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28 to 31 March 2022 | By invitation only

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The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual and inclusive intergovernmental forum and a regional platform for supporting countries, in particular those with special needs, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while serving as a regional preparatory meeting to the high-level political forum.

The Forum provides a regional perspective on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by identifying regional trends and consolidating and sharing best practices and lessons learned. The Forum takes into consideration the contributions of United Nations system bodies (at the regional level), other regional and sub regional organizations, and relevant stakeholders.  The APFSD also supports follow-up and review of progress on the 2030 Agenda at the regional level.

The theme of the 9th APFSD is “Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific”. The 9th APFSD will play a unique role as a catalyzer of solutions and peer learning on how to accelerate transformations for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda while recovering from COVID-19. Within this context, the forum will provide the space for an in-depth review of the following cluster of goals which will be reviewed by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2022: SDG 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 14 (Life below water), 15 (Life on Land), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

 

Sustainable Development Goals Under Review in 2022

 
SDG4 Quality Education

 

SDG 5 Gender Equality

 

SDG 14 Life Below Water

 

SDG Life on Land

 

SDG 15 Partnership for the Goals

 

 

 

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28 Mar 2022
10:00
10:30
AGENDA ITEM 1 Opening statements, Election of officers, Adoption of the agenda

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1. OPENING OF THE FORUM

FORMAT: Interventions (KUDO and in person)

Opening Shadow Play Performance

Address by H.E. Ambassador Mr. Suriya Chindawongse Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council 

(a) Welcoming Speech, Key Notes and Remarks.  

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP 
  • Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations   

  • H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand  

Interventions 

  • Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Prize Laureate and SDG Advocate 

  • CSO representative 

 
(b) Election of the Bureau
(c) Adoption of the Agenda
 

10:30
12:00

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2(a) Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific

FORMAT: Ministerial panel & Country and stakeholders’ statements (KUDO) 

Review of Regional Progress on SDGs

10:30-11:30 

Ministerial panel on the APFSD/HLPF theme: “Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific” 

Moderator  

Ms. Valerie Julliand, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia  

Panelists:   

  • H.E. Ms. Ariunzaya Ayush, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Mongolia 

  • H.E. Mr. Jone Usamate, Minister for Infrastructure and Meteorological Services, Lands and Mineral Resources of Fiji 

  • H.E. Mr. Ali Sabry, Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka   

  • H.E Mr. Muhammetgeldi Serdarov, Acting Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan 

 

Interventions from:

  •  Ms. Kanni Wignaraja, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP 

  •  Mr. Shixin Chen, Vice President overseeing South Asia and Central West Asia Operations, ADB 

11:30-12:00 

Country and stakeholders’ statements 

12:05-13:00 

LAUNCH OF THE SDG PARTNERSHIP REPORT  
 
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12:00
14:00
Break and Side Events
14:00
15:30
2(b) Review of regional progress on SDGs  

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14:00-14:15   

  

Presentation from the Secretariat on Progress on implementation of the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific 

Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP

 

Interventions

Mr. Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General of the OECD

 

14:15-15:30  

Country and Stakeholders’ Statements  

15:30
17:00
AGENDA ITEM 3 UN System-Wide Reporting

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3. The UN Acting as One on Supporting the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda/System-wide Results of the United Nations Development System at the Regional Level 

15:30-15:45  

Introduction  

 

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Chair of the Regional Collaborative Platform in Asia and the Pacific 

 

Intervention from the Co-Vice-Chairs of the Regional Collaborative Platform in Asia and the Pacific 

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP 

  • Ms. Kanni Wignaraja, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP 

15:45-17:00  

Member States and Stakeholder Dialogue with DSG 

29 Mar 2022
10:00
17:00
AGENDA ITEM 2  Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific 

 

SDG Roundtables

Time/Room

Conference Room 3

(max 98 participants on-site)

Meeting room A

( max 38 participants on-site)

10:00-12:00

 Roundtable SDG 17

 

12:30-14:30

 Roundtable SDG 4

Roundtable SDG 14 

15:00-17:00

Roundtable SDG 5 

 Roundtable SDG 15

 

See details of roundtables below

2(b) Review of regional progress on SDGs 

 

10:00-12:00  

Assessment of progress in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 17  

Welcome remarks: Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator (Asia-Pacific), United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) 

Presentation of the Goal Profile: Ms. Juliet Braslow, Economic Affairs Officer, Office of the Executive Secretary, UN ESCAP 

Interventions:  

  • Moderator: Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator (Asia-Pacific), United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) 

  • Government: Ms. Huda Ali Shareef Permanent Representative to ESCAP Maldives

  • Civil Society: Mr. Ali Jilani, Vice Chair, Karachi Research Chair (KRC), Pakistan 

  • Private Sector: Mr. Anirban Ghosh, Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Groups 

  • Substance Matter Expert: Ms. Natasha Garcha, Associate Director of Capital Markets, Impact Investment Exchange Pte Ltd (IIX) 

Plenary discussion: (Moderator) Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator (Asia-Pacific), United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) 

Closing of the roundtable: Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator (Asia-Pacific), United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) 

12:30-
14:30  

Assessment of progress in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4 

Welcome remarks: Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO  

Presentation of the Goal Profile: Ms. Margarete Sachs-Israel, Chief, Inclusive Quality Education Section, UNESCO 

Interventions:  

  • Moderator: Mr. Akihiro Fushimi, Regional Education Specialist, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office 

  • Government: Mr. Qin Changwei, Secretary-General, National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, Mr. Md. Abu Bakr Siddique, Secretary-General of the Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO 

  • Civil Society: Ms. Cecilia V. Soriano, Programmes and Operations Coordinator, Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), Philippines  

  • Private Sector: Ms. Supahrat Juramongkol, Microsoft Skill Lead – APAC Philanthropies, Microsoft 

  • Substance Matter Expert: Prof. Kazuhiro Yoshida, Director and Professor, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University 

Plenary discussion: (Moderator) Mr. Peter De Vries, Senior Education Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia 

