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14 to 15 December 2020 | By invitation only

The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Nadi, Fiji
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The COVID-19 pandemic is already having a profound impact on the pursuit of sustainable development, particularly in developing countries and small island developing states (SIDSs). Important as it is to respond quickly and decisively, it is even more important to ensure that this crisis and the responses to it do not undermine the collective commitment to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Pacific Governments are taking steps to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic, including through a ministerial statement issued by the Forum Economic Ministers’ Meeting. The FEMM ministerial statement represents a collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and it provides the enabling political environment and commitment in the Pacific to expedite assistance and cooperation between member countries in preparing for and responding to COVID-19.

The focus of the 2021 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: Building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.  In line with its theme, the 2021 HLP will review SDGs  1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17 in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s important to note as well that the ESCAP Commission theme for 2021 is “Building back better from crises through regional cooperation in Asia Pacific” which highlights the importance of regional cooperation in responding to COVID-19 and building back better through accelerated implementation of the SDGs. 

To achieve these objectives, the PFSD and Workshop will: 

1.            Discuss and enhance knowledge on COVID-19 impacts and socio-economic policy responses and the challenges they pose for the implementation of SDGs

2.            Through peer learning and exchanges of national and regional experiences, identify gaps and potential national and regional responses and synergies for accelerating progress towards SDGs.

3.            Build the capacity of countries in the Pacific region to implement SDG and national priorities in the context of COVID-19, including through briefings on the regional and global roles and processes for the follow-up and review of SDGs.

The outcome of the PFSD and Workshop will inform deliberations at the 8th APFSD (22-25 March 2021) through a summary of key issues and recommendations. The outcomes will also inform the Theme Study for the 77th Commission session on “Building back better from crises through regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific”. These and related meeting documents will be sent to participants and will also be made available on the ESCAP Website.

Meeting Report

Meeting  Report - PFSD 2020


Virtual Participation

Virtual participation will be available through Zoom and connection details will be emailed to all registered participants by Friday, 11 December. The connection of virtual participants will be tested 30 minutes prior to the opening session each day.

Meeting Schedule

Monday 14 December 2020         08:30 – 13:00hrs               Opening, Sessions 1, 2 and 3

                                                         14:00 – 17:00hrs               Tourism Roundtable

                                                                                                     (organized by UN Resident Coordinator)

                                                          18:00 – 19:30hrs              Cocktail / Dinner Function

Tuesday 15 December 2020        08:30 – 17:00hrs               Sessions 4 and 5


For details, please refer to the updated agenda.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.


Hotel Accommodation

A room rate of F$179 inclusive of breakfast is available at Westin Denarau for meeting participants. All UN funded participants will be booked at the Westin Denarau.

Other self-funded participants who also wish to stay at the Westin Denarau can email booking requests to Patricia Momoivalu, ESCAP, email: [email protected]. Self-funded participants will be responsible for payment of hotel accommodation.

All delegates are responsible for incidental expenses (telephone calls, laundry service, etc) and kindly requested to ensure that all expenses are settled prior to check out.

Westin Denarau -             Check in - 3.00pm

                                           Check out – 11.00am

Airport Transfers – Nadi Airport

The cost of a taxi from Nadi Airport to Denarau ranges from $30 to $40



Registration and identification badges

Participants are requested to register and obtain a name badge on the first day of the meeting, i.e. Monday, 14 December 2020 between 08.00 hours and 08.30 hours. This is done at the Registration Counter located on the entrance t the conference room. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so immediately upon their arrival at the registration table and before going to the conference room. This procedure is important for temperature screening and sanitization and will also ensure that all participants’ names appear on the list of participants.

Online registration

In conformity with standard United Nations security procedures, all participants must complete a mandatory manual registration form. Participants are encouraged to complete this procedure well in advance of the meeting and no later than 11 December 2020. To facilitate the process, participants are encouraged to submit their forms in advance.

For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times when on the hotel premises, and also during the meeting and at social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Secretariat, located at the main conference room behind the meeting participants, so that a new one can be issued immediately.


Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:

Christopher Ryan                                                                                                 Patricia Momoivalu

Statistician                                                                                                            Personal Assistant

UNESCAP Pacific Office                                                                                      UNESCAP Pacific Office

Kadavu House Building, Level 5                                                                         Kadavu House Building, Level 5

414 Victoria Parade                                                                                             414 Victoria Parade

Suva, Fiji                                                                                                                Suva, Fiji

Tel: +679 331-9669  Fax: +679 331-9671                                                         Tel: +679 323-7709  Fax: +679 331-9671

Email: [email protected]                                                                                            Email: [email protected]

Meeting documents

The secretariat has adopted a paperless approach to meetings. As a result, participants are expected to get acquainted with all the meeting documents prior to the meeting. Should participants wish hard copies of the documents, they are expected to bring them to the meeting. These documents will be made available prior to the session at

Participants wishing to circulate any papers or literature at the meeting are requested to consult staff from the secretariat servicing the meeting for the necessary arrangements.

Daily subsistence allowance

Travel, Daily Subsistence Allowance & Accommodation (for funded participants)

For Fiji-based participants funded by ESCAP/DESA, ESCAP will be in touch with you regarding travel, daily subsistence allowances and accommodation arrangements.

Other financial and administrative arrangements

Participants are required to provide their own health insurance.

The workshop organisers will not assume responsibility for any other expenditures, including the following:

  1. All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
  2. Salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
  3. Costs incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
  4. Compensation in the event of death or disability of participants in connection with attending the meeting;
  5. Any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
  6. Any other expenses of a personal nature, not directly related to the purpose of the meeting.

Click on the flags or names to download the statements.

Statement by ESCAP Executive Secretary - Ms Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Statement by PIFS Secretary General - Dame Meg Taylor
Statement by UN Resident Coordinator - Mr Sanaka Samarasinha

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for the Pacific +679 331-9669 [email protected]