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29 November to 01 December 2022 | By invitation only

CED7

The seventh session of the Committee on Environment and Development at ministerial level was called for by the declaration adopted at the Seventh Session of the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/74/10/Add.1). 

The Committee will be organized on the theme of “Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific” from 29 November – 1 December 2022.

 

About the ESCAP Committee on Environment and Development

The Committee on Environment and Development (CED) is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It is convened every two years to review regional trends, identify priorities for action, promote dialogue, consider common regional positions and promote a collaborative approach to addressing the development challenges of the region between Governments and civil society, the private sector and the UN System and other international organizations.  The CED provides recommendations to the Commission as a body – made up of 53 members and 9 associate members. 

This year, pursuant to the declaration adopted at the Seventh Session of the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/74/10/Add.1), the Committee is being held at the Ministerial level. It will be convened on the theme: Protecting our planet through regional cooperation and solidarity in Asia and the Pacific.

What will be the outcome of the CED in 2022? 

As a working committee of the Commission, the CED’s deliberations and its outcomes will support regional action and guide ESCAP’s responses in collaboration with the UN system and other development partners and stakeholders.

Member states are discussing two main outcomes during the preparatory process. The first is a Ministerial declaration on Asia-Pacific environment and development challenges and regional responses. The draft declaration draws attention to regional collaboration and solidarity on environment and development challenges.  The second is an Asia-Pacific programme on air pollution, as a platform for cooperation for improved air quality management. The draft covers a wide scope of actions, including identifying technical and financial resources to accelerate action. 

Other opportunities to advance regional action provided by the CED include: discussion on reinvigorating multilateralism to strengthen the implementation of the regional agreements; Terms of reference for a Technical Expert Working Group on Environment and Development, being tabled; raising awareness on Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration of 1992 on access to information concerning the environment participation in decision-making processes and access to judicial and administrative proceedings; Regional discussion on the future of Asia-Pacific oceans in the Day for the Ocean; and Partnership events inviting new collaboration and networking opportunities, as well as side events and an exhibitions to deepen the discussion and exchanges.

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Agenda item 1: Opening of the Senior Officials Segment
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(a) Opening statements 

(b)  Election of officers 

(c)  Adoption of the agenda 

10:30
12:00
Agenda item 2: Review of the Implementation of the Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Development for Asia and the Pacific, 2017
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  • Secretariat Presentation 

  • Panel discussion 

  • Country and stakeholder statements  

12:00
14:00
Lunch, bilateral partnership meetings
12:30
13:50
Side events

1. “Asia Pacific Finance roundtable”, organized by the Alexis Foundation (MR A) View Concept Note

2. “Managing the risk of a temperature overshoot in Asia Pacific”, co-organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G) (UNCC Theatre ) 

View Concept Note | Click here to Join the event virtually

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Agenda item 3: Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific
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  • Secretariat Presentation 

  • Country and stakeholder statements  

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Agenda item 4: Other matters
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30 Nov 2022
09:00
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Partnership Event 1: “Lessons for building an air quality management framework for the Asia Pacific Region” 
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Organizers: Mongolia and Maldives 

Mongolia and the Maldives propose to co-organize with other interested member countries the Partnership Event on 30 November 2022, in the sidelines of the UNESCAP’s 7th Committee on Environment and Development which will be held at ministerial level from 29 November to 1 December 2022. The Partnership event will serve as a platform for dialogue and knowledge exchange on air pollution issues in the Asia-Pacific, with the aim to showcase and discuss current and proposed new partnership initiatives. 

Transboundary air pollution has become a pan-Asia-Pacific problem and requires pan-Asia-Pacific solutions. Mongolia and Maldives would like to invite all UNESCAP member countries to commit to a new Partnership which would promote science-based and policy-oriented cooperation for improved air quality management; set up an open regional mechanism for governments, international organizations and NGO’s networks to exchange on air pollution challenges and solutions; mobilize political commitments for domestic actions and regional cooperation on air pollution; identify technical and financial resources to accelerate actions on air pollution. 

The proposed Partnership event will be inaugurated by H.E. Mr B.Bat-Erdene, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, who will announce Mongolia’s interest to host the Asia-Pacific High-level Meeting on Clean Air in 2023 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 

Key questions to be addressed: 

  1. How can member State leverage their collective expertise to support regional actions on air pollutions?  

  1. What can member States do to support low and middle-income countries to build their capacities to address air pollution? 