Closing of the roundtable: Ms. Margarete Sachs-Israel, Chief, Inclusive Quality Education Section, UNESCO 

 

Assessment of progress in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 14 

 

Welcome remarks: Ms. Katinka Weinberger, Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section, UN ESCAP 

Presentation of the Goal Profile: Mr. Jose Padilla, Regional Technical Adviser, Water and Oceans, Bangkok Regional Hub, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 

Interventions: 

  • Moderator: Ms. Katinka Weinberger, Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section, UN ESCAP 

  • Government: H.E. Mohamed Aslam, Minister of National Planning, Housing & Infrastructure, Maldives  

  • Civil Society: Mr. Md. Mujibul Haque Munir, Joint Director, COAST Foundation, Bangladesh 

  • Private Sector: Ms. Nattinee Netraumpai, Head of Corporate Affairs Unilever (Thailand) 

  • Substance Matter Expert: Ms. Malinee Smithrithee, Secretary-General, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center of Thailand 

Plenary discussion: (Moderator) Ms. Katinka Weinberger, Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section, UN ESCAP 

Closing of the roundtable: Ms. Katinka Weinberger, Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section, UN ESCAP 

15:00-
17:00  

Assessment of progress in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 5 

Welcome remarks: Dr. Srinivas Tata, Director, Social Development Division, UN ESCAP

Presentation of the Goal Profile: Ms. Cai Cai, Chief of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section, Social Development Division, UN ESCAP 

Interventions:

  • Moderator: Dr. Srinivas Tata, Director, Social Development Division, UN ESCAP 

  • Government: H.E.  Ariunzaya Ayush, Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Mongolia, Dr. Farhina Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh, Ms. Trinh Thi Huong, Director of Policy & General Affair Division, Agency for Enterprise Development, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam 

  • Civil Society: Ms. Cham Perez, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), Philippines 

  • Substance Matter Expert: Ms. Sara Duerto Valero, Regional Gender Statistics Specialist, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 

Plenary discussion: (Moderator) Ms. Sarah Knibbs, Regional Director a.i., UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Closing of the roundtable:  Ms. Annette Sachs Robertson, Deputy Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund Asia-Pacific Regional Office

Assessment of progress in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 15  

Welcome remarks: Ms. Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

Presentation of the Goal Profile: Ms. Makiko Yashiro, Regional Subprogramme Coordinator for Nature, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

Interventions:  

  • Moderator: Ms. Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

  • Civil Society: Ms. Robeliza Halip, Indigenous Peoples Major Group, Philippines 

  • Private Sector: Ms. Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited, Singapore 

  • Substance Matter Expert: Mr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President of the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)  

Plenary discussion: (Moderator) Ms. Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

Closing of the roundtable: Ms. Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

   
30 Mar 2022
10:00
10:40
AGENDA ITEM 2  Building Back Better from COVID-19 while Advancing the Full Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific  

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Review of regional progress on SDGs

FORMAT: Reporting from SDG roundtables & country and stakeholders statements (KUDO)  

10:00-10:15 

Reporting from the Roundtables 

 

  • Rapporteur on the Round Table Discussion on SDG 4: Mr. Mohd. Monirul Islam, Joint Secretary (SDGs), Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh 

 

  • Rapporteur on the Round Table Discussion on SDG 5: H.E. Ariunzaya Ayush, Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Mongolia 

 

  • Rapporteur on the Round Table Discussion on SDG 14: H.E. Mohamed Aslam, Minister of National Planning, Housing & Infrastructure, Maldives 

 

  • Rapporteur on the Round Table Discussion on SDG 15: Ms. Ma. Cherryl Posadas, Committee Secretary, House of Representatives, Philippines 

 

  • Rapporteur on the Round Table Discussion on SDG 17: H.E. Huda Ali Shareef, Permanent representative of Maldives to ESCAP

10:15-10:40 

Country and Stakeholders’ Statements 

10:40
12:00
Subregional approaches for accelerating the SDGs

 

FORMAT: Presentation & Country and stakeholders’ statements (KUDO)

10:40-11:00 

Moderator
Ms. Simona Marinescu, UN Resident Coordinator in Samoa 

Video from the sub-regional forums  

Presentation from the secretariat
Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head, ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office 

Interventions from CSO
Mr. Tirtha Prasad Saikia, Joint Director, North-East Affected Area Development Society

Perspectives of subregional organizations on subregional and multilateral cooperation 

  • SAARC 

  • ASEAN 

  • GTI 

  • EEC 

  • PIFS 

11:00-12:00 

Country and stakeholders’ statements  

12:00
14:00
Break and Side Events 
14:00
16:00
2(c) Strengthening follow-up and review to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda-Voluntary National Reviews 

FORMAT: Interactive panel & Country and stakeholders statements (KUDO) 

14:00-15:00 

Panel featuring 2022 VNR reporting countries on “National progress and achievements with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” 

 

Moderator:

H.E Mr. Suriya Chindawongse, Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 

 

Ms Najat Maalla Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children 

 

Panel of 2022 VNR Twinning Countries 

 

First set of interventions 

Twinning Countries: Tuvalu and the Philippines  

 

Twinning panel moderated by: 

Mr. Gustavo González, UN Resident Coordinator, the Philippines  

Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator, Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands 

 

Government of Tuvalu 

Mr. Taufia Patolo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of Tuvalu 

Government of the Philippines,  

Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon, Sub-Committee on SDGs Secretariat, National Economic and Development Authority, the Philippines 

 

Stakeholders 

Hon. Representative Stella Quimbo, Member of the Committee on Sustainable Goals of the House of Representatives of the Philippines 

Mr. Lae Peleti, Senior Statistician, Central Statistics Division, Ministry of Finance, Tuvalu 

 

Second set of interventions 

Twinning Countries: Pakistan and Sri Lanka 

 

Twinning panel moderated by: 

Mr. Julien Harneis, UN Resident Coordinator, Pakistan  

Ms. Hanaa Singer Hamdy, UN Resident Coordinator, Sri Lanka  

 

Government of Pakistan:  

Dr. Shabnum Sarfaz, Member Social Sector & Devolution, Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives  

 

