The inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will be held from 19 to 21 May 2014. Discussions will align with the theme of the HLPF (currently proposed as “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals”). The APFSD will chart the blueprint of a long-term inter-governmental regional consultation process supported by UN system coordination and collaboration, constructive and inclusive engagement of stakeholders, credible assessments of progress, and an effective science-policy interface. This inaugural session is organized by ESCAP and generously co-hosted by the Royal Thai Government at the Royal Cliff Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand.
Taking stock of the global discussions at this critical time when the HLPF and its associated processes are in a transitional phase and the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015 is being formulated, the APFSD will focus on:
The world is at a crossroads. The emerging global dialogue is focused on the convergence of sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda into one single path towards a sustainable and inclusive future. At the core of the deliberations, including on means of implementation, is the need to put people at the centre of the transformative agenda for sustainable development with poverty eradication as a priority.
The UN Secretary-General’s Report to the 68th session of the General Assembly entitled “A life with dignity for all” recommends a transformative post-2015 development agenda. It calls for a universal and sustainable development-based agenda that provides economic opportunities to lift people out of poverty, backed by a new global partnership.
Formulating and implementing an ambitious and transformative development agenda will depend on strong leadership and effective stakeholder engagement, and will only be successful if it focuses on human development at the highest political level. The United Nations General Assembly has thus established the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The HLPF met in its inaugural session in September 2013 to provide political leadership and to enhance integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development.
The UN system is now called on to work closely together so that the HLPF can fulfill its wide-ranging mandate as established by UN General Assembly Resolution 69/270. ESCAP is called upon to convene annual regional forums in the context of the HLPF, in an inclusive manner and in line with its mandate to promote the balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development, as called for in the Rio+20 outcome document, UN General Assembly Resolution 66/288 “The future we want.”
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The APFSD will be held over three days to ensure wide participation and exchange of views. Keynote presentations, statements by political leaders, civil society and the international community will share regional perspectives and focus attention on the challenges of integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, including a special session on the rule of law. It will be preceded by a civil society consultation and a regional dialogue on technology facilitation. The Asia-Pacific Forum will also host a pavilion of partnerships with a range of exhibitions, side events and informal dialogues led by various stakeholders.
Applications to join the Pavilion of Partnerships, organize a side event, or host a reception, are now closed. Updated information on the Pavilion programme will be available shortly. For additional information, please contact the secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org .