  1. How can the knowledge base on air pollution be strengthened to support actions on air pollution? 

Proposed agenda and speakers: 

Opening: 

  • H.E. Mr B.Bat-Erdene, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia 

  • Ms. Huda A Shareef, Permanent Representive of the Maldives to the UNESCAP 

Panel Discussion: 

Panellists including: The Representatives from the USA, JAPAN, ROK, Cambodia, France.     

 

Q&A 

 

Summary and way forward 

  • Conclusion by Moderator 

  • Announcement of Asia-Pacific High-level Meeting on Clean Air in 2023 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 

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Partnership Event 2: “Promoting a regional approach to respond to climate-related mobility in the Pacific”
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Organizers: ESCAP-SOP +IOM, ILO, OHCHR, PIFS, PDD (TBC) 

The proposed event is twofold; i. to showcase a regional climate mobility initiative unfolding in the Pacific, and ii. to call upon the support of Asia Pacific partners and member states to help progress this work.  

Pacific Island Countries are on the frontlines of climate change as they face varying threats from sea level rise to increasingly severe and frequent storms that adversely impact every part of life, exacerbate poverty and inequalities, and increasingly drive human mobility. International legal conventions and frameworks however do not adequately address the legal, cultural and social consequences of climate change and disaster-related mobility. 

Through Pacific Climate Change Migration and Human Security (PCCM-HS) programme, four UN agencies, together with the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) are jointly supporting Pacific Island countries and territories to develop a regional framework on climate mobility. This joint initiative has enabled the programme to benefit from the partner agency’s diverse expertise and networks working in the field of climate change and climate mobility.  

The development of the draft regional framework is a strong working example of member states working in concert to promote a regional approach, guided by a Joint Working Group co-chaired by the Governments of Fiji and Tuvalu. 

Key outcome of the event: 

A better understanding of the programme and the importance of the Pacific climate mobility initiative among Asia-Pacific member states, and an identification of potential support to further and progress the Pacific climate mobility initiative 

 

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Partnership Event 3: “Urban-ACT: Integrated Climate Action for Low-Carbon and Resilient Cities”
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Organizers:  ESCAP Sustainable Urban Development Section, GIZ and UCLG ASPAC 

The Seventh Session of Committee on Environment and Development (CED7) taking place at the ministerial level was called for by the declaration adopted at the Seventh Session of the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/74/10/Add.1). The Committee is organized on the theme of “Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific” from 29 November – 1 December 2022, in Bangkok and in hybrid format. It aims to draw attention to the need for stronger regional cooperation and solidarity and coordinated actions to address the challenges our common environment is facing. 

Partnerships events will be held as part of the official programme of CED7, in the morning of 30th November 2022. They are meant to promote existing and new partnerships relevant to the theme of “Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific”, and provide an opportunity for member States to showcase, launch or discuss current and proposed new partnership initiatives, with involvement of the ESCAP Environment and Development Division, and in support of stronger regional collaboration.  

Key outcome of the event: 

The objective of the Partnership Event is to launch the new regional partnership with ESCAP and United Cities & Local Governments Asia-Pacific for the upcoming Urban-ACT project, supported by Germany’s International Climate Initiative. The event will include the participation of selected representatives from political and implementing country partners in the project to discuss future collaboration opportunities to strengthen multi-level urban climate action in the region. 

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Lunch, bilateral partnership meetings
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Side event

3. “Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) Project”, organized by the Japan Ministry of Environment (MR A) View Concept Note

4. Strengthening the environment-health nexus and One Health in Asia and the Pacific”, organized by ESCAP, FAO, UNEP, WHO (MR H) View Concept Note

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5th Asia Pacific Day for the Ocean
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01 Dec 2022
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Agenda item 5: Opening of the Ministerial segment
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  1. Opening statements 

  1. Election of officers  

  1. Adoption of the agenda 

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Agenda item 6: Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific
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Roundtable 1: “Strengthening regional collaboration to protect our planet” 

  • Ministerial roundtable 

  • Country and stakeholder statements  

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Lunch for Heads of Delegations
Public Foyer
Reception Lunch
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Bilateral partnership meetings
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Agenda item 6 (continued): Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific
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Roundtable 2: “The Future of our Ocean” 

