Note: This page is for delegates, government officials and other members of government delegations participating in the 77th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). For general information concerning all participants please refer to the Information Note Section
PART I: Guide to participation
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 discussions conducted each agenda item. The guide to participation will be made available in due course.
PART II: Contributions to ESCAP Programme of Work and Regional Institutions
With the support of 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 the capacities of its members and associate members to address development challenges facing the region.
At the Commission session every year, members and associate members indicate their support, both in-kind and financial, to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions.
The contributions to the ESCAP programme of work supplement regular budget resources and help 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 to make the necessary regular annual contributions to the regional institutions.
In this regard, all members and associate members are invited to consider making or increasing their pledge for financial support to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions at the seventy-seventh session of the Commission, to be held in Bangkok from 27 to29 April 2021.
Pledges can be made by filling out the pledging form and emailed to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]. Pledges can also be announced during the deliberations on Agenda Item 5 (c): 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:
Ms. Maria Misovicova
Capacity Development and Partnerships Section
Strategy and Programme Management Division
Tel: +66 2288 2257 | Fax: +66 2288 3035 | Email: [email protected]
PART III: Liaison Officers
PART IV: Side event and exhibition
- Delegations and stakeholders are invited to organize side events or exhibition at the session on topics of their interest closely related with the theme of the session, “Building back better from crises through regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific.” As slots for side events are limited, priority will be given to members, associate members and observer countries on a first-come, first- served basis. Events with multiple co-organizers/partners are particularly welcome.
- Delegations are requested to complete the Side Event Proposal form or/and Exhibition form electronically via email and return it by Friday, 26 March 2021 to [email protected].
PART V: Visa exemption request
Due to COVID-19, participant who may wish to enter Thailand must request for an appropriate visa at the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General and take note of the following entry procedures to the Kingdom of Thailand:
- Please note that ALL visa exemption scheme and visa on arrival are currently suspended until further notice.
- A limited number of commercial and repatriation flights are currently permitted to enter Thailand. Travelers must check the list of flights permitted to enter Thailand by certain airlines with the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their country and confirm with concerned authorities.
- An online application for Certificate of Entry (COE) must be submitted to the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate.
- Upon departure, travelers must present the required set of documents, which may include COE, proof of health insurance certificate, medical certificate with confirmation of negative RT-PCR laboratory test result issued no more than 72 hours before traveling and a fit-to-fly health certificate/fit-to-travel health certificate.
- All travelers must quarantine upon entry into Thailand for 14 days in Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ).
All participants are advised to consult with the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries regarding the latest applicable requirements prior to their departure to Thailand.
Should there be any changes in the entry procedures from host country, ESCAP shall timely circulate information to all member states.
(NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of 10 December 2020.)
PART VI: Protocol arrangements
Please note that owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, information concerning any change to protocol arrangements will be updated as soon as practicable.
- 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 two weeks before the start of meeting on Monday 12 April 2021.