For Delegates

Note: Delegates represent their countries at United Nations meetings. This page is for delegates, government officials and other members of government delegations participating in the 75th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). For general information, concerning all participants, please refer to this webpage.


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PART I: Guide for delegations

  • This guide includes information to assist delegates attending the Commission session with their preparations and to facilitate their participation. The document includes useful information on paperless meetings, order of speakers, and the agenda-wise discussions. Click here to view the guide.

PART II: Country statement slots during the general debate

  • The general debate on the theme of the session “Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality” is scheduled to take place from 14:30-17:30 hours, Monday, 27 May; and 09:00-12:00 hours, Tuesday, 28 May 2019. To request a speaking slot, delegations are requested to complete and submit this form to the Secretary of the Commission, via email to [email protected] at the latest by Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Click here to download the form (word document).

PART III: Election of Governing Councils

  • General information

  • The three-year terms of the members of the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) will end at the 75th session of the Commission.

    The Commission will therefore elect new members to serve on the Governing Councils of these two regional institutions during the session and the results will be announced under agenda item 10 Other matters.

    The elections to the two Governing Councils will take place from 1000 to 1230 hours noon on Thursday, 30 May 2019, in parallel with the plenary session. The election will be conducted in the ESCAP Hall.

    All members and associate members desiring to seek election or re-election to any of the Governing Councils are requested to complete the nomination form(s) and submit to the Secretary of the Commission in advance and at the latest by 1700 hours, Bangkok time, Monday, 27 May 2019.


  1. Election to the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM)

    The Statute of APDIM (Commission resolution 71/11) stipulates that “[t]he Centre shall have a Governing Council consisting of a representative designated by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and eight representatives nominated by other members and associate members of the Commission. The members and associate members to be elected by the Commission shall be elected for a period of three years, but shall be eligible for re-election”. In addition to the host country (Islamic Republic of Iran), the current members of the Governing Council are: Bangladesh; Cambodia; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Turkey; and Macao, China.

    Governing Council members are expected to participate in the Council meeting, to be held at least once a year, to provide guidance to the Centre as stated in the Statute. The cost of participation of the Governing Council members in all meetings of the Governing Council will be borne by the Governments concerned.

    To ensure continuity in the work of the Governing Council, elected member countries are expected to designate one representative who would, as far as possible, serve on the Governing Council throughout the period of such membership.

    Nominations received from members and associate members of the Commission, as of 18:00 hours, 24 May 2019 (in alphabetical order): Bangladesh; Cambodia; Fiji; India; Macao, China; Mongolia; Pakistan; Turkey.

    Further information can be obtained by contacting:

    Ms. Letizia Rossano, Head
    Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM)
    Telephone: +66 2 288 1260
    Mobile: +66 6 1420 0895
    Facsimile: +66 2 288 1085
    Email: [email protected]

  2. Election to the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP)

    The Statute of SIAP (Commission resolution 67/13) stipulates that “the Institute shall have a Governing Council consisting of a representative designated by the Government of Japan and eight representatives nominated by other members and associate members of ESCAP elected by the Commission. The members and associate members to be elected by the Commission shall be elected for a period of three years but shall be eligible for re-election”. In addition to the host country (Japan), the current members of the Governing Council are: China; India; Pakistan; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; and Vanuatu.

    Governing Council members are expected to participate in the Council meeting, to be held at least once a year, to provide guidance to the Institute as stated in the Statute. The cost of participation of the Governing Council members in all meetings of the Governing Council will be borne by the Governments concerned.

    To ensure continuity in the work of the Governing Council, elected member countries are expected to designate one representative who would, as far as possible, serve on the Governing Council throughout the period of such membership.

    Nominations received from members and associate members of the Commission, as of 18:00 hours, 24 May 2019 (in alphabetical order): Australia; Bangladesh; China; Fiji; India; Indonesia; Macao, China; Mongolia; Pakistan; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; Sri Lanka; Thailand.

    Further information can be obtained by contacting:

    Mr. Ashish Kumar, Head
    Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific
    Telephone: +81 43 299 9782 / +81 43 299 9796 (Head’s Office)
    Facsimile: +81 43 299 9780 / +81 43 299 2521 (Head’s Office)
    Email: [email protected]

PART IV: Contributions to ESCAP Programme of Work and Regional Institutions

With the support of member State donors and partners, ESCAP has, over the years, contributed considerably to the development of Asia and the Pacific by establishing several key regional institutions; negotiating crucial agreements; undertaking quality normative and analytical work; advocating policies to address critical and emerging issues; and building capacities of its members to address development challenges facing the region.

At the Commission session every year, members and associate members of ESCAP indicate their support, both in-kind and financial, to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions.

The contributions to ESCAP programme of work supplement regular budget resources and help us address development challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region.

ESCAP’s regional institutions (APCICT, APCTT, APDIM, CSAM and SIAP) are hubs of capacity building in focused areas directly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. They also act as a platform for exchanging good practices among member States, fostering South-South cooperation. The viability of these regional institutions is largely dependent on the financial and in-kind contributions provided by their host Governments as well as the voluntary contributions made by other donors. In its resolution 71/1, the Commission encouraged all members and associate members of ESCAP to make the necessary regular annual contributions to the regional institutions.

In this regard, the ESCAP secretariat invites all members and associate members to consider making or increasing their pledge for financial support to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions at the seventy-fifth session of the Commission, to be held in Bangkok from 27-31 May 2019.

Please make your pledge by filling out the pledging form and submitting it via email to [email protected] or announcing your pledge during the deliberations on Agenda Item 6 (d): Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development.

The ESCAP secretariat expresses its appreciation to member and associate members for the commitment and ongoing support to the work of ESCAP.

Further information can be obtained by contacting:

Mr. Srinivas Tata, Chief
Capacity Development and Partnerships Section
Strategy and Programme Management Division
Telephone: +66 2288 1667
Facsimile: +66 2288 3035
Email: [email protected]


PART V: Liaison Officers

  • Liaison officers are assigned to each delegation, to assist in matters related to the Commission. The list of liaison officers is available here.
  • The liaison officers are secretariat staff members who shall be assisting delegations in addition to their regular duties in the substantive servicing of the Commission session.
  • Delegations may contact the liaison officers should they need assistance.

PART VI: Side event

  • Delegations and stakeholders are invited to organize side events linked with the theme of the session, “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. As slots for side events are limited, priority will be given to members, associate members and observer countries. Events with multiple co-organizers/partners are particularly welcome.
  • Delegations are requested to complete the Side Event Proposal form electronically and return it by Friday, 26 April 2019 to [email protected]

PART VII: Visa exemption request

  • Delegates from countries with no Embassy or Consulate General of Thailand may request visa exemption for participation at the Commission session.
  • In order to request the exemption, delegates are requested to complete the Visa Exemption Request Form return it via email along with the documents mentioned in the form to the email addresses indicated, by 8 May 2019.
  • For more information, please refer to the form or email [email protected]

PART VIII: Protocol arrangement

  • ESCAP provides protocol arrangements for delegates at the ministerial level and above. Return transfer to hotel only applies to delegations which do not have a diplomatic mission in Thailand. Please note that police escort is only provided for Heads of State and Government. The cost of additional police escort will be borne by the requesting country. Delegates are responsible for securing hotel reservations and the cost of their accommodations.
  • In order to facilitate arrangements, delegations are requested to complete the Protocol Arrangement Form electronically and return it via email to addresses indicated in the form, at least seven working days before the arrival date.


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