  • Ministerial roundtable 

  • Country and stakeholder statements  

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Agenda item 7: Other matters
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Agenda item 8: Adoption of the Ministerial Declaration Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific
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Agenda item 9: Adoption of the report of the Committee on its seventh session
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Exhibitions and Side Events

Bangkok, Thailand

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Exhibitions, Partnership Events, and Side Events

Bangkok, Thailand

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Exhibitions

Bangkok, Thailand

General

The seventh session of the Committee on Environment and Development of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held at ministerial level from 29 November to 1 December 2022, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok and online.

Note: This document provides links to external and third-party website, for convenience of meeting participants, and for use at their discretion. ESCAP cannot vouch for the accuracy or correctness of the information contained therein.

Credentials

Delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government or organization, to Environment and Development Division, ESCAP, United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, [email protected], at their earliest convenience prior to 28 October 2022.

Each delegate who appears in the aforementioned letter of credentials is required to register online as soon as possible at https://indico.un.org/e/ced7. Only registration of accredited delegates will be accepted and recognized in the list of participants.

Registration and identification badges

In order to facilitate the registration process both online and in-person participants are REQUIRED to register online at https://indico.un.org/e/ced7 well in advance, but no later than 28 November 2022, to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of photo badges as well as the compilation of the list of participants.

Please note that prior online registration is mandatory in line with standard security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises. A document containing tips on completing the online registration on behalf of another participant can be accessed on the registration portal, noted above.

Participants who have registered online can obtain photo badges at the registration counter, located on the Ground Level, UNCC, from 08:00 to 11:00 and 13:00 to 15:00 hours during the Conference.

Participants who are not able to register online during the times indicated above are requested to do so upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. Only the names of duly registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

For identification and security reasons, all participants are REQUIRED to wear their meeting badges at all times while they are in the UN complex, which include meetings and social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be immediately communicated to the registration counter or the UN security, so that the incident could be recorded, and a new badge can be issued.

Communications

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

(Name of delegate)
c/o Mr. Sangmin Nam
Director
Environment and Development Division
ESCAP, United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200
Thailand
E-mail address: 
[email protected]

Meeting documents

Meeting documents are available at: https://www.unescap.org/events/2022/ced7

Considering the carbon footprint involved in producing papers and printing documents, it is strongly recommended to utilize soft copies to the maximum extent. If hard copies are needed, participants are requested to bring with them their own copies of the meeting documents distributed by the ESCAP secretariat to their Governments/Agencies/Organizations prior to the session. Hard copy will only be made available upon request (print on demand service) and only one set per member State delegation.

Documents for distribution at the session should be sent to to Ms. Paradee Pethaibanlue or via email at: [email protected].

In accordance with the UN regulations for the control and limitation of documentation, the secretariat cannot undertake to process and/or reproduce a document or a statement submitted by individual delegations, unless the Committee specifically takes a decision to that effect and approves the financial implications thereof.

UNCC encourages sustainable meeting practices including the Paper-Smart Initiative. Meeting organizers are encouraged to use eco-friendly and innovative means to deliver information on their meetings including side events, instead of handing out hard copies of flyers, documents, newsletters, and/or other such materials.

Daily subsistence allowance

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Health and vaccination Health and vaccination

Upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who are nationals of or have traveled from/through countries listed below, which have been declared Yellow Fever infected areas, must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a valid Yellow Fever vaccination at the Health Control Office upon arrival before proceeding to immigration. A valid vaccination certificate means that the vaccine was administered at least 10 days prior to travel to the affected country. The International Health Certificate must also be submitted together with the visa application form.

