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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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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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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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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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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
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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.

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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.
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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
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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
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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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Leveraging Digital Innovation for Promoting Cross-Border Connectivity in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) Subregion

Submitted by RRAMAN on Fri, 05/04/2024 - 17:48
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The BBIN subregion – constituted by Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal – has considerable trade and industrial potential that is yet to be realized, principally due to lack of efficient and cost-effective connectivity. High trade costs constrain the growth of trade-oriented industries in the region. Better connectivity is necessary to improve efficiency of supply chains and formation of value chains within BBIN. This would in turn help to enhance the competitiveness of the subregion’s manufacturing sectors in the global markets, delivering new opportunities for economic prosperity and sustainable development.

Improving connectivity in the subregion requires trade and transport facilitation reforms oriented on modernizing customs administration, streamlining trade and transport procedures, and upgrading land ports. Digital technologies such as paperless trade systems and electronic cargo tracking systems (ECTS) can help to bring about these reforms and transform the logistics sector for the benefit of traders and investors. 

Sevel initiatives to modernize trade procedures and logistics are underway in the BBIN countries. While electronic interfaces and single window systems have been introduced in all four countries their deployment is to be scaled up to cover all ports and transit points. Huge efficiency gains are offered by harmonization of trade and transport operations utilizing advanced cargo information systems, electronic cargo tracking using satellite positioning and communication technologies, application of electronic seals in containers etc.  

The objective of the side event is to explore how digitalization can offer better and more efficient tools and solutions for improving connectivity in the BBIN subregion. The discussions will aim to; (1) identify priority areas for utilization of digital technologies to optimize cross-border connectivity, and (2) recommend collaborative actions by BBIN countries for advancing the agenda of digitalization in connectivity.        
 

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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.
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Advancing Inclusive Businesses in Thailand: Breakfast with Executives

Submitted by DCINAR on Fri, 05/04/2024 - 12:16
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In today’s dynamic business environments, inclusive business models are shifting how profitable commercial operations interact with low-income populations. These innovative business models not only deliver indispensable goods, services, and sustainable livelihoods to low-income communities; they are also enabling companies to expand market access, business growth, and brand recognition.  

Exemplary inclusive business practices abound across diverse economic sectors in Thailand. Within the agricultural domain, forward-thinking enterprises are empowering smallholder farmers through a combination of innovative solutions and strategic partnerships. These models provide affordable, highquality inputs, and efficient management tools, and, in some cases, offer premium prices for exceptional products. In the tourism sector, businesses embracing inclusivity are experiencing growth by actively engaging and upskilling marginalized groups, providing them with meaningful skill development and decent work opportunities.

Given their critical role in supporting social impact at scale, governments are adopting critical strategies to promote inclusive business. For instance, ASEAN Economic Ministers adopted the ASEAN Inclusive Business Framework in 2017, the Guidelines for Promoting Inclusive Businesses in ASEAN in 2020, and an Action Plan last year.  This Breakfast with Executives is a strategic opportunity to share and explore inclusive business opportunities in Thailand, and to put forward recommendations on how the government could support businesses to develop and scale up these models. Your insights and contributions will help shape the promotion of inclusive business models in Thailand.  

Objective

To explore inclusive business opportunities in Thailand, and to put forward recommendations on how the government could support businesses to develop and scale up these models.

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A group of 20 selected executives from pioneering firms, as well as representatives from key government agencies and intermediary organizations, are being invited to participate in this breakfast. 

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

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

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Credentials

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

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

Registration and identification badges

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

Online registration

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

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

Communications

Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
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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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Advancing Inclusive Businesses in Thailand: Breakfast with Executives

Submitted by DCINAR on Fri, 05/04/2024 - 11:33
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In today’s dynamic business environments, inclusive business models are shifting the way in which profitable commercial operations interact with low-income populations. These innovative business models not only deliver indispensable goods, services, and sustainable livelihoods to low-income communities; they are also enabling companies to expand market access, business growth and brand recognition.  

Exemplary inclusive business practices abound across diverse economic sectors in Thailand. Within the agricultural domain, forward-thinking enterprises are empowering smallholder farmers through a combination of innovative solutions and strategic partnerships. These models are providing affordable, high-quality inputs, efficient management tools, and, in some cases, offering premium prices for exceptional products. In the tourism sector, businesses embracing inclusivity are experiencing growth by actively engaging and upskilling marginalized groups, providing them with meaningful skill development and decent work opportunities. 

Given their critical role in supporting social impact at scale, governments are adopting critical strategies to promote inclusive business. For instance, ASEAN Economic Ministers adopted the ASEAN Inclusive Business Framework in 2017, the Guidelines for Promoting Inclusive Businesses in ASEAN in 2020, and an Action Plan last year.  

This Breakfast with Executives is a strategic opportunity to share and explore inclusive business opportunities in Thailand, and to put forward recommendations on how the government could support businesses to develop and scale up these models. Your insights and contributions will help shape the promotion of inclusive business models in Thailand.  

Objective 

To explore inclusive business opportunities in Thailand, and to put forward recommendations on how the government could support businesses to develop and scale up these models.  

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A group of 20 selected executives from pioneering firms, as well as representatives from key government agencies and intermediary organisations are being invited to participate in this breakfast. 

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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.

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

Meeting documents

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

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

Daily subsistence allowance

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

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

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

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

  1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
  2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
  3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
    1. all expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
    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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Digital Innovations for Sustainable Development in LLDCS

Submitted by AKARAZHA on Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:01
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    The 80th Session of the Commission Side Event  entitled "Digital Innovations for Sustainable Development in LLDCs" is jointly organized by the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to UN ESCAP and the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries (ITTLLDC) in collaboration with the ICT and Development Section (IDS) and ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) of UN ESCAP. The event aims to explore how digital innovations can support sustainable development in landlocked developing countries, addressing challenges such as access to markets, infrastructure development, and environmental sustainability.

    Organized by ESCAP IDD, Permanent Mission of Mongolia to ESCAP, and ITU

    Registration: All participants attending side events in person must register online at https://indico.un.org/event/1007591/. Please select “side event participants” under Representation Type when you register. Kindly note that side event organizers and participants will obtain the badges to access only meeting rooms designated for the side events. Please note that individuals who have already registered as accredited representatives to attend the 80th Commission Session are not required to register again.  

     

     

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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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    Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
    Bangkok 10200
    Thailand
    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.

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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.

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

    1. You are representing your Government only at the 5th session of the Committee on Transport: ESCAP does not provide any financial support and participation is on a self-financing basis.
    2. You are representing your Government only at the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule.
    3. You are representing your Government at both the 5th session of the Committee on Transport and the workshop on co-deployment: ESCAP provides air-ticket and DSA for two nights (i.e. 21 and 22 November 2018 depending on flight schedule and participants have to cover three nights on a self-financing basis (i.e. 18 to 20 November 2018).
      1. all expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
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      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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    Thirteenth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

    Submitted by KITTIPHO on Tue, 02/04/2024 - 14:41
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    The 13th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development is scheduled to take place under the theme of “Just Energy Transition” on 2-3 December 2024 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum will be jointly organized by the five United Nations Regional Commissions. 

    Energy transition, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is the key transformation needed to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Energy transition is also the key to achieving the Paris Agreement. Given that the energy sector is responsible for more than two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable energy transition is critical to achieving the Paris Agreement. The progress in achieving SDG 7-responsive energy transition, however, has been far less than what is needed. Concerted efforts are required by all levels of stakeholders to accelerate the energy transition to enable achievement of SDG 7 and NDCs. 

    The energy transition landscape is in a constant state of evolution. The call made at COP28 to triple the renewable energy generation capacity and double the rate of energy efficiency underscore the significant challenges ahead for governments, businesses, research institutions and civil society organizations. Maximizing the utilization of digital technologies and artificial intelligence to advance energy transition is also imperative. Similarly, mainstreaming gender in energy planning and policy development will be important for its success. There is also a growing momentum towards phasing out coal from power generation, highlighting the importance of a just energy transition to ensure inclusivity and alignment with sustainable development principles. 

    The 13th Forum in Bangkok will explore pathways to accelerate the energy transition and ensure that the transition is “just”. Experts from the energy sector, representatives from governments, UN entities, international organizations and other stakeholders will discuss major issues and demonstrate actions to just energy transition. There will be a series of roundtables, parallel sessions and side events about energy issues such as access to clean cooking, access to electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency, digitalization and artificial intelligence, gender mainstreaming, youth in energy and cleaner use of fossil fuels. 

    *Agenda/programme will be coming soon. 

