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Fostering Partnerships for our Common Future: Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to Accelerate the SDGs in ASEAN

Submitted by MALMAZOR1 on Wed, 13/09/2023 - 15:09
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The spirit of cooperation and partnership lies at the heart of ASEAN’s efforts to realise a people-centred Community that uplifts the standards of living of ASEAN peoples and leaves no one behind. In support of global efforts on the SDGs, ASEAN has been working together and with external partners to promote complementarities between the UN 2030 Agenda and the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, or also known as the “Complementarities Initiative”. To support its implementation, the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) has been set up in Bangkok, Thailand, to serve as a regional institutional mechanism to enhance multi-stakeholder engagements through promoting research on sustainable development and supporting a dialogue within ASEAN and between ASEAN and external partners on sustainable development cooperation.

Recognising the importance and benefits of ensuring a concerted effort, multi-stakeholder collaboration at the local, national, and regional levels, this side event will provide an avenue for participants to share good practices and lessons learned in localising SDGs implementation and cultivating effective multi-stakeholder engagements for sustainable development. Drawing from experience and expertise of representatives from various sectors of South-east Asia, the discussion will also highlight ways forward to strengthen partnerships across regional organisations and institutional frameworks to ensure a more cohesive, cooperative, and coherent SDGs policy actions and impacts.

The side event aims to share ASEAN’s distinctive approach and unique experience in localizing SDGs implementation as well as to discuss ways to enhance systematic and effective multi-stakeholder partnerships to accelerate actions towards the achievement of SDGs in the region. Panel discussion will cover topics relevant to the SDG Summit of addressing the challenges in accelerating implementation of SDGs.

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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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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

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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:

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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:

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  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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VNR Data Lab | Citizen-generated data to leave no one behind - Experiences from Asia-Pacific and beyond

Submitted by GCESTINOLO on Mon, 31/07/2023 - 14:42
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Hosted by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the Voluntary National Review (VNR) prepared by Member States and presented at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on how non-traditional data, particularly CGD is utilized to support SDG monitoring and the VNRs for evidence-based reporting and will present country experiences from Asia and the Pacific and beyond. It will explore initiatives to improve reporting frameworks and harness the power of citizens to capture and share more data on the SDGs for the VNRs. Interventions will be made by civil society, government, and national statistical office representatives.

This event is also listed here on the UNSD page.

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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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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.

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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.

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  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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Side Event | Rethinking public debt policies for the SDGs: Regional perspectives

Submitted by NABARQUE on Mon, 10/04/2023 - 09:59
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During the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-Up 2023, the five Regional Commissions of the United Nations - namely, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) - hosted a Side Event | Rethinking public debt policies for the SDGs: Regional perspectives last 18 April 2023, at 13.30 - 14:30 hours at Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The potential policy options and approaches to deal with sovereign debt distress while keeping in view the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and long-term climate ambitions were discussed. Given a vast diversity among different regions of the world, this event also discussed policy experiences and lessons which can inform policy formulation and implementation in other regions. It also discussed ways by which enhanced multilateral cooperation, with the support of United Nations Regional Commissions, can facilitate member States and the international development community in taking their initiatives forward.

For further information, here is the side-event summary.

ECOSOC Rethink public debt

ECOSOC 2023 Side event | Rethinking public debt

 

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Panelists [5 minutes each]

  • H.E. Mr. Shehan Semasinghe, State Minister of Finance, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Pedro Manuel Moreno, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • Ms. Hanan Morsy, Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa
  • Ms. Elisa Parisi-Capone, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody's Investors Service
  • Ms. Shari Spiegel, Chief of Policy Analysis and Development Branch, DESA
  • Mr. Ulrich Volz, Professor of Economics, SOAS, University of London and Senior Research Fellow, German Institute of Development and Sustainability

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

 

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

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

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

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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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2023 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development: Side Event Architecting Financing for the Energy Transition in Asia and the Pacific – Lessons from Indonesia’s and Viet Nam’s Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs)

Submitted by PARUNSUW on Mon, 27/03/2023 - 15:31
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According to the latest IPCC report, the Asia-Pacific region released 18.9 billion tons of CO2 from fuel combustion in 2020 and reached its highest-ever global share of energy-related emissions – 59.8 per cent.