The countries/areas listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand dated 03 November 2022):

  1. Angola
  2. Argentina
  3. Benin
  4. Bolivia
  5. Brazil
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Burundi
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central African Republic
  10. Chad
  11. Colombia
  12. Congo
  13. Republic of the Congo
  14. Cote d’Ivoire
  15. Ecuador
  16. Equatorial Guinea
  17. Ethiopia
  18. French Guiana
  19. Gabon
  20. Gambia
  21. Ghana
  22. Guinea
  23. Guinea-Bissau
  1. Guyana
  2. Kenya
  3. Liberia
  4. Mali
  5. Mauritania
  6. Niger
  7. Nigeria
  8. Panama
  9. Paraguay
  10. Peru
  11. Rwanda
  12. Sao Tome & Principe
  13. Senegal
  14. Sierra Leone
  15. Somalia
  16. Sudan
  17. Suriname
  18. Tanzania
  19. Togo
  20. Trinidad & Tobago
  21. Uganda
  22. Venezuela

Zika virus

Zika is endemic in Thailand and cases have been reported amongst tourists. All travelers are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites while in Thailand. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Thailand or talk to their doctor about the implications of traveling to Thailand during this time.

In addition to the above, Medical Services Division at UNHQs advises that pregnant UN personnel should not undertake duty travel or be relocated to countries/areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur. Women who are seeking pregnancy should obtain individual advice from their medical practitioner on risk management regarding their plans to travel into a Zika-affected area. For further information, please refer to the Zika virus FAQ.

Information on other non-vaccine preventable diseases to watch out for while in Thailand can be found here: Thailand - Traveler view | Travelers' Health | CDC.

Air pollution and Health

Bangkok, like many metropolitan Asian cities in the world, is periodically affected by high levels of air pollution, with haze and high concentrations of PM2.5 particularly of concern for sensitive groups.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand advises tourists to monitor Bangkok’s air pollution and take precautions when necessary. People who have existing asthma or are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution should consult their treating physician as to whether a trip to Bangkok is advisable at this time. Information on the Air pollution can be found Air4Thai website, maintained by the government of Thailand with daily information on air pollution.

Insurance and emergency medical service

Delegates are strongly encouraged to subscribe to a travel or health insurance which is valid in the Kingdom of Thailand, in order to cover any medical bills or hospitalization fees. In case of medical emergency, please call 1669. The nearest hospital to the UNCC is Bangkok Adventist (Mission) Hospital, which has English speaking medical support staff +662-282-1100.

When feeling unwell while in the UNCC: Anyone who feels unwell while already within the UNCC is advised to call any medical service staff at +66 2288 1352/1353/1761 during business hours, for further guidance. After business hours, they are advised to call the UN Medical Officer at +66 2288 1353 for further guidance. In case of a medical emergency within the UNCC, they are advised to call UN Security at +66 2288 1102/1120 for assistance in calling an ambulance.

Visa requirements Visa and entry requirements

Visa Requirements

Participants are REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate entry visa from the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General before entering Thailand, EXCEPT for those nationals listed at List of Countries entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival.

Please note that participants holding UN Laissez-Passer (UNLP) travelling on official business to Thailand are also REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate visa before entering.

To apply for an appropriate entry visa to Thailand, participants are required to contact their nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General for the most updated information regarding visa application procedures and required documents. The list of Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General can be found at https://www.thaiembassy.org.

Participants who wish to apply for a visa outside their country of residence or reside in a country where there is no Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate, should check with the meeting organizer for the location where it is possible for them to apply for a Thai visa. Please note that certain nationalities, for security reasons, are not allowed to apply for a visa except at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General which has jurisdiction over the concerned territory.

Participants who may need further assistance from ESCAP on their visa application should contact the meeting organizer, well in advance, for necessary action.

Participants who wish to apply for a visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Muang International Airport should follow the below requirements:

  1. The applicant must possess a passport from the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to apply for visa on arrival (List of countries entitled for Visa on Arrival) with the validity of more than 30 days, at least one completely blank page, and be in possession of a valid return ticket with date of departure within 15 days of the date of entry.
  2. The applicant must fill out an application form, which is available at the Visa-on-Arrival counter at the airport, supply one recent passport-sized photograph and a fee of Thai Baht (THB) 2,000.
  3. An online application is available at Visa On Arrival (immigration.go.th). Upon presentation of printed Transaction Reference Number (TRN) the applicant could obtain the visa at the Visa-on-Arrival counter at the airport before proceeding for immigration procedures.
  4. The applicant must provide proof of means of living expenses at the amount of THB 10,000 per person or THB 20,000 per family.

NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of October 2022.

