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24 to 26 March 2019 | By invitation only

The Asia-Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development (APPFSD) will be organized by civil society (Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM), the Asia-Pacific Research Network and the Thailand HLPF Alliance, in collaboration with the ESCAP as a preparatory meeting for the APFSD. 

The Asia-Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development 2019 will be a forum for civil society organizations to work together and consolidate their positions and recommendations for a regional sustainable development agenda. Asia-Pacific CSOs from different sectors and countries will explore common ground and actions, develop common messages and coordinate strategies for more effective participation in the national, regional and global intergovernmental processes on sustainable development. The CSO Forum invites applications from nationally registered civil society organizations to work with others to: 

  1. Foster the sharing and learning from the variety of experiences of organizations and constituencies and to enhance capacity of civil society participants on sustainable development at the national, regional and global levels, and on the opportunities and modalities for engaging these processes, including identifying and dealing with key systemic issues/barriers to the achievement of sustainable development;
  2. To help build an understanding of sustainable development as a comprehensive whole with strong inter-linkages across its various dimensions and components; therefore to also link the work of various other CSO campaigns, peoples’ movements, grassroot constituencies, scientific and academic communities across national borders; 
  3. Dialogue on the structure and content of the APFSD with its theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality in Asia and the Pacific”, formulate joint positions, as well as strategize interventions at the APFSD, HLPF and other processes; and
  4. Agree on joint actions and follow up to civil society positions adopted to strengthen and support each others’ ideas, plans and actions across national borders.

Those from civil society seeking to attend the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development must attend this preparatory forum (unless they are already part of their official national delegations). 

Target group

We welcome applications to the Asia-Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development and the APFSD from those who are based in Asia and the Pacific and from civil society organizations working on the 2030 Agenda and sustainable development processes, and especially those who are:

  • Engaged in the 2030 Agenda and SDGs-related processes or working on its’ linkages to education, decent work and employment, tackling inequalities between and within countries, climate change, democracy, peace and access to justice, financing for development, trade and means of implementation
  • Members of grassroots constituencies, and/or working directly with grassroots constituencies; or 
  • Working in ESCAP-member Asia-Pacific countries that have signed up for Voluntary National Review at the HLPF 2019 (Fiji, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nauru, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Tonga)

Those interested in attending the APFSD should also

  • Be accredited with the United Nations system (consultative or similar status with the UN including ECOSOC, CSD Roster, UNFCCC, FAO, ILO, UN Environment and UNDP or other UN-related organizations) – unless they are part of their national delegations.
  • Have in-depth expertise and experience related to the theme of the APFSD 2019 and on the cluster of SDGs (one or more of the goals); and
  • Be prepared to actively participate in preparing statements and other contributions to the meeting, coordinating with other CSOs and articulating joint CSO positions.

Other key points:


How to apply

The application and registration processes are now closed. 

For more information

  • It should be noted that participation in the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development is required for those seeking to attend the APFSD - but the People’s forum is open to those who do not attend the APFSD.
  • Normally, there are many more applications than there is space for, so you are encouraged to make your application as strong as possible.
  • Funding which includes airfare, accommodation and modest daily subsistence allowance (DSA) will be available for a limited number of organizations through ESCAP’s collaborating partners. If needing funding to attend, please ensure that you indicate this in your application. 
  • No more than 2 persons may be considered and accepted from the same organization, due to a high volume of applications. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate within the organization to identify at maximum 2 best applicants to represent organizational positions prior to submitting applications.
  • There may be a specific call for hosting side events during the People’s forum in keeping with the structure and content design of the programme as designed by the Programme Committee. However, all proposals may not be accepted due to limited time and space. In addition, this may not necessarily entitle the organization to guaranteed seats. (Please do not suggest side events until the call is issued)
  • However, depending on capacity, some seats may be reserved during the People’s forum for key resource persons and side event organisers. 
  • Side events and exhibitions (as part of “Pavilion of Partnership for Sustainable Development”) may be organized by organizations that are successful in participating in the APFSD, depending on relevance and availability of space– if interested, please express your interest and coordinate with the Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism. (Contact information is given at the end of this document.) 

Additional Documents

for more information, please contact

ESCAP APFSD [email protected]