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 (pdf document).

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 1200 hours noon on Thursday, 30 May 2019, in parallel with the plenary session. The venue will be announced in due course.

    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 noon, 22 April 2019 (in alphabetical order): Bangladesh; India; Mongolia.

    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 noon, 22 April 2019 (in alphabetical order): Bangladesh; Fiji; India; Mongolia; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation.

    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: 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 V: 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 VI: Protocol arrangement



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