Accessibility support for persons with disabilities Accessibility support for persons with disabilities

The UNCC is fully wheelchair-accessible and houses the Accessibility Centre on Level 1. For more information, please visit the Accessibility Centre’s webpages

Travel agent Travel agent

The American Express Global Business Travel (AMEX-GBT) office is located on Level 1, UNCC, and is open weekdays from 08:00 to 17:00 hours, Tuesday through Thursday. Remote support is available on other days ([email protected])

Travel Advisory Travel Advisory

Visitors are advised to be respectful of Thai customs at all times. Please note that Thailand has laws against making negative comments about the institution of the monarchy. Such laws are strictly enforced and are applicable to spoken, written, gestures and electronic communication, including social media.

Transport to attend meetings Transport to attend meetings

Participants need to make their own transport arrangements to and from the UNCC. Metered taxis are readily available in the city and you may also book your transportation via applications such as Grab and Volt. Some hotels close to the UN building may provide complimentary transfer service on fixed schedule, to and from the UNCC, so please check with the hotel concierge.

Transport from and to Airport Transport from and to Airport

Participants need to make their own transportation arrangements from Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Mueang International Airport to their respective hotels. For the Airport Rail Link, an express and commuter rail connecting to Makkasan Station (MRT subway Petchaburi Station) and Phayathai Station (BTS Skytrain), passengers should go to Level B. Detailed information can be found at https://www.srtet.co.th/index.php/en/.

Electric taxis (EVsociety/VIP) are currently available at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The counter is located next to the main taxi area. The service is available 24 hours and can be pre-booked via:

Line ID: @evsociety
Phone: +66 2039 8888
Email: [email protected]
EV Society Facebook

Metered-taxi and bus services are readily available at the airport. More information is available at https://www.bangkokairportonline.com

To use the airport limousine service, participants should only contact the authorized officials at the counters located in the airport arrival zone. These officials will issue a ticket for the assignment of a limousine for transporting passengers to the desired destination, upon request. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport limousine service counters are located on Level 2 at Baggage Claim and Arrival Hall exits, channels A, B and C.

For public taxis, participants are advised to proceed to the Level 1 of the Passenger Terminal, between exit doors 4 and 7, outdoor area, where they will find automatic dispensing machines from which they can collect a queuing ticket for a public taxi. In addition to toll fees, there is a THB 50 surcharge to be added to the meter charge from the airport to the city. Please refer to the airport website noted above for details.

Souvenir shop Souvenir shop

The souvenir shop is located on Level 1 of UNCC. It is open from 09:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. The shop can be contacted at +66 2288 1295.

Safety and Security Safety and Security

For security and safety reasons, participants are reminded NOT to leave their belongings unattended. Belongings left unattended within the UNCC may be removed to the nearest Lost and Found counter or the Security Operations Centre.

All drone unmanned aircrafts are prohibited from flying over the UNCC as per the security requirements.

All occupants of the UNCC MUST comply at all times with all lawful directions given by the officers of the United Nations Security and Safety Section. Failure to do so may lead to the participant’s removal from the UNCC.

Contact numbers:

UN Security
Security Control Centre (24/7): +66.2.2881102
UN Security Emergency Number: +66.2.2881100
Mobile +66.81.8078471

Thailand Emergency Numbers:
Police general emergency call: 191
Fire: 199
Ambulance and rescue: 1669/1554
Tourism Police: 1155

Zero Tolerance towards harassment

The United Nations has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, and will deal with such complaints promptly. Please refer to the United Nations Code of Conduct and report any incident to the Security and Safety Section either in person or by phone at +66 2288 1102.

Security protocols for UN personnel

In line with security procedures for UN staff, travel notification through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) is required prior to any official travel. Upon notification of travel on TRIP, UN staff members will automatically receive an updated security advice for UN visitors to Thailand. Please visit https://dss.un.org to apply for this travel notification.

In addition, the UN Department of Safety and Security requires all UN personnel, including interns and consultants, to complete the mandatory BSAFE Security Awareness Training These security certifications are required to be completed, prior to having commenced official travel.

Prayer and meditation rooms Prayer and meditation rooms

Prayer and meditation rooms are located in front of ESCAP Hall on Level 2, UNCC.

Postal services Postal services

Postal services are available at the United Nations branch of Thailand Post, located on the Ground Level of UNCC. It is open from 08:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. The office can be contacted at extension 2911.