Government of Sri Lanka: 

Chamindry Saparamadu, Director General, Sustainable Development Council 

 

Stakeholders 

Ms. Hemanthi Goonasekera, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities, Sri Lanka  

Mr. Zia-ur-Rehman, National Chair, Pakistan Development Alliance, Pakistan

 

  

15:00-15:55 

Chair to facilitate the country and stakeholder statements 

1st statement from the floor

2nd statement from the floor  

3rd statement from the floor  

Chair to close the session 

15:55
16:00
AGENDA ITEM 4  Other Matters 
31 Mar 2022
10:30
12:30
Youth Event “Looking forward together to build back better through innovative pathways”

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APFSD Youth Event 2022 - A dynamic and interactive event for youth solutions to be expressed and heard; a place to support young changemakers and future leaders take action. Youths from across the region, policymakers, United Nations officials, Young activists and journalists will gather for a sustainable future and discover engagement opportunities available to youths in the region and globally.

12:30
15:00
Break and side events
15:00
15:30
AGENDA ITEM 5  Review and adoption of the draft report of the Forum 

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Review and adoption of the report 

FORMAT: (KUDO) 

15:30
16:00
AGENDA ITEM 6  Closing of the Forum 
CLOSING
Mar
28
2022
APFSD9: SIDE EVENTS - Full Programme

Bangkok, Thailand

General

The ninth session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is scheduled to be held from 28-31 March 2022.

The secretariat is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and is putting into place measures to mitigate public health risks associated with mass gatherings. The secretariat continues to receive guidance from the World Health Organization, the authorities of the host country of ESCAP and the United Nations Secretariat.

Entry requirements to Thailand

Further to obtaining Thai entry visa, all participants are required to register on Thailand Pass system (click here) and obtain QR code in order to travel to Thailand. Please find more information in the following links:

Participants may consult with the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries regarding the latest applicable immigration requirements in preparation for their travel to Thailand.

Credentials

As advised in the invitation letter, each government delegation is required to submit a letter of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government, at the latest by 14 March 2022. Only delegates who appear on the credentials will be recognized in the list of participants.

Letters of credential should be sent via email to  [email protected]

Registration and identification badges

Participants are requested to register and obtain a visitor’s badge with ID picture on the first day of the meeting, i.e. Monday, 28 March 2022 between 08.00 hours and 09.00 hours. This is done at the Registration Counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so immediately upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. This procedure is important for security reasons and will also ensure that all participants’ names appear on the list of participants.

Online registration

In conformity with standard United Nations security procedures, all participants must complete a mandatory online registration at https://meetings.unescap.org/. Participants are encouraged to complete this procedure well in advance of the meeting and no later than 14 March 2022. To facilitate the process, participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance.

For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times when on the United Nations compound, and also during the meeting and at social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Conference Management Unit, located on the ground floor of the UNCC behind the registration counter so that a new one can be issued immediately.

Communications

N/A

Meeting documents

The secretariat has adopted a paperless approach to meetings. As a result, participants are expected to get acquainted with all the meeting documents prior to the meeting. Should participants wish hard copies of the documents, they are expected to bring them to the meeting. These documents will be made available prior to the session at https://www.unescap.org/apfsd/9.

Participants wishing to circulate any papers or literature at the meeting are requested to contact [email protected] for the necessary arrangements.

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Daily subsistence allowance

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STATEMENT TO THE ASIA-PACIFIC FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
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Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on 13 September 2018.

Prior to joining ESCAP, Ms. Alisjahbana was Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia, a position she assumed in 2005. She joined Universitas Padjadjaran as a lecturer in 1988. Since 2016, she has served as Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies at Universitas Padjadjaran and Vice Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.

She also serves on the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia - AIPI), the Forum of Statistics Community (Forum Masyarakat Statistik or Advisory Council of the Indonesian Statistics), the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and Council Member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

From 2009 to 2014, she was Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia. She served as Co-chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation from 2012 to 2014. From 2009 to 2014, she was Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank representing the government of Indonesia. In 2016, she was a member of the High Level Independent Team of Advisors to support the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer term positioning of the United Nations Development System in the context of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Ms. Alisjahbana has been involved in various research projects and consultancies to the United Nations University/Institute for Advanced Study in Tokyo, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the European Commission, and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Ms. Alisjahbana earned her Bachelor degree in Economics and Development Studies from Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia, a Masters degree in Economics from Northwestern University, USA and a Ph.D in Economics from University of Washington, USA. She was awarded the Mahaputra Adipradana Order (Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana) from the Republic of Indonesia, honorary brevet from the Indonesian Navy and honorary flight wing from the Indonesian Air Force.

Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Amina J. Mohammed
UN Deputy Secretary-General
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Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Prior she was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic in Nigeria and Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She also served as Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals, as well as international advisory boards, one of them being the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda. Also, she is an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University.

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H.E. Ambassador Mr. Suriya Chindawongse
Vice President of ECOSOC
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In December 2021, Mr. Chindawongse was named the Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations. Before his latest appointment, he was Thailand’s ambassador to Singapore, a post he held since 2020.

From 2017 to 2020, he served as Director-General of his Government’s Department of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs.  He served in a range of progressively senior positions with that Department from 2008 to 2015.  From 2006 to 2008, he served as Counsellor with the Office of the Foreign Minister, and from 2005 to 2006, he was Counsellor to the Chief of UNSG Campaign Task Unit, within the Government’s International Organizations Department.

Having entered Government service in 1993, Mr. Chindawongse has also held various other positions, including with the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations in New York.

Ms. Eksiri Pintaruchi
Ms. Eksiri Pintaruchi
Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
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Kanni
Kanni Wignaraja
UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
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Ms. Kanni Wignaraja began her role as UNDP’s Assistant  Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific on 18 November 2019. Before, Ms. Wignaraja served as the Acting Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Management Services and as Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator, roles that she performed throughout 2019 after working as the Director of the UN Development Operations Coordination Office from 2014 to 2018. Ms. Wignaraja has over twenty-five years of experience of the UN’s mission and UNDP’s role in the sustainable development agenda. She has a deep knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the global, regional and country level workings of UNDP, across policy, programme, management and operations. Prior to joining the UN, Kanni worked with the Ford Foundation in New York. Kanni has contributed to numerous papers, articles and conferences in areas of public policy, institutional reform, capacity development, human rights and leadership. Ms. Wignaraja holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Development Economics) from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bryn Mawr College. She is married and has two children.

