by the secretariat on the process for negotiation and adoption of resolutions at the session. No meeting on draft resolutions and draft decisions will be scheduled as a part of the official programme during the session. Delegations wishing to submit draft resolutions are requested to submit the proposed text to the Executive Secretary in writing at least six weeks before the start of the Commission session (Monday, 3 April 2023).

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

Elections to the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT)

At the seventy-ninth Commission session, the Commission will elect new members to the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) on Tuesday, 16 May 2023 from 11.00 to 13.00 hours Bangkok time (UTC+7) at the United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok.

In accordance with the rules of procedure of ESCAP, the elections will be conducted by secret ballot and delegates will need to be present in the room to cast their vote. Delegations that are not represented in Bangkok and are unable to send a representative to Bangkok may consider including in their delegation a Bangkok-based representative that shall exercise their voting right. Only duly accredited and registered participants will be allowed to cast a vote.

All members and associate members seeking election or re-election to the Governing Council are requested to complete a nomination form and submit it to the Secretary of the Commission by 16:00 hours Bangkok time (UTC+7) on Friday, 21 April 2023. Detailed information and the nomination forms are available in on the Commission website at https://www.unescap.org/events/commission79#CouncilElection

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 event and Climate Solutions Fair

 

 

 

 

Delegations and stakeholders interested in organizing side events linked with the theme of the session, “Accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development” and/or participating in the Climate Solutions Fair, are requested to complete the Side Event Form and Submission Form for the Climate Solutions Fair electronically and return it by Monday, 17 April 2023 to the following email address:<[email protected]>. Organizers will be responsible for all logistical arrangements.

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.

 

 

 

 

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 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 (SDGs). 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, we would like to invite all members and associate members to consider making or increasing their pledge for financial support to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions at the seventy-ninth 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 member 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 may request for visa exemption 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 28 April 2023.

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 from a member state which does not have a diplomatic mission in Thailand:

  1. Airport transfer
  2. Transfer between hotel and meeting venue
  3. Airport VIP Lounge (if available)
  4. Police escort and police lead car (only for Head of State/Head of Government)

Should there be a requirement for additional police escort, the cost shall be borne by the requesting country. Delegates are responsible for securing hotel reservations and the cost of their accommodation.

In order to facilitate arrangements, delegations are requested to complete the Protocol Arrangement Form and return it via email to addresses indicated in the form, at least two weeks before the start of the session, on Friday 28 April 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

Part VI: Detailed guide to participation by agenda item

 

 

 

 

Agenda item 1: Opening of the session

Supporting documents:

1)        Provisional Agenda (ESCAP/79/1/Rev.2)

2)        Annotated Provisional Agenda (ESCAP/79/1/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 10:00 hours on Monday, 15 May 2023, the session will be opened by the Chair of the seventy-eighth 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 2022.

The Chair will also preside over the election of officers of the seventy-ninth 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 seventy-ninth 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 to accelerate ambitious climate action in Asia and the Pacific while highlighting opportunities and practical solutions towards net-zero pathways.

Special remarks by the Heads of State/Government will be followed by interventions by selected keynote speakers from academia, private sector and civil society.

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

Agenda item 2: Theme topic, “Accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development”

(a)       General debate;

(b)       Strengthening subregional cooperation;

(c)       Catalysing climate financing and investment.

Supporting documents:

1) Summary of the theme study on accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development (ESCAP/79/2)

2) Report of the Governing Council of the Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/79/3)

3) Subregional cooperation to accelerate climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development (ESCAP/79/4)

Agenda item 2 (a) will start from afternoon of Monday, 15 May 2023 and will continue during the morning of Tuesday, 16 May 2023.

At the outset, the secretariat will present key findings and recommendations of the study prepared by the secretariat on the theme topic of the session.

With regards to the general debate or “country statements” 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 the transformations that are needed in Asia and the Pacific to transition to a net zero future in support of sustainable development and identifies policies and actions needed in various sectors of the economy (e.g. energy, transport, trade, industry) to support the global climate agenda while also realizing broad economic, social and environmental benefits. The theme study also describes climate finance needs in the region and addresses data gaps for better monitoring. Country statements may focus on sharing experiences and initiatives that address both the causes and the impacts of climate change and how to accelerate climate action in Asia and the Pacific to reduce emissions in line with the 1.5-degree goal. Country statements may also draw attention on how enhanced regional cooperation can foster, bolder climate action for 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 three (3) 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 Monday, 5 May 2023, by submitting 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.