Lost and Found Lost and Found

Please contact the Security Operations Centre, either in person or by phone at +66.2.2881102.

Airline reservations Airline reservations

Many international airlines operate regular services to and from Bangkok. Participants are advised to secure their return bookings prior to their departure for Bangkok. If this is not possible, they should make firm return bookings immediately upon arrival in Bangkok. Travel services are available through the American Express Global Business Travel (AMEX-GBT) office located on Level 1, UNCC.

Library facilities Library facilities

ESCAP Library facilities are available on Level 1, Service Building from 08:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. For details on the use of the ESCAP Library facilities, please consult the staff on duty or call extensions 1329 and 1360. Further information about the ESCAP Library can be found on its website at http://www.unescap.org/library.

Internet services Internet services

Free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of the UNCC. Please use UN-WiFi, no password is required. Use of internet at UNCC is governed by relevant Organizational policies and guidelines. Failure to adhere to policies may result in revoking of those services.

Hotel accommodation Hotel accommodation

Hotels, located relatively close to ESCAP or by mass-transit routes, may be used by participants, should they choose to. The selection of hotels at a walking distance from the UNCC is encouraged to reduce participants’ local travel emissions and their exposure to traffic. Click here for a list of hotels, with indicative prices.

NOTE: ESCAP cannot vouch for accuracy of the information or rates contained in the document. The list is meant purely for reference and for ease of participants. The special discount rates provided are subject to change without notice. Please confirm the room rates with the hotel directly.

Participants are responsible for booking their own rooms and are requested to contact the hotel well in advance. Any cancellations, postponements or other changes should be reported to the hotel. Rooms not occupied may be charged to the participants as per the hotel’s policies.

Before departure from Bangkok, participants should settle directly with the respective hotels all accounts, including room charges and other expenses, such as for local and long-distance telephone calls, Internet usage, business center usage, laundry, room and hotel transportation services, mini-bar items, as well as restaurant and bar services. Participants are also responsible for any charges incurred with respect to rooms remaining vacant owing to late arrival or rescheduled departure for which inadequate prior notice is given.

Foreign currency declaration Foreign currency declaration

Any person who brings or takes an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding USD 20,000 or its equivalent into or out of the Kingdom of Thailand shall declare such amount of foreign currency to a Customs Official. Failure to make such a declaration or making any false declaration to a Customs official is a criminal offence.

For reference, participants may use – at their discretion – online currency conversion tool, such as https://freecurrencyrates.com for indicative currency conversion rates.

Floor plans UNCC Floor plans

The UNCC floor plans are available at https://www.unescap.org/uncc/our-rooms. The UN buildings are smoke-free. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas outside of the buildings and in the UNCC, the designated smoking area is outside of the Public Foyer.

Financial & administrative arrangements Financial & administrative arrangements

In those cases where the participation costs are borne by the ESCAP Secretariat, the Secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditure, 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.
Electric plug and socket Electric plug and socket

The electric power in Thailand is 220V running at 50Hz and the plug types used are either Type A, Type B, or Type C. A hybrid socket is almost universally found, which accepts a combination of the above plug types.

Delegates are strongly encouraged to carry their own adapters for use with laptops and other electrical appliances as the Secretariat will not be able to provide these. In case of need, adapters can be purchased from shops in the city dealing in electronic and electrical items.

Catering services Catering services

Operating hours

Catering services are available at the following locations:

  • International Cafeteria (Level 1, UNCC), which serves breakfast from 7.30 to 10.00 hours, and Thai, Halal and International menus for lunch from 11:00 to 14:00 hours on Monday through Friday.
  • Coffee Corner (Level 1, UNCC), which serves assortment of bakery pastries and beverages, is open from 07:00 to 17:00 hours on Monday through Friday.
  • Rajapruek Lounge (Ground Level, UNCC), which serves light meals and beverages, is open from 07:00 to 17:00 hours on Monday through Friday.

In line with the Sustainable United Nations (SUN) and Environmental Management System (EMS} principles, no single use plastic is available in the UNCC. Single-use food and drink containers have been banned within the UN compound in Bangkok. When purchasing coffee/tea at the Coffee Corner, meeting participants will be asked to pay a deposit of THB 100 for a cup, which will be returned upon return of the cup.