Najat Maalla M’jid
Najat Maalla M’jid
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children
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Dr. M'jid, a medical doctor in paediatrics, has over the last three decades devoted her life to the promotion and protection of children’s rights. She was Head of the Paediatric Department and Director of the Hay Hassani Mother-Child hospital in Casablanca.

Dr. M'jid was a member of the Moroccan National Council on Human Rights and founder of the non-governmental organisation Bayti, the first programme addressing the situation of children living and working in the streets of Morocco. From 2008 to 2014, she served as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

Dr. M’jid also worked as an Expert-Consultant for national and international projects, strategies and policies relating to child rights’ promotion and protection. She has vast experience in the development of national policies on the protection of the child, and has worked with several governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations.

She also worked as a lecturer in Moroccan and international universities on child rights’ protection, promotion, programming and monitoring, as well as social and development policies. A member of several regional and international non-governmental organisations and networks working for children’s rights, Dr. M’jid was also involved in the training of social workers, law enforcement, teachers, judges, and medical staff.

Dr. M’jid holds a Doctorate in general medicine from the University of Rabat, a specialization in paediatrics and neonatology from the University of Bordeaux II and a Master of Human Rights from the Human Rights Institute, Geneva. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours for her strong commitment to protecting the rights of the child.

Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel laureate and SDG Advocate
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Kailash Satyarthi is a renowned Indian child rights activist and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. He is the founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), an organization dedicated to the eradication of child labour and rehabilitation of the rescued former child workers. Satyarthi has been working as a children’s rights activist for the past many years and has liberated over 80,000 child labourers since 1980. He studied to become an electrical engineer but this left this profession to work for the welfare of child labourers, many of whom were forced to work by their parents while others were held as bonded labourers by business houses.

He formed the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), the first organization in India which highlights the issue of child labour and works towards rescuing the children who are forcibly made to work in different industries. His works have so far led to the rescue of several thousands of child labourers who are provided opportunities for rehabilitation.

He has been honoured with several awards for his relentless humanitarian work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1995 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 which he shares with the Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzay.

He has served as a member of the UNESCO’s Education for All and has addressed the U.N.’s General Assembly, International Labour Conference, and U.N. Human Rights Commission.

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H.E. Ms. Ariunzaya Ayush
Minister for Labor and Social Protection of Mongolia
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Her Excellency Ms. Ayush Ariunzaya is currently the Minister for Labor and Social Protection of Mongolia. She has extensive experience in sustainable development, regional and international cooperation. From 2016-2020 she was the Chairperson of National Statistics Office of Mongolia where she shared as a Co-Chair of High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She is also the Chair of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and was the President of ANCSDAAP in 2018-2020.

She has an M.A. from Leibniz University in Germany, attended the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and also earned a degree in Public Governance from the National Academy of Governance of Mongolia. Ms. Ariunzaya previously worked as the Chief Manager at Mongol Daatgal and as the Head of the Strategic Planning Department and Economic Policy Department of the Mongolian People 's Party (MPP).

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H.E. Ali Sabry
Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka
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Mohamed Uvais Mohamed Ali Sabry, PC, MP is a Sri Lankan lawyer and politician. He is the current Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament, appointed from the national list of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. He served as the defense counsel of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, chief legal adviser and President of the Muslim Federation of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

Muhammetgeldi Serdarov
H.E. Muhammetgeldi Serdarov
Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan
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His Excellency Muhammetgeldi Serdarov is a Turkmen politician and economist, serving since July 2020 as Ministry of Finance of Turkmenistan. He graduated from the Turkmen State Institute of Transport and Communications, Transport Economy and Management Faculty in 2000 and received a degree in Engineering Economics. Among many achievements, in 2015, Serdarov was appointed head of the Main Directorate of Economics and Development of Ashgabat. By 2019, he was made head of the Main Directorate for Finances and Economics. That same year, he was appointed deputy minister of economy and finance of Turkmenistan. He was appointed head of the ministry on July 3, 2020. Mr. Muhammetgeldi Serdarov is the World Bank Governor, National Сoordinator of EU Technical Assistance to Turkmenistan, National Focal Point for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC). 

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Mathias Cormann
Secretary-General of the OECD
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Mathias Cormann is the 6th Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Prior to his appointment to the OECD, Mathias served as the Australian Minister for Finance, the Leader of the Government in the Australian Senate and as Federal Senator representing the State of Western Australia. In these roles, he has been a strong advocate for the positive power of open markets, free trade and the importance of a rules-based international trading system. Mathias had graduated in law at the Flemish Catholic University of Louvain (Leuven), following studies at the University of Namur and, as part of the European Erasmus Student Exchange Program, at the University of East Anglia. Between 1997 and 2003, he worked as Chief of Staff as well as Senior Adviser to various State and Federal Ministers in Australia and for the Premier of Western Australia.Between 2003 and 2007, Mathias worked for major Western Australian health insurer HBF in a range of senior management roles.

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Julien Harneis
UN Resident Coordinator, Pakistan
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Julien Harneis of the United Kingdom joined as the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan on 31 January 2020. Mr. Harneis brings 31 years of experience in development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and management. He was previously serving as Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), before which he served as Head of Office for the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria, UNICEF Representative in Yemen and in Guinea, as well as humanitarian positions in the DRC, Lebanon and Indonesia. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr Harneis worked in the private sector. He holds a Master of Studies in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from the Institute Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in France. 

