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21 to 22 May 2015 | By invitation only

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/270, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) convened the second session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2015) for soliciting Asia-Pacific regional input to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2015. The theme of this year’s session is “Strengthening integration, implementation and review for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.” 

As an inclusive regional intergovernmental forum, APFSD 2015 had the objective of strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development at the regional level. The Forum engaged member States, United Nations and other institutions, major groups and other stakeholders in dialogue on three key issues: (a) practical approaches for integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development; (b) the potential for a regional monitoring and accountability framework; and (c) the form and function of the Forum beyond 2015. 

APFSD 2015, took place on 21 and 22 May 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand and was held back-to-back with the following other high-profile regional events: 

  • The seventy-first session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, from 25 to 29 May 
  • The preparatory meeting for the first Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia and the Pacific (18 May), and the first Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia and the Pacific (19 and 20 May), respectively, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme
  • The Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Environmental Rule of Law for Sustainable Development in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held on 20 May. 

These events were preceded by the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development to be held from 16 to 18 May 2015. This forum served as a preparatory event for both the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2015 and the Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia and the Pacific. The Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs was also convened on 20 May 2015 to facilitate the development of private sector perspectives as a contribution to APFSD 2015.

Please direct questions regarding APFSD 2015 via e-mail to: [email protected]


Report of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development on its second session


Annotated Provisional Agenda (Revised)


Tentative Programme

[English only]

Information Note for Participants

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Session 3: Regional mechanisms for monitoring and review for implementation of the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015


Member States

International Organizations / United Nations Bodies

Major Groups / Other

Side Events

A number of side events will be held during the lunchtime sessions of the APFSD, in order to enrich the deliberations of the session on strengthening integration, implementation and review for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Increasing Parliamentary Accountability for Development Justice: A talk-show with women parliamentarians and advocates
12:00-13:30, Meeting Room H - Hosted by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD)

Concept Note
[English only]

From Policy to Practice: Lessons Learnt from the Integration of the Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development in Cities - Luncheon Side Event On Urban Nexus
12:00-13:30, Public Foyer - Hosted by United Nations ESCAP and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Concept Note
[English only]

Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
12:00-13:30, Conference Room 4 - Hosted by United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Concept Note
[English only]


Friday, 22 May 2015

National Experiences and Lessons on Civil Society Participation in Monitoring and Review of Sustainable Development Policies and Programmes
12:30-14:00, Public Foyer - Hosted by Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (RCEM) and United Nations ESCAP

Concept Note
[English only]

A Country-led Road Map for the Data Revolution / Asian Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development
12:30-13:30, Meeting Room H - Hosted by PARIS21

Concept Note
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The APFSD 2015 session will be broadcast live on the Internet through the ESCAP YouTube channel. NOTE: All times displayed are Bangkok/Indochina time (GMT+07).

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015


for more information, please contact

Communications and Knowledge Management Section +66 2288 1869 [email protected]