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23 to 27 May 2022 | Open meeting

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The seventy-eighth session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held in a hybrid modality from 23 to 27 May 2022 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok and online.

Guided by the theme “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”, the annual session will be an opportunity to discuss and shape the future of regional cooperation centred around a new form of multilateralism and regional cooperation.

The theme study for the 78th Commission session describes pathways to achieve more inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic recovery. It identifies elements for a common agenda for present and future generations centred on protecting people and the planet, leveraging digital opportunities, trading and investing more together, raising financial resources and managing debt. It underlines the need to listen and work with young people, placing women at the centre for crisis-prepared policy action and new people-centric partnerships, with the readiness of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to serve.

ESCAP will be commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of its establishment in 2022, and the seventy-eighth session will mark the culmination of the commemorations. As the Commission approaches this landmark milestone, it is poised to engage in dialogue on the future of regional cooperation to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and deliver on its promise of leaving no one behind. As countries stand at a crossroads where building back better is within reach, the Commission will also offer a space to identify and discuss the mechanisms and means to build the resilience of people and nations in Asia and the Pacific in the aftermath of COVID-19.

CREDENTIALS AND REGISTRATION

Each delegation is required to submit a letter of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government or organization, at the earliest convenience, and by Friday, 13 May 2022 to [email protected]. Only delegates who appear on the credentials will be recognized in the list of participants.

All participants who appear on the letters of credentials are requested to register online at https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/ as soon as possible but no later than Friday, 13 May 2022. Only the names of duly accredited and registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

DELEGATES ASSESSMENT

Participants are kindly requested to assess the 78th session of the Commission by completing the questionnaire under the following link.

 

 

23 May 2022
10:00
12:30
Agenda item 1. Opening of the session
ESCAP Hall, UNCC and online

livewebcast

Agenda item 1 (a). Election of officers

Agenda item 1 (b). Adoption of the agenda

Agenda item 1 (c). Opening addresses on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Commission 

H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the seventy-sixth session of the General Assembly

H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council (VDO)

Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (VDO)

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

H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia (VDO)

H.E. Ms. Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia (VDO)

 

H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan (VDO)

H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of ASEAN (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (VDO)

H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (VDO)

H.E. Ms. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Prime Minister of Samoa (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Hu'akavameiliku, Prime Minister of Tonga (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Minute Alapati Taupo, Acting Prime Minister of Tuvalu (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Bob Loughman Weibur, Prime Minister of Vanuatu (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam

H.E. Mr. Seyed Masoud Mirkazemi, Vice President and Head of Plan and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran

H.E. Mr. Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan (VDO)

 

23 May 2022
12:30
13:15
Lunch
23 May 2022
13:30
14:30
23 May 2022
14:30
16:30
Agenda item 2. Theme topic: “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”
ESCAP Hall,UNCC and online

Agenda item 2 (a) General debate

Vice Chair of CS78: H.E. Mr. Thongphane Savanphet, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos

H.E. Mr. Rodrigo DUTERTE, President of the Philippines, delivered by H.E. Karl Kendrick T. CHUA, Secretary, National Economic and Development Authority  (VDO)

Presentation of the theme study by the Executive Secretary  (VDO)
 

High-level thematic roundtable 1: Strengthening health responses and preparedness

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

Introductory remarks: H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council  (VDO)

Keynote speaker: H.E. Ms. Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia (VDO)

High-level speakers:

Ms. Helen Clark, 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand, Former Administrator UNDP and Co-Chair, Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (VDO)

Country statements on the theme topic: A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

Note: country statements should cover the whole item 2(a): A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, and not the specific topics of the roundtables.

Country statements

23 May 2022
16:30
18:30
10:00
12:00
Agenda item 2. Theme topic: “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”
ESCAP Hall, UNCC and online

Agenda item 2 (a). General debate webcast

High-level thematic roundtable 2: Ensuring resilient supply chains and connectivity

Moderator: Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Keynote speaker: H.E. Mr. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce of Cambodia(VDO)

High-level speakers:

Mr. Albert Park, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

Mr. Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum(VDO)

Dr. Deborah Elms, President, Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA)

Country statements on the theme topic: A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

Note: country statements should cover the whole item 2(a): A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, and not the specific topics of the roundtables.

Country statements

24 May 2022
11:00
13:00
Elections of the Governing Councils of the Regional Institutions
Conference room 4, UNCC
  • Election to the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development
  • Election to the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management
  • Election to the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization
  • Election to the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific

Note: The secretariat will arrange for voting to take place simultaneously at its Subregional Office for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji from 16:00 to 18:00 hours (UTC+12), and at the premises of the UN Compound in Beijing, China from 12:00 to 14:00 hours (UTC+8).

24 May 2022
12:00
12:45
Lunch
24 May 2022
12:45
13:45
24 May 2022
14:00
16:00
Agenda item 2. Theme topic: “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”

Agenda item 2 (a). General debate 

High-level thematic roundtable 3: Realizing climate action in Asia and the Pacific

Moderator: Ms. Sonja Leighton-Kone, acting Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Keynote speaker: H.E. Ms. Hyoeun Jenny Kim, Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

High-level speakers:

Prof. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization(VDO)

H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Fiji(VDO)

Ms. Sunita Narain, Director General of CSE and editor of Down To Earth

Ms. Feng Chang, Managing Director of Global Sustainable Finance, Bank of America

Country statements on the theme topic: A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

Note: country statements should cover the whole item 2(a): A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, and not the specific topics of the roundtables.

Country statements

24 May 2022
16:15
17:15
25 May 2022
10:00
12:00
Agenda item 2 (b). Subregional perspectives
ESCAP Hall, UNCC and online

Agenda item 2 (b). Subregional perspectives on “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific” webcast

[Concept note]

Opening remarks:

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

H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council

High-level speakers:

H.E. Mr. Ersala Ruwan Weerakoon, Secretary-General, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

H.E. Mr. Zhang Ming, Secretary-General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman, Eurasian Economic Commission (VDO)

H. E. Mr. Tenzin Lekphell, Secretary-General, Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)  (VDO)

H.E. Mr. Khusrav Noziri, Secretary-General, Economic Cooperation Organization

Ms. OU Boqian, Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat

Mr. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (VDO)

Dr. Filimon Manoni, Deputy Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (VDO)

Mr. Andrey Smorodin, Director, Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat (VDO)

Country interventions

25 May 2022
12:00
12:45
Lunch
25 May 2022
12:45
13:45
25 May 2022
14:00
16:00
Agenda item 3. Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries
ESCAP Hall, UNCC and online

Agenda item 3. Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries [Concept Note]webcast

Opening remarks

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

Keynote speakers

H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (in person)

H.E. Ms. Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, on behalf of H.E. Mr. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar (video message)

H.E. Mr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh (video message)

Mr. Sandagdorj Erdenebileg, Chief, Policy Coordination, Development, Monitoring and Reporting Service, on behalf of Ms. Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Acting High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) (in person)

The Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2022 (video)

Ministerial roundtable

H.E. Mr. LY Thuch, Senior Minister and President of National Committee for ESCAP, Cambodia (in person)

H.E. Mr. Kaleb Udui, Minister of Finance, Palau (via KUDO)

H.E. Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ' Utoikamanu, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Tourism, Tonga (video message)

H.E. Mr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Governor of the Central Bank, Sri Lanka (via KUDO)

H.E. Ms. Adaljiza Magno, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Timor-Leste (video message)

Hon. Dr. Dil Bahadur Gurung, Member, National Planning Commission, Nepal (in person)

H.E. Mr. Muhammetnyyaz Mashalov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Malaysia, and Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the ESCAP, Turkmenistan (in person)

Representatives of UN bodies and other entities

Mr. Dulguun Damdin-Od, Executive Director of the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries (ITT-LLDC) (in person)

Mr. Woochong Um, Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank (video message)

Country interventions

25 May 2022
16:15
17:15
26 May 2022
10:00
12:00
Agenda item 4. Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
ESCAP Hall, UNCC and online

Agenda item 4 (a) Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Statement by Chair of APFSD, Hon. Karl Kendrick T. Chua, Secretary, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines (VDO)webcast

Agenda item 4 (b) Social development

Agenda item 4 (c) Environment and development

Statement by Chair of GC of CSAM, Ms. Thi Tam Dinh, Vice Director General, Vietnam Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Post-Harvest Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam (in person)

Agenda item 4 (d) Disaster risk reduction

Statement by Chair of Committee on DRR, H.E Ms. Khadeeja Naseem, Minister of State for Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Maldives (VDO)
Statement by Vice Chair of APDIM, Mr. Muhammet Maruf Yaman, Deputy Chief of Cabinet, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, Ministry of Interior, Turkey (in person)

Agenda item 4 (e) Energy

26 May 2022
12:00
12:45
Lunch
26 May 2022
12:45
13:45
26 May 2022
14:00
16:00
Agenda item 4. Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
ESCAP Hall, UNCC and online

Agenda item 4 (f) Transport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement by Chair of the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Transport, H.E. Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister, Ministry of Transportation, Indonesia(VDO)

 

Agenda item 4 (g) Macroeconomic policy, poverty reduction and financing for development

Statement by Chair of Committee on MPFD, H.E. Mr. Rachmat Budiman, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Indonesia to ESCAP

Agenda item 4 (h) Trade and investment

Statement by Chair of APCTT, Dr. Shekhar C Mande, Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), and Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, India(VDO)

 

Agenda item 4 (i) Information and communications technology, science, technology and innovation

Statement by Chair of APCICT, Mr. Meas Po, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Cambodia

Agenda item 4 (j) Statistics

Statement by Vice-Chair of CRVS Ministerial, H.E. Mr. Tumur Amarsanaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Mongolia to ESCAP

Statement by Chair of SIAP, Ms. Hataichanok Chinauparwat, National Statistical Office, Director of the Statistical Forecasting Division, Thailand(VDO)

27 May 2022
10:00
12:00
ESCAP Hall, UNCC and online

Agenda item 5. Management issueswebcast

Agenda item 5 (a) Proposed programme plan for 2023;

Agenda item 5 (b) Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development; 

(Video on partnerships and new MoUs signed)

Agenda item 5 (c) Report on the evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2020–2021.

Agenda item 6. Review of the conference structure of the Commission pursuant to resolution 73/1

Agenda item 7. Activities of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission

Agenda item 8. Dates and venue of and theme topic for the seventy-ninth session of the Commission (2023)

Agenda Item 9. Other Matters

27 May 2022
12:00
12:45
Lunch
27 May 2022
12:45
13:45
27 May 2022
14:00
16:00
ESCAP Hall, UNCC and online

Agenda item 10. Adoption of the report of the Commission on its seventy-eighth session

 

May
23
2022
13:30-14:30 || High level dialogue on plastic pollution – next steps to end plastic pollution

In-person and online

May
23
2022
13:30-14:30 || Sustainable Graduation in the challenging situation: Perspectives from Bangladesh and the Region in light of Doha Programme of Action (DPoA)

In person and online

May
23
2022
13:30-14:30 || Building a More Resilient Future with Inclusive Civil Registration and Vital Statistics – strengthening linkages with the health sector

In-person and online

May
24
2022
12:45-13:45 || Sharing Ambitions and the Way Forward: Carbon Neutrality Goals and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific

In-person and online

May
24
2022
12:45-13:45 || Transforming Asia-Pacific trade and transport agreements and other initiatives to future proof supply chain connectivity in Asia and the Pacific

In-person and online

May
24
2022
12:45-13:45 || Strategic Priorities for Adoption of Emerging Technologies in the Energy Sector for Climate Change Mitigation

Online

May
24
2022
12:45-13:45 || What can Finance Ministers do for climate action?

In-person and online

May
24
2022
12:45-13:45 || Promoting and facilitating ESG investment and FinTech development: some recent development and trends

Online

May
24
2022
16:15-17:15 || Presentation of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Sustainable Development

Online

May
24
2022
16:15-17:15 || Publication Launching Event - A just energy transition in Southeast Asia: The impact of coal phase-out on jobs

In-person and online

May
25
2022
12:45-13:45 || Asia-Pacific [email protected]: Subregional pathways for Adaptation and Resilience

In-person and online

May
25
2022
12:45-13:45 || Regionally Interconnected Green Grids to Support Energy Transition in Asia-Pacific

In-person and online

May
25
2022
12:45-13:45 || Achieving the SDGs in current reality: practices from Russia (Part 1 practices from Russian regions)

In-person and online (Facecast)

May
25
2022
16:15-17:15 || Achieving the SDGs in current reality: practices from Russia (Part 2 business practices in Russian regions)

In-person and online (Facecast)

May
25
2022
16:15-17:15 || Connectivity for All (in transport and through AI)

In-person and online

May
26
2022
12:45-13:45 || Cooperation with impact: Towards a more resilient and sustainable Asia-Pacific region

In-person and online

May
26
2022
12:45-13:45 || From GDP to well-being and sustainability: Means and measures

In-person and online

May
26
2022
12:45-13:45 || Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services in the Asia-Pacific region

In-person and online

May
27
2022
12:45-13:45 || Being Prepared Better: Pandemics and Disaster Risk Reduction

Online (Zoom)

General

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

The 78th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is scheduled to be held at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok (UNCC) and online from 23 to 27 May 2022. The opening of the session will take place in the morning of Monday, 23 May 2022.

Credentials

Each delegation is required to submit a letter of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government or organization, at the earliest convenience prior to 13 May 2022 to [email protected] with copy to the team of the Secretary of the Commission (Mr. Lorenzo Santucci, Secretary of the Commission at [email protected], Ms. Caridad Canales Davila, Deputy Secretary of the Commission at [email protected] and Ms. Wilasluck Aurtaveekul, Senior Staff Assistant at [email protected]). Only delegates who appear on the credentials will be recognized in the list of participants. Originals may be sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the address below.

Office of the Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Executive Office Suite

United Nations Conference Centre The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Each delegate who appears in the aforementioned letter of credentials is required to register online as soon as possible at https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/. Only registration of accredited delegates will be accepted.

Registration and identification badges

 

Online registration and identification badge

In order to facilitate the registration process participants are REQUIRED to register online at https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/ well in advance, but no later than 13 May 2022, to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of photo badges as well as the compilation of the list of participants.

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

Participants who have registered online can obtain photo badges at the registration counter, located on the Ground Level, UNCC, from 08:00 to 10:00 hours on the opening day of the event.

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

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

Communications

Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
(Name of delegate)
c/o Mr. Lorenzo Santucci
Secretary of the Commission
Office of the Executive Secretary
ESCAP, United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200
Thailand
Fax: +66.2.2881051
E-mail: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

Meeting documents

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

Documents for circulation or distribution at the session should be handed to Mr. Lorenzo Santucci, Secretary of the Commission, (email: [email protected]), Office of the Executive Secretary, Executive Office Suite, Level 2, United Nations Conference Centre.

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

Meeting organizers are encouraged to avoid handing out print copies of documents, newsletters, flyers or other such material. As an alternative, they are urged to use innovative and eco-friendly means to deliver such information, such as using QR codes, social media, website or email.

Daily subsistence allowance

N/A

Health and vaccination Health and vaccination

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

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

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

Zika virus

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

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

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

Air pollution and Health

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

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

Insurance and emergency medical service

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

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

COVID-19 COVID-19 Protocol at the UN Conference Centre, Bangkok

SPECIFIC MEASURES BEFORE & DURING THE MEETING

BEFORE THE MEETING

  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and how to manage it.
  • Ensure that you have your health insurance card or information with you at all times.
  • Stay at home or in your accommodation if you or your household feels unwell, develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • All personnel entering the UNCC, whether on foot or using their own transport, are subject to thermal screening at all entrances. This is done through self-screening using stationary thermal scanners situated in various access points. If a person has a temperature of >37.3 degrees Celsius, s/he should not enter the UNCC.

 

DURING THE MEETING

  • Wear face masks all the time except when taking the floor to speak in the respective conference/meeting room, sit in designated areas and keep physical distancing.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently – after coughing, before preparing food or eating, after toilet use, after contact with ill persons, and during exposure to high traffic public areas.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • If you feel unwell while in the meeting, do not ignore – report immediately to the meeting organizer.
Accessibility support for persons with disabilities Accessibility support for persons with disabilities

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

Visa requirements Visa and entry requirements

Visa Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry Requirements (as of 10 January 2023)

Thai Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) issued “Public Health Measures for Foreign Travelers Entering Thailand”, which is effective from 10 January 2023 until further notice, as per the following:

  1. Proof of vaccination is NO longer required
  2. Travelers from the listed countries requiring negative RT-PCR test results before departure from Thailand should have health insurance covering at least US$10,000 for COVID-19 treatment that covers the duration of stay in Thailand plus 7 additional days.
    • Those with business arrangements, including flight crews and students, may have an official letter from the host or other form of insurance to cover such need.
    • The quarantine officer will randomly check the proof of insurance of travelers from the listed countries. If that traveler does not have proof of insurance, the traveler will have to purchase health insurance before immigration.
  3. Holders of Thai passports and transit/transfer passengers are exempted from the health insurance checks.
  4. The airlines must adhere to related regulation and comply with the guidance as appropriate such as asking passengers to wear a mask at all times except during meals or emergency situations.
  5. Any passenger having symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival shall be recommended to get a COVID-19 test at arrival.

The DDC has included China Mainland and India in its list of countries that require all travellers showing negative RT-PCR test results before departure from Thailand. Travelers can contact the DDC Hotline 1442 or visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/index.php for more information.

Travel agent Travel agent

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

Travel Advisory Travel Advisory

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

Transport to attend meetings Transport to attend meetings

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

Transport from and to Airport Transport from and to Airport

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

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

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

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

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

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

Souvenir shop Souvenir shop

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

Safety and Security Safety and Security

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

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

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

Contact numbers:

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

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

Zero Tolerance towards harassment

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

Security protocols for UN personnel

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

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

Prayer and meditation rooms Prayer and meditation rooms

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

Postal services Postal services

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

Lost and Found Lost and Found

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

Airline reservations Airline reservations

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

Library facilities Library facilities

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

Internet services Internet services

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

Hotel accommodation Hotel accommodation

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

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

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

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

Foreign currency declaration Foreign currency declaration

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

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

Floor plans UNCC Floor plans

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

Financial & administrative arrangements Financial & administrative arrangements

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

  1. All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure for visa, medical examination, inoculations and other such miscellaneous items and internal travel to and from the airport of arrival and departure in the home country;
  2. Salary and related allowances for the participants during the period of the meeting;
  3. Costs incurred by participants in respect of travel insurance, accident insurance, medical bills or hospitalization fees in connection with attending the meeting;
  4. Compensation in the event of death or disability of participants in connection with attending the meeting;
  5. Any loss of or damage to personal property of participants while attending the meeting or losses or damages claimed by third parties as a result of any negligence on the part of the participants;
  6. Any other expenses of a personal nature, not directly related to the purpose of the meeting.
Electric plug and socket Electric plug and socket

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

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

Catering services Catering services

Operating hours

Catering services are available at the following locations:

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

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

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

Banking facilities Banking facilities

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

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

Weather Weather

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

António Guterres
Mr. António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations
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António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.

Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder and a promoter of reform and innovation.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015,  heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades. The conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and the crises in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Yemen, led to a huge rise in UNHCR’s activities as the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution rose from 38 million in 2005 to over 60 million in 2015.

Before joining UNHCR, Mr. Guterres spent more than 20 years in government and public service. He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, during which time he was heavily involved in the international effort to resolve the crisis in East Timor.

As president of the European Council in early 2000, he led the adoption of the Lisbon Agenda for growth and jobs, and co-chaired the first European Union-Africa summit. He was a member of the Portuguese Council of State from 1991 to 2002.

Mr. Guterres was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976 where he served as a member for 17 years. During that time, he chaired the Parliamentary Committee for Economy, Finance and Planning, and later the Parliamentary Committee for Territorial Administration, Municipalities and Environment. He was also leader of his party’s parliamentary group.

From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Guterres was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he chaired the Committee on Demography, Migration and Refugees.

For many years Mr. Guterres was active in the Socialist International, a worldwide organization of social democratic political parties. He was the group’s vice-president from 1992 to 1999, co-chairing the African Committee and later the Development Committee. He served as President from 1999 until mid-2005. In addition, he founded the Portuguese Refugee Council as well as the Portuguese Consumers Association DECO, and served as president of the Centro de Acção Social Universitário, an association carrying out social development projects in poor neighbourhoods of Lisbon, in the early 1970s.

Mr. Guterres is a member of the Club of Madrid, a leadership alliance of democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world.

Mr. Guterres was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. He is married to Catarina de Almeida Vaz Pinto, Deputy Mayor for Culture of Lisbon, and has two children, a stepson and three grandchildren.

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.

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H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid
President of the seventy-sixth session of the General Assembly
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President of the seventy-sixth session of the General Assembly, who is widely recognized as an exceptional politician and a seasoned diplomat, with a long and distinguished career serving in both the Government and legislature of Maldives.

Since his appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2018, for the second time, Mr. Shahid has worked incessantly to reposition Maldives as a responsible and respected member of the international community, by renewing previously strained relationships and building new ones, both in the bilateral and the multilateral domains. He has reinvigorated the country’s efforts in the multilateral arena and led national efforts to rejoin the Commonwealth after a four-year hiatus.

Maldives also won the bid to host the 2023 Indian Ocean Island Games, after tireless lobbying efforts conducted under the leadership of Mr. Shahid. The Games will be the first-ever international multisport competition held in Maldives.

As a strong advocate for gender equality, he is credited with achieving gender parity among the country’s diplomatic Heads of Missions for the first time, as well as in the country’s foreign service.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Mr. Shahid has been one of the leading voices in the international arena highlighting the devastation caused by the global health crisis on the economies and societies of small island developing States. He has continuously drawn attention to the inherent economic vulnerabilities of small island developing States to external shocks and their limited ability to bounce back from disasters.

Mr. Shahid began his professional career as a foreign service officer in 1983 and rose through the ranks rapidly.

In 1993, he was promoted to the post of Director, International Affairs, with the responsibility of leading the Multilateral Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He attended all General Assembly sessions from 1987 to 1994, working tirelessly to bring the issue of small State security to the forefront of the United Nations. He was a negotiator at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and he actively participated in the World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna in 1993.

As the Head of the International Organizations Department of the Ministry, Mr. Shahid also represented Maldives at several meetings of the Commonwealth, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, among others. He also led the Maldives delegation at the twentieth Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda and the sixth Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in Senegal.

In 1995, he was appointed Executive Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the President in the President’s Office.

He held that post for over 10 years, serving with a high degree of distinction and diligence and displaying strong administrative and organizational capabilities.

In 2005, Mr. Shahid was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and, in 2007, Minister for Foreign Affairs for the first time.

During his first stint as Minister, Mr. Shahid advocated for a rights-based approach to climate change by making a submission to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, under Human Rights Council resolution 7/23, on human rights and climate change. He drew attention to the direct and indirect effects of climate change on the enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, which reinvigorated the discourse on climate change and brought to light the multidimensional impacts of climate change. He also successfully steered the Ministry through a period of sweeping political change in Maldives, skillfully displaying a willingness to engage more widely with the international community and international human rights mechanisms.

Mr. Shahid’s illustrious parliamentary career spanned 25 years, during which time he participated in, and oversaw, major legislative progress and reform. He was a Member of Parliament for five consecutive terms, from 1994 to 2018.

Following the adoption of the newly promulgated democratic Constitution in 2008 and the first multiparty parliamentary elections in 2009, Mr. Shahid became the first democratically elected Speaker of the People’s Majlis in history, in his fourth term as Member of Parliament. As Speaker, he energetically steered the work of the People’s Majlis and managed to build consensus at a time when Maldives was undergoing a tumultuous period of democratic transition, in an exceedingly polarized political environment.

During his tenure as Speaker, Mr. Shahid served as the President of the conference of the Association of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Speakers and Parliamentarians, from 2013 to 2014, and on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, from 2012 to 2015. He also actively engaged with the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

As a leading voice of the Maldivian Democratic Party, Mr. Shahid adamantly advocated for political and judicial reform and was incarcerated for a short period for his relentless activism. As the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Party, as well as of the Joint Opposition coalition, he played a pivotal role in mobilizing international action against injustice, corruption and human rights violations in Maldives.

Mr. Shahid holds a master’s degree in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government at the University of Canberra.

Mr. Shahid is an accomplished poet and has a keen interest in astronomy. A sportsman from a young age, he enjoys badminton, cricket and football.

Born in Malé in May 1962, Mr. Shahid is married to Aishath Suiza. They have a daughter and two sons.

 

 

 

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H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile
President of the Economic and Social Council
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His Excellency Collen Vixen Kelapile was elected the seventy-seventh President of the Economic and Social Council on 23 July 2021. Ambassador Vixen Kelapile is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations in New York.

His Excellency Collen Vixen Kelapile has an accumulated career of 26 years in multilateral diplomacy, both as a government representative, intergovernmental expert and is also a former United Nations (UN) Secretariat staff member.

Before his appointment in 2018 as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, he was the Chief of Staff to the Executive-Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2014 to 2018.

From 2013 to 2014, he served as the Deputy Director in the Department of Africa and the Middle East at the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation of Botswana overseeing Central, East, North and West Africa as well as the Middle East.

He was elected by the UN General Assembly as a member of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) from 2004 to 2012, where he served for three consecutive 3-year terms amounting to 9 years. During his tenure in the Committee, he served as Vice-Chair of the ACABQ for 3 years from 2008 to 2010 and subsequently as its Chair for 2 years from 2011 to 2012.

Ambassador Kelapile was posted at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Botswana in New York from 1998 to 2003, where he rose through diplomatic ranks from Second Secretary to level of Counsellor prior to his successful election to ACABQ in 2003. 

As a member of the diplomatic staff of the Mission of Botswana in New York he was the delegate to the Administrative and Budgetary (or Fifth) Committee of the UN General Assembly for 6 years from 1998 to 2003. He was also delegate to other related bodies such as the Committee for Programmes and Coordination (CPC), which is a dual subsidiary Committee reporting to both the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC.

During his tenure at the Mission of Botswana in New York Ambassador Kelapile also simultaneously served as focal point on the Legal (or Sixth) Committee of the UN General Assembly, coinciding also with the time of the elaboration of the Rome Statute on the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He served in the Bureau of the Fifth Committee as the Vice-Chair at the 55th Session of the General Assembly in 2000/2001, and subsequently as the Vice-Chair of the CPC at its 42nd Session in 2002. He was the Coordinator of the African Group of experts in the Fifth Committee from 2001 to 2003.

In conjunction with his present position as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, he is also concurrently Botswana’s Ambassador to Cuba and the High Commissioner to Jamaica, on a non-resident basis.

Among his other most recent engagements and roles in the UN’s intergovernmental processes in New York include serving as:

Vice-President of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board, 2019 Session.
Chair of 59th Session of the Committee for Programme and Coordination, 2019.
Co-Facilitator of the Alignment Process of the agendas of the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC during 74th Session of the Assembly, 2019/2020.
Chair of Special Political and Decolonization (or Fourth) Committee during 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, 2020/2021.
Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), 2021 Session.
Co-Chair of the Group of Friends on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at the UN, 2021-2023.
Co-Chair of the Joint Steering Committee of the African Group-CARRICOM Caucus (AfCAR) Collaboration Initiative at the UN, of which he is a co-founder together with the Permanent Representative of Grenada, 2020 – Present.  
Ambassador Kelapile joined the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation in 1995 as Desk Officer for the UN, soon after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree (Political Science and Public Administration) from the University of Botswana in the same year.

Among other diplomatic career capacity-building and leadership development, Ambassador Kelapile also received professional diplomatic training at the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi, India, in 1996.

Ambassador Kelapile was Born in Maitengwe, Botswana, on 10 July, 1968. He is married with one son.

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H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
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Date of Birth: 25 January 1950 

Marital Status: Married to Mrs. Narirat Pramudwinai, with one son 

Education:  

- B.A. (Political Science) (Hons.), University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A 
- M.A. (International Relations), University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A 
- M.A. (International Relations), The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, U.S.A. 

Work Experience: 

1974: Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1980: Chief, Commerce and Industry Division Office of ASEAN - Thailand 

1981: First Secretary, Royal Thai Embassy, Bonn 

1984: Counselor, Royal Thai Embassy, Bonn 

1985: Director, Southeast Asia Division, Department of Political Affairs 

1988: Minister, Royal Thai Embassy, London 

1991: Ambassador attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

1992: Director-General, Department of East Asian Affairs 

1994: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Swiss Federation, Holy See and Principality of Liechtenstein 

1999: Director-General, Department Information 

2000: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand, to the People’s Republic of China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Mongolia 

2004: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the European Union, Kingdom of Belgium, and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg 

2007: Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United Nations, New York, United States of America 

2009: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America 

2014: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand 

2015: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand

5 Aug 2020 - Present: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand 

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H.E. Ms. Salome Zurabishvili
President of Georgia
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Born March 18, 1952 in Paris, France.

Knows Georgian, French, English (fluent) and Italian (spoken).

 Education

 Institute of Political Science (1969-1972 Paris, France).

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (1972-1973, New York, USA).

Diplomatic and political career

1974 - 2004    Worked in the diplomatic service for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France in several embassies (Italy, United States, and Chad) and with French representations to international organizations (UN, NATO, Western European Union, OSCE)

2003               Was appointed as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France to Georgia

2004 - 2005   Served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. After the leaving the post, she founded on 11 March 2006 the political party “The Way of Georgia”

2006 - 2015   Was an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France

2010 - 2015   Led the United Nations Security Council monitoring group on sanctions against Iran

2016              Won her election as an independent Deputy in the Parliament of Georgia

2018              Became the President of Georgia

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H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo
President of the Republic of Indonesia
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Ir. H. Joko Widodo is the 7th President of the Republic of Indonesia who took office on October 20, 2014. Born in Surakarta, Central Java, on June 21, 1961, Joko Widodo first entered the government as Mayor of Surakarta (Solo) from July 28, 2005 to October 1, 2012. 

After that, Joko Widodo served as Governor of DKI Jakarta on October 15, 2012 before being elected president of the Republic of Indonesia in the 2014 presidential election. During the presidential election Joko Widodo was elected with his partner, Jusuf Kalla. 

In the 2019 presidential election, Joko Widodo was re-elected as the President of the Republic of Indonesia for his second term. This time, Joko Widodo was accompanied by Vice President K.H. Ma'ruf Amin and inaugurated on October 20, 2019 for the upcoming 2019 to 2024 term. 

Infrastructure development became a priority program during his first leadership. The development carried out evenly to the outer regions of Indonesia is carried out to catch up with Indonesia in this sector compared to other countries. 

The priority program is accompanied by programs in the form of social assistance such as the Smart Indonesia Card (KIP), Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS), to the Family Hope Program (PKH). In addition, since the beginning of his term, Joko Widodo also seeks agrarian reform with one of them accelerating the issuance of land rights certificates to reduce the occurrence of land disputes due to the absence of certificates. 

In his second term, Joko Widodo shifted the government's focus on the development and capacity building of Indonesian human resources to be able to compete with other countries. The infrastructure development program is still continuing at the same time. 

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H.E. Mr. David Kabua
President of the Republic of Marshall Islands
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President David Kabua is the ninth President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. President Kabua has been representing Wotho Atoll since his first appointment as Senator in 2008. In his second term, he was given the portfolio as Minister of Health and then later Minister of Internal Affairs. He was appointed Minister in Assistance to the President in his third term.

During his early years, President Kabua had worked in several Public Service positions as a teacher aid in the Headstart Program for two years, a student liaison officer, General Manager for the Marshall Islands Development Authority (MIDA) under the Ministry of Resources and Development, 1996, and four years as the Consul General in Orange County, California.

He has an extensive background in the private sector for more than ten years as a business owner.

President Kabua was born in Majuro and is the son of the first President of the RMI Amata Kabua and First Lady Emlain Kabua. Upon completion of his studies at Xavier High School (1971) in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, President Kabua furthered his education at Hilo College and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Together with his wife, First Lady Ginger Kabua, they have three children and one granddaughter.

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H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
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SHEIKH HASINA, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, was born on 28 September, 1947 at Tungipara under Gopalganj district. She is the eldest of five children of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of independent Bangladesh. 

She graduated from the University of Dhaka in 1973. She was elected Vice President of the Students Union of Government Intermediate Girl’s College. She was a member of the students League Unit of Dhaka University and Secretary of the Students League Unit of Rokeya Hall. She actively participated in all the mass movements since her student life. 

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with the members of his family was martyred on the fateful night of 15 August 1975. Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana were the only survivors as they were in West Germany at that time. Later she went to the United Kingdom from where she started her movement against the autocratic rule in 1980. Sheikh Hasina was unanimously elected President of Bangladesh Awami League in 1981 in her absence, while she was forced to live in exile in New Delhi. Ending six years in exile, she returned home finally on 17 May 1981. 

In the parliamentary election held in 1986, she won three seats. She was elected Leader of the Opposition. She led the historic mass movement in 1990 and announced the constitutional formula for peaceful transfer of power through Articles 51 and 56 of the Constitution. 

Following the election of 1991 Sheikh Hasina became Leader of the Opposition in the country’s Fifth Parliament, She steered all the political parties in the parliament towards changing the Presidential system into the Parliamentary one. 

Sheikh Hasina created awareness among the people and waged a struggle for Non-party Caretaker Government to ensure free and fair polls. Her movement reached the peak after a non-cooperation movement in March 1996 and the provision for Non-party Caretaker Government was incorporated in the Constitution. 

At the call of Sheikh Hasina a large number of people of all walks of life expressed solidarity with the movement at the ‘Janatar Mancha’. In the Parliamentary election held on 12 June 1996, Bangladesh Awami League emerged as the majority party and she assumed the office of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on 23 June 1996. 

After becoming the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina adopted a number of pragmatic policies for overall development of the nation including poverty alleviation. During the last four years her government achieved laudable success including signing of the historic 30 year Ganges Water Sharing Treaty with India, signing of historic peace Accord on Chittagong Hill Tracts and inauguration of the Bangabandhu Bridge on the river Jamuna. 

She has authored several books including “Why Are They Street Children”, “The Origin of Autocracy”, ‘Miles to Go”, “Elimination of Poverty and Some Thoughts”, “People and Democracy”, “My Dream My Struggle” and “Development for the Masses.” She performed holy Hajj and Umrah several times. 

In 1996, the people of Bangladesh gave her a strong mandate as the Prime Minister of the country. Despite serious resource and constraints and recurrent natural calamity as well as widespread poverty, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during the first two years of her government, has lived up to her unswerving commitment to the cause of peace, democracy, development and human rights. 

Her first act of peace within months of her assumption of office was the initiative for resolution of the long-standing water-sharing dispute with India through a 30-years treaty. This put an end to a very complex regional dispute. 

Her visionary idea of a business summit among the political and private sector leaders of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan has added a new chapter in the history of South Asia. 

Her dedicated leadership also made possible a peace agreement in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, thereby solving the 23-year old insurgency in the Hill districts of Bangladesh. This peace accord brought an area inhabited by nearly 5 million people out of violence and into a time of peace and development. Though the international media has not given much prominence to this accord, it is uniquely remarkable because the peace accord benefited such a large number of people and the whole area has been brought under development programs following the complete surrender of arms by the insurgents. 

Her quest for peace has taken her to India and Pakistan to talk to the leaders of these two countries soon after the nuclear test urging reduction of tension in the region. 

Prime Minister Hasina has been a strong advocate for the Culture of Peace at global, regional and national levels. In many major conferences, she espoused the concept of the Culture of Peace, most recently in South Africa at the 12th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) which has a membership of 114 countries. Her initiative has resulted in the first-ever resolution by the Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly on the Culture of Peace. She also provided leadership for the declaration by the UN of the period 2001 to 2010 as the International Decade for Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. 

Prime Minister Hasina’s determination for the eradication of poverty, in particular through wide-ranging microcredit programmes, has been recognized world-wide. Her co-chairpersonship of the Microcredit Summit in February 1997 which resolved to bring 100 million families of the world out of poverty by 2005 focused world attention to her strong commitment to the eradication of poverty and enlistment of the poorest of the poor. She has been a champion of microcredit by spreading the message in major international forums. Her leadership led to the adoption for the first time by UN General Assembly a far-reaching resolution on the role of microcredit in the eradication of poverty. 

Along with poverty eradication, she has focused on the empowerment of women and has successfully completed legislation to ensure adequate representation of women in the local government bodies, leading to the election of more than 14,000 women to these bodies in 1997. She has taken major initiatives to stop violence against women and children. She has also provided leadership in the field of education, particularly for the education of girls in her own country as well as advocating it for global support. Her government has greatly enhanced budgetary allocation for primary education focusing on girls’ education. 

To improve the quality of life of the people of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has particularly focused on human development, paying special attention to healthcare, family planning, nutrition, women’s rights and survival and development of children. At the UN and other forums, she has been a major voice in support of the cause of children and their rights. 

Her keen interest resulted in the signature by Bangladesh of the Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and ratification of the Landmines Treaty, being the first country in South Asia to do so. 

Sheikh Hasina took oath as Prime Minister of Bangladesh at a ceremony held at Banghabhaban on January 06, 2009. 

Sheikh Hasina is married having one son and one daughter.

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H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia
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On 20 June 2015, the 38th Congress of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Central Committee of the fifth mandate elected Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen directly and in secret ballots as its President in replacement of the late Samdech Akka Moha Thamma Pothisal Chea Sim.

On September 23, 2013, Samdech Techo Hun Sen is re-elected by the Fifth Legislature of the National Assembly and approved by HM the King, Preah Karuna Preah Bat Sâmdech Preah Bâromneath Norodom Sihamoni, as Prime Minister for the next five-year term (2013-2018). In the 28 July 2013 general elections, the Cambodian People’s Party won a majority of 68 seats in the 123-seat National Assembly.

In July 1998, the general election brought victory to the Cambodian People’s Party, of which Hun Sen is the Vice President. He became the sole Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, leading the second coalition government of the two major parties – the CPP and FUNCINPEC – and solemnly declared his Government to be an “economy-oriented government.” Under his leadership Cambodia became the 10th member of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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H.E. Mr. Josaia V. Bainimarama
Prime Minister of Fiji and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum
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The Hon Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister in September 2014 after the country’s first elections since 2006.
In his political career, Mr Bainimarama acted as President from 2006 – 2007 and Acting Prime Minister from 2007 – 2009.
Mr Bainimarama attended Roman Catholic Marist Brothers High School in Suva, Fiji. From 1975 he pursued a career in the Fijian navy, rising to become Commander (1988), Captain (1994), and Chief of Staff (1998). On March 1, 1999, he was appointed Commodore and Commander of all Fiji’s military forces.

He enlisted into the Royal Fiji Military Forces Naval Division as an Ordinary Seaman on 26 July 1975 and was commissioned from the ranks as an Ensign on 1 November 1977. He attained Second Mate Qualification for the Pacific Island from the Fiji Institute of Technology in 1980 and qualified from the Junior Command and Staff College with the RNZAF in March of 1981. He was promoted Lieutenant In August 1981 before returning to New Zealand to the NBCD Course in October the same year. He qualified in the International Relation Examination in 1981.
Mr Bainimarama attended the Asian Institute of Technology in Disaster Management in 1993 and later attended Exclusive Economic Zone Management Training at the Dalhousie University in Canada. Attended the Australian Joint Services Staff College  (JSSC) in the ranking as Captain in 1994.
During the 2000 crisis, Mr Bainimarama assumed Executive control of the nation and was instrumental in the restoration of law and order in the country.
Mr Bainimarama has been honoured with the Meritorious Service Decoration and the Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem for outstanding service to the military and Fiji. He also received the Multinational Force and Observers Peacekeeping Medal, the General Service Medal, the Fiji Republic Medal and the Anniversary Medal.
He was born in Suva on 27 April 1954.

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H.E. Ms. Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa
Prime Minister of Samoa
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Prime Minister Mataʻafa came to power in Samoa this year, becoming Samoa’s first female Prime Minister. She is one of Samoa’s longest-serving members of Parliament and has held numerous ministerial portfolios during her career, including Minister of Education, Minister of Women, Community & Social Development, Minister of Justice and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. She also has represented Samoa on the executive board of UNESCO and served as Pro-Chancellor and Chairperson of the University of the South Pacific from 2006 to 2012.

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H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon
President of the Republic of Tajikistan
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Emomali Rahmon was born to a peasant family on October 5, 1952 in Dangara district of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Emomali Rahmon began his labour activity in 1969 after graduation from Technical Lyceum №40 of Kalininabad city (presently Sarband) electrician at Qurghonteppa oil factory.

From 1971 to 1974 he served in the Pacific Navy Military Force. After the demobilization, he started working at the Lenin collective farm in Dangara.

Emomali Rahmon graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the Tajik National University in 1982.

From 1976 to 1987 he held posts of the secretary of direction and the Chairman of the Union Committee of the Lenin collective farm in Dangara. He later worked in party bodies.

From 1987 to 1992 he was the Chairman of the Lenin collective farm in Dangara.

In 1990, Emomali Rahmon was elected as People’s Deputy at the Supreme Council of the Republic of Tajikistan of twelfth convocation. In autumn 1992, he was elected as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Council of the People’s Deputies of Kulyab province.

On November 19, 1992 at the XVI session Emomali Rahmon was elected as the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Tajikistan.

On November 6, 1994, Emomali Rahmon was elected to the post of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan by nation-wide voting.

On November 6, 1999, Emomali Rahmon was re-elected on the alternative basis and by nation-wide voting and assumed an office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan for a seven-year term.

On November 6, 2006, at free, transparent and democratic elections, held on the alternative basis, Emomali Rahmon was elected as the President of the Republic of Tajikistan for a seven-year term by nation-wide voting for the third time.

On November 6, 2013, Emomali Rahmon, gaining 84.23% of the vote, won the regular election of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.  

On October 11, 2020, Emomali Rahmon, having secured 90.92% of the vote, was re-elected to the post of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.  

According to the ratified Constitutional Law of the Republic of Tajikistan "On the Founder of Peace and National Unity - Leader of the Nation", the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon who had rendered great and unique services to the people of Tajikistan has been recognized as the Founder of Peace and National Unity - Leader of the Nation. 

He is the Hero of Tajikistan (1999).

The President is married and has nine children.

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H.E. Mr. Bob Loughman Weibur
Prime Minister of Vanuatu
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The Honourable Bob Loughman Weibur is the Prime Minister of Vanuatu. The MP for Tanna in every election since 2004, he was elected as the 12th Prime Minister of Vanuatu on 20 April 2020.
Prime Minister Loughman was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Commerce, Trades and Ni-Vanuatu Business, appointed on 28 May 2018 to June 2019.

He was Minister of Education from 23 March 2013 to 11 June, 2015.

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H.E. Mr. Vu Duc Dam
Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
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Date of birth: February 3, 1963

Native land: Ngu Hung commune, Thanh Mien district, Hai Duong province  

Date of Party admission: February 19, 1993; date of official membership: February 19, 1994  

Education: Ph.D. in economics

Alternate member of the 10th Party Central Committee

Member of the 11th and 12th Party Central Committee

Professional career

October, 1988 – October, 1990: an engineer of the  Post Technical Trading and Service Company under the General Department of Post;

October, 1990 – February, 1992: a staff of the Department for Technical Development and Foreign Relations under the Viet Nam Post and Telecommunications Group

March, 1992 – April, 1993: a staff of the Office of the General Department of Post;

April, 1993 – October, 1994: Deputy Director of the Department on Science-Technology and International Cooperation under the General Department of Post;

October, 1994 – November, 1995: Deputy Director of the Department on International Relations, the Office of the Government;

November, 1995 – August, 1996: Acting Director, then Director of the ASEAN Department, the Office of the Government;

August, 1996 – March, 2003: Secretary, then  assistant to former Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet;

March, 2003 – August, 2005: Vice Chairman, Permanent Vice Chairman of the Bac Ninh Provincial People’s Committee;  

August, 2005 – November, 2007: Deputy Minister of Post-Telecommunication;

November, 2007 – May, 2008: Permanent Vice Chairman of the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee;  

May, 2008 – August, 2010: Chairman of the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee;

August, 2010 – August, 2011: Secretary of the Quang Ninh Provincial Party Committee;

August, 2011 – November, 2013: Minister-Chairman of the Office of the Government;  

November, 2013 – present: Deputy Prime Minister

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H.E. Mr. LY Thuch
Senior Minister and President of National Committee for ESCAP, Cambodia
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H.E. Mr. A. K. Abdul Momen
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh
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Professor Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen has a PhD in Economics and an MBA in Business Administration from the Northeastern University (Boston), an MPA in Public Administration, Public Policy and International Economics from the Harvard University (Cambridge), an LLB in Law, an MA in Development Economics and a BA (Honors) from the University of Dhaka. He passed HSC from M.C. college, Sylhet and SSC from Sylhet Government Pilot High School.

Professor Momen was Chair of the Department of Economics and Business, Framingham State University, Massachusetts.  He taught economic and business courses at few colleges around Boston namely the Framingham State University, Merrimack College, Salem State University, Northeastern University, Cambridge College, University of Massachusetts (MIT) and the Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government). He created ‘Business Leadership Club’ and he received awards as an ‘excellent teacher’. Dr. Momen also received ‘Gentleman of the Year” Award from National Women Empowerment Group for promoting women issues and encouraging and recruiting maximum number of women faculty and researchers. 

He worked as an Economic Adviser (Consultant) at the Saudi Industrial Development Fund under the Saudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy as an expert. Also he worked for the World Bank, Washington DC [1981-83] and as a UNDP consultant, New York, 1989.

Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen was the Bangladesh Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary & Permanent Representative (PR) to the UN from August 2009 to November 2015. Since he took up the assignment as the Bangladesh PR to the United Nations in 2009, Dr. Momen served as the Chair of LDC Group in 2009-10 and 2015, President of UNICEF Executive Board in 2010-11, President of UN Office of the South-South Cooperation (2014-15), Vice President of the ECOSOC (2011-12), Chair of the Second Committee (2011-12), Chair and Vice Chair of the Peace Building Commission (2011-2014), Vice President of the UNGA (2013-14) and also served 3 times as Acting President of the UNGA, a Facilitator of UN Counter Terrorism Review (2010), Chair of Asia-Pacific Group (2010, 2012, 2015), and as the NAM Coordinator of Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (2009-2012) and Chairman of the UN Credentials Committee (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

In addition, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon selected him as a member of his Senior Advisory Group of Troops Reimbursement (2012). His country was also included in SG’s “He for She’, “Education First”, "Health and Nutrition Champion", "Public-Private Partnership", etc. initiatives. In these leadership roles, he has consistently demonstrated sound judgment, innovative-thinking and political sensitivity to deliver results, often under very difficult circumstances. As a skillful negotiator and team-player, he spearheaded consensus resolutions on LDC issues in the Istanbul LDC IV Conference (2010), at the Rio-plus 20 Conference (2012), and also in the 2nd Committee.

His wife Selina Momen is a health-service professional. They are blessed with three daughters and two sons who are American expatriate and well established in their own profession. His father Abu Ahamad Abdul Hafiz was a prominent advocate. He was convenor of ‘Sylhet Referendum’ through which Sylhet became a part of Pakistan in 1947. His mother Syed Sahar Banu Chowdhury was ‍socially aware and engaged herself actively with the development of schools and colleges. She was the President of Sylhet All Pakistan Women Association for many years. She had glorified contribution in the Language Movement.

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H.E. Mr. Pan Sorasak
Minister of Commerce of Cambodia
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Sorasak Pan was appointed Minister of Commerce of the Royal Government of Cambodia in April 2016. Prior to that he was Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce and has been recognized in Cambodia as one of the drivers of the use of ICT in the development of small and medium-size enterprises. Prior to his work at the Ministry of Commerce, Sorasak served as Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication,and at the Council of Ministers and Prime Minister’s Offices. Before joining the public sector; he occupied several senior positions with Unocal, an American multinational oil and gas exploration company.

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H.E. Mr. Wang Yi
State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China
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Wang Yi was appointed as minister of Foreign Affairs in March 2013 and appointed as state councilor in March 2018. He currently holds both posts.  Wang has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs--and working on China's foreign relations in Asia--for most of his career.

Wang Yi was born in 1953 in Beijing. He spent eight years – 1969 to 1977 – as a “sent-down youth” in Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution. In 1982, after his return to Beijing, he received his bachelor's degree from Beijing International Studies University with a major in Japanese. In 1997, he studied as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Foreign Relations at Georgetown University, and subsequently received his master's degree in international relations from Chinese Foreign Affairs University.

In 1982, Wang took an entry-level position at the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), working his way up to become a division director by 1989. He moved to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, working as a counselor and then minister-counselor.

In 1994, he returned to Beijing to become deputy director-general of MOFA’s Asian Department, and was promoted to director-general the following year. In 1998, he was promoted again to become an assistant minister, and head its Policy Research Office.

From 2001 to 2004, he served as vice minister at MOFA, where he served a three-year stint before being named as China’s ambassador to Japan in 2004. In 2008, he was appointed as director of the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, where he served until being named to his current position.

Wang was appointed as a member of the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo in November 2012, and was also a member of the 17th CCP Central Committee from 2007-2012.

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H.E. Mr. Kaleb Udui
Minister of Finance of Palau
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H.E. Mr. Nandalal Weerasinghe
Governor of the Central Bank, Sri Lanka
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Dr. P. Nandalal Weerasinghe is the 17th Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).  Dr. Weerasinghe is a career central banker, with extensive experience in Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy. Dr. Weerasinghe was promoted as Deputy Governor on 27 September, 2011 while he was serving as an Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund and assumed office as Deputy Governor of the CBSL on 01 September 2012.  Dr. Weerasinghe holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in Economics from the Australian National University and a B.Sc. Degree from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka.

As Deputy Governor, Dr. Weerasinghe has served as the Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and the Foreign Reserve Management Committee of the CBSL and has overseen the Departments of Economic Research, Statistics, International Operations, Domestic Operations, Macroprudential Surveillance, Exchange Control, Currency and Communications.

Prior to being released to the International Monetary Fund as the Alternate Executive Director for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan, from January 2010 to August 2012, Dr. Weerasinghe served as Assistant Governor from August 2009 to September 2012 as well as the Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research from January 2007 to August 2009.

Dr. Weerasinghe also served as Visiting Lecturer for the Masters Degree Course in Economics at the University of Colombo, Visiting Research Economist at the SEACEN Centre, Malaysia and Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

He has represented several Cabinet Sub-Committees on economic matters and was a member of the Committee appointed to review the Power Purchase Agreements, the Financial Sector Monitoring Committee of the Ministry of Finance & Planning, the Steering Committee on Market Program for Private Sector Development and the Petroleum Refinery Project Coordinating Committee.  He was also a Director of the Board of Management of the Sustainable Energy Authority and the Board of Investment. He was responsible for negotiating Financial Services in bilateral trade and services agreements with China and Singapore. He has published several research papers in international and local journals, including the CBSL Staff Studies.

Dr. Weerasinghe retired from the Central Bank as the Senior Deputy Governor in January 2021 and worked as an Independent Consultant for economic and financial matters for multilateral agencies and global investment firms.

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H.E. Ms. Adaljiza Magno
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Timor-Leste
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Adaljiza Magno is Timor Leste's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and former Ambassador to Singapore and former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Minister Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, known as Adaljiza Magno, was born in January 7, 1975 and spent her early childhood early with her parents on Timor-Leste's Matebian Mountain, where her parents were involved in the struggle for independence.

In 2001, she was elected as a member of Constituent Assembly in Timor-Leste at age 25 and four years later, she was appointed as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

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H.E. Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ' Utoikamanu
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Tourism, Tonga
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In April, Tonga’s Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu was appointed the United Nations’ High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States and Under Secretary General, making her the highest ranking Pacific Island person at the UN.

Ms. ‘Utoikamanu has a wealth of national, regional and international experience in various senior leadership positions. Prior to her latest appointment, she was Chief Executive Officer of Tonga’s Ministry of Tourism, and served as Acting Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific in 2015.  Between 2009 and 2016, she served the same University as a member of Council, and since 2012 as Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of Council.  She served from 2009 to 2015 as Deputy Director-General and Director of Education, Training and Human Development at the Pacific Community (SPC).

Ms. ‘Utoikamanu worked for the Government of Tonga for twenty six years, and between 2005 and 2009,  she was her country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Ambassador to the United States, Cuba and Venezuela; and High Commissioner to Canada. From 2002 to 2005, she was Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the European Commission’s National Authorizing Officer for Tonga.

Born in 1959, Ms. ‘Utoikamanu holds a bachelor of commerce and master of commerce in economics from the University of Auckland.

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H.E. Mr. Jalavsuren BAT-ERDENE
Deputy Minister for Road and Transport Development, Mongolia
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H.E. Ms. Hyoeun Jenny Kim
Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
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Amb. Hyoeun Jenny Kim is Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. As the chief negotiator, she is the head of Korean delegation to the UNFCCC, bilateral and multilateral climate and green growth negotiations. Before that, she was Deputy Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). GGGI is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization supporting developing countries and emerging economies to achieve economic growth and environmental sustainability together through following new pathway of green growth. She is responsible for managing GGGI’s in-country operations in more than 30 countries, which support low carbon economic growth, including NDC implementation. Before joining the GGGI in 2018, she was the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Senegal and five neighboring countries from 2016.

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Ms. Helen Clark
37th Prime Minister of New Zealand, Former Administrator UNDP and Co-Chair, Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness
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Helen Clark is a respected global leader on sustainable development, gender equality and international co-operation. She served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. While in government, she led policy debate on a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change.

She then became the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator for two terms from 2009 to 2017, the first woman to lead the organisation. She was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the Heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues.

In 2019 Helen Clark became patron of The Helen Clark Foundation. She is an active member of many global organisations. 

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Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
Chief Scientist, World Health Organization
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Soumya Swaminathan is an Indian Paediatrician and Clinical Scientist known for her work in Tuberculosis. She is currently positioned as Secretary, Department of Health Research - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of Biomedical research. She holds M.B.B.S. from Armed Forces Medical College (India) and M. D. from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, along with a Diplomate of National Board from National Board of Examinations. She subsequently held Post Doctoral Medical Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

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Mr. Albert Park
Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank
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 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) professor Albert Park as its new Chief Economist. He will assume office on 15 December 2021.

As Chief Economist, Mr. Park will serve as Director General of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, where he will lead ADB’s work on policy research and regional cooperation and integration. The department produces key analytical forecasts and reports, including the Asian Development Outlook, the bank’s flagship economic publication.

“Asia and the Pacific’s remarkable achievements in development are facing severe challenges in the form of COVID-19 and climate change,” Mr. Park said. “I look forward to contributing to ADB’s long and established presence in providing knowledge and policy advice that will help shape a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery for the region.”

Mr. Park has more than 2 decades of experience as a development economist. A well-known expert on the economy of the People’s Republic of China, he has directed a number of large-scale research projects in the country. He has also served as an international consultant for the World Bank and a member of the steering committee for the Asia-Pacific Research Universities’ Population Ageing Hub. Mr. Park has worked on a broad range of development issues including poverty and inequality, intergenerational mobility, microfinance, migration and labor markets, the future of work, and foreign investment.

Mr. Park is Chair Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Policy at HKUST. Previously, he served as a founding director of HKUST’s Institute for Emerging Market Studies, professor at the University of Oxford, and associate professor at the University of Michigan. He has also held editorial positions at a number of leading economic journals.

A national of the United States, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and his doctorate in applied economics from Stanford 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 68 members—49 from the region.

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Dr. Deborah Elms
President, Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA)
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Dr Deborah Elms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC). She is Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA), Co-Chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), and also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy.

Previously, Dr Elms was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from
Boston University. Dr Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog.

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Prof. Petteri Taalas
Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
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Professor Petteri Taalas has been the Secretary-General of WMO since 1 January 2016. He was appointed by the World Meteorological Congress in 2015 for a first four-year term. He is now serving his second four-year term (Jan 2020-Dec 2023).

  • Director General, Finnish Meteorological Institute, 2007–2015 and 2002–2005
  • Director, WMO Development and Regional Activities Department, 2005–2007
  • Research professor remote sensing, 2000–2002, and Head of research, Scientist, 1986-1999, leader of ozone research unit

International activities and memberships

  • Member of WMO Executive Council since 2008 and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Council 2002–2005, 2007 to present
  • Chairman of EUMETSAT Council 2010–2014 and EUMETNET Council 2003–2005
  • Delegate of Finland to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  2007–2015

National activities and memberships

  • Chairman of the board, University of Eastern Finland since 2010
  • Alumnus of the year of University of Helsinki 2012
  • Member of the Finnish Science Academy since 2010, Advisory board of Fortum Energy Company (turnover 6.2 bn €) and of the Finnish Space and Arctic boards 2003–2005, 2009 to present

University and other degrees

  • PhD in Meteorology, University of Helsinki, Department of Physics, 1993
  • Management, Executive Education, Helsinki School of Economics, 1998 and 2004

List of publications

Author of ~50 peer-reviewed papers on satellite technology, global change, climate & atmospheric chemistry, dozens of other publications & presentations.

 

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H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson
Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Fiji
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In 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General Guterres appointed Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the 2017 United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Mr. Thomson leads the UN's advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the UN system, ensuring that the many positive outcomes of the 2017 Ocean Conference, including the over 1600 voluntary commitments, are analysed and implemented. He also works with civil society, the scientific community, the private sector, and other relevant stakeholders, to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Mr. Thomson brings a distinguished experience in diplomatic services and is familiar with the work of the United Nations, including as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, during which he provided visionary leadership in guiding the preparation of the 2017 Ocean Conference.

Elected President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority's 2011-2012 session and President of the Council of the Authority's 2015-2016 session, Mr. Thomson chaired the Group of 77 and China (2013) and served as President of the Executive Board of UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support (UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS) from 2014 to 2015. As a civil servant in the Government of Fiji, he devoted many years of his life to working in the fields of rural development and then foreign affairs.

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Ms. Sunita Narain
Director General of CSE and editor of Down To Earth
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Sunita Narain has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) since 1982. She is currently the director general of the Centre and the treasurer of the Society for Environmental Communications and editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.

She is a writer and environmentalist, who uses knowledge for change. In 2005 she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government. She has also received the World Water Prize for work on rainwater harvesting and for its policy influence in building paradigms for community based water management. In 2005, she also chaired the Tiger Task Force at the direction of the Prime Minister, to evolve an action plan for conservation in the country after the loss of tigers in Sariska. She advocated solutions to build a coexistence agenda with local communities so that benefits of conservation could be shared and the future secured. Narain was a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Climate Change as well as the National Ganga River Basin Authority.

Narain began her work in the early 1980s, as a co-researcher with Anil Agarwal, an eminent and committed environmentalist who gave the country its environmental concern and message. In 1985, she co-edited the State of India's Environment report, which built an understanding in the country on why India is so important for the poor. With Anil Agarwal she learnt that environment and development are two sides of the same coin and that for the millions of poor, who live on the margins of subsistence, it a matter of survival. In 1989, learning from the successful initiatives of people to manage their environment, Anil Agarwal and she wrote Towards Green Villages advocating local participatory democracy as the key to sustainable development. She has continued to research and write about how environment must become the basis of livelihood security of people in the country. She has also linked issues of local democracy with global democracy, arguing that every human being has an entitlement to the global atmospheric common. In 2012, she has authored the 7th State of India's Environment Reports, Excreta Matters, which presents a comprehensive analysis of urban India's water and pollution challenges.

Building CSE

She has devoted time to build the capacities of the CSE so that it can function as an independent and credible institution, influencing public opinion and advocating change. Today, with over 120 full time staff, it is actively engaged in a variety of programmes spanning issues of water management, to rating of industries in terms of the environmental performance and training. CSE is an institution, which believes in the need to use knowledge to bring about change. In other words, it is about "working India's vibrant democracy". The challenge for CSE is to raise concerns and to participate in seeking answers and more importantly, in advocating for the answers to become policy and then practice.

Combating air pollution

Air pollution is an extremely serious problem, which damages the respiratory system and can lead to mortality as well. Narain, working with her colleagues at CSE, has been actively engaged in advocating for air pollution control. She believes that the answers to the growing problems of pollution will be in reinventing the growth model of the Western world so that we can leapfrog technology choices and find new ways of building wealth, which will not cost us the earth. It is in this context that Narain and her colleagues advocated for the introduction of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Delhi, to reduce air pollution. The successful implementation of CNG in buses in the capital has lead to substantial reduction in air contaminants and has become a model for the rest of the world. As a member of the statutory body, set up under the Environment Protection Act and under mandate from the Supreme Court, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for the National Capital Region, she continues to monitor and implement strategies for reducing pollution in Delhi and in other cities across the country.

Making water everybody's business

Water is clearly most important asset for the country. For Sunita Narain it is an issue of great passion as she devotes time to research and advocate for the need to change the paradigm of water management in the country. She began work in this area with her colleague, Anil Agarwal, as she discovered the fascinating ingenuity of communities to harvest rainwater across the country. Research lead to their book, Dying Wisdom and then later a book entitled, Making Water Everybody's Business. Since then she has continued to build an understanding of the need for water security, using rainwater harvesting to augment resources and pollution control to minimise waste. She believes that her biggest contribution would be to build a strong and vibrant movement for water literacy in the country. In 2005, the Centre and she were awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, considered the Water Nobel for work on building an informed public opinion on the need for decentralised water management and rainwater harvesting. In 2012 she published a comprehensive report on the state of urban water supply, sewage management and pollution. This report has provided impetus for policies on these issues.

It is in this context that Narain has argued that the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme public funds to create public assets with the labour of poor people. And the opportunity lies in using such labour to build assets: drought relief for relief against drought. Today, the national rural employment programme is already the world's biggest ecological regeneration effort - just under a million water bodies being dug, desilted or renovated by people. Now we must make sure these water bodies are not just holes in the ground, but will capture the next rain and recharge the aquifer. Her work to build awareness on this issue continues.

Food and water safety

In 2001, CSE set up a state of art laboratory to analyse contaminants in water and food so that it could undertake science for ecological security. In 2003 and 2004, under Narain's direction, the Centre analysed bottled water and then carbonated beverages for pesticide content. The aim of the study was to understand the extent of contamination of our groundwater and food systems and to use this research for reform. The study lead to the setting up the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on pesticide residues in and safety standards for soft drinks, fruit juices and other beverages. The JPC gave its report in February 2004, endorsing the findings of CSE on pesticides in carbonated beverages and recommending wide ranging reform in food safety for the country. The report of the parliamentarians has become an important milestone in building a new and more vibrant regulatory system to ensure that contamination in food and water is minimised and does not compromise human health. Narain's research has also helped to build a strong public opinion in favour of reform, particularly, regarding the contamination of groundwater, the drinking water source of millions of people across the country.

Climate Change: working for an effective and equitable regime

Narain began work on climate change in the early 1990. In 1991, she co-authored Global warming in an unequal world: A case of environmental colonialism, which played a critical role in establishing the principle of equity in the framework convention on climate change. Since then she has continued to work in building awareness and consensus about the need for an effective and equitable climate change agreement. She has researched and authored publications on different aspects of the climate regime - from aspects of negotiating positions to critiques of various trading mechanisms and options for mitigation and adaptation. In 2008-09, she served as a member of the Swedish government's high level commission on the need for adaptation and its links with development.

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Ms. Feng Chang
Managing Director of Global Sustainable Finance, Bank of America
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Feng Chang is a Managing Director in Global Sustainable Finance Group at Bank of America. She is based in Hong Kong. 

In this role, she primarily focuses on customized client decarbonization solutions by leveraging bank’s Net-Zero framework. She brings the bank’s holistic sustainable financing capabilities to help clients in their low carbon transition. The team in the region also drives asset finance in renewable energy sectors and innovates to develop new capital solutions in other areas including Carbon Capture, Hydrogen, Sustainable Aviation Fuels, Waste-to-Energy, Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Agriculture. 

Before this role, Feng has spent more than 15 years’ in cross asset trading, with focus on bespoke structuring solutions to help the bank and its clients optimize capital and liquidity to enhance competitive advantage and improve return per dollar of resource used.
She has worked in both London and Hong Kong. Feng holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Finance from Imperial College, London

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H.E. Mr. Khusrav Noziri
Secretary-General, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)
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The Secretary General of the ECO is elected and appointed by the Council of Ministers from among the candidates nominated by the Member States on the basis of qualifications, experience and suitability as laid down in the Staff Regulations of the ECO Secretariat. As the Chief Administrative Officer of the Organization, Secretary General is responsible for all activities of the Organization. The Secretary General is discharging his duties over a non-renewable three-year terms of office.

H.E. Amb. Khusrav NOZIRI (Tajikistan national) is ECO Secretary General. He is the 13th Secretary General of the ECO who started his tenure in August 2021.

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H.E. Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich
Chairman, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)
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He was born on May 6, 1950 in the village of Novy Snov, Nesvizh District, Minsk Region.

He graduated from Snovskaya secondary school with a silver medal in 1967, from Brest Engineering and Construction Institute in 1972, and from Minsk Communist Party Higher School in 1989.

In 1972, he began his career as an engineer at Minskproekt State Design Institute.

From 1972 to 1973 he served in the Soviet army.

From 1973 to 1983 he held engineering and senior management positions in public utilities of the city of Minsk.

From 1983 to 1986 he was Chairman of Soviet District Executive Committee of the Council of People's Deputies of the city of Minsk, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of Minsk City Council of People's Deputies, Secretary of Minsk City Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus.

From 1986 to 1990 he served as Minister of Housing and Public Utilities of the BSSR.

From 1990 to 1995 he was Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the BSSR - Chairman of the State Committee for Economy and Planning of the BSSR, First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.

In 1994, he was appointed as a member of the Presidium of the Interstate Economic Committee of the Economic Union (CIS).

From 1995 to 2001 he was Head of Presidential Executive Office of the Republic of Belarus.

From 2001 to 2010 he served as Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (President, since 2004 – Chairman of the Presidium).

From 2003 to 2012 he was Chairman of the Subcommittee for State Awards of the Republic of Belarus in the field of science and technology.

Since 2015 he was Chairman of the Committee for State Awards of the Republic of Belarus.

From 2010 to 2014 he served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.

From 2015 to 2019 he co-chaired the Forums of Regions of Belarus and Russia held annually by the Council of the Republican National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

In 2014 he took part in the UN Climate Summit, as well as in the first Belarusian-American Investment Forum, which were both held in New York.

From 2015 to 2019 he was Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus of the fifth (2015-2016) and sixth (2016-2019) convocations, Chairman of the Council for Interaction of Local Self-Government Bodies under the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus (2015-2019).

He was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BelAZ Open Joint-Stock Company.

He has three Certificates of Gratitude from the President of the Republic of Belarus. He was invested with the following awards: the Order "Badge of Honor" (1981), the Order of the Fatherland of the 3rd class (2000), the Order of Friendship (Russian Federation) (2009), the Order of Friendship (People's Republic of China) (2010), the Order of the Belarusian Orthodox Church of St. Cyril of Turov of the 1st class (2010), anniversary medals, the Badge "Gold Medal of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus "For a Major Contribution to the Development of Science"" (2014), D. Cantemir Medal of the National Academy of Sciences of Moldova, the Big Gold Medal of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Certificates of Honor of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus and the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, V.M. Ignatovsky Badge of Honor of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (2018). He is Honorary Citizen of the town of Nesvizh (2015).

He is Doctor of Economics (1998), Professor (2003), and Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (2009). He is also Doctor Honoris Causa of St. Petersburg State University of Economics (2008) and Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (2011), Professor Emeritus of Brest State Technical University (2013), and Professor Emeritus of Belarusian State University (2017). He is the author of monographs, scientific papers and publications in the field of economics, international integration and state-building. He has trained three Candidates of Science.

He is married. He has a daughter and a son, and four grandchildren.

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H.E. Mr. Tenzin Lekphell
Secretary General of BIMSTEC
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H. E. Mr. Tenzin Lekphell took up the position of the Secretary General of BIMSTEC on 06 November 2020.
After graduation, Mr. Lekphell started his career as a militia officer in the capacity of a Lieutenant (1990-2004) at the Royal Bhutan Army. Thereon, he joined the Bhutanese civil service, where he served for more than a decade (1994-2007) before he resigned to participate in Bhutan’s historic democratic elections of 2013 and 2018. Earlier, he served as the Chief Labour Officer, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources from 1999 – 2007 and Planning Officer, Ministry of Agriculture from 1994-1998. Being the founding leader and the Secretary General, H. E. Mr. Tenzin Lekphell, subsequently became the Advisor and Executive Member of the third political party of Bhutan, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which is the present ruling party of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
He was the founder of Institute for Management Studies (IMS), first private management training institute of Bhutan and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute from 2009 – 2017. He also launched several private ventures that have enabled creation of employment for numerous Bhutanese youth. Mr. Lekphell spearheaded several national projects in Bhutan, i.e., NATION IN PRAYER (2019 – 2020), TENDREL (2016).
In 2016, Mr. Lekphell achieved Global Environment Leader Award from Global Environment Foundation, New Delhi, for the initiative TENDREL- planting of 108,000 trees to welcome the birth of the first Prince. In 2003, he received Druk Yugyel Medal from His Majesty the King for gallantry following the military service to the nation.
Mr. Lekphell holds a Masters Degree in Science (Agriculture Economics) from London University, United Kingdom and Bachelors in Science from Sherubtse College, affiliated to Delhi University, India.

H. E. Mr. Tenzin Lekphell is married to Mrs. Chokey Yangzom and blessed with three children.

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Mr. Young Tae Kim
Secretary-General, International Transport Forum
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Young Tae Kim is the Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF). He was elected by the transport ministers of ITF member countries at their annual summit on 1 June 2017 and took office in August 2017.

Prior to his election as ITF Secretary-General, Dr Kim distinguished himself in the civil service of his native Korea, most recently serving as Director-General in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT). As Deputy Director-General from 2015, he was responsible for co-ordinating various transport policies including on autonomous vehicle, greenhouse gas reduction, urban transport, Intelligent Transport Systems and road safety, among others.

After joining the MOLIT in 1994 as Deputy Director for Urban Transport, Dr Kim also held several Deputy Director and Director positions with responsibility for housing welfare, integrated city development and overseas infrastructure construction. He was seconded to the Prime Minister's Commission on Administrative Reform in 1996 and the Presidential Committee on Social Inclusion in 2005-2007. From 2010 to 2014, Dr Kim worked in Washington, D.C., as Counsellor for Construction, Transport and Maritime Affairs at the Korean Embassy.

Dr Kim earned his Master's degrees in Public Policy from Seoul National University, Korea, and in Urban Studies from Paris University de Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France. He also received his Doctorate degree in Political Sociology and Public Policy from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris, France. Dr Kim speaks fluent English, French and some Spanish, in addition to his native Korean.

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H.E. Mr. Zhang Ming
Secretary-General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
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Born in June 1957 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, graduated from the Faculty of Asian and African Languages of the Beijing University of Foreign Studies, has a Bachelor of Arts degree. 
Since 1983, he has worked in the Department of West Asian and North African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, at the Chinese Embassy in P.D.R. Yemen, and at the Chinese Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman.

1992-1997 Deputy Director of the Department of West Asian and North African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China; 
1997-2001 First Secretary, Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the State of Israel; 
2001-2006 Deputy Director-General of the General Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China; 
2006-2009 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to the Republic of Kenya, Permanent Representative to UNEP and Permanent Representative to UN-Habitat; 
2009-2010 Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China; 
2010-2011 Director-General of the General Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China; 
2011-2013 Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of China; 
2013-2017 Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China; 
2017-2021 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Head of the Chinese Mission to the European Union; 
2022 — Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. 
Married, has a son. 

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H.E. Mr. Esala Ruwan Weerakoon
Secretary-General, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
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H.E. Esala Ruwan Weerakoon of Sri Lanka assumed office of the Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on 01 March 2020.  

 

Prior to assuming the post of Secretary General, Weerakoon served as Senior Additional Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka. Previously, he was Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka. He had also served as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Norway.

 

During his diplomatic career spanning over 30 years, Weerakoon served as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC; Chargé d’Affaires in Japan; and Deputy High Commissioner to Australia. His diplomatic postings included assignments in different capacities in Sri Lanka’s Missions in the United Kingdom, France, Malaysia and Seychelles. He joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service as a probationer in 1988.

 

Apart from working in different Divisions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Weerakoon served as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Development; Additional Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development; and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing.

 

Weerakoon was educated at Royal College, Colombo. He studied economics at the University of Kelaniya and undertook post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics.  

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Ms. OU Boqian
Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)
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Position

Secretary-General

Academic Background

1996 – 1997 MIPP, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA

Career

1989 – 1990 Staff member, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
1990 – 1993 Staff member, Attaché, Department of African Affairs, MFA
1993 – 1996 Attaché, Third Secretary, Chinese Embassy in Uganda
1996 – 2000 Third Secretary, Deputy Section Director, Section Director,
Department of African Affairs, MFA
2000 – 2001 Deputy Secretary, CPC Committee of Xincheng District, 
Xi’an Municipality, Shaanxi Province
2001 – 2003 Counselor, Information Department, MFA
2003 – 2007 Political Counselor, Chinese Embassy in Australia
2007 – 2008 Counselor, Policy Planning Department, MFA
2008 – 2012 Deputy Director-General, General Office, MFA
2012 – 2017 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Grenada
2017 – 2021 Vice President, Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs
2021 – Present Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat

 

 

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Mr. Andrey Smorodin
Director, Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat
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Mr. Smorodin assumed position in the GTI Secretariat as the Director in July 2020.

Born 1954. Career diplomate. Has the diplomatic rang “Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary First class”. Speaks Chinese and English.

After graduating in 1976 from Moscow State Institute for International Relations served at different positions in the USSR (Russia) Foreign ministry and Embassy in the Peoples Republic of China.

1999-2003 and 2007-2011 – Deputy Director General of the MFA Economic cooperation Department in charge of multilateral cooperation of Russia in the field of transport and energy.

2003-2007 – Consul-General of Russia in Hong-Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China.

2011-2015 ­– Consul-General of Russia in Shanghai.

2015-2019 - Deputy Director General of the MFA First Asian Department in charge of cooperation with China in practical fields including industry, energy, transport, agriculture, science and technology as well as humanitarian sphere.

Married, has a daughter.

List of registered participants (as of 24 May 2022)

Members

 

Armenia

  • • H.E. Mr. Yahram Kazhoyan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to ESCAP(in person)
  • • Mrs. Nouneh Zastoukhova, Director, Department for Multilateral Policy and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia(online)
  • • Mr. Davit Grigoryan, Head, Multilateral Economic Cooperation Division, Department for Multilateral Policy and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
 

Australia

  • Ms. Julia Feeney, Permanent Representative to ESCAP(in person)
  • Mr. Michael Carey, Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP(in person)
 

Azerbaijan

  • • Mr. Elsevar Salmanov, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Malaysia
 

Bangladesh

  • • Ms. Fatima Yasmin, Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. Mohammed Abdul Hye, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the ESCAP, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok(in person)
  • • Mr. Farid Aziz, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance(online)
  • • Dr. A M Pervez Rahim, Joint Secretary, Health Services Division(online)
  • • Mr. Mohd. Monirul Islam, Joint Secretary (SDG), Prime Minister's Office(in person)
  • • Ms. Dilruba Shaheena, Joint Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance(online)
  • • Ms. Musrat Meh Jabin, Joint Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance(online)
  • • Mr. Faiyaz Murshid Kazi, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
  • • Mr. Syed Rashedul Hossen, Economic Minister and Alternate Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok(in person)
  • • Ms. Musammat Shahina Akter, Deputy Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance(online)
  • • Ms. Dayamayee Chakraborty, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok
  • • Mr. Nirjhar Adhikary, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Bangkok
 

Bhutan

  • • H.E. Mr. Kinzang DORJI, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Royal Bhutanese Embassy, Bangkok(in person)
  • • Mr. Sangye CHEWANG, Officiating Director, Department of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
  • • Mr. Pema WANGYEL, Deputy Chief of Mission, Royal Bhutanese Embassy, Bangkok(in person)
  • • Mr. Tandin DORJI, Counsellor, Royal Bhutanese Embassy, Bangkok(in person)
  • • Mr. Phurba, Sr. Planning Officer, Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC)(online)
  • • Mr. Kuenzang TOBGAY, Program Coordinator, Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC)(online)
  • • Mr. Rigtsal DORJI, Sr. Desk Officer, Department of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
  • • Mr. Gembo TSHERING, Deputy Chief, Department of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
 

Brunei Darussalam

  • • Honourable Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office (online)
  • • Pengiran Hajah Siti Nirmala Pengiran Haji Mohammad, Permanent Secretary (Vision, Finance and Cabinet), Permanent Minister's Office (online)
  • • Mr. Ajman Haji Meludin, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Vision, Finance and Cabinet), Prime Minister's Office (online)
  • • Mr. Mohammad Yusri Yahya, Special Duties Officer Grade I, Prime Minister's Office
  • • Ms. Nur Dalila Moslim, Special Duties Officer Grade II, Prime Minister's Office (online)
  • • Mr. Abdul Mateen Mohamed Deli, Alternate Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the ESCAP, Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Bangkok (in person)
  • • Pengiran Haji Roni lsmadani Pengiran Ismail, Second Secretary, Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Bangkok (online)
 

Cambodia

  • • H. E. Mr. LY Thuch, Senior Minister, President of National Committee for ESCAP and First Vice President of Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance, Royal Government of Cambodia(in person)
  • • H. E. Mr. OUK Sorphorn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Cambodia to Thailand and Permanent Representative to ESCAP(in person)
  • • H. E. Mr. KORM Ribaun, Secretary-General, National Committee for ESCAP, Royal Government of Cambodia(in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. PAN Bunthoeurn, Secretary of State, Ministry of Planning(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. LUY David, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. ROS Seilava, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. KAO Thearo, Secretary of State, Ministry of Mine and Energy(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. MEAS Po, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications(in person)
  • • H.E. Dr. PAN Sobandit, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Planning(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. THENG Pagnathun, Delegate of the Royal Government of Cambodia in charge of Director General of Planning, Ministry of Planning(in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. KIM Veara, Deputy Secretary-General of NC-ESCAP(in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. POCH Sovanndy, Deputy Director-General of Planning, Ministry of Planning(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. Salah A Essa, Advisor to H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch(in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. PHIM Runsinarith, Advisor to NC-ESCAP(in person)
  • • Mr. CHEA Thireak, Deputy Director General of the International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation(online)
  • • Mr. SENG Phanna, Director of the United Nations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation(online)
  • • Mr. SAN Vannakreth, Department Director, Ministry of Planning(online)
  • • Mr. LY Chandara, Assistant to H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch(in person)
  • • Mr. CHOY Reach, Assistant to H.E. Mr. Ly Thuch(in person)
  • • Mrs. NAKRY Samphors, Deputy Director of the United Nations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation(online)
  • • Mr. THUCH Dalin, Minister Counselor, Royal Embassy of Cambodia to Thailand(in person)
  • • Mr. TOUCH Thearat, Deputy Chief of Bureau of the United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation(online)
  • • Ms. Chieng Sokhaley, First Secretary, Royal Embassy of Cambodia to the Kingdom of Thailand (in person)
 

China

  • • Mr. KE Yousheng, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of China to ESCAP(in person)
  • • Mr. TANG Kuancheng, First Secretary, Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China(online)
  • • Ms. CHEN Chen, Third Secretary, Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China(online)
  • • Mr. SUN Jiran, Assistant Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of China to ESCAP(in person)
  • • Ms. GENG Yun, Assistant Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of China to ESCAP(in person)
  • • Ms. LIU Jianxiu, Assistant Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of China to ESCAP(in person)
 

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

  • • Mr. Ri Nam Song, Counsellor and Permanent Representative to ESCAP(in person)
  • • Mr. Han Yong, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP(online)
 

Fiji

  • • H.E. Mr. Josaia V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister and Minister for iTaukei Affairs, Sugar Industry, Foreign Affairs and Forestry
  • • H.E. Mr. Amena Yauvoli, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Fiji, Jakarta (online)
  • • Mr. Isaac Grace, Counsellor and Deputy of Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Fiji, Jakarta
  • • Mrs. Keleni Seruvatu, Acting Director, Multilateral Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms. Salaseini Tagicakibau, Senior Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Mr. Waisale Ramoce, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Economy
  • • Ms. Shivani Karan, SDG Officer, Ministry of Economy (online)
  • • Ms. Aliti Radevo, Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 

France

  • • H.E. Mr. Thierry MATHOU, Ambassador of France(in person)
  • • Mr. Remi LAMBERT, First counsellor(in person)
  • • Mrs. Cecile MEUNIER, Secondcounsellor
  • • Mr. Sebastien de VAUJANY, First Secretary, Embassy of France(in person)
  • • Mrs. Eve LUBIN, Cultural and Scientific Counsellor
  • • Mr. Guillaume DA, Science and Higher Education Attaché, Embassy of France(online)
  • • Mr. Arnaud MATHIEU, Counsellor for sustainable development, transport and energy for ASEAN countries, Embassy of France in Singapore
  • • Mrs. Leonore MARTEVILLE, Regional Economic Attachée, Embassy of France in Singapore
  • • Mrs. Clarisse COMTE, Policy Officer(in person)
 

Georgia

  • • H.E. Mr. Archil Dzuliashvili, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Georgia to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Ms. Maia Javakhishvili, Deputy Head, Environment and Climate Change Department, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (online)
 

India

  • • H.E. Ms. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India (in person)
  • • H.E. Ms. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Thailand and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of India, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India (online)
  • • Mr. Diwakar Nath Misra, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India (online)
  • • Ms. Alpana Dubey, Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of India, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Mr. Surinder Pal Singh, Joint Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India (in person)
  • • Ms. Neha Garg, Director, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India (online)
  • • Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Counsellor and Alternate Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of India, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Ms. Parul Singh, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India (in person)
  • • Mr. Ramanuj Banerjee, Scientist, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (in person)
  • • Shri Akhilesh Kumar, Additional PS to Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India (in person)
  • • Mr. Anurag Goel, Under Secretary, Department of Commerce (ESCAP), Government of India (online)
  • • Mr. Bhaskar Kalra, Attache and Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of India, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Mr. Anil Singh, Attache and Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of India, Bangkok (in-person)
  • • Mr. Prabhat Das, Attache, Embassy of India, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Ms. Mimansa Mishra, Associate (SDG), NITI Aayog, Government of India (in person)
  • • Mr. Thangpau Tawmbing, Assistant Attache, Embassy of India, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Mr. Vipul Pawar, Attache, Embassy of India, Bangkok (in person)
 

Indonesia

  • • H.E. Dr. Suharso Monoarfa, Minister for National Development Planning/ Head of Agency for National Development Planning Republic of Indonesia (in person)
  • • H.E. Bodi Karya Sumadi, Minister for Transportation RepubJic of Indonesia
  • • H.E. Mr. Rachmat Budiman, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Dr. Vivi Yulaswati, Advisor to the Minister on Social Affairs and Poverty Reduction, Ministry of National Development Planning (in person)
  • • Dr. Arifin Rudiyanto, Acting Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Dr. Velix Vernando Wanggai, Advisor to the Minister on Development of Priority Sector and Infrastructure, Ministry ofNational Development Planning
  • • Dr. Oktorialdi, Advisor to the Minister on Equity and Regionality, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Tri Tbaryat, Director General for Multilateral Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Novie Riyanto Rahardjo, Secretary General, Ministry of Transportation
  • • Mr. Sukmo Yuwono, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Parulian George Andreas Silalahi, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Minister, Ministry of National Development Planning (in person)
  • • Dr. Yahya Rachmana Hidayat, Director of Energy, Mineral, and Mining Resources Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Leonardo Adypurnama Alias Tegul Sambodo, Director of lndsutry, Tourism, and Creative Economy Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Dr. Muhammad Cholifihani, Director of Civil Registration and Social Security, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Medrilzam, Director of Environmental Affairs, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Eka Chandra Buana, Director of Macro Planning and Statistical Analysis, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Hari Prabowo, Director of Development, Economic, and Environmental Affilirs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Fikry Cassidy, Head of Center for Partnership Facilitation and International Institutions, Ministry of Transportation
  • • Dr. Johar Arifin, Director of International Relations, Cabinet Secretariat
  • • Ariasa Hadibroto Supit, Expert of the Ministerm Ministry of National Development Planning (in person)
  • • Mr. Ahmad Rama Aji Nasution, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Mrs. Febby Fahrani, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Ferdy Trisanto Kurniawan, Deputy Director for Multilateral Relations, Center of Partnership Facilitation and International Institutions, Ministry of Transportation
  • • Dinar Kristina, Deputy Director for Multilateral Relations Directorate of International Relations Cabinet Secretariat
  • • Ms. Mustika Hanum Widodo, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Bangkok (in person)
  • • Evan Pujonggo, First Secretary, Directorate of Development, Economic, and Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Raka Tantra Pamungkas, Second Secretary, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Harjono, Head of Protocol Office of the Minister, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Mr. Agus Supriyanto, Protocol Officer Office of the Minister, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Mr. Kevin Prakoso, Protocol Officer Office of the Minister, Ministry of National Development Planning (in person)
  • • Mr. Syaiful Afif, Public Relations Officer Office of the Minister, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • • Mr. Diaz Pradista Diandra, Public Relations Officer Office of the Minister, Ministry of National Development Planning
 

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

  • • H.E. Mr Dr. Seyed Masoud Mirkazemi, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of IRAN and Head of Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) (Online)
  • • H.E. Dr. Mahdi GHAZANFARI, Head of National Development Fund of Islamic Republic of Iran (online)
  • • H.E. Mr. Seyed Mohammad Mousavi, Head of Center for Communication, Public Relations and International Affairs, Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) (Online)
  • • Mr. Mohammad Hadi Daryaei, Deputy for International Affairs, Center for Communication, Public Relations and International Affairs, Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) (Online)
  • • Ms. Parvin Heydari, Head of the Group of International Affairs, Center for Communication, Public Relations and International Affairs, Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) (Online)
  • • Mr. Seyed Yahya Fereydooni, Expert of International Affairs, Center for Communication Public Relations and International Affairs, Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) (Online)
  • • Mr. Ayoub Ghafouri Vaiighan, Deputy Director of water, Agriculture and Environment, Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) (Online)
  • • Ms. Hamideh Heydarzadeh, Expert of Water, Agriculture and Environment, Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) (Online)
  • • H.E. Mr. Ali Gholampour, Head of Department for Development and International Trade and Financial Institutions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(in person)
  • • Mr. Mahdi Hajimohammadi, Expert on the Development Issues, Department for Development and International Trade and Financial Institutions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(in person)
  • • Mr. Mojtaba Ghafouri, Desk Officer for ESCAP, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bangkok(in person)
  • • Mr. Mehdi Rouzegir Qaleh Noee, Expert on International Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
 

Kazakhstan

  • • H.E. Mr. Arman Issetov, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Mr. Nurbolat Alimbayev, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
 

Kyrgyzstan

  • • Ms. Ainura Orozbaeva, First Deputy Chairmen of the National Stastical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic (online)
  • • Ms. Aisulu Amanova, Head of Strategic Development Department of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic (online)
  • • Mr. Ermek Ashyrov, Head of Division of Strategic Planning of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic (online)
  • • Ms. Dariya Atasheva, Seconded employee of the Strategic Development Department of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic (online)
  • • Mr. Kubatbek Zhumabekov, Expert of the Department of External Relations and Integration of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic (online)
  • • Mr. Aibek Alymbekov, Expert of the Department of International Cooperation of the Department of Land and Water Transport under the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic (online)
  • • Mr. Rinat Sydygaliev, Counselor of the Embassy of Krygyz Republic in the People's Republic of China
 

Japan

  • • H.E. Mr. MIYAKE Shingo, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs(in person)
  • • Ms. MIZUNO Yuko, Executive Assistant to the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs(in person)
  • • Mr. KAWAHARA Kazutaka, Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(in person)
  • • Ms. KOTANI Tomoe, Deputy Director, Division of Global Environment, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
  • • Mr. NAKACHI Tadayoshi, Assistant Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(in person)
  • • Ms. NAGASHIMA Miki, Assistant Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
  • • Ms. OKADA Yoshiko, Researcher, Global Issues Cooperation Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
  • • Ms. HIRANO Orie, Director for International Statistical Affairs, Office of Director-General for Policy(online)
  • • Ms. KOUGA Satoko, Director for International Training Cooperation, Office of Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Policy, Ministry of lnternal Affairs and Communications(online)
  • • Mr. NAKAGAWA Masaaki, Deputy Director for International Statistical Affairs, Office of Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Policy, Ministry of lnternal Affairs and Communications(online)
  • • Ms. TAKATSUKI Aya, Deputy Director, Environment and Energy Division, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(online)
  • • Mr. WATANABE Yasuhiro, Administrative researcher, Environment and Energy Division, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (online)
  • • Mr. MIYAZAWA Junji, Unit Chief, Environment and Energy Division, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (online)
  • • Mr. NAKAHARA Issei, Deputy Director, International Strategy Division, Ministry of the Environment (online)
  • • Mr. KANDO Ryosuke, Researcher, International Strategy Division, Ministry of the Environment (online)
  • • Mr. OBA Yuichi, Permanent Representative of Japan to ESCAP, Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister, Embassy of Japan in Thailand(in person)
  • • Mr. GOTO Fumihiko, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to ESCAP, Embassy of Japan in Thailand(in person)
  • • Mr. TERAI Toru, First Secretary and Alternate Permanent Representative of Japan to ESCAP, Embassy of Japan in Thailand(in person)
  • • Mr. SEKIZAWA Takafumi, Second Secretary and Alternate Permanent Representative of Japan to ESCAP, Embassy of Japan in Thailand(in person)
  • • Ms. TAKAGI Misa, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Thailand(in person)
  • • Ms. MORIYA Saika, Third Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Thailand(in person)
  • • Mr. IGARASHI Kaoru, Third Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Myanmar(in person)
  • • Ms. ONAMI Yoshiko, Japan Assistant of Permanent Representative, Embassy of Japan in Thailand(in person)
  • • Ms. Chanyapach UNHAJATA, Japan Assistant of Permanent Representative, Embassy of Japan in Thailand(in person)
 

Lao People's Democratic Republic

  • • H.E. Mr. Thongphane Savanphet, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs(in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. Khamphan Anlavan, Ambassador-Designate (in person)
  • • Mr. Soulisack Soulithone, Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • • Mr. Vilatsone Visonnavong, Acting Director-General, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Khamphinh Philakone, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Kalamoungkhoune Souphanouvong, Director of UN Socio-Economic Division, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Thanousinh Sisounonth, Director, Secretary to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Kedmany Zouphonetheva, Second Secretary and Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Ms. Latdavanh Inthaphonh, Deputy Director of UN Socio-Economic Division, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Toulakhom Vannahack, Officer of UN Socio-Economic Division, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Malaphay Phongmany, Officer of International Non-Governmental Organizations Division, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr.Sidthisak Phimvongsa, Officer of UN Socio-Economic Division, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Boualamphone Keophoxay, Officer of UN Socio-Economic Division, Department of International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Phavanhna Douangboupha, Deputy Director-General, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Technology and Communications
  • • Mr. Saysomvang Souvannavong, Director of Promotion and Services Division, Lao National Internet Center, Ministry of Technology and Communications(online)
  • • Mr. Vongphachanh Sitihivong, Director of Management and Coordination Division, Digital Government Center, Ministry of Technology and Communications
  • • Mr. Vongphachanh Sitihivong, Director of Management and Coordination Division, Digital Government Center, Ministry of Technology and Communications(online)
 

Malaysia

  • • Ms. SUZILAH MOHD SIDEK, Deputy Chief of Mission / Minister, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to ESCAP, Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok (in person)
  • • Ms. AZNIFAH ISNARIAH ABDUL GHANI, Undersecretary, Multilateral Economics and Environment Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Dr. WAN NORAINI WAN MOHAMED NOOR, Sector Head, Disease Surveillance Sector Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health
  • • Ms. NUWAIRANI KHALID, Head of Section, Negotiations, Research and Administration Section International Division Ministry of Finance
  • • Ms. NOOR HIDAYU HASHIM, Principal Assistant Director, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department
  • • Dr. SUDHA SIVADAS, Principal Assistant Director, K-Economy Division, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department (online)
  • • Mr. MOHD HAUF DZURHAN ISMAIL, Principal Assistant Director, Social Services Division Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department
  • • Ms. AZUWIZA DARUS, Principal Assistant Director, Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry
  • • Mr. THIRUNAVAKARASU JAYASEELAN, Principal Assistant Secretary, Negotiations, Research and Administration Section, International Division, Ministry of Finance
  • • Mr. MOHD RIDZWAN SHAHABUDIN, Principal Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Economics and Environment Division, Department of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms. HAZIRAH KAN, Senior Assistant Director, Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (online)
  • • Ms. HANEETA KAUR SALVER SINGH, Assistant Secretary, Negotiations, Research and Administration Section International Division, Ministry of Finance
  • • Ms. LAU LING LING, Assistant Director, Services Industry Division, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department (online)
  • • Mr. MUHAMMAD FAREEZ JAMALI, Assistant Director, Energy Division, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department
  • • Mr. LEONG WEI JIEA, Second Secretary, Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok (in person)
  • • Ms. NIDYAKALA MANIAN, Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Economics and Environment Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 

Maldives

  • • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Ahmed Shiaan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Huda Ali Shareef, Permanent Representative of Maldives to ESCAP, Embassy of Maldives in Bangkok (in person)
  • • Ms. Fathimath Razana, First Secretary, Embassy of Maldives in Bangkok (in person)
  • • Ms. Aishath Fareena, Assistant Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Fathimath Hanan Rasheed, Second Secretary, Embassy of Maldives in Bangkok (in person)
 

Marshall Islands

  • • His Excellency David Kabua, President
  • • Honorable Casten N. Nemra, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • • Mrs. Anjanette Kattil, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • • Mrs. Rina Keju, Chargé d’ Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to Fiji
  • • Mr. Clarence Samuel, Director, Climate Change Directorate
  • • Mrs. Angeline Heine-Reimers, Director, National Energy Office
  • • Mr. Warwick Harris, Deputy Director, Climate Change Directorate(online)
  • • Mr. Benjamin Wakefield, Deputy Director, National Energy Office
  • • Mr. Terry Keju, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to Fiji
  • • Mr. Balton Nathan, Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade(online)
 

Micronesia (Federated States of)

  • • Hon. Kandhi A.Elieisar, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • • Hon. Ricky F. Cantero, Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • • Hon. Wilson Waguk, Chargé d’ Affaires, Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia in Suva, Fij, Department of Foreign Affairs(in person)
  • • Mr. Brendy Carl, Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs(online)
  • • Mr. Iven Yaropiy, Deputy Assistant Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs(online)
  • • Mr. Rophino Roby, First Secretary, Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia in Suva, Fij, Department of Foreign Affairs(online)
 

Mongolia

  • • H.E. Mr. Jalavsuren BAT-ERDENE, Deputy Minister for Road and Transport Development of Mongolia (online)
  • • H.E. Mr. Amarsanaa TUMUR, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Mongolia to ESCAP, Embassy of Mongolia in Bangkok (in person)
  • • Mr. Khishigjargal KHERLEN, Chairman of the "Ulaanbaatar Railway" Joint venture company
  • • Mr. Enkhtuvshin YESUKHEI, Ambassador-at-Large, Director of the Investment Research Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Mr. Sambuu DAVAADASH, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mongolia to ESCAP, Embassy of Mongolia in Bangkok (in person)
  • • Ms. Erdene ENKHMAA, Senior Specialist of International Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Road and Transport Development
  • • Ms. Ganbattulga KHULAN, Attache of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 

Nauru

  • • Hon. Asterio Appi, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • • Mrs. Chitra Jeremiah, Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • • Mrs. Momoyo Scotty, Director for International, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • • Ms. Duchene ltaia, Ag/Director for Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 

Nepal

  • • Hon. Dr. Dil Bahadur Gurung, Member, National Planning Commission
  • • H.E. Mr. Ganesh Prasad Dhakal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of Nepal, Bangkok
  • • Dr. Basu Dev Sharma, Joint Secretary, National Planning Commission(in person)
  • • Mr. Lekh Nath Gautam, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of Nepal, Bangkok(in person)
  • • Dr. Narayan Raj Poudel, Program Director, National Planning Commission(in person)
  • • Ms. Pratigya Rai, First Secretary and Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of Nepal, Bangkok(online)
 

Netherlands

  • • Ms. Karin Mössenlechner, Director General/Asia and Oceania (DAO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • • Ms. Kenza Tarqaât, Deputy Head of Economic and Political Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Thailand(in person)
  • • Mr. Thomas van Leeuwen, Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Thailand(in person)
 

New Zealand

  • • H.E. Mr. Jonathan Kings, Ambassador-Designate(in person)
  • • Mr. Matthew Allen, First Secretary (Development) and Permanent Representative to ESCAP(in person)
 

Pakistan

  • • H.E. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. Sahebzada A. Khan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to ESCAP(online)
  • • Dr. Shabnum Sarfraz, Member, Social and Devolution, Planning Commission(online)
  • • Dr. Naeem uz Zafar, Chief Statistician, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives
  • • Mr. Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, Additional Foreign Secretary (UN), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad
  • • Mr. M. Ali Kemal, Chief, SDGs Section, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives(online)
  • • Ms. Faiza Haseeb, Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to ESCAP(in person)
  • • Ms. Naila Israr, First Secretary and Alternate Permanent Representative of Pakistan to ESCAP(online)
 

Palau

  • • Honorable Kaleb Udui Jr., Minister of Finance of the Republic of Palau
 

Papua New Guinea

  • • H.E Mr. Peter Vincent, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Papua New Guinea High Commission, Kuala Lumpur (online)
  • • Mr. Philemon Senginawa, First Secretary, Papua New Guinea High Commission, Kuala Lumpur (in person)
  • • Mr. Buri Gari, Acting Director General, Multilateral and Development Cooperation Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (online)
  • • Ms. Emma Pongopia, Foreign Service Officer, International Organizations Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (online)
  • • Ms. Jeromina Mugau, Foreign Service Officer, International Organizations Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (online)
  • • Alex Ginet, Department of National Planning and Monitoring (online)
  • • Mr. Terry Pato, Director Education- UNESCO, SDG 4 National Coordinator (online)
  • • Ms. Regina Mabia, A/Assistant Secretary Policy and Planning Division National Department of Education (online)
  • • Ms. Pricilla Rasahei, A/Assistant Secretary Research & Evaluation Division National Department of Education (online)
  • • Ms. Cecilia Bula, Department of High Education, Research, Science and Technology (online)
  • • Ms. Michelle Jerewai, Manager - Information Dissemination, Department of Information and Communications Technology (online)
  • • Mr. Kenneth Tame, Acting Manager, Planning National Energy Authority (online)
  • • Ms. Kebe Mada, Assistant Secretary, Department of Community Development and Religion (online)
 

Philippines

  • • Hon. Karl Kendrick T. Chua, Secretary, National Economic and Development
  • • H.E. Ms. Millicent Cruz-Paredes, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok(in person)
  • • Hon. Rosemarie G. Edillon, Undersecretary, Policy and Planning Group, National Economic and Development
  • • Hon. Claire Dennis S. Mapa, Undersecretary, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Philippine Statistics Authority
  • • Hon. Felix William B. Fuentebella, Undersecretary, Department of Energy
  • • Ms. Mary Anne A. Padua, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok
  • • Hon. Carlo Bernardo O. Abad Santos, Assistant Secretary, Policy and Planning Group, National Economic and Development(online)
  • • Hon. Leo B. Malagar, Assistant Secretary, Deputy National Statistician, Civil Registration and Central Support Office, Philippine Statistics Authority
  • • Hon. Maridon O. Sahagun, Assistant Secretary, Department of Science and Technology
  • • Dr. Gay Jane P. Perez, Deputy Director General, Office of the Deputy Director General for Space Science and Technology, Philippine Space Agency(online)
  • • Ms. Wilma A. Guillen, Assistant National Statistician, Social Sector Statistics Service, Philippine Statistics Authority
  • • Ms. Vivian R. Llarina, Assistant National Statistician, Macroeconomic Accounts Service, Philippine Statistics Authority(online)
  • • Ms. Divina Gracia L. Del Prado, Ph.D., Assistant National Statistician, Economic Sector Statistics Service, Philippine Statistics Authority
  • • Ms. Marizza B. Grande, Officer-in-Charge and Assistant, National Statistician, Civil Registration Service, Philippine Statistics Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Lolito R. Tacardon, Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Population and Development(online)
  • • Ms. Nieva T. Natural, Director, National Economic and Development Authority
  • • Ms. Girlie Grace J. Casimiro-lgtiben, Director, Social Development Staff, National Economic and Development Authority(online)
  • • Ms. Kathleen P. Mangune, Director, Infrastructure Staff, National Economic and Development Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Reynaldo R. Cancio, Director, National Policy and Planning Staff National Economic and Development Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Bien A. Ganapin, Director, Trade Services and Industry Staff National Economic and Development Authority
  • • Ms. Hazel Iris S. Baliatan, Director, Public Investment Staff, National Economic and Development Authority
  • • Mr. Cezar R. Pedraza, Director, Planning and Evaluation Service Department of Science and Technology
  • • Ms. Diane Gail L. Maharjan, Officer-in-Charge and Director, Innovations Staff, National Economic and Development Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Michael O. Sinocruz, Officer-in-Charge and Director, Department of Energy
  • • Ms. Ana Dominique M., Consulta, Officer-in-Charge and Director, International Cooperation Division, Department of Transportation
  • • Ms. Elenita M. Fernando, Senior General Manager, Manila International Airport Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Benjamin Arsenio Y. Navarro, Director Ill, International Cooperation Unit, Philippine Statistics Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Luisito U. Delos Santos, Director II, Maritime Industry Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Baldwin G. Jallorina, PhD, Adviser, Director IV, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, Department of Agriculture
  • • Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Director IV, Space Information Infrastructure Bureau, Philippine Space Agency(online)
  • • Mr. Kritzman G. Caballero, Chief Science Research Specialist, Space International Cooperation Division, Philippine Space Agency(online)
  • • Ms. Beatriz Ines L. Herrera-Davila, Second Secretary, Consul and Alternate Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok(in person)
  • • Ms. Stacy Danika Alcantara-Garda, Acting Director, Office of the United Nations and International Organizations, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • • Mr. Edgardo S. Aranquez II, Assistant Director, Social Development Staff, National Economic and Development Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Francis Bryan C. Coballes, Assistant Director, Infrastructure Staff, National Economic and Development Authority(online)
  • • Ms. Desiree Joy O. Narvaez, Assistant Director, National Policy and Planning Staff, National Economic and Development Authority(online)
  • • Ms. Noveanne P. Banogon, Attorney Ill, Legal Division, Civil Aeronautics Board(online)
  • • Ms. Charina FlorA. Cacho-Fernin, Attorney IV, Legal Service, Office for Transportation Security(online)
  • • Ms. Rachelle Paraggua, Attorney IV, Legal Service, Office for Transportation Security(online)
  • • Ms. Joana Rose D. Aguilar, Attorney IV, Legal Service, Office for Transportation Security(online)
  • • Atty. Giovani C. Concepcion, Attorney V, Space Policy and Legal Affairs Division, Philippine Space Agency(online)
  • • Mr. Rogelio N. Roasa, Chief Science Research Specialist, Planning and Evaluation Service, Department of Science and Technology(online)
  • • Ms. Elizabeth P. Alladel, Project Development Officer V, Planning and Evaluation Service, Department of Science and Technology(online)
  • • Mr. Roel A. Sancho, Planning Officer V, Planning and Evaluation Service, Department of Science and Technology(online)
  • • Ms. Terencia B. Abarquez, Planning Officer IV, Planning and Evaluation Service, Department of Science and Technology
  • • Ms. Cheryl V. Pascua, Planning Officer V, Maritime Industry Authority(online)
  • • Ms. Maria Victoria Z. Gazmin, Officer-in-Charge and Chief, Project Development Officer IV, Space Business Development Division, Philippine Space Agency(online)
  • • Mr. Cecilio A. Bobila, Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Assistant General Manager, Airport Development and Corporate Affairs, Manila International Airport Authority(online)
  • • Mr. Enrico Francisco B. Gonzalez, Officer-in-Charge, Corporate Management Services Department, Manila International Airport Authority(online)
  • • Ms. Karen B. Lim, Officer-in-Charge, Legal Service, Office for Transportation Security
  • • Ms. Jackylin D. Robel, Division Chief, Commission on Population and Development(online)
  • • Ms. Aileen T. Serrano, Division Chief, Commission on Population and Development
  • • Mr. Deogracias J. Hilvano, Assistant Division Chief, Commission on Population and Development(online)
  • • Ms. Jesusa R. Lugtu, Section Head, Commission on Population and Development(online)
  • • Mr. Richard Batiquin, Acting Terminal Operations Officer, Cebu International Port Cebu Port Authority(online)
  • • Ms. Michelle A. Caoili, Senior Communications Development Officer, International Cooperation Division, Department of Transportation(online)
  • • Ms. Rosa Blanca Enrique, Executive Assistant, Commission on Population and Development(online)
  • • Ms. Rowena M. Ricafort, Assistant, Office of the United Nations and International Organizations, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms. Rosette G. Razon, Attaché (Multilateral) and Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Bangkok(in person)
  • • Hon. Marcial C. Amaro, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Policy, Planning and Foreign Assisted and Special Projects and Technology Group, Department of Environment and Natural Resources(online)
  • • Engr. Glenn Marcelo C. Noble, Officer-in-Charge and Director Policy and Planning Service, Department of Environment and Natural Resources(online)
  • • Ms. Reverie Pure G. Sapaen, Director, Governance Staff, National Economic and Development Authority(online)
  • • Ms. Maria Teresa Magna-Garcia, Director, Department of Information and Communications Technology
  • • Ms. Maria Lourdes Aquilizan, Director, Department of Information and Communications Technology
 

Republic of Korea

  • • H.E. Mr. Dohoon LEE, Second Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs (online)
  • • H.E. Ms. Hyoeun Jenny KIM, Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Joyoung JEON, Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand (in person)
  • • Minsun KIM, Director, Multilateral Economic Organizations, Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Mr. Wonil NOH, Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand (in person)
  • • Mr. Do Hyun KIM, Second Secretary, Multilateral Economic Organizations Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Hyunjun KIM, Second Secretary, Climate Diplomacy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Seyoun LEE, Second Secretary, Development Agenda and Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Juhee LIM, Second Secretary, Strategic Analysis and Coordination Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Wan SO, Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand (in person)
  • • Ms. Ji Hyun EUM, Director, Multilateral Cooperation Division, Ministry of Science and ICT (online)
  • • Ms. Suhyun PARK, Deputy Director, Multilateral Cooperation Division, Ministry of Science and ICT (online)
  • • Ms. Soohyeon KANG, Deputy Director, Multilateral Cooperation Division, Ministry of Science and ICT (online)
  • • Ms. Sungeun KIM, Acting Deputy Director, Multilateral Cooperation Division, Ministry of Science and ICT (online)
  • • Ms. Sunkyung CHO, Assistant Director, Multilateral Cooperation Division, Ministry of Science and ICT (online)
  • • Ms. Jeongjoo KIM, Director, Multilateral Customs Team, Ministry of Economy and Finance (online)
  • • Mr. Inwon PARK, Deputy Director, Multilateral Customs Team, Ministry of Economy and Finance (online)
  • • Ms. Youwon JEONG, Analyst, Multilateral Customs Team, Ministry of Economy and Finance (online)
  • • Mr. Kuk-il CHOI, Director, Port Investment Cooperation Division, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (online)
  • • Ms. Su-jeong KIM, Deputy Director, Port Investment Cooperation Division, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (online)
  • • Mr. Yong-seok NOH, Assistant Director, Port Investment Cooperation Division, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (online)
  • • Ms. Hyun Kyoung SOHN, Deputy Director, International Cooperation and Trade Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (online)
  • • Mr. Kangmin LEE, Senior Officer, International Cooperation and Trade Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (online)
  • • Ms. Hae Ryun KIM, Director, International Cooperation Division, Statistics Korea (in person)
  • • Mr. Byungsik LEE, Deputy Director, International Cooperation Division, Statistics Korea (in person)
  • • Ms. Jeongwon KIM, Assistant Director, International Cooperation Division, Statistics Korea (in person)
  • • Mr. Sangyirl NAM, Senior Research Fellow, International Cooperation Research Division, Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) (online)
  • • Ms. Jungeun PARK, Researcher, International Cooperation Research Division, Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) (online)
  • • Mr. Byungwoo KIM, Researcher, International Cooperation Research Division, Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) (online)
  • • Ms. Eunjoo KIM, Principal Researcher, Division of Global Innovation Strategy, Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) (online)
  • • Ms. Jeehye MIN, Researcher, Division of Global Innovation Strategy Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) (online)
  • • Ms. Aram LEE, Researcher, Division of Global Innovation Strategy Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI)
  • • Mr. Tae Kun KIM, Director, Center for Climate Technology Cooperation Policy, Green Technology Center (GTC) (in person)
 

Russian Federation

  • • H.E. Mr. Sergey Vershinin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. Evgeny Tomikhin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Russian Federation (in person)
  • • Mr. Sergey Zverev, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation (online)
  • • Mr. Oleg Shamanov, Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Embassy of the Russian Federation (in person)
  • • Mrs. Natalia Stapran, Director, Department for Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (in person)
  • • Mr. Alexandrer Kulapin, General Director, Federal State Budgetary Institution "REA" of Ministry of Energy of Russia (in person)
  • • Mr. Georgy Oksenoit, Head of Department, Department of International Statistics, Rosstat (online)
  • • Mr. Alexander Tolparov, Deputy Director, Department of Foreign Economic Cooperation and Development of Fuel Markets, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation (in person)
  • • Mr. Dmitry Shiyan, Deputy Director, Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Mrs. Regina Azizova, Head of the Division, Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Mr. Taras Pronin, Counsellor, Head of the Division for ECOSOC and UN Regional Commissions, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (in person)
  • • Mrs. Viktoria Stegniy, Head of the Division for the Syrian Settlement, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (in person)
  • • Mr. Ilyia Matushev, Deputy head, Department of International Statistics, Rosstat (online)
  • • Ms. Olga Yudina, Advisor of the General Director, Federal State Budgetary lnstitution "REA" of Ministry of Energy of Russia (in person)
  • • Ms. Antonina Gladkova, Deputy head of the division, Department of Legal, Legislative and International Affairs (online)
  • • Ms. Ksenia Pavlova, Head of Division, Department of Harmonization of Statistical Methodology and Monitoring of SDGs, Rosstat (online)
  • • Mr. Alexander Dukarev, Head of UN and G20 Division, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (online)
  • • Ms. Maria Sokolova, Lead advisor, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (online)
  • • Mr. Andrey Stanislavov, Attache, Assistant Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Mr. Egor Alimov, Attache, Assistant Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Mr. Dmitry Aristov, Attache, Division for ECOSOC and UN Regional Commissions, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (online)
  • • Ms. Yana Smagina, Expert, Department of Foreign Economic Cooperation and Development of Fuel Markets, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation (in person)
 

Samoa

  • • H.E. Ms. Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa, Prime Minister of Samoa
  • • Ms. Peseta Noumea Simi, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry Foreign Affairs and Trade(online)
  • • H.E. Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia, High Commissioner, Samoa High Commission, Fiji
  • • Ms. Desna Solofa, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Regional Relations Division, Ministry Foreign
 

Singapore

  • • Mr. Scott Loh Chee Heong, Deputy Director-General (Climate Change & Sustainable Development), International Organisations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Mr. Logaventhan Karuppannan, Deputy Director (Climate Change & Sustainable Development), International Organisations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Mr. Vinod Ashvin Ravi, Assistant Director (Climate Change & Sustainable Development), International Organisations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms Elin Wong, First Secretary (Political), Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Bangkok
  • • Ms. Audrey Goh, Desk Officer (Climate Change & Sustainable Development), International Organisations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs(online)
 

Solomon Islands

  • • Mr. Collin Beck, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade
  • • Ms. Susan Sulu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Planning and Development Coordination
  • • Mr. Travis Ziku, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of National Planning and Development Cooperation
  • • Mr. Eric George Ongoa, Deputy Secretary (Technical), Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration
  • • Ms. Fiona Indu, Assistant Secretary, United Nations and Americas Branch, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade
  • • Mr. Avoso Paul Padarongo, Desk Officer, United Nations and Americas Branch, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade
 

Sri Lanka

  • • H.E. Mrs. C.A. Chaminda I. Colonne, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Dr. P. Nandalal Weerasinghe, The Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka
  • • Mrs. A.W.S. Samanmali, First Secretary (Commercial) and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Mrs. Vireshika Bandara, First Secretary (Commercial) and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
 

Tajikistan

  • • H.E. Mr. Ardasher Qodiri, Permanent representative of the Republic of Tajikistan to ESCAP with residence in Kuala Lumpur
  • • Mr. Dilshod Sharifi, Chief of the External economic cooperation Department (online)
 

Thailand

  • • H.E. Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Prapenpim Prachonpachanuk, Chief of Staff, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Tachasit Prasittirat, Counsellor, Department of International Organizations, Office of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mrs. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Phuchphop Mongkolnavin, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Ek-on Khunacharoen, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Vathayudh Vichankaiyakij, Director, International Organizations Administrative Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Cataleya Phatoomros, Director, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations , Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Rathanand Vichaidit, Counsellor, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations , Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Dheerangkun Uchino, Counsellor, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Meena Khonlakhanvit, Counsellor, International Organizations Administrative Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Ropharat Aphijanyatham, First Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations , Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Nazarra Chirakajonwongse, First Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Katesuda Thongna, First Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Theerawee Guradetphop, Third Secretary, International Organizations Administrative Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Natcha Suwanmalee, Third Secretary, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations , Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Praewpect Sombatpium, Project Coordinator, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations ,Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Aornalin Aemsa-ard, Project Coordinator, Development Affairs Division, Department of International Organizations , Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Phatadhol Rojrachsombat, Intern, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Department of International Organizations , Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Bolbongse Vangphaen, Deputy Director-General, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Mrs. Chatvadee Chindawongse, Director, ASEAN Strategy and Cooperation Division, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Duangporn Darongsuwan, First Secretary, ASEAN Strategy and Cooperation Division, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Panote Preechyanud, Counsellor, Press Division, Department of Information (in person)
  • • Mr. Adisak Jantatum, Counsellor, Development Promotion and Coordination Division, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) (online)
  • • Ms. Chananchida Maliwan, Development Cooperation Officer, Practitioner Level, Development Promotion and Coordination Division, Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) (online)
  • • Mr. Thuttai Keeratipongpaiboon, Director, International Strategy and Coordination Division, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, Office of the Prime Minister
  • • Mr. Chumlarp Tejasen, Director, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the National Water Resources, Office of the Prime Minister (online)
  • • Mr. Atthapong Chantanumate, Director, Policy and Master Plan Division, Office of the National Water Resources, Office of the Prime Minister (online)
  • • Ms. Chawee Wongprasittiporn, Civil Engineer Expert on Strategy, Expert Level, Policy and Master Plan Division, Office of the National Water Resources, Office of the Prime Minister (online)
  • • Ms. Vanida Khumnirdpetch, Director, Bureau of Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (online)
  • • Mr. Akkapol Senanarong, Director, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (in person)
  • • Mr. Sarig Ubolbarn, Trade Officer, Senior Professional Level, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce
  • • Ms. Somrudee Kosanan, Trade Officer, Practitioner Level, Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Commerce (online)
  • • Ms. Ishariyaporn Smiprem, Director, Regional Cooperation Group, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (in person)
  • • Ms. Suchada Inluksana, Senior Plan and Policy Analyst, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (online)
  • • Ms. Waleeporn Kumching, Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (online)
  • • Mr. Nachai Kulhintang, Electrical Communication Engineer, Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society
  • • Ms. Jitsupa Tungkasiri, Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (in person)
  • • Mr. Jackrakrit Srisun, Foreign Relations Officer, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (in person)
  • • Mr. Wanchalearm Petsuwan, Computer Technical Officer, Telecommunications Division, Thai Meteorological Department (online)
  • • Ms. Premwadee Traitangwong, Meteorologist, Weather Forecast Division, Thai Meteorological Department (online)
  • • Mr. Nopparat Boonploog, Computer Technical Officer, Meteorological Digital Services Division, Thai Meteorological Department (online)
  • • Ms. Hataichanok Chinauparwat, Director, Statistical Forecasting Division, National Statistical Office (in person)
  • • Mr. Taran Osiri, Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission (online)
  • • Mr. Pravead Tanakunkit, Computer Technical Officer, Professional Level, Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission (online)
  • • Ms. Chonnanee Khanwong, Computer Technical Officer, Professional Level, Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission
  • • Ms. Ploychompoo Sittipranee, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission (online)
  • • Dr. Non Arkaraprasertkul, Senior Expert, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (in person)
  • • Dr. Poonpat Leesombatpiboon, Executive Director, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy (online)
  • • Mr. Yongyooth Horthong, Policy and Plan Analyst, Senior Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy (online)
  • • Mr. Vetis Thanakorndit, Policy and Plan Analyst, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy (online)
  • • Mr. Panithan Suksamran, Director, International Organization Cooperation Division, International Economic Policy Bureau, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance (online)
  • • Mr. Supachat Khlongchoengsan, Economist, Practitioner Level, International Organization Cooperation Division, International Economic Policy Bureau, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance (online)
  • • Mrs. Pranpreya Sriwannawit Lundberg, Policy Specialist, Expert Level, International Strategy, Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (online)
  • • Mr. Nont Neamsuwan, Industrial Technical Officer, Practitioner Level, Division of Strategy and Planning, Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry
  • • Ms. Pavitchaya Sakyapinan, Foreign Relations Officer, Division of Strategy and Planning, Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry
  • • Ms. Sujirapha Harnsawas , Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Division of International Industrial Economics, The Office of Industrial Economics (online)
  • • Ms. Kanjana Thongkasem, Director, Planning Division, Community Development Department, Ministry of Interior (online)
  • • Mr. Pallop Tanchariyapon, Director, Foreign Affair Group, Planning Division, Community Development Department, Ministry of Interior (online)
  • • Air Chief Marshal Somneuk Swatteuk, Specialist on Disaster Warning, National Disaster Warning Center, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior (online)
  • • Mr. Saharat Wongsakulwiwat, Director, Research and International Cooperation Bureau, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior (online)
  • • Ms. Ornyajai Phoolthanang, Foreign Relations Officer, Senior Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice (online)
  • • Ms. Pimnapat Tosati, Foreign Relations Officer, Professional Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice (online)
  • • Mr. Pavich Kesavawong, Director, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Ms. Sujittra Kiatsutthakorn, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Ms. Arunee Srivilai, Environmentalist, Practitioner Level, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Mr. Teemon Dej-uran, Project Analyst, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Ms. Sukanya Wisan, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning Expert, Strategy and Planning Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Ms. Supara Leaungpattarawong, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Mrs. Suree Satapoomin, Marine Resources Management Specialist, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Mr. Peeraphat Chukamnerd, Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Strategy and Planning Division, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Ms. Nanthiwa Kerdcuen, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level,Strategy and Planning Division, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Ms. Benchawan Chokchaitrakulpho, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Waste and Hazardous Substances Management Division, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Ms. Wassana Jangprajak, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, Waste and Hazardous Substances Management Division, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Mr. Pichaid Atipakya, Environmentalist, Professional Level, Air Quality and Noise Management Division, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (online)
  • • Mr. Surakameth Mahasirimongkol, Deputy Director, Strategy and Planning Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health
  • • Ms. Alisa Yanasan, Medical Physician, Senior Professional Level, Division of Public Health Emergency Management, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health (online)
  • • Ms. Ramrung Worawat, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security
  • • Ms. Wimolrat Ratchukool, Director, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (in person)
  • • Ms. Sasipim Arampibulkit, Director, International Cooperation Group, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (in person)
  • • Ms. Woranut On-Ubol, Foreign Relations Officer, Practitioner Level, Foreign Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (in person)
  • • Mr. Prapatpaow Awakul, Director, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Ms. Dusadee Pratipsindhu, Chief of International Organizations and United Nations Sub-division, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Mr. Satsavas Sukyu, Transport Technical Officer, Practitioner Level, International Affairs Division, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Ms. Jintawadee Suksri, Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Mr. Popponpat Yamwan , Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Ms. Pamela Sakulsri, Plan and Policy Analyst, Professional Level, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport
  • • Ms. Tanachon Bootwong, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Mr. Danai Ruengsorn, Director, Bureau of International Highways Cooperation, Department of Highways, Ministry of Transport
  • • Mr. Bhanitiz Aursudkij, Civil Engineer, Senior Professional Level, Bureau of International Highways Cooperation, Department of Highways, Ministry of Transport
  • • Ms. Natnaree Sutheesophon, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Bureau of International Highways Cooperation, Department of Highways, Ministry of Transport
  • • Ms. Suwanna Plungpongpan, Director of Planning Division, Department of Land Transport, Ministry of Transport
  • • Mr. Thanadech Asipong, Transport Technical Officer, Senior Professional Level, Department of Land Transport, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Ms. Sawita Aksharanugraha, Transport Technical Officer, Professional Level, Department of Land Transport, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Mr. Ruengdej Mangkorndejsakul, Director, Strategic and Planning Division, Department of Rail Transport, Ministry of Transport (online)
  • • Mr. Thanaphon Charanwanitwong, Acting Director, Rail Transport Regulation Division, Department of Rail Transport, Ministry of Transport
  • • Mr. Preecha Soparat, Director, International Cooperation Division, Bureau of Planning, Department of Rural Roads, Ministry of Transport
  • • Ms. Tanyaluk Ruangket, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, International Cooperation Division, Bureau of Planning, Department of Rural Roads, Ministry of Transport
  • • Ms. Kamolwan Kularbwong, Senior Specialist in Maritime Transport (Economics), Marine Department, Ministry of Transport
  • • Ms. Namtip Eaknipitsari, Director, Maritime Regulatory Division, Marine Department, Ministry of Transport
  • • Ms. Supparat Promma, Transport Technical Officer, Practitioner Level, Marine Department, Ministry of Transport
  • • Mr. Nathapon Sukwinya, Director, Project Planning and Development Center, Special Project and Construction Department, State Railway of Thailand, Ministry of Transport
  • • Mr. Chitkamon Pondate, Chief and Research Planning Development and Information Division, State Railway of Thailand, Ministry of Transport
  • • Mr. Jarupong Pengglieng Director, International Affairs Office, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (online)
  • • Ms. Pati Topothai, Assistant Director, International Department, Bank of Thailand (online)
  • • Mr. Supphakon Damrongkitkanwong, Economist, International Department, Bank of Thailand (online)
  • • Mr. Peerapong Phimonwichayakit , Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand (in person-registered)
 

Timor-Leste

  • • H.E. Mr. Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhaes, Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers(online)
  • • H.E. Mr. Juvencio de Jesus Martins, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ESCAP(online)
  • • Mr. Licinio Miranda Branco, Director General for Multilateral and Regional Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation(online)
  • • Mr. Ismael da Costa Babo, General Director for Civil Protection Authority of Timor-Leste(online)
  • • Mr. Elias dos Santos Freitas, Director General for Statistic, Ministry of Finance(online)
  • • Mr. Joao Freitas, President of National Authority for Communication(online)
  • • Mr. Ezaquiel da Costa Babo, Director of Investment Promotion, Trade Investment(online)
  • • Mr. Aurelio Barros, Acting Director for United Nation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation(online)
  • • Ms. Merina Xareal, First Secretary and Deputy Permanent Representative(online)
  • • Ms. Brigida Soares, Technical Coordinator for National Agency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation(online)
  • • Mr. Joao Evangelista Tilman Martins, Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP(online)
 

Tonga

  • • Honorable Fekitamoeloa Katoa ' Utoikamanu, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Tourism
  • • Mr. Viliami Malolo, Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Lord Privy Seal
  • • Mr. Leonaitasi Kuluni, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms. Ilaisipa ' Alipate, Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms. Rose L. Kautoke, Senior Crown Counsel, Attorney General Office
  • • Ms. Ma' u Leha, Deputy Secretary, National Planning Division, Prime Minister's Office
  • • Ms. Ilaisaane Lieti Lolo, Deputy Secretary, Aid Management and Resilient Development Division, Ministry of Finance
 

Turkey

  • • H.E. Mrs. Serap Ersoy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to ESCAP (online)
  • • Mr. Tolga Uncu, Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Mr. Melihcan Ersen, Second Secretary and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Mr. Muhammet Maruf Yaman, Deputy Chief of Cabinet, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (in person)
  • • Ms. Nagihan Gok, Urban Planner, Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change (in person)
  • • Ms. Serap Şahin Gündoğdu, Chief of Section Ministry of National Education
  • • Ms. Şeyma Nur Dündar, Ministry of National Education
  • • Ms. Hande Zengin, Expert, Ministry of Family and Social Services
  • • Ms. Aysenur Kasimoglu Demir, Engineer, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (online)
 

Turkmenistan

  • • H.E. Mr. Muhammetgeldi Serdarov, Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan (in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. Muhammetnyyaz Mashalov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Malaysia - Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the ESCAP (in person)
  • • Mr. Atajan Atayev, Head of Strategy and Sustainable Development Department of the Ministry Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan (in person)
 

Tuvalu

  • • Mr. Tauisi Minute Taupo, Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms. Marilyn ML Simmons, Deputy Secretary Ministry of Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs
  • • Ms. Telupe Tepaukie, United Nations Desk Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs
 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • • Mr. Andrew Beirne, Head of Delegation and Permanent Representative to ESCAP
  • • Ms. Joanna Benn, Deputy Head of Delegation and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP(in person)
 

United States of America (the)

  • • Mr. Michele J. Sison, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • • Ms. Nerissa J. Cook, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • • Mr. Scott Bartos, Senior Energy Technical Advisor, Regional Development Mission for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • • Mr. Michael Boyd, Senior Energy Technical Advisor, Regional Development Mission for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • • Mr. James Cerven, Regional Technology Officer, Political Economic Section, U.S. Consulate General Sydney Australia
  • • Ms. Margaret Dapice, Alternate Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Political Section, U.S. Embassy Bangkok Thailand
  • • Mr. Jonathan Howard, Deputy Director, Office of Economic and Development Affairs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • • Ms. Dawn McCown, Senior Advisor, lndo-Pacific Hub-East Asia and the Pacific, Regional Development Mission for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • • Mr. Nils Mueller, Director, General Development Office, Regional Development Mission for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • • Mr. Paul Neville, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Economic Section, U.S. Embassy Bangkok Thailand(in person)
  • • Ms. Cristina Olive, Senior Coordinator, Indo-Pacific Hub - East Asia and the Pacific, Regional Development Mission for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • • Ms. Kristen Pisani, Director, Office of Economic and Development Affairs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • • Ms. Sarah Quinzio, Deputy Director, Environment Science Technology and Health Office, U.S. Embassy Bangkok Thailand
  • • Ms. Deborah Rakowski, Acquisition and Assistance Specialist, Regional Development Mission for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • • Ms. Emily Rose, Senior Economic Advisor, Office of Economic and Development Affairs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C.(in person)
  • • Mr. Edwin Sagurton Jr., U.S. Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Economic Section, U.S. Embassy Bangkok Thailand
  • • Mr. Paul Stempel, Economic Officer, Office of Economic and Development Affairs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • • Mr. Thomas M. Schmidt Director, Environment Science Technology and Health Office, U.S. Embassy Bangkok Thailand
 

Uzbekistan

  • • H.E. Mr. Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime-Minister, Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan(online)
  • • Mr. Abdulla Khashimov, Head of Transport Corridors Development and Logistics Department, Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan(online)
  • • Mr. Suratjon Mirpulatov, Chief specialist of Transport Corridors Development and Logistics Department, Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan(online)
  • • Мr. Fakhriddin Sultanov, Consul-General and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Bangkok(in person)
  • • Mr. Nuriddin Mamatkulov, Consul and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Bangkok(in person)
  • • Ms. Muanwart Bureerak, Assistant Permanent Representative to ESCAP, Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Bangkok(in person)
 

Vanuatu

  • • Hon. Bob Loughman WEIBUR, Prime Minister (online)
  • • Mr. Gregoire Nimbtik, Director General, Prime Minister's Ministry
  • • Mr. Kalfau Kaloris, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade
  • • Mr. Yvon BASILE, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade
  • • Mr. Sanlan William, Head, United Nations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade
  • • Mr. Richardo Valele, Senior Desk Officer, United Nations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade
 

Viet Nam

  • • H.E. Mr. Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister (in person)
  • • H.E. Dr. Phan Chi Thanh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Thailand, Permanent Representative to ESCAP (in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. Nguyen Minh Vu, Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • • H.E. Mr. Ha Kim Ngoc, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • H.E. Mr. Nguyen Si Hiep, Deputy Chairman of the Office of Government (in person)
  • • Mr. Nguyen Van Trinh, Assistant to Deputy Prime Minister (in person)
  • • Mr. Pham Ky Trung, Deputy Director-General, Department of Administration, Office of the Government (in person)
  • • Ms. Nguyen Thi Van Anh, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Dang Khanh Linh, Deputy Director-General, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Dinh Thi Tam, Vice Director-General, Viet Nam Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Post-Harvest Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (in person)
  • • Mr. Tran Xuan Thuy, Assistant to Chief Protocol, Department of State Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Dao Le Phuong, Assistant Director - General, Department of Press and Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Tran Thi Thu Trang, Counsellor, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Thailand (in person)
  • • Mr. Pham Thi Minh Hoa, Senior Official, Department of International Relations, Office of Government (in person)
  • • Ms. Nguyen Hoang Dieu Tam, Head of Division, National Center for Translation and Interpretation (in person)
  • • Mr. Dang Trung Dung, Second Secretary, Embassy of Viet Nam in the Kingdom of Thailand (in person)
  • • Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Mai, Third Secretary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Ms. Le Phuong Thao, Official, Department of Administration, Office of Government (in person)
  • • Ms. Doan Phuong Dien, Official, Department of Administration, Office Government (in person)
  • • Ms. Hoang Khanh Chi, Official, National Center for Translation and Interpretation (in person)
  • • Mr. Dinh Nho Minh, Official, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Tran Bao Hoang Bach, Official, Department of State Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Ms. Vu Hong Anh, Official, Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in person)
  • • Mr. Dang Dinh Nam, Press Official, Office of Government (in person)
  • • Mr. Luong Manh Tuyen, Security Officer (in person)

Associate members

 

Hong Kong, China

  • • Mr. LEE Sheung Yuen, Director, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Bangkok
  • • Miss POON Yuen Chi, Teresa, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Bangkok
  • • Miss PADUNGKIETTIWONG Juthamas, Commercial Relations Officer, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Bangkok
 

Macao, China

  • • Mr. TAl Kin Ip, Director of the Economic and Technological Development Bureau(online)
  • • Ms. MAl Pang, Head of Economic Cooperation Division of the Economic and Technological Development Bureau(online)
  • • Mr. CHEUNG Chon Kit, Senior Officer of the Economic and Technological Development Bureau(online)
  • • Mr. LEONG Wa Fong, Manager of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute
  • • Ms. Cristina Maria Pereira MONTEIRO, Senior Officer of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute(online)
  • • Ms. WONG Man, Senior Officer of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute
  • • Ms. U Hoi Teng, Officer of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute(online)

Permanent observers

 

Belgium

  • • Mr. Koenraad Du Pont, First Secretary, Embassy of Belgium in Bangkok
 

Finland

  • • H.E. Mr. Jyri Jarviaho, Ambassador of Finland to Thailand and Permanent Observer to ESCAP(in person)
  • • Mr. Pekka Moren, Special Representative of Finance Minister of Finland, Climate Action at Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action(in person)
  • • Mr. Miika Tomi, First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission and Deputy Permanent Observer to ESCAP(in person)
  • • Ms. Sara Tolonen, Financial Specialist at the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action(in person)
 

Hungary

  • Ms.Kamilla Balla, Attache, (Economic and Commercial Counsellor) , Embassy of Hungary in Bangkok (in person)
 

Italy

  • H.E. Mr. Lorenzo Galanti, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Observer to ESCAP
  • Mr. Ugo Boni, Counsellor and Alternate Permanent Observer to ESCAP
 

Morocco

  • • H.E. Mr. Abderrahim Rahhaly, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Observer to ESCAP (in person)
  • • Mr. Radouane Chaouki, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Kingdom of Thailand
  • • Ms. Ouassima Boujrad, Third Secretary, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Kingdom of Thailand (in person)
 

Nigeria

  • • H.E. Mr. Ovikuroma Orogun Djebah, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Observer to ESCAP (in person)
 

San Marino

  • •Mr. Lorenzo Riccardi, Minister at large of the Republic of San Marino and Permanent Observer to ESCAP
 

Switzerland

  • • H.E. Ms. Helene Budliger Artieda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Observer to ESCAP

Observers to the UN

Holy See

  • • H.E. Mons. Paul Tschang In-Nam, Apostolic Nuncio, Head of the Delegation (in person)
  • • Rev. Fr. Daniel Tumiel, Member (in person)
  • • Rev. Fr. Carlo Velardo, Member (in person)
  • • Dr. Kamolnate Kitsawad, Member(online)
  • • Dr. Atittaya Tandhanskul, Member(online)

Intergovernmental Organizations

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • • Mr. Arndt Husar, Senior Public Management Specialist (Digital Transformation) (online)
  • • Mr. Ronald Antonio Q. Butiong, Chief of Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group
  • • Mr. Yuebin Zhang, Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist, Regional Cooperation, and Integration Thematic Group
  • • Ms. Lili Guo, Regional Cooperation Specialist(online)
  • • Ms. Wilhelmina Paz, Economist (Regional Cooperation) (online)
  • • Mr. Navin Twarakavi, Senior Digital Agriculture Specialist
  • • Ms. Wendy Walker, Chief, Social Development Thematic Group(online)
  • • Ms. Yukiko Ito, Principal Social Development Specialist(online)
  • • Mr. Jamie Leather, Chief of Transport Sector Group

Asian Productivity Organization (APO)

  • • Mr. Jun-Ho Kim, Executive Office
  • • Mr. Ta-Te Yang, Multicountry Programs Division

Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP)

  • • Dr. Songyang Wu, Regional Expert(in person)
  • • Ms. Marivic Pulvera Uzarraga, Manager, Project Operation and Information
  • • Ms. Thanitnunth Invakul, Technical Assistant(online)

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)

  • H.E. Mr. Khusrav Noziri, Secretary-General(online)

Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI)

  • Mr. Andrey Smorodin, Director (online)

International Coconut Community (ICC)

  • Dr. Jelfina C. Alouw, Executive Director(online)
  • Ms. Mridula Kottekate, Assistant Director(online)

Mekong River Commission (MRC)

  • Dr. Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr. Santi Baran, the Officer-in-Charge of the Office of Chief Executive Officer

Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)

  • Ms. OU Boqian, Secretary-General

United Nations Agencies and Bodies

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Mr. Aziz Elbehri, FAO Senior Economist
  • Ms. Sheila Wertz-Kanounnikoff, Senior Forestry Officer(in person)
  • Ms. Sangita Dubey, Senior Statistician

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

  • Ms. Jane Gerardo-Abaya, Director of the Division for Asia and the Pacific, Department of Technical Cooperation

International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • Ms. Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, Assistant-Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific (in person)
  • Mr. Panudda Boonpala, Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific(in person)
  • Mr. Graeme Buckley, Director, Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao People's Democratic Republic (DWT-Bangkok)(in person)
  • Ms. Sara Elder, Senior Economist, Regional Economic and Social Analysis Unit(online)
  • Ms. Makiko Matsumoto, Employment Specialist, DWT-Bangkok(online)
  • Ms. Cristina Martinez, Senior Specialist on Environment and Decent Work, DWT-Bangkok(in person)
  • Mr. Phu Huynh, Technical Specialist, Employment & Decent Work, DWT-Bangkok(online)

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

  • • Mr Taoufik Bakkali, Regional Director, a.i., UNAIDS Regional Support Team, Asia and the Pacific (RSTAP)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • Ms. Sonja Leighton-Kone, Acting Deputy Executive Director(in person)
  • Ms. Lydia Aballa, Associate Programme Management Officer(in person)
  • Ms. Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative Asia and the Pacific, UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office(in person)
  • Ms. Makiko Yashiro, Programme Management Officer, UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office
  • Mr. Subrata Sinha, Environmental Affairs Officer, UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office(in person)
  • Mr. Jonathan Gilman, Programme Management Officer, UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office(online)
  • Mr. Soumya Bhattacharya, Consultant, UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office(in person)

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

  • Ms. Maria Perdomo, Regional Coordinator for UNCDF in Asia (in person)
  • Mr. Vincent Wierda, IDE Energy Lead
  • Mr. Paul Martin, Regional Technical Advisor

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

  • Mr. Bjorn Andersson, Regional Director (in person)
  • Ms. Galanne Deressa, Programme Specialist

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

  • Mr. Stein Hansen, Regional Director and Representative

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

  • Professor Petteri Taalas- Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • Mr. Ben Churchill- Head, WMO Regional Office for Asia and South-West Pacific
  • Mr. Jun Yu-Regional Officer, WMO Regional Office for Asia and South-West Pacific(online)
  • Mr. Muhibuddin Usamah- Technical Coordinator (Services), WMO Regional Office for Asia and South-West Pacific
  • Ms. Li-Sha Lim, Seconded Expert, WMO Regional Office for Asia and South-West Pacific

United Nations Secretariat

Office of Legal Affairs

  • Ms. Dziana Pranichnikava, Associate Legal Officer

Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

  • Mr. Sandagdorj Erdenebileg, Chief
  • Mr. Md Abdul Alim, Senior Economic Affairs Officer

Office of the President of the Economic and Social Council

  • H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council
  • Mr. Edgar Sisa, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations, Office of the President of the General Assembly

Office of the President of the General Assembly

  • Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the seventy-sixth General Assembly
  • Mr. Nagaraj Naidu Kakanur, Chef de Cabinet
  • Mr. Md. Faruk Hossain, Team Leader, Sustainable Development
  • Ms. Benny Teuea, Speechwriter
  • Ms. Katalin Dalma Nemes, UN Security Officer
  • Mr. Ahid Ahmed, Executive Secretary to the President of the General Assembly

Resident Coordinator

  • Ms. Gita Sabharwal, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Thailand
  • Ms. Michaela Friberg-Storey, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kazakhstan  

Other Entities and Organizations

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

  • Ms. Kathryn Clarkson, Head of Delegation, Country Cluster Delegation for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and Representative to United Nations ESCAP
  • Ms. Barbara Wibmer, Support Services and Partnerships Coordinator(online)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

  • Mr. Paul Desanker, Manager, Adaptation Division(in person)
  • Mr. Jens Radschinski, Programme Officer, Mitigation Division(in person)

Non-Governmental Organizations

ATD Fourth World Thailand

  • Mr. Chee Peng LOW, Executive Director of ATD Fourth World Thailand

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)

  • Mr. Liberato Bautista, Presiden(in person)t
  • Mr. Cyril Ritchie, First Vