High Level Events

List of Events

Ministerial Panel on Sustainable Development and the Development Agenda beyond 2015 (YouTube, 1hr 27mins)
1030-1200 hours on Monday, 29 April 2013

Moderated by:

  • H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Panelists:

  • H.E. Mr. Gordon Darcy Lilo, Prime Minister, Solomon Islands
  • H.E. Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR
  • H.E. Ms. Emilia Pires, Minister of Finance, Timor Leste
  • H.E. Dr. Jiko F. Luveni, Minister for Social Welfare, Women & Poverty Alleviation, Fiji
  • H.E. Ms. Daggubati Purandeswari, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, India

Synopsis: The panel will review the contributions and limitations of MDGs in Asia and the Pacific. The panel will also explore the region’s critical and emerging development challenges beyond 2015. Panelists will discuss how integrating the three pillars of sustainable development could be made possible. They will also share some of their own experiences in formulating and implementing development strategies based on investing in human and natural capital as the drivers of inclusive and sustainable development. They will also share their unique perspectives on the development agenda beyond 2015.

Ministerial Round Table on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters and Major Economic Crises
0900-1030 hours on Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Moderated by:

  • Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Panelists:

  • Gen. (Ret.) Nadeem Ahmed, Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan (former)
  • Senator Richard Gordon, President and CEO of the Philippine National Red Cross and former Minister of Tourism, Philippines
  • Dr. William Sabandar, Special Assistant to the President of Indonesia
  • Dr. Rizal Ramli, Minister of Finance (former) and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Indonesia (former)
  • Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN (former)

Concluding remarks:

  • H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Synopsis: The panel will review the key findings of the theme topic and discuss the issue of building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises. Panelists will provide insight into how people, organizations, policy-makers and institutions can work together to build systems to withstand multiple shocks, based on their own experiences at the national and regional levels. They will also discuss how seemingly visible evidence of economic resilience masks the underlying vulnerabilities of poor and disadvantaged communities, who have fewer resources and less effective buffers to shield themselves from natural disasters and economic crises. Panelists will also share their unique perspectives on how a regional cooperative process that integrates the three pillars of sustainable development into policymaking can build resilience to the growing threats posed by multiple shocks.

High-level Panel on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013
1045-1200 hours on Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Moderated by:

  • Ms. Alicia Barcena, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ECLAC

Panelists:

  • H.E. Mr. Timur Suleimenov, Minister of Economy and Financial Policy, Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Dr. Hafiz Pasha, Finance Minister, Pakistan (former)
  • Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada, Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank and former Vice Chairman (Minister), National Planning Commission, Nepal
  • H.E. Dr. Shamlall Bhatija, Senior Economic Adviser and Minister to the President, Afghanistan
  • Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS

Synopsis: Against the backdrop of subdued economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region due to global uncertainty, the 2013 edition of the Survey argues that macroeconomic policies may play a key role not only in supporting the economies of the region in the short term, but also in reorienting the region towards a more inclusive and sustainable pattern of development. By carefully designing short-term support measures, the Survey further argues that it is possible to sustain growth as well as address long-term structural issues. The panel of eminent experts and key policy makers from the region will discuss and provide insight into the practical implementation of these forward looking policy measures for achieving inclusive and sustainable development.

Executive Secretaries' Round Table on the Rising Global South and Prospects of Interregional South-South Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development
1000-1200 hours on Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Moderated by:

  • Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General, ILO (former) and Senior Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General

Opening Address:

  • H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Panelists:

  • Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of ESCAP and Coordinator of United Nations Regional Commissions: Emerging patterns and the perspective from Asia-Pacific - Presentation by Dr. Heyzer
  • Ms. Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC: The perspective from Latin America and the Caribbean - Presentation by Ms. Barcena
  • Dr. Rima Khalaf, Executive Secretary of ESCWA: The perspective from West Asia
  • Mr. Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of ECE: The perspective from Europe and Central Asia
  • Mr. Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary of ECA: The perspective from Africa - Presentation by Mr. Hamdok

Lead discussant:

  • Mr. Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre, Geneva

Synopsis: The global South has now emerged as an important player on the global economic stage notwithstanding the development challenges faced by many developing countries. The synergies between countries of the South have increased tremendously as they pursued different paths to development. Developing countries can help each other in vital areas such as trade, investment, technology, skills, and sharing development experiences accumulated over the past decades. South-South Cooperation (SSC) has attained a new salience and viability in recent years. South-South trade and investments continued to grow while advanced economies were contracting in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, moderating its impact on the developing world. While regional cooperation has become an important trend in different regions, it is time to unlock the potential of inter-regional cooperation. SSC should not follow the centre-periphery types of patterns that sometimes described the North-South trade and economic relations in the past. The five UN regional commissions can work together to facilitate interregional cooperation by bringing their respective constituencies to join their counterparts across other regions. They should collectively work to highlight good practices and evolving codes of conduct for guiding SSC to foster a mutually beneficial, more equitable and sustainable development. The Roundtable will discuss the emerging patterns in interregional SSC, prospects and challenges in making them contribute to more equitable and sustainable development.