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Hanaa Singer Hamdy
UN Resident Coordinator, Sri Lanka
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Ms Singer, who was appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka in September 2018, has close to 30 years of experience with the UN. Prior to taking up her current role, she has held several senior management positions in UNICEF offices across the world. She was the Associate Regional Director UNICEF Geneva, Country Representative for UNICEF Syria, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Ms Singer has led humanitarian programmes in Burundi and Haiti, and managed cross border humanitarian operations to Afghanistan and Iraq. A national of Egypt, Ms Singer holds a Master's degree in Political Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She also holds a diploma in “Planning and Management of Decentralized Development Projects” from Bradford University in the United Kingdom.

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Gustavo González
UN Resident Coordinator, the Philippines
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Mr. Gustavo González brings more than 25 years of extensive managerial and leadership experience in development, humanitarian affairs and peacebuilding, performing for several UN entities across 3 continents (Central America, Africa and Middle-East). More recently, Mr. González worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as Director of the Business Development and Resource Mobilization Division. Prior to that, he was the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub regional Development Coordinator for the Syria-related Crisis (2013-2017) covering operations in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Before that, he was the UNDP Senior Country Director in Yemen (2011- 2013) during the Arab Spring transition, Country Director in Burundi (2007-2011) and Head of the Post-Conflict Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2003-07).

He also served in various peacebuilding and reconstruction programmes in Guinea Bissau (2000-2002), working for the International Organization for Migration (IOM); in Central African Republic (1998-2000), for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); in Angola, Liberia and Mozambique (1994-1997) for the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs, and in Nicaragua (1990-1994), for the Organization of American States (OAS). Mr. Gonzalez holds a Master Diploma from the University of Oxford-Said Business School (UK), and a Master in Philosophy from the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina). He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Sanaka Samarasinha
UN Resident Coordinator, Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands
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Sanaka Samarasinha commenced his appointment as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the Republic of Fiji in 2018, with multi-country coverage of nine other Pacific Island Countries. Sanaka had served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (RC/RR) in Minsk and UNFPA Representative in Belarus (2013-2018). Before this appointment, Sanaka served in various offices of the UN and UNDP. Before joining the UN, he worked in the legal profession and in journalism, with government, civil society and the private sector in several different countries including the USA, South Africa and India.

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Michaela Friberg-Storey
UN Resident Coordinator, Kazakhstan
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Ms. Friberg-Storey brings over 20 years of experience working in peace, security and development to this position.  Most recently, she has worked on strategic leadership of humanitarian operations and diplomacy for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement through the Swedish Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).  She also served as Head of the Security Sector Reform Division of the Agency for Peace, Security and Development of the Swedish Government and worked at the Security Policy Department of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Under the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Ms. Friberg-Storey also headed the Election Field Operations of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), held the position of Director of the European Union Integration Office, and served as the United Nations Special Envoy for Kosovo.  She started her international career with Médecins Sans Frontières.

Ms. Friberg-Storey holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Stockholm University and completed a post-graduate master’s degree in humanitarian assistance at Uppsala University.

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Beverly Longid
Coordinator, International Indigenous People Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation, Philippines
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Beverly L. Longid is an Igorot belonging to the Kankanaey-Bontok of the Mountain Province, Cordillera, Philippines. She is a longtime indigenous and human rights activist based in the Philippines. Beverly is currently the global coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), a global network of Indigenous Peoples organizations and communities at the grassroots, and a member of the Executive Council of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). She is actively involved in campaigns and capacity development for indigenous communities on land, life, and resources; and forging solidarity and effective development cooperation between and among Indigenous Peoples and other groups.

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Tirtha Saikia
Joint Director of North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS)
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Tirtha Prasad Saikia is a frontline development activist associated in a wide range of community-based interventions and rooted in the civil society sphere with his grassroot experience, passion and visionary leadership. Tirtha is the Joint Director of North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS), a local organisation working with poor people in their struggle against humanitarian crisis, exploitation & poverty based in the state of Assam in north-eastern region of India. At NEADS, he has worked for the last 10+ years across a diversity of interventions including humanitarian response and advocacy, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, human rights and sustainable development among various communities of Assam. Tirtha is closely working with several networks and coalitions at local, national and international level in the field of humanitarian aid and disaster management, climate change, environment and development justice. 

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Jone Usamate
Minister for Infrastructure, Meteorological Services, Lands and Mineral resources
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Hon. Jone Usamate currently serves as Minister for Infrastructure, Meteorological Services, Lands and Mineral resources under the Fiji First Government. He has served as a Government Minister since February 2012 when he was initially appointed as Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations. He taught for two years at Lomary Secondary school from 1987, before joining the Fiji National Training Council as a Training Officer in 1989. He became the Director General of the FNTC in 2000, Director General of the Training & Productivity Authority of Fiji from 2003 to 2010 and served the Fiji National University as Director TVET after the merger between FNLI and TPAF until February 2012. Academically, the Hon llsamate holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Administration and Economics (l!SP) and a '!asters in Management (SCll). lie is an Honorary Fellow of the Asian Productivity Organization, was awarded the Asian Productivity Organizations Regional Productivity Award in 2021and is an Accredited Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. Hon. llsamate is married to Cagi and they have 5 daughters and 7 grandchildren.

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Shixin Chen
Vice President South Asia and Central West Asia Operations, Asian Development Bank
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Mr. Shixin Chen is the Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He joined ADB on 12 December 2018 and is responsible for operations in the South Asia Department and the Central and West Asia Department.

Mr. Chen previously headed the Department of International Economic and Financial Cooperation at the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Since 1998, Mr. Chen has held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance, overseeing areas of public finance and partnerships with multilateral development banks.

He was World Bank’s Executive Director for the PRC from 2013 to 2016 and has been a Board Director for the PRC in the New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank since 2016. From 2012 to 2014, he was a Board Director in the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility.

Mr. Chen holds a doctorate in Economics from the Graduate School of the Research Institute for Fiscal Science, and a master’s degree in Public Policy Management of the Mason Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.

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Valerie Julliand
Resident Coordinator for Indonesia
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Ms. Valerie Julliand of France has been working with the United Nations for the last 27 years. Prior to Indonesia, she served as Resident Coordinator in Nepal (2016-2020), in Guatemala (2013-2016) and in the Dominican Republic (2009-2013). She also worked for 14 years with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – OCHA (from 1995 to 2008) in different countries in Africa.