In this context, the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETPs) provide innovative lessons for the region in how to architect – i.e. design and execute financing for the energy transition in the region. The first JETP was announced at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow for South Africa for $8.5 billion, and in late 2022, and Indonesia and Viet Nam announced JETPs for, respectively, $20 billion and $15.5 billion. In Indonesia, $10 billion of public money will be mobilised by the International Partners Group members (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union), and at least $10 billion of private finance will be mobilised and facilitated by the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) Working Group. In Viet Nam, initial contributions to Viet Nam’s JETP include $7.75 billion in pledges from the IPG together with the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation. This is supported by a commitment to work to mobilise and facilitate a matching $7.75 billion in private investment from an initial set of private financial institutions coordinated by the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ).

This side event will provide an opportunity for countries in the region and globally to learn from Indonesia’s and Viet Nam’s experiences in architecting a comprehensive multi-stakeholder financing plans for their energy transition. Innovative methods of designing such multi-stakeholder financing platforms at scale to meet the climate challenges of the region will be discussed, taking into account the contexts of the region’s diverse member states.

ESCAP will host this side event with key actors in the JETP programme, as well as other countries tackling financing for the energy transition to discuss 

  •  Opportunities that these two JETPs present for other countries in the region
  •  Assessment of financial requirements, including domestic public financing, and development of private financing strategies for a JETP
  •  Role of wider policy and regulatory improvements in attracting more financing, including enhancing fiscal space through tax and budget reforms, as well as regulatory improvements.  
  • Lessons learned by member states, banks and donors in how to architect such multi-stakeholder financing plans with joint commitments
  • Views from private banks and investors on committing to energy transition projects in other countries in Asia and the Pacific

Photo credit: A wind and solar energy project in Loi Hai Commune, Bắc Phong District in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Hung

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

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

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

Credentials

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

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

Registration and identification badges

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

Online registration

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

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

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

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
  3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
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According to the latest IPCC report, the Asia-Pacific region released 18.9 billion tons of CO2 from fuel combustion in 2020 and reached its highest-ever global share of energy-related emissions – 59.8 per cent.

In this context, the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETPs) provide innovative lessons for the region in how to architect – i.e. design and execute financing for the energy transition in the region. The first JETP was announced at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow for South Africa for $8.5 billion, and in late 2022, and Indonesia and Viet Nam announced JETPs for, respectively, $20 billion and $15.5 billion. In Indonesia, $10 billion of public money will be mobilised by the International Partners Group members (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union), and at least $10 billion of private finance will be mobilised and facilitated by the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) Working Group. In Viet Nam, initial contributions to Viet Nam’s JETP include $7.75 billion in pledges from the IPG together with the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation. This is supported by a commitment to work to mobilise and facilitate a matching $7.75 billion in private investment from an initial set of private financial institutions coordinated by the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ).

This side event will provide an opportunity for countries in the region and globally to learn from Indonesia’s and Viet Nam’s experiences in architecting a comprehensive multi-stakeholder financing plans for their energy transition. Innovative methods of designing such multi-stakeholder financing platforms at scale to meet the climate challenges of the region will be discussed, taking into account the contexts of the region’s diverse member states.

ESCAP will host this side event with key actors in the JETP programme, as well as other countries tackling financing for the energy transition to discuss 

  •  Opportunities that these two JETPs present for other countries in the region
  •  Assessment of financial requirements, including domestic public financing, and development of private financing strategies for a JETP
  •  Role of wider policy and regulatory improvements in attracting more financing, including enhancing fiscal space through tax and budget reforms, as well as regulatory improvements.  
  • Lessons learned by member states, banks and donors in how to architect such multi-stakeholder financing plans with joint commitments
  • Views from private banks and investors on committing to energy transition projects in other countries in Asia and the Pacific

Photo credit: A wind and solar energy project in Loi Hai Commune, Bắc Phong District in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Hung

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H.E. Mr. Arrmanatha Christiawan Nasir
H.E. Mr. Arrmanatha Christiawan Nasir
Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations
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Mr. Arrmanatha C. Nasir is the Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations. Prior to his latest appointment, Mr. Nasir was his country’s ambassador to France, Andorra, Monaco and to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), from April 2019 to October 2021.

From 2014 to 2019, he served as Spokesperson for Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 2008 and 2012, he held the position of Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York, where he was responsible for economics and development issues in the General Assembly’s Second Committee (Economic and Financial) and the Economic and Social Council, negotiating for the “Group of 77” developing countries and China on a number of resolutions. From 2010 to 2011, he served as Advisor on economic issues and least developed countries to the President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly.

Among other positions within the Government of Indonesia, Mr. Nasir was Deputy Director for Agriculture and Commodities at the Directorate General of Multilateral Affairs, from 2005 to 2008. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1971, Mr. Nasir earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Indonesia; a Master of Business Administration from Leicester University in the United Kingdom; and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Buckingham, also in the United Kingdom.