Dining venues at the UNCC also do not provide food storage boxes, plastic cutlery or straws for take-away orders. Diners wishing to take food away are advised to bring their own reusable food containers.

Banking facilities Banking facilities

Banking services are available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, located on Level 1 of the Service Building, from 08:30 to 15:30 hours during weekdays. (telephone extension 2168).

Siam Commercial Bank ATMs can be found near the registration desk, on the Ground Level of UNCC, and near its UN Branch office, noted above.

Weather Weather

The weather in Bangkok is usually warm and humid. Light tropical clothing would be appropriate. The conference and meeting rooms at the UNCC are air-conditioned and the temperature is maintained in the range of 23-24 degrees Celsius (73-75 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Indian Water Foundation

Preparations for the 7th CED include a virtual preparatory meeting held on 18 March 2022: Preparatory Meeting for the 7th CED.

The meeting established a consultation process to be organized between June and September 2022, to reach agreement on the outcome documents:

An Expert Group Meeting was also held on 22 and 23 June 2022 on theme of Regional Collaboration to Protect our Common Environment, to discuss opportunities for regional collaboration on air pollution, climate change, ocean and marine ecosystems, sustainable cities and rights-based approaches to environmental protection, in order to inform these consultation meetings.

Survey for the Committee on Environment and Development  was issued take the pulse of government and other experts in the Asia-Pacific region regarding priorities and actions to address environment and development challenges, including through reinvigorating multilateralism.

 

Government participation

Governments have received direct invitations to nominate their delegations.

Non-government stakeholders’ participation in the plenary sessions (on 29 November and 1 December 2022)

The main plenaries will be convened on 29 November and 1 December 2022 online and in person. A rich discussion, partnership and collaboration will be an essential foundation for action on the CED outcomes. If your organization is interested to contribute to the main plenaries (online or in person), and is ECOSOC accredited; and/or has a strong track record of working with regional governments and/or the United Nations system on environment and development challenges, in the Asia-Pacific region, please pre-register using this form: https://forms.office.com/r/0vCrntwq6e by latest 15 November 2022.  You will be notified about the status of your pre-registration by latest 18 November 2022.  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Participation in Partnership Events, Side events and exhibition only (on 30 November 2022)

Stakeholder organizations can opt to participate in the partnership, side events and exhibition only (on 30 November 2022) by pre-registering at https://indico.un.org/e/ced7 and selecting the "Registering only for participation in side events/partnership events/exhibition" tick box.

Those registered to participate in the main plenaries do not need to register separately to participate in the partnership events, side events and exhibition.

Participation in the 5th Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean (on 30 November 2022)

To participate in the Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean  please register here

Written contributions

Written statements to the Committee may be received from organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC.  Statements should be no more than 1200 words, address a specific agenda item, cover issues raised by the meeting documentation, and be submitted by 11 November 2022 to [email protected]

Events and exhibition

A range of opportunities for showcasing and promoting partnerships and relevant initiatives to the theme of the Committee are offered: 

  • Partnership events: these partnerships events will be held as part of the official programme of CED7, in the morning of 30th November 2022, in limited number). They are meant to promote existing and new partnerships relevant to the theme of “Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific”, and provide an opportunity for member States to showcase, launch or discuss current and proposed new partnership initiatives, with potential involvement of the ESCAP Environment and Development Division, and in support of stronger regional collaboration. These partnership events will be given a dedicated 1hour slot, with no other event/meeting happening in parallel.   If you are interested in submitting a request for a partnership event, kindly complete this online form before Friday 28 October.

 

  • Side events will be held in the margins of the official programme and can be held in parallel.  A limited amount of side event will provide opportunities for member States and other stakeholders to engage with other CED 7 participants on topics of relevance to the theme of CED7: “Protecting our Planet through Regional Cooperation and Solidarity in Asia and the Pacific”. The side events will be allocated a 1 hour 15 minute slot on 29 or 30 November 2022. If you are interested in submitting a request for a side event, kindly complete this online form before Friday 28 October. 

 

  • An exhibition (booths and tables) will also provide opportunities for stakeholders to present their work and interact with participants throughout CED7.  If you are interested in having a booth/table during CED7, kindly complete this online form before Friday 28 October. 

for more information, please contact

Committee on Environment and Development [email protected]
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