Before joining the UN System, she was Handicap International Programme Director for Serbia and Bosnia (1993-1994), and from 1984 to 1992 she worked in various positions in publishing companies in Paris, most notably as General Director of BIBA (a French women's magazine) and Publisher of various magazines in the "Groupe Express" in France and in Poland.

Ms. Julliand holds a Masters in Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, France and a Masters in Management from the Institut de Gestion Sociale, France. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

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Martin Chungong
IPU Secretary General
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Martin Chungong made history in 2014 by becoming the first African and non-European to be elected IPU Secretary General. For more than three decades he has dedicated his professional life to promoting democracy worldwide.

Mr. Chungong has over three decades of experience and knowledge of parliaments at national and international levels. He has dedicated his professional life to promoting and building democracy worldwide.

He is a leader in his field through his work on developing programmes to help parliaments become more transparent, accountable, representative and effective democratic institutions. He has also built an impressive portfolio in the promotion of dialogue and conflict resolution, issues that remain at the heart of the IPU’s work.

Since 2012, he has pushed to strengthen parliamentary engagement on sustainable development and accountability through his role as Parliamentary Representative on the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

As part of his commitment to gender equality, Mr. Chungong is an International Gender Champion, a network of decision makers, male and female, who have committed to breaking down gender barriers. In 2020, he was elected Chair of the Global Board of the International Gender Champions.

He is also leading IPU’s work to dramatically reduce maternal and child mortality rates through effective legislation and its implementation, as well as ensuring governments’ accountability to international commitments in this area. He sits on the Board of the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. He was also appointed by the UN Secretary-General as one of the global leaders committed to fighting malnutrition through the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.

Mr. Chungong has received several distinctions, including Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade by the International Organisation of La Francophonie; the Friendship Order by the Viet Nam National Assembly; Officer of the National Order of 27 June 1977 by the President of Djibouti and Council of the Federation: 25 years by the Parliament of the Russian Federation.

A linguist by training, Martin Chungong speaks English, French and Spanish.

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SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals)

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29 March 2022, 10:00-12:00

The 2030 Agenda is a transformative plan of action of people, planet and prosperity. The agenda has agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals that cover environmental, social, and governance aspects of sustainable development. SDG 17, strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development, is a fundamental enabling aspect for the Agenda. Asia and the Pacific is not on track to meet the 17 SDG Goals by 2030; therefore, concentrated efforts to strengthen means of implementation and revitalize global partnerships that are fair, open, and “leave no-one behind” is key to accelerating progress towards the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda in the region. SDG 17 measures progress through indicators on trade, cooperation, technology, innovation, data and finance. These areas are catalytic for the other 16 SDGs.

Official development assistance (ODA), private sector participation, South-South cooperation and triangulation and public-private partnerships are areas that require further action and improvement to strengthen the systems and channels of funding for accelerated progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, in support of the countries of the Asia-Pacific. In light of the uneven impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on different countries and within countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the SDG 17 roundtable provides an opportunity for participants to discuss recommendations for strengthening the means of implementation and enhancing cooperation at the global, regional, and national levels to ensure and support sustainable recovery from the pandemic for all nations. The roundtable will also take into consideration best practices that can accelerate progress towards the transformative agenda outlined in the 2030 Agenda, and discuss the effectiveness and reliability of the data, monitoring and accountability framework in the region.

 

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SDG 4 (Quality Education)

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29 March 2022, 12:30-14:30

While access to, and participation in, education continued to progress in the Asia-Pacific region, latest statistics show that most countries in the Asia-Pacific region will not achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) by 2030. Of particular concern are learning outcomes, which was very uneven across the region already before the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation has significantly worsened due to the pandemic which severely impacted the learning and skilling of millions of learners in the Asia-Pacific, exacerbating the pre-existing learning crisis and further deepening inequities in the region. Even in 2022, many countries of Asia still struggle with the closing and reopening of schools, implementing equitable alternative learning modalities, and running effective remedial learning programs at scale. This will require urgent and bold action by governments and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific's region to ensure that all children return to education and receive high‐quality learning.

The SDG 4 roundtable will focus on solutions and priority actions in the immediate education response and recovery to the pandemic that can allow education systems to get back on track towards the SDG 4 achievement by 2030, while also discussing long term actions, the necessary transformation of education systems to become more inclusive, resilient, responsive, and relevant, and the need for increasing investment in education. Discussions will include the sharing, discussion and exchange of effective measures that have been taken by Member States in the Asia-Pacific towards learning recovery and the transformation of education systems towards ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all learners in the Asia-Pacific.

  

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SDG 14 (Life Below Water)

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29 March 2022, 12:30-14:30

Ocean ecosystems are in a constant struggle to moderate the impacts of land-based lifestyles, such as the consequences of climate change on marine habitats, in the form of coral bleaching, acidification, eutrophication, ocean warming, rising sea levels, harmful algal blooms, and a long list of pressures. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges that existed before, including environmental issues around marine ecosystems. Although fisheries support the livelihoods of millions of peoples in the region and are a main component of the diets for communities across Asia and the Pacific, fish stocks continue to decline, and consumption patterns are unsustainable. This is accompanied by additional stressors, such as climate change induced migrations of species and harmful practices such as Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which persists across the region. Additional issues, such as the role of women and human rights considerations in ocean-related activities will also be discussed in this roundtable. Against this backdrop, the SDG 14 roundtable will focus on key challenges for the ocean in the region, including discussions on the relationship between climate change and ocean health, sustainable fishing practices, and the human dimension of the ocean.