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

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    Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series: CRVS Business Process Improvement: Success Stories from Asia-Pacific

    Submitted by KBOONPRI on Thu, 21/03/2024 - 15:03
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    An insight into implementation of CRVS Business Process Improvement (BPI), and the experiences and success stories from countries in Asia and the Pacific.

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    The Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series on "CRVS Business Process Improvement: Success Stories from Asia-Pacific" was held on Wednesday, 3 April 2024 from 11:00 to 12:15 hrs. (UTC+7).

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    Urban Engagement Space at APFSD11

    Submitted by RPURBA on Wed, 07/02/2024 - 10:49
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    Coordinated by ESCAP Sustainable Urban Development Section (SUDS), the Urban Engagement Space provides an avenue for interactive engagement and serves as an informal space for regional stakeholders to share good practices of integrated and inclusive approaches for the accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically as it relates to SDG 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The Urban Engagement Space provides an opportunity to network, share, and create or strengthen partnerships with other APFSD participants who are also committed to the progress of sustainable urban development.

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    Organizer: Nusantara Capital City Authority, Indonesia

    Co-organizers: ESCAP (SUDS), UN in Indonesia, ADB

    Speakers:

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    • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, ESCAP
    • Afke Bootsman, Head of the RCO, strategic planner and Sr. Coordination Officer, UN in Indonesia
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    Organizers: CityNet, ESCAP (SUDS), Bangkok City Planning Department, CityNet Yokohama Project Office

    This workshop session will challenge urban stakeholders to survey the safety conditions of representative Asia Pacific cities. Urban safety planning experts and trained facilitators will lead the discussion to unlock effective policy measures to make Asia Pacific cities more inclusive, resilient, and safer than before. Further, smartphone applications will be introduced as effective tools to crowdsource urban safety solutions with citizen participation.

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    In October 2019, multi-stakeholders and urban practitioners gathered in Penang, Malaysia at the 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) to focus on accelerating implementation to achieve a sustainable future for cities throughout Asia and the Pacific. They built consensus around thematic priorities to achieve sustainable urbanization and launched the Penang Platform for Sustainable Urbanization (PPSU) – a dynamic new partnership to leverage the strengths of cities and leading urban development organizations to support local, provincial and national governments in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda in Asia and the Pacific, and contribute to the Paris Climate Agreement and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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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.
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    Unlocking investment and financing to tackle biodiversity loss in Asia and the Pacific: How to scale up the flow of finance into conserving and protecting nature and biodiversity loss in Asia and the Pacific

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    Nature is being degraded at unprecedented rates, with business-as-usual continuing to drive unprecedented biodiversity loss, depleting numerous species, habitats and ecosystems globally.  The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework signed by 196 country parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at COP15 of the Convention of Biodiversity in 2022 was a landmark agreement in international efforts to address biodiversity loss, with signatories agreeing to take urgent action to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and to protect 30 per cent of land and sea area by 2030. Successfully implementing the targets agreed under the framework however will depend significantly on creating new pathways to align finance with nature-positive solutions and meeting financing targets, including the commitment from developed countries to deliver at least $20 billion in biodiversity finance to developing countries by 2025.

    The regional event will highlight the challenge of directing the growing demand for finance toward high-integrity biodiversity investments that are well-designed and effectively implemented. A crucial aspect of the event will be a discussion of biodiversity markets and emerging financial instruments focusing on financing tangible biodiversity enhancements rather than merely compensation for negative impacts. As well as ways to facilitate investment through public-private partnerships, including best practices for developing project pipelines and case studies from the Asia-Pacific region.

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    • Ms. Suba Sivakumaran, Chief, Financing for Development Section, ESCAP
    • Mr. Jean Pierre Marcelli, Southeast Asia Regional Director and Thailand Country Director, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) 
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    • Mr. Anouj Mehta, Country Director, Thailand Resident Mission (TRM), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    • Mrs. Pattarin Tongsima, Environmentalist Senior Professional Level, Director of Policy and Strategy Section, Biodiversity Management Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
    • Ms. Annabelle C. Trinidad, Senior Technical Advisor, the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • Ms. Romie Goedicke den Hertog, Co-head Nature Thematic, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

    Moderated by Dr. Patrick Martin, Regional Advisor on Climate Finance, MPFD, ESCAP

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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:
    (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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