Guest keynote speakers will be invited to provide brief remarks on specific dimensions of the theme topic for the session.

The consideration of agenda item 2 (b) of the provisional agenda will start in the afternoon of Tuesday, 16 May 2023 and will feature a dialogue on the subregional dimensions of the theme of the session. The secretariat will introduce the agenda item, reflecting on the role of subregional cooperation in advancing regional climate priorities through cooperation and highlighting the key areas of cooperation between subregional organizations and ESCAP.

The introduction will be followed by a dialogue with the Heads of subregional organizations from across the Asia-Pacific region focusing on outlining the climate action priorities in each subregion, highlighting the key areas of cooperation between subregional organisations and ESCAP as well as identifying potential cooperation areas among subregions. Moreover, the dialogue will allow heads of subregional organizations to discuss a key priority (climate action) for the United Nations ahead of the annual meeting of heads of regional organizations to be convened by the United Nations Secretary-General.

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

Agenda item 2(c): Special session: Catalyzing climate finance and investment will start in the morning of Wednesday, 17 May 2023 and will serve as the second edition of Regional Forum on Climate Initiatives to Finance Climate Action and the Sustainable Development Goals.  The session will discuss best practices and successes from across the ESCAP region in improving the policy and regulatory environment to support greater inflows of finance, particularly in mobilizing private finance and the use of sustainable financial instruments, towards climate mitigation, adaptation and transition as well as actions that ministers can take in building a positive and stable regulatory environment for finance to be directed at climate action, including sustainable bond frameworks and monitoring mechanisms, amongst other issues.

The secretariat and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will introduce the agenda item.

The introduction will be followed by a dialogue with minsters of finance from across the region.  The Chair will then open the floor for brief country interventions

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 accelerating climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development (ESCAP/79/2)

(b) Subregional cooperation to accelerate climate action in Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development (ESCAP/79/4)

(c) Report of the Governing Council of the Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/79/3)

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 2023: Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Seamless and Sustainable Connectivity (ESCAP/79/5)

Under agenda item 3, the Special Body will consider the role of transport, energy and digital connectivity as a catalyser of sustainable development, including climate action in least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States of Asia and the Pacific.

The secretariat will present the findings and recommendations of Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2023: Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Seamless and Sustainable Connectivity. The report examines how regional cooperation on seamless and sustainable connectivity can facilitate a long-term transformation towards a net zero carbon emissions future. Recognizing ongoing efforts and existing initiatives and considering the large financing gaps in the countries in special situations, the document underscores the need to seek synergies between transport, energy and digital connectivity initiatives in the region.

The consideration of the agenda item will include a high-level panel discussion with ministers from least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) or small island developing States (SIDS) in Asia and the Pacific.

The Chair will then open the floor for brief country interventions.

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 2023: Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Seamless and Sustainable Connectivity (ESCAP/79/5)

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. Summary of progress in the implementation of Commission resolutions (ESCAP/79/6)
  2. Report on the Tenth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (ESCAP/RFSD/2023/6)
  3. Summary of round table discussions (ESCAP/RFSD/2023/6/Add.1)
  4. Report of the Committee on Social Development on its seventh session (ESCAP/CSD/2022/5)
  5. Report of the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fourth Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (ESCAP/MIPAA/IGM.3/2022/3)
  6. Outcome document entitled “Accelerating Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002, to Build a Sustainable Society for All Ages in Asia and the Pacific” (ESCAP/MIPAA/IGM.3/2022/3/Add.1)
  7. Report of the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013–2022 (ESCAP/APDDP/2022/3)
  8. Asia-Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Disability-Inclusive Development towards 2030 (ESCAP/APDDP/2022/3/Add.1)
  9. Trends in social development: the future of work in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/79/7)
  10. Report of the Committee on Environment and Development on its seventh session (ESCAP/CED/2022/4);
  11. Ministerial declaration on protecting our planet through regional cooperation and solidarity in Asia and the Pacific, 2022 (ESCAP/CED/2022/4/Add.1)
  12. Report of the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization on its eighteenth session (ESCAP/79/8)
  13. Enabling cities to take climate action and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (ESCAP/79/9)
  14. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management on its seventh session (ESCAP/79/10)
  15. Update on the financial situation of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (ESCAP/79/10/Add.1)