 

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SDG 5 (Gender Equality)

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29 March 2022, 15:00-17:00

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), good progress has been made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in Asia and the Pacific. Yet, substantive challenges remain in ensuring women’s equal access to decent work and economic empowerment, reducing and redistributing unpaid care and domestic work burdens on women and girls, eliminating violence against women and girls, and harmful practices , and promoting women’s equal participation and leadership in governance and decision making. The large gaps that remain related to data for SDG 5 (and other SDGs more broadly) continue to hinder monitoring progress and evidence-based policy, legislative and programmatic gender-responsive actions by Government actors and other development stakeholders. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the impacts of longstanding gender inequalities and exacerbated the above mentioned issues, among others. The region is unlikely to achieve SDG 5 by 2030, unless Governments and other stakeholders make significant investments to accelerate progress.

The SDG 5 Roundtable will facilitate multi-stakeholder consultations on issues which are core to the achievement of SDG 5 in the region. The roundtable will focus on policies, legislative measures and strategies that can accelerate progress in the following thematic areas:(i) economic empowerment of women including the implications of disproportionate unpaid care and domestic work burdens on women and girls, (ii)violence against women and girls, and harmful practices, and (iii) women’s participation and leadership in governance and decision making. The roundtable also aims to discuss and identify solutions for addressing important cross-cutting areas that impact the implementation of SDG 5 as well as all other SDGs such as gaps in SDG 5 data and other gender data for SDG monitoring, gender-responsive budgeting and innovating financing, and subregional perspectives on SDG 5 implementation and monitoring.

 

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SDG 15 (Life on Land) 

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29 March 2022, 15:00-17:00

As noted in the Regional SDG Report 2021, the overall progress of SDG 15 on life on land is slow in Asia and the Pacific. Fewer than half of the targets are measurable, and the region is likely to achieve only one of them (ODA for biodiversity). To accelerate progress, the RoundTable discussion on SDG 15 will bring together governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and other development partners to discuss challenges, good practices and recommendations for nature based action to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems in the region. The roundtable's recommendations will be used to inform the APFSD and the global High-Level Political Forum.

Associated Events

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*NOTE: The New Urban Agenda Meeting has been changed to March 21st. See info below.

Youth Forum

The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) along with the regional co-convenors, YouthLead and YPEER Asia-Pacific and other regional youth networks, will be organizing the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) Youth Forum 2022 from 19-21 March 2022. The Forum will be held in a hybrid format (virtual and in-person in Bangkok) ahead of the APFSD People's Forum and the APFSD Intergovernmental Fora. The Forum will take into account the different and particular impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across the identified Sustainable Development Goals, and forge meaningful and inclusive youth engagement in the follow-up, review and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The APFSD Youth Forum 2022 will have a series of plenary, panel discussions and dialogue sessions on the theme of "Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific with young people at the forefront of SDG Action". Youth perspectives, key findings and recommendations from each session will be developed into the “APFSD Youth Call to Action 2022” to be shared and presented at the APFSD, ECOSOC Youth Forum and HLPF.

 

Objectives: 

  • Ensure young people voices, their realities and perspectives are meaningfully included, transforming and implementing the regional agenda on sustainable development with specific reference to the intergovernmental APFSD, ECOSOC Youth Forum, and HLPF 2022 processes;
  • Sustain the dedicated youth convening space of “APFSD Youth Forum” and discuss SDG implementation with a focus on “Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific with young people at the forefront of SDG Action”;
  • Assess the progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of SDGs slated for in-depth review including SDG 4, 5, 14, 15 and 17 from a youth lens and address structural and systemic barriers to youth inclusion in sustainable development;
  • Contribute to the voluntary national review process from a youth perspective; and
  • Develop the Youth Call to Action at the regional, sub-regional and national levels to inform the intergovernmental APFSD, ECOSOC sessions and ECOSOC Youth Forum and HLPF in 2022.

 

To participate in the APFSD Youth Forum, apply here: bit.ly/YouthForum2022 

Deadline to submit an application is 15 February 2022

 

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People's Forum

In preparation for the engagement in the annual Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD), the Asia Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development (People's Forum, APPFSD), organized by the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), provides an inclusive space for discussion and sharing among civil society organizations (CSOs) and peoples’ movements in the region on their positions on key sustainable development issues. The APPFSD carves its space against a backdrop of shrinking civic spaces, widened inequalities, and digital divide brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum aims to serve as a platform that harnesses the collective voice of the region's people towards transformative and genuine development that serves the needs of the most marginalized. 

This year’s Forum, to be held in hybrid format from 22-26 March 2022, will still highlight APRCEM's Political Unity of  “Solidarity and System Change are the Only Antidotes to COVID-19” and will discuss the regional progress of the SDGs and the Agenda 2030 from the constituency’s perspective; challenging the framework of its implementation and sharpening its analysis through the lens of Development Justice.

Objectives:

  1. Foster sharing and learning from the variety of experiences of organizations and constituencies and 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 from Development Justice perspectives;
  2. Build a deeper understanding of Development Justice and its position on 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. Conduct dialogues on the structure and content of the APFSD and HLPF with its theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” formulate joint positions, as well as strategize interventions at the APFSD, HLPF, UN General Assembly, FfD and other processes related to 2030 Agenda, as well as other relevant processes in tackling systemic barriers in achieving Development Justice ;
  4. Reflect on the work and structure of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism and agree on joint actions and follow up to civil society positions adopted to strengthen and support each other's ideas, plans, and actions across national borders.

The deadline to submit an application is 15 February 2022

 

Preparatory Workshop for ESCAP Region VNR Countries 

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are an essential part of the follow-up and review framework of the 2030 Agenda. Five countries in the Asia-Pacific region will be presenting their VNRs at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2022. Four of these countries will be presenting at the HLPF for their second or third time, with one presenting for the first time. Second and third-generation VNRs play a critical part of this follow-up and review process, by tracking the next steps and recommendations from the first review and identifying concrete next steps to address key challenges in the implementation of the agenda at the country level.

This VNR workshop at the APFSD pre-event will provide a forum for participating member States to support each other in the development of VNRs. This workshop provides opportunities for countries to identify common goals and challenges from VNR preparations thus far, and to provide technical support on VNR preparations moving forward.

Objectives

The objective of the APFSD Preparatory Workshop is to strengthen preparations for the 2022 VNRs through peer learning and technical support. Through promoting regional exchange of experiences and lessons learned among the volunteering countries in the region, it can strengthen VNR preparations for the HLPF. As in previous years, each segment invites participants to engage in active discussion of challenges and good practices in preparing VNRs. 

