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31 March 2021

Conference Room 3, UNCC and MS teams
Bangkok, Thailand

Virtual

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The 5th High-Level Brainstorming Dialogue on Enhancing Complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 13.00-15.30 hours (Bangkok time) in a hybrid format.  The Dialogue will be held both physically at Conference Room 3, the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok and virtually using Microsoft Teams.

The Opening Session, presided over by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP, will take place at 13.00-13.30 hours (Bangkok time) in Conference Room 3, UNCC.  This session will also be live streamed via UN ESCAP YouTube at https://youtu.be/CmjfiNkYylY. The subsequent Closed Session will immediately follow and continue until 15.30 hours (Bangkok time). 

Statements at the opening session 

 

31 Mar 2021
13:00
13:30

Opening Remarks:

  • H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand (Co-Chair)
  • H.E. Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP (Co-Chair) - speech
  • H.E. Mr. Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN
13:30
15:20
Agenda Item 2: Promoting Complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Review of Progress and Ways Forward

             Despite the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, ASEAN, UN ESCAP and their partners have continued to work together to advance sustainable development cooperation in the region by enhancing the Complementarities Initiative and implementing the Complementarities Roadmap (2020-2025).  The Roadmap covers 5 priority areas, namely (1) poverty eradication, (2) infrastructure and connectivity, (3) sustainable management of natural resources, (4) sustainable consumption and production and (5) resilience as well as capacity-building.

              The COVID-19 crisis has also prompted us to find ways to “build back better” where sustainability and sustainable development are key in a post-COVID world, especially when our most vulnerable groups have been hardest hit by the pandemic.  In this regard, COVID-19 recovery efforts and the SDGs can be pursued together.  This is clearly reflected in the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework adopted by ASEAN Leaders at the 37th ASEAN Summit in November 2020 as well as the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action 2021-2025 adopted by the ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting in October 2020.  

             In moving forward, it is critical to enhance partnerships for sustainable development – not only between States and international organisations but also among all sectors in society through “Public-Private-People Partnerships”.  Given the difficult global economic environment, it is also crucial to find innovative ways in effectively mobilising and utilising resources to attain the SDGs.  The ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) can also provide institutional support for the coordination of the implementation of the Complementarities Roadmap.     

             In this session, ASEAN Member States, UN agencies and external partners will review the progress made on the promotion of the Complementarities Initiative.  Participants can also elaborate on their actions and approaches for the effective implementation of the Complementarities Roadmap as well as joint efforts in addressing and recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 in this Decade of Action for SDGs.  Furthermore, concrete project ideas, including those to be undertaken with the ACSDSD, will be shared as ways forward in enhancing sustainable development cooperation in the region.

(A) Progress on implementing actions under the Complementarities Initiative 

  • Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand (Co-Chair)
  • Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of  UN ESCAP (Co-Chair)
  • Update on the progress of the Complementarities Initiative including in the context of the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action 2021-2025 by Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of  UN ESCAP
  • Update on ASEAN’s undertakings to promote sustainable development by Mr. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
  • Update on the overall implementation of the Complementarities Roadmap (2020 -2025) and the work of the ACSDSD by Mr. Narong Sasitorn, Executive Director of the ACSDSD

(B) Effective implementation of the Complementarities Roadmap (2020-2025) in light of COVID-19 challenges (Each speaker has allotted time of 5 minutes.)

  • Presentations by ASEAN Member States, UN agencies, and external partners

Overview

  • Advancing sustainable development cooperation under the current ASEAN Chairmanship theme “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”
    • Mr. Garry Ibrahim, Director-General of the Department of ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam

Poverty Eradication

  • Improving the standard of living and well-being of peoples through sustainable job creation and human capital development  
    • Mr. Ke Yousheng, Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP
    • Mr. Jaco Cilliers, Manager of UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub

Infrastructure and Connectivity 

  • Promoting sustainable socio-economic development through quality infrastructure and connectivity  
    • Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of Japan
    • Ms. Birgit Hansl, Country Manager for Thailand, the World Bank

Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

  • Combatting marine debris and plastic waste as well as ensuring ocean sustainability  
    • Mr. Jens Frølich Holte, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway
    • Mr. Jerker Tamelander, Coordinator, Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), UNEP

Sustainable Consumption and Production

  • Promoting dialogue on sustainable consumption and production as well as circular economy
    • Mr. Jean-Louis Ville, Director for Middle East, Asia and Pacific, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission

Resilience

  • Enhancing regional resilience and tackling climate change in view of the upcoming COP 26
    • Ms. Tosca Barucco, Minister and Italy’s Special Envoy for COP26
    • Mr. Markus Werne, Head of UN OCHA’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 
    • Mr. Johannes Matyassy, Deputy State Secretary, Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cross Cutting Area: Capacity Building

  • Empowering women and gender equality in ASEAN
    • Mr. Mohammad Naciri, Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific
    • Promoting partnership for sustainable development through research and dialogue
    • H.E. Mr. Narong Sasitorn, Executive Director of the ACSDSD

Open floor, including Q&A, for other participants.

15:20
15:30
Closing Session

Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, and Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP (Co-Chairs) will summarise the main conclusions of the Dialogue, including possible next steps.

Opening Session
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5th High-Level Brainstorming Dialogue on Enhancing Complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 31 March 2021
5th High-Level Brainstorming Dialogue on Enhancing Complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 31 March 2021
5th High-Level Brainstorming Dialogue on Enhancing Complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 31 March 2021
Speech by Mr. Jens Frølich Holte, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway
Speech by Ms. Tosca Barucco, Minister and Italy’s Special Envoy for COP26

Click on the flags or names to download the statements.

H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
H.E. Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
H.E. Mr. Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN

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