  16. Early warning and action for all by 2027: transformative adaption for a riskier Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP/79/11)
  17. Accelerating the just energy transition to make progress in achieving net-zero-emissions targets in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/79/12)
  18. Report of the Committee on Transport on its seventh session (ESCAP/CTR/2022/6)
  19. Enhancing the environmental sustainability of transport systems to support climate action in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/79/13)
  20. Securing public debt sustainability while pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (ESCAP/79/14)
  21. Report of the Third Ministerial Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/MCREI/2022/5)
  22. Report of the Committee on Trade, Investment, Enterprise and Business Innovation on its first session of (ESCAP/CTIEBI(1)/8)
  23. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology on its eighteenth session (ESCAP/79/15)
  24. Harnessing trade, investment, innovation and technology transfer for climate action (ESCAP/79/16)
  25. Report of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation on its fourth session (ESCAP/CICTSTI/2022/6)
  26. Report of the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/MCSASD/2022/3)
  27. Jakarta Ministerial Declaration on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/MCSASD/2022/3/Add.1)
  28. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/79/17)
  29. Promoting digital transformation in Asia and the Pacific through the Action Plan for Implementing the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Initiative, 2022–2026 (ESCAP/79/18) 
  30. Report of the Committee on Statistics on its eighth session (ESCAP/CST/2022/8)
  31. Report of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific on its eighteenth session (ESCAP/79/19)
  32. Getting everyone in the picture for more effective climate change action (ESCAP/79/20)
  33. Annual reports of international and intergovernmental organizations provided to the Commission (ESCAP/79/INF/1)

Consideration of agenda item 4 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.

Members and associate members are also invited to review the progress of implementation of ESCAP resolutions, as pertinent to their national context, and provide further guidance. Discussions under this agenda item will be webcast live.

Under agenda item 9, it is anticipated the Commission will endorse through resolutions the following documents:

  1. Ministerial declaration on protecting our planet through regional cooperation and solidarity in Asia and the Pacific, 2022 and the Regional Action Programme on Air Pollution annexed to it (ESCAP/CED/2022/4/Add.1).
  2. Jakarta Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023–2032 (ESCAP/APDDP/2022/3/Add.1)
  3. Jakarta Ministerial Declaration on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/MCSASD/2022/3/Add.1).

Moreover, the Commission is expected to adopt decisions to:

Endorse the following documents:

(a) Report on the Tenth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (ESCAP/RFSD/2023/6)

(b) Report of the Committee on Social Development on its seventh session (ESCAP/CSD/2022/5)

(c) Report on the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013–2022 (ESCAP/APDDP/2022/3)

(d) Report of the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization on its eighteenth session (ESCAP/79/8)

(e) Report of the Committee on Environment and Development on its seventh session (ESCAP/CED/2022/4)

(f) Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management on its seventh session (ESCAP/79/10)

(g) Report of the Committee on Transport on its seventh session (ESCAP/CTR/2022/6)

(h) Report of the Third Ministerial Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/MCREI/2022/5)

(i) Report of the Committee on Trade, Investment, Enterprise and Business Innovation on its first session (ESCAP/CTIEBI(1)/8)

(j) Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology on its eighteenth session (ESCAP/79/15)

(k) Report of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation on its fourth session (ESCAP/CICTSTI/2022/6)

(l) Report on the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/MCSASD/2022/3)

(m) Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/79/17)

(n) Report of the Committee on Statistics on its eighth session (ESCAP/CST/2022/8);

(o) Report of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific on its eighteenth session (ESCAP/79/19)

(p) Report on the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fourth Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (ESCAP/MIPAA/IGM.3/2022/3) and the outcome document entitled “Accelerating Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002, to Build a Sustainable Society for All Ages in Asia and the Pacific” (ESCAP/MIPAA/IGM.3/2022/3/Add.1).