H.E. Mr. Dang Hoang Giang
H.E. Mr. Dang Hoang Giang
Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations
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Mr. Dang Hoang Giang is the Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations. Before his latest appointment, Mr. Dang was his country’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, beginning in March 2021, and also served as Chairman of the Viet Nam National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Between 2012 and 2016, he was Deputy Chief and then Chief of Cabinet in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and was appointed as Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs.

From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Dang was Assistant Director-General in the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed as Assistant to the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and later Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Dang began his career in 2000 at the Department of International Law and Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2005 to 2007 and again in 2009, he was assigned to the Permanent Mission of Viet Nam to the United Nations in New York. In his second term there, in 2009, he was assigned First Secretary and Political Coordinator of Viet Nam at the United Nations Security Council.

Mr. Hamza Malik
Mr. Hamza Malik
Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, UNESCAP
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Mr. Hamza Ali Malik is currently the Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD) at UNESCAP. He leads the team responsible for analyzing economic conditions and emerging development challenges in Asia and the Pacific economies and assesses potential policy options and financing strategies that can support them in their pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Before joining the UNESCAP in 2014, Hamza worked as the Director of Monetary Policy Department at the central bank of Pakistan (SBP). He graduated from McMaster University with a Ph.D. in economics in 2002.

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Dr. Gigih Udi Atmo
Dr. Gigih Udi Atmo
Director of Energy Conservation, Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia
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Vinay Chawla
Mr. Vinay Chawla
Representative, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, United States of America
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Vinay Chawla is a senior advisor on climate finance to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. Vinay's work focuses on climate negotiations, developing finance mechanisms to accelerate the energy transition, and implementation of Just Energy Partnerships (JETP) with key partner countries. 

Vinay's past work experience spans finance, technology, climate, and strategic communications. He spent the last two decades working and living across the Middle East and South Asia leading large teams, implementing billion-dollar plus budgets, and building public-private partnerships from the ground up.

Ms. Karen Fang
Ms. Karen Fang
Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Bank of America, New York, USA
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Ms. Karen Fang is Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at Bank of America. She is a member of Bank of America’s Management Committee, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) committee, and the firm wide Asian Leadership Council. Formerly, she was the head of Global Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities (FICC) Cross Asset Trading, and the head of Americas FICC Sales & Solutions prior to that.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Karen was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where she was responsible for the Pension, Endowment and Foundation Cross Asset Solutions Group. Previously, she held senior positions in derivatives structuring, including at Merrill Lynch in Tokyo and Deutsche Bank in London.

Karen was named one of Fortune’s “40 under 40”and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). She is a member of the WEF Expert Network. Karen is a recipient of the 2022 Crain’s Most Notable Women on Wall Street Award, the 2021 American Banker Most Powerful Women Standout Award, the 2021 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, and Business Insider’s 100 People Transforming Business Award in 2020. Previously, She was chosen by Investment Dealers’ Digest as one of the “40 under 40” bankers and is also a recipient of the Women’s Bond Club of New York’s Rising Star Award.

Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo..

Mr. Luong Quang Huy
Mr. Luong Quang Huy
Head, Division of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Ozone Layer Protection, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam
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Luong Quang Huy holds a PhD in environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia. He has researched on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change for years with focus on developing countries in South East Asia. His research and policy advisory works include greenhouse gas emission reduction, international negotiations, carbon markets and sustainable development for the Government of Vietnam. Currently he holds the position of Director of the Division of GHG emission reduction and ozone layer protection, Department of Climate Change, Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. He is also the lead of  technical teams to develop newly issued policies on GHG emission reduction, climate change strategy and Vietnam NDC.  

Ms. Manelle Ait Sahlia
Ms. Manelle Ait Sahlia
Deputy Head, Energy Department, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France
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Ms. Ait Sahlia holds a position as Deputy Head of the Energy Department at Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Prior to her current position, Manelle was Head of Energy and Digital for Africa and the Middle-East at Proparco, the subsidiary of AFD in charge of the private sector. Manelle has been with the AFD Group since 2005, where she covered Energy from both the public perspective as an Energy Project Manager at AFD and the private sector perspective as an Investment Officer at Proparco. Manelle was also seconded at the World Bank in the Climate Finance Department as a Carbon Finance Specialist.

