Ministerial Panels, High-level Events and Side Events

Ministerial Panels and High-level Events

Side Events and Associated Events of the Commission

Ministerial Panels and High-level Events

High-level Exchange on Development Cooperation in the post 2015 era: Perspectives from Asia-Pacific Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries
10:00-12:00 - Monday, 4 August 2014

Synopsis: Financing for sustainable development has become a significant and integral part of the current development discourse on the post-2015 development agenda, especially for the Asia-Pacific region which has 31 countries with special needs (landlocked developing, least developed and Pacific Island developing countries). Socioeconomic development in these countries remain constrained by many factors, including lower productive capacities, remoteness and isolation from the world markets, and high trade costs. The implementation of a new, ambitious development agenda with sustainable development at its core requires more effective incentives, a more effective allocation of existing resources and additional funds from domestic, external and innovative sources. This high-level event will bring together senior government officials and experts from these countries to exchange views on financing for development needs, and on ways to preserve and increase the level of resources available to them in the post-2015 era.

Moderator: Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Panellists:

  • H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and Chairman, National Committee for ESCAP, Cambodia
  • H.E. Mr. Govind Pokhrel, Vice-Chairman, National Planning Commission, Nepal
  • H.E. Mr. 'Aisake Eke, Minister of Finance, Tonga
  • H.E. Mr. Saleumxay Komasith, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and High-Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

Ministerial Roundtable on Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity
10:30-12:00 - Thursday, 7 August 2014

Synopsis: As one of the main policy reports that will be deliberated by Ministers at the session, the theme study looks at how regional connectivity can create more equitable prosperity across and within the countries of the region. The study examines this thesis from several perspectives, including: the role of connectivity in the context of emerging regional trends such as a greater emphasis on the service sector and use of information and communications technology; the contribution of connectivity and the possibilities for improvement through more multi-sectoral and multi-faceted approaches that include legal, institutional and knowledge frameworks; and the possibility of a regional public goods approach to connectivity and possible ways this could be achieved.

Moderator: Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Panellists:

  • H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister, Chairman of National Committee for ESCAP, Cambodia
  • H.E. Mr. Connelly Sandakabatu, Minister of Development Planning & Aid Coordination, Solomon Islands
  • H.E. Mr. Bektas Mukhamedzhanov, Vice-Minister of Environment and Water Resources, Kazakhstan
  • H.E. Mr. Louis Casambre, Under-Secretary of Science and Technology Department, Philippines
  • H.E. Mr. Zin Yaw, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport. Government of the Union of Myanmar
  • Mr. Wencai Zhang, Vice President (Operations 1), Asian Development Bank

Ministerial Panel on Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Development Financing
9:00-12:00 - Friday, 8 August 2014

Synopsis: The event will discuss the outcomes of two key recent discussions in the region: the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, the first annual inter-governmental regional preparatory meeting for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); and the Asia-Pacific Outreach Meeting on Sustainable Development Financing, which brought together public and private sector figures from more than 30 countries to share their views on a financing strategy for achieving sustainable development in the region.

The outcomes of the Forum and the deliberations at the second meeting of the HLPF, as well as the discussions at this panel, will support the decision making process on regional priorities related to financing, means of implementation, monitoring and reporting of implementation frameworks for sustainable development in the region, as well as on stakeholder engagement, and on the future proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Sustainable Development, including its functions, timing, frequency, participation, outcome, themes and procedural aspects.

Given the significance of sustainable development financing in the evolving paradigm of sustainable development, the panel is also expected to deliberate on issues of domestic resource mobilization and taxation, as well as challenges that countries face in strengthening tax revenues, and offer policy options, including drawing upon those presented in the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014, the ESCAP flagship publication.

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan and Chair of the seventieth session of the Commission

Panellists:
Sustainable development: Challenges and Priorities

  • H.E. Mr. Aisake Eke, Minister of Finance, Tonga
  • H.E. Ms. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia
  • Ms. Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Sustainable development financing

  • H.E. Mr. Sarath Amunugama, Senior Minister for International Monetary Co-operation and Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning, Sri Lanka
  • H.E. Mr. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Vice Minister of Finance, Indonesia
  • H.E. Mr. Gil S. Beltran, Under Secretary and Chief Economist of the Department of Finance of the Philippines
  • Mr. Vito Tanzi, former Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund and Undersecretary for Economy and Finance, Italy

The way forward

  • Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Side Events and Associated Events of the Commission

Special Event: Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Tuesday, 5 August - Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Synopsis: The regional consultation, organized in conjunction with the seventieth session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), will provide an opportunity to feed the perspectives of the Asia-Pacific region into the current global discourse on the future monitoring and accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda. The consultation will explore key issues in accountability, including the scope of commitments that could be included in a regional accountability framework; contributions of existing regional mechanisms and the new mechanisms that might be required for post-2015 accountability; the role of the regional commissions in the framework; and also the type of architecture that would be able to deliver simple, efficient, flexible and transparent results-oriented regional accountability framework, anchored at the national level and embedded in the global level, and able to support inclusive engagement of all stakeholders, including governments, civil society and private sector actors. The outcome of the consultation is expected to be a Chair’s Summary that will be shared with the United Nations Secretary-General in preparation for the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

Detailed information on the special event can be found at: http://www.unescap.org/events/regional-consultation-accountability-post-2015-development-agenda.

Special Event: Fifth Asia-Pacific G20 Consultation Luncheon
12:00-13:30 - Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Synopsis: As part of its broader effort to effectively articulate the Asia-Pacific region’s priorities at the global level and to develop a strong and coordinated regional voice in major global forums, ESCAP is organizing a special event to discuss Asia-Pacific perspectives on the agenda of this year’s G20 Summit, hosted by Australia.

The consultation provides a platform for countries, including non-G20 members and least developed countries, to share perspectives on the issues addressed by the G20, and to identify areas of common interest for ESCAP and the G20, including the two G20 priorities put forth by Australia: to promote strong economic growth and employment outcomes and to make the global economy more resilient to future shocks.

For further details, please visit http://www.unescap.org/events/g20-consultation-2014

Side Event: Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014
13:30-15:00 - Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014 is the ESCAP flagship publication that has been the most comprehensive annual assessment of socioeconomic progress in the region for the past six decades. The 2014 Survey highlights the external and domestic challenges to sustaining growth dynamism in the region and examines ways to unlock the fiscal space, focused on strengthening tax revenues for productive and countercyclical spending to overcome these challenges and make Asia-Pacific growth inclusive and sustainable.

Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, will launch the Survey and deliver a presentation on its key messages and policy recommendations.

At the outset of the launch, there will also be a brief presentation on Asia and the Pacific: A story of transformation and resurgence, part of the intellectual history of ESCAP. The publication offers a first-hand account of what was happening during a period of unprecedented economic and social transformation in the Asia-Pacific region, seen from the lens of the Survey.

Side Event: Mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region: Paving the way to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
14:00-15:15 - Thursday, 7 August 2014

This event will commemorate the 60 years of Japan’s accession to, and strong relationship with, ESCAP. The choice of topic is a reminder that disaster risk reduction continues to be a very important issue for the Asia-Pacific region, and field in which Japan has contributed greatly and consistently demonstrated exemplary practices. Discussions on disaster risk reduction have become even more important in light of the World Conference to be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, where the post-2015 framework on disaster risk reduction (HFA-2) is expected to be adopted.

The event is an avenue for ESCAP member States to exchange experiences in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development, provide policy reflections in preparation for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, and the post-2015 development agenda, and highlight the significant progress made in strengthening early warning systems in the region through the ESCAP Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness (‘the Trust Fund’). The event is co-organized by the Government of Japan and ESCAP.

Main speakers:

  • Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • H.E. Mr. Seiji Kihara, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • H.E. Mr. Zin Yaw, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • Mrs. Kanchana Patarachoke, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Thai Government
  • Mr. Kunio Okamura, Senior Special Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)