Take note of the following documents:

(a) Summary of round table discussions (ESCAP/RFSD/2023/6/Add.1);

(b) Summary of progress in the implementation of Commission resolutions (ESCAP/79/6);

(c) Trends in social development: the future of work in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/79/7);

(d) Enabling cities to take climate action and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (ESCAP/79/9);

(e) Update on the financial situation of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (ESCAP/79/10/Add.1);

(f) Early warning and action for all by 2027: transformative adaption for a riskier Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP/79/11);

(g) Accelerating the just energy transition to make progress in achieving net-zero-emissions targets in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/79/12);

(h) Enhancing the environmental sustainability of transport systems to support climate action in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/79/13);

(i) Securing public debt sustainability while pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (ESCAP/79/14);

(j) Harnessing trade, investment, innovation and technology transfer for climate action (ESCAP/79/16);

(k) Promoting digital transformation in Asia and the Pacific through the Action Plan for Implementing the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Initiative, 2022–2026 (ESCAP/79/18);

(l) Getting everyone in the picture for more effective climate change action (ESCAP/79/20);

(m) Annual reports of international and intergovernmental organizations provided to the Commission (ESCAP/79/INF/1).

Agenda item 5: Management issues

Supporting documents:

  1. Proposed programme plan for 2024 (ESCAP/79/21)
  2. Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development (ESCAP/79/22)

Agenda item 5 of the provisional agenda 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 2024.

Under agenda item 5(b), members and associate members will have the opportunity to announce their intended contributions for 2023. Delegations intending to pledge contributions are requested to complete and submit the pledging form available on the Commission website.

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

(a)       Endorse the proposed programme plan for 2024;

(b)       Take note of the note by the secretariat on the overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development (ESCAP/79/22) and thank members and associate members for their pledges.

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/79/23)

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 eightieth session of the Commission (2024)

Supporting document:

Dates and venue of and theme topic for the eightieth session of the Commission (2024) (ESCAP/79/24)

Under agenda item 7 of the provisional agenda, the Commission will decide on the dates and venue of the eightieth session of the Commission, to be held in 2024, 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 eightieth session to be held in 2024. Through the same decision the Commission will determine the theme for its eightieth 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.

The Chair will also announce the result of the elections for the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT).

Agenda item 9: Adoption of the report of the Commission on its seventy-ninth session

Supporting documents:

1)        Draft report to be adopted by the Commission: Organization of the seventy-ninth session of the Commission (ESCAP/79/L.1)

2)        Draft report to be adopted by the Commission: Statement of programme budget implication of actions and proposals of the Commission (ESCAP/79/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 seventy-ninth 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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Event Information Note
General

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

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

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

Credentials

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

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

Registration and identification badges

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

Online registration

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

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

Communications

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

Meeting documents

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
  3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
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    2. salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
    3. cost incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
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    5. any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
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Bringing together young leaders from across the Asia-Pacific this youth-led session is an opportunity to come together to learn from each other, exchange ideas, and embark on the creation of a youth communique to be presented to the Seventy-Ninth session of the Commission around the role of youth in accelerating climate action in the region and what young people see as they best path forward ensuring that no-one gets left behind as we move towards achieving the SDGs by 2030.

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99th COMMISSION SESSION

A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

15 to 19 May 2043, Mars and Saturn

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In December 2023, the Committee on Environment and Development at its sixth session (CED-6) decided to establish a Technical Expert Group on Environment and Development (TEG) to enhance regional exchange and to mobilize technical expertise in support of the Commission’s efforts to accelerate environmental and sustainable development action. Member States have been invited to designate experts to serve in the TEG. In preparation for the eighth session of the Committee on Environment and Development (CED-8) to be held in October 2024, the inception meeting of the TEG is being organised to initiate TEG’s activities to  inform the Environment and Development Division’s preparations for the CED-8, including feedback and advice on the development and theme of pre-session documents, and identification of best practices, relevant policies and strategies in the area of environment and sustainable development.