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Ms. Subathirai Sivakumaran
Ms. Subathirai Sivakumaran
Chief, Financing for Development Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, UNESCAP
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Ms. Subathirai Sivakumaran is Chief of Financing for Development Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division at UNESCAP, and seeks to accelerate the flow of sustainable finance within the Asia Pacific region, both by sovereigns and by private issuers and investors. Additionally, the Financing for Development section seeks to inform and influence governments and regulators to drive the appropriate enabling frameworks to achieve greater financing for development in the region.

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ESCAP Side Event on the Margins of the 2022 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

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An Interactive Side Event on the Margins of the 2022 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 
12 July 2022 7:30 – 9:00 GMT-4/EST New York Time

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Efforts to contain the pandemic have exposed—and magnified—deeply rooted vulnerabilities and inequalities in the region. There are signs of a ‘K-shaped’ recovery marked by increasing divergence in economic and social outcomes within and between countries. When environmental degradation, increasing natural hazards and accelerating climate change are added to the mix, the risks to developing countries and poor and vulnerable populations are even greater. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has further disrupted supply chains, and raised food and fuel prices.

These compounded crises of health, climate change, energy and security pose new challenges to our efforts to achieve the SDGs, but may also create new opportunities to accelerate much needed change.

This event will bring together a diverse panel of leaders from civil society, business, and government in Asia and the Pacific to reflect on the insights from the 2022 Asia Pacific SDG Partnership Report and consider how the SDGs can help us navigate these challenging times to ensure no one is left behind.

Speakers

• Armida Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

• Woochong Um, Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank

• Claire Van der Vaeren, Chief, Country Office Liaison and Coordination Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Program

• Joyashree Roy, coordinating lead author, Chapter 5, IPCC WGIII Sixth Assessment Report, Bangabandhu Chair Professor at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and Professor of Economics, Jadavpur University

• Beverly Postma, Executive Director, Grow Asia

Moderated by: Bernard Woods, Principal Director, Department of Communications, Asian Development Bank

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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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NASA ARSET- Using the UN Biodiversity Lab to Monitor the Pulse of the Planet

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Delivered in three languages, English, Spanish and French. The following registration links are below.

 

Course dates:

  • Intermediate Series (Parts 1-3): April 14, 21, 28, 2022
  • Advanced Labs: April 27 & May 4, 2022

This training will focus on using remote sensing and geospatial data within the NASA-supported UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) to take action on national conservation and sustainable development priorities. With over 400 of the world’s best global data layers on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable development, UNBL enables decision-makers and policymakers to access essential global data, upload national datasets, and calculate dynamic indicators for any area of interest - all without any background in remote sensing and GIS. Fully redesigned in 2021 to improve functionality and better meet user needs, UNBL will be a key offering to support parties and other stakeholders to implement, monitor, and report on the CBD’s Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

This training offers three complementary courses -- an intermediate lecture series (Parts 1-3) and two advanced labs --  that participants can select among to choose the learning experience that best meets their needs. Our intermediate course will integrate lectures and Q&A to provide learners with an understanding of the power of spatial data to address key international commitments and a training on how to use all key functionalities of UNBL. Our advanced lab on the UNBL public platform will combine homework and live exercises to build participants’ confidence in their ability to use all features of UNBL. Our advanced lab on UNBL workspaces will combine homework and live exercises to equip participants with the needed skills to take full advantage of workspace functionalities.  Speakers will include NASA scientists, UN policy specialists and data experts, and national policymakers.

 

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals: 

  • Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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Objectives of this session:

  • Understand key global biodiversity and sustainable development policy instruments as they relate to conservation efforts.
  • Utilize examples from inspiring countries using spatial data to take action for people and planet as a basis for your work.
  • Summarize the types of data available on UNBL, and be able to identify specific datasets related to these themes.
  • Explore how different combinations of data available in UNBL collections can generate insight and inform action related to key policy questions.
  • Apply UNBL public platform features to search and visualize data, calculate dynamic metrics, create maps, and download data on the UNBL public platform.
  • Use UNBL secure workspace features to add users and assign privileges, upload places, upload and style data layers, calculate dynamic metrics for your area of interest.

Audience: 

  • National policymakers involved in conservation and sustainable development commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • UN system staff supporting projects and programs aligned with the UN Common Approach on Biodiversity and 2030 Agenda.
  • Researchers and civil society stakeholders interested in using spatial data to implement, monitor, and report on projects operating at the intersection of biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development.

Course format:

  • Intermediate Series: Three, one and half-hour parts that include lectures, demonstrations, and question & answer sessions.
  • Advanced Labs: Two, one and half-hour parts that include homework and live exercises.

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

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Credentials

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

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

Registration and identification badges

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

Online registration

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

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

Communications

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

Meeting documents

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

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