Overall, the workshop aims to:

  • Identify challenges, areas of innovation and opportunities to strengthen VNR preparations
  • Build confidence and knowledge among member States on the VNR process and timeline 
  • Offer a space for national government officials to share their experiences of the VNR process and how best to prepare second and subsequent VNRs
  • Foster capacity building and peer learning by providing technical support on key challenges encountered in the VNR process
  • Connect Member States with UN agencies that can provide support in the VNR process

Format

The VNR session is a one-day preparatory workshop for ESCAP Region VNR Countries, ahead of the ninth APFSD. The workshop will include plenary sessions and presentations, alternating with interactive and engaging group work. It will be organized as a hybrid workshop, with participants having the option to attend virtually or in person.

 

Inter-Parliamentary Union Event
Putting the wellbeing of people and the planet at the centre of COVID-19 recovery strategies: The critical role of parliaments

Jointly organized by the IPU and UNESCAP, the webinar will provide parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with up-to-date information as well as tools that can help them monitor the status of SDGs implementation at the national and regional levels. Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff will have a unique space where they can exchange and discuss tangible strategies to implement coherent actions to address climate and disaster risks and progress towards more resilient and sustainable development. The discussions will also focus on the importance for parliaments to be engaged in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) process in order to monitor government actions, strengthen national ownership of and build more political support for the SDGs.

The webinar is part of a series of IPU regional webinars on SDGs implementation in a time of pandemic and is being organized in anticipation of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, an intergovernmental meeting organized by UNESCAP to review progress on the SDGs at the regional level. The webinar will take place on 10 March 2022.

Objectives

The webinar aims to: 

  • Provide parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with up-to-date information about and tools for monitoring the status of SDGs implementation at the national and regional levels.
  • Promote discussion and exchanges on tangible strategies to increase parliamentary engagement in the VNR process in order to monitor government actions, strengthen national ownership, and build political support for the SDGs. 
  • Promote exchanges and share recommendations on concrete actions parliaments could take to address climate and disaster risk and build resilience for a sustainable development where no one is left behind.

Format

The meeting will be held virtually and will be open to parliaments of Asia-Pacific countries as well as additional ESCAP Members. The working language will be English.

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Pre-Meeting of the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda:

The objective of the Pre-meeting to the APFSD is to formulate a strong message and inputs to an agenda of action, to be conveyed to the APFSD and ultimately the HLM, on the full implementation of urban dimensions of the SDGs. The meeting will discuss the key messages and inputs for action towards the accelerated implementation of the New Urban Agenda in the region, building on the recommendations of National Reports on the implementation of the NUA from region, key messages from the 2nd Regional Partners Forum and the recommendations from the awaited 2nd Quadrennial Report.

Format: Virtual Convened by UN-Habitat and ESCAP with support of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia

Date and time: Monday, 21 March 2022, 14.00 – 17.30 GMT+7, Bangkok time

Information: The meeting will be facilitated by UN-Habitat ROAP and UN-ESCAP jointly.

The meeting will be technically supported by UN-Habitat ROAP, including the pre-registration.

Invitations are issued by UN-Habitat and UN-ESCAP jointly, to the following:

· Member states: UN-Habitat line ministries / focal agencies for the New Urban Agenda

· Permanent Representatives to UN-ESCAP.

· Local governments: regional partner local government associations of UN-ESCAP and UN-Habitat

· Regional representatives of UN Agencies, Development Finance Institutions, and regional non-governmental institutions.

Pre-registration : NUA Pre-meeting

 

Roundtable on Network for South-South Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

Background:

Over the past decades, South-South cooperation (SSC) has gained increased importance in accelerating sustainable development in Asia-Pacific and has evolved as a key modality for member States to address transboundary issues such as responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, trade and transport connectivity, as well as issues of common concern, including poverty and inequalities, environment and ecosystem management and disaster risk reduction. Countries in the region have achieved significant socio-economic development and technological progress. With countries in the South increasingly championing solutions, many are now in a position to provide technical assistance and development finance and share innovative approaches to support other countries to attain inclusive and sustainable development.

At the Second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2019, more than 160 Member States renewed their commitment to South-South cooperation as a means to achieve sustainable development. The outcome document calls for developing countries to adopt or strengthen national policies in order to advance South-South and triangular cooperation and to enhance the capacity of national and subnational coordination mechanisms in order to improve policy coordination, the sharing of knowledge, and lessons learned, including through the voluntary exchange of experience and expertise according to national policies and priorities for development.

ESCAP and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), have been collaborating to strengthen the role of South-South and triangular cooperation for addressing shared challenges of member States. To this end, and in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, the Asia-Pacific Directors-General Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (Asia-Pacific DG Forum) was initiated in 2018, providing a regular platform to improve coordination and collaboration among South-South cooperation partners in the region.

Looking forward, 2022 will mark a milestone in South-South cooperation in Asia-Pacific. The Government of Thailand, ESCAP and UNOSSC will jointly host the eleventh Global South-South Development Expo in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12 to 14 September 2022, in conjunction with the 2022 UN Day for South-South Cooperation and the fourth meeting of the Asia-Pacific DG Forum. These events will provide an opportunity for member States to discuss more concrete measures in the region for leveraging and enhancing the role of South-South cooperation as a key modality for sustainable recovery from the pandemic and for accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Objectives:

Building on the outcome of bilateral meetings held with member States prior to the event, the meeting will discuss the way forward on two proposed arrangements on South-South cooperation 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 Directors-General Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

These discussions will feed into the fourth session of the Asia-Pacific Directors-General Forum on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, which will be held in Bangkok in September 2022.

Format:

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 14:30-17:00 (Bangkok time, UTC+7)
The roundtable will be organized as a hybrid meeting, with participants having the option to attend virtually or in person.

By invitation only

 

Other associated events: Information coming soon

 

for more information, please contact

ESCAP APFSD [email protected]
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