 

Date and venue: 24 January 2024, online

 

For more information contact:  [email protected]

 

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

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

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

Credentials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
  3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
    1. all expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
    2. salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
    3. cost incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
    4. compensation in the event of death or disability of participants in connection with attending the meeting;
    5. any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
    6. any other expenses of a personal nature, not directly related to the purpose of the meeting.
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Male and female workers working in a garment factory of a South Indian country

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Quadrupling in size since 1950, the working age population in Asia and the Pacific now accounts for 67.2 per cent of the total population in the region and is set to peak at 3.3 billion by the mid-2030s. Now is the moment for Asia and the Pacific to harness this demographic window by investing in a more resilient working age population.

In Asia and the Pacific, the challenges loom large. Two in three workers are in informal employment. If they fall sick, lose a job, have a disability or become old, they have no employment safeguards or social protection to navigate such disruptions and life contingencies. Half the region’s workforce survive on $5.5 a day, barely enough to lift them out of, or shield them from sliding into, poverty. Unpaid care and domestic workers, are particularly vulnerable as they lack access to income and social protection.

A more resilient workforce is an important step towards eliminating poverty. Effective social protection can mitigate the need of families to resort to measures such as taking a child out of school or selling livestock. Critical ingredients to foster more resilient populations include more comprehensive and inclusive social protection systems and enhanced access to decent employment.

Universal non-contributory social protection schemes can ensure that all persons have access to basic income security to weather disruptions across the lifecycle to enable an adequate standard of living. Access to universal schemes would also mitigate the risk of the working age population falling into poverty, particularly informal workers, persons with disabilities, women or migrant workers. ESCAP simulations show that the combined impact of investing in a universal child, disability, maternity and old age benefit can reduce poverty by up to 91.2 per cent at the $3.65 International Poverty Line, and on average decrease inequality by 8.8 per cent for 25 countries in the region, at a cost ranging between 5.1 per cent and 2.6 per cent of GDP.

Graph showing investment in universal non-contributory child, disability, maternity and old age benefit can reduce poverty for the total population

Figure 1. Investment in universal non-contributory child, disability, maternity and old age benefit can reduce poverty for the total population

While non-contributory schemes ensure a basic level of income security, they should be complemented by job-related contributory schemes to provide more comprehensive and higher levels of income security. However, in two thirds of countries, fewer than half the workforce is contributing into a scheme. Tackling this challenge requires addressing legal barriers and incentive structures, simplifying administrative procedures, strengthening enforcement measures, as well as enhancing awareness and representation of informal workers. Some positive measures are being implemented, through the expansion of voluntary or mandatory contributory schemes, adjusting eligibility criteria or providing pension credits for caregivers.

By helping to match labour demand and supply, Active Labour Market Policies (ALMPs) can support the working age population to find decent and productive work through public works, training, re-skilling or job-matching. ALMPs will be critical to smoothen the impacts of trends such as the green transition, population ageing and digitalisation, which will demand new skills whilst phasing out some existing ones. A majority of studies on vocational and on-the-job training programmes identify increased employability and earnings for trainees throughout the region. In Viet Nam, for example, women who received job-training had a 12 percentage point higher wage than untrained women and men.

However, most countries spend on average only 0.2 per cent of GDP a year on ALMPs. There is a pressing need to invest in public employment programmes along with improving the quantity and quality of training schemes, and enhanc collaboration with the private sector, whilst working towards formalising jobs and advancing the decent work agenda.

The impacts of the recent COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the fragility of hard-won development gains. Against the steady decline of extreme poverty over the past decades, in 2023, due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and cost of living crisis, 47 million people are expected to have fallen into extreme poverty.

Escalating frequency and intensity of climate change-related shocks will add further pressure on populations. Work-related contributory schemes such as unemployment insurance can act as an automatic stabiliser to build the first layer of resistance against these shocks. However, unemployment benefits are available to a less than a quarter of the total workforce in the region. Well designed ALMPs can help people access employment opportunities, enhance productivity and increase earnings. When well-coordinated with social protection systems, such as in the case of Turkiye, they can help groups in vulnerable situations access training opportunities needed to reengage in the labour market. Other work-related social protection can also support mitigation measures, for example through directing public works programmes towards mangrove restoration or afforestation efforts.

Building the resilience of the working age population will be paramount to maintain and progress sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. Through extending multipillar social protection systems across the lifecycle and ALMPs, countries are investing in a key group to build resilience to life contingencies, work transitions and climate change: a workforce that is able to override these disruptions and break through cycles of poverty.

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