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13 September 2022, 14:20 - 18:30 Indochina Time / Bangkok | By invitation only

United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Fourth Asia-Pacific Directors-General Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has been providing a regional platform to facilitate South-South and triangular cooperation among its 62 member States and associate members and address development challenges and opportunities. Historically, ESCAP’s South-South and triangular cooperation activities helped shape its technical assistance programmes, informed its research and analysis, and underpinned its intergovernmental and consensus building work.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has had devastating impact on economies and people across the region, has provided ESCAP with a unique opportunity to focus its energy towards supporting member States to build back better and accelerate its progress towards the 2030 Agenda, keeping South-South and triangular cooperation at the centre of its mission.

One of the center pieces of ESCAP’s South-South and triangular cooperation work is its Asia-Pacific Directors-General (DG) Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Leading-up to the Second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40), ESCAP jointly established the DG Forum with the Government of Thailand and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in June 2018. Every year, it brings together the heads of development cooperation and South-South cooperation agencies and units of ESCAP member States to share experiences, good practices, and provide a venue for facilitating collaboration on issues related to South-South and triangular cooperation.

The third and most recent Asia-Pacific DG Forum, held virtually in November 2020, brought together Directors-General and other stakeholders from 23 countries in Asia and the Pacific to share experiences concerning their responses to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and exchange national and regional actions to build back better.

In preparation for the fourth Asia-Pacific DG Forum, ESCAP and UNOSSC proposed to promote the exchange of experiences and best practices among member States and to foster new ideas, namely, through (a) the establishment of a South-South Network of Technical Cooperation Providers and (b) the creation of working groups on South-South cooperation to strengthen the functions of the Asia-Pacific DG Forum. These proposals were discussed in bilateral discussions as well as during a Roundtable on Network for South-South Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific, convened as an associated event of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (9th session) in March 2022. The outcome of the Roundtable was taken into account in the present concept note and proposed programme for the fourth Asia-Pacific DG Forum.

The fourth regional DG Forum will be held in conjunction with the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) in September 2022.

Documents: 

13 Sep 2022
14:20
14:50
SESSION 1. Opening session
  • Opening Statements from the following dignitaries:
     

    • ESCAP Executive Secretary (or representative)
    • Director of UNOSSC (or representative)
    • Director-General of Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) (or representative)
14:50
16:20
SESSION 2. Panel discussion on the role of South-South Cooperation for getting back on track to realize the 2030 Agenda
  • The panel will reflect on lessons learned and best practices of South-South cooperation to cope with and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic which contribute to getting the region back on track to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Panellists to be selected to represent global, regional and subregional experiences and to include the United Nations Development System
     
  • Open for Q&A and discussions amongst attendees
16:20
16:40
Coffee break
16:40
18:00
SESSION 3. Modalities to support South-South Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific
  • Presentation and discussion of ESCAP’s South-South Cooperation survey results (ESCAP)
     
  • Demonstration of the South-South Cooperation connector (ESCAP)
     
  • Review of the proposed working groups based on the Roundtable (UNOSSC to moderate and champions to lead)
     
  • Outlook / preparations of 5th DG Forum
18:00
18:30
SESSION 4. Consideration of decisions and the Chair’s Summary
  • Review the Chair’s summary of key findings, discussions, and ways forward.

Moderator

Ms. Sandra Hanutsaha
Ms. Sandra Hanutsaha
Radio and TV news presenter
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Sandra Hanutsaha has extensive experience in Thailand’s English-language media landscape, serving alternatively as a radio and television news presenter for several programmes such as Radio Thailand, Parliament Newsroom, and Newsline as well as a variety of other programs airing on the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT). She is an English emcee, editor, writer, translator and interpreter.

Panellists

H.E. Dr. Mahendra Reddy
H.E. Dr. Mahendra Reddy
Minister for Agriculture, Waterways & Environment, Fiji
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Dr. Kanchana Wanichkorn
Ms. Kanchana Wanichkorn
Vice President, Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO), Thailand
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Mr. Anir Chowdhury
Mr. Anir Chowdhury
Policy Advisor, a2i Programme, Cabinet Division, ICT Division and UNDP Bangladesh
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Anir Chowdhury is the Policy Advisor of the a2i Programmme of the ICT Division and the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh supported by the UNDP. In this capacity, he leads the formation of a whole-of-society innovation ecosystem in Bangladesh through massive technology deployment, extensive capacity development, integrated policy formulation, whole-of-government institutional reform, and an Innovation Fund. His work on innovation in public service has developed interesting and replicable models of service delivery decentralization, public-private partnerships, and transformation of a traditional bureaucracy into a forward-looking, citizen-centric service provider. He is a regular speaker in international conferences on public service innovation and reform, digital financial inclusion, data driven policy making, civil registration and digital identity management, SDGs, youth and community empowerment, educational transformation, public-private partnerships, and South-South Cooperation. He regularly writes in reputed national and international blogs, journals and publications.

Mr. Mehdiyev Elmaddin
Mr. Mehdiyev Elmaddin
Director of Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan
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Mr. Elmaddin Mehdiyev is a career diplomat with 13 years of top management experience in international organizations. Throughout this period of time, in his prior missions he has organized / supervised more than 50 international projects & events, including 2 ministerial conferences and almost 20 high-level events.

Mr. Prabhat Kumar
Mr. Prabhat Kumar
Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India
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Mr. Prabhat Kumar is currently serving as Additional Secretary in charge of  Economic Relations and Development Partnership Administration of Ministry of External Affairs. Before this appointment he was Additional Secretary, Passport Seva Project and Chief Passport Officer (April 2021 - November 2021). 

He served as India’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan from November 2017 to March 2021 and as India’s Ambassador to Colombia and Ecuador from May 2014 to October 2017.

 

Mr. Aminuddin Mat Ariff
Mr. Aminuddin Mat Ariff
Regional Coordinator (Asia), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
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Aminuddin is part of the pioneering team in the IsDB that created the Reverse Linkage (in 2012); the Bank’s South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTrC) modality that reinforces sustainable intervention in capacity development in a Win-Win Scenario.

He has over 16 years of experience in the Bank with roles including the development and implementation of Reverse Linkage projects (multiple sectors), resource mobilisation from both public and private sectors, partnership development especially in Asia and positioning & branding Reverse Linkage globally.

 Mr. Tuvdendorj Gantumur
Mr. Tuvdendorj Gantumur
Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia
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January 2022-Vice Minister of Environment and Tourism

2018-2022-Director General of Public Investment Department, Ministry of Finance

2017-2018-Director General of AccountingPolicy Department, Ministry of Finance

2007-2016-Worked in the private sector.

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