Sustainable Development Goals, regional cooperation and integration top agenda at annual session of high-level UN Asia-Pacific commission

The 72nd session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held under the theme ‘Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development’ at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 15 to 19 May 2016.

Comprising two parts, the annual session will include the senior officials segment from 15 May to 17 May 2016, in preparation for the ministerial segment, to be held from the afternoon of 17 May to 19 May 2016.

This is the first Commission session to be held since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the members of the United Nations last September. It offers a unique opportunity to collectively review key challenges to achieving inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. The high-level dialogue will also enable countries to share their priorities and visions on the regional economic cooperation and integration agenda necessary for successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The scale and depth of the SDGs require innovation, along with significant scientific breakthroughs and technological advancements. A ministerial panel on the session’s theme on 18 May will highlight member States’ policy approaches to science, technology and innovation, as well as the collaborative opportunities they see lying ahead.

What: 72nd Session of ESCAP

When: 15 to 19 May 2016

Where: United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Rajadamnern Nok Ave, Bangkok

Who: Heads of State, Heads of Government, Senior Ministers and Officials from Asia-Pacific

Media Highlights

Sunday, 15 May 2016
09:00-09:30 Opening of the Senior Officials Segment

Monday, 16 May 2016
12:00-13:00 Side event on Accelerating Financial Inclusion in Least Developed Countries in Asia and the Pacific: Role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, hosted by the Government of Bangladesh

Tuesday, 17 May 2016
15:00-16:30 Opening of the Ministerial segment

16:30-18:00 High-level dialogue on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration

Wednesday, 18 May 2016
09:00-10:30 High-level exchange on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries

12:00-13:00 Side event on The Belt and Road Initiative: From Vision to Action, hosted by the Government of China

13:00-14:00 Side event on World Tsunami Awareness Day, hosted by the Government of Japan

14:00-15:30 Ministerial roundtable on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development

17:00-18:00 Side event on Landlocked developing countries and the One Belt One Road Policy - A corridor towards sustainable development, hosted by the Government of Mongolia

Thursday, 19 May 2016
09:00-10:00 Side event on Transforming Adversity into Disaster and Climate Resilience, hosted by the Government of Fiji

10:00-11:30 Ministerial panel on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016

Note to Editors
Please note the above schedule is subject to change. The timetable is available on the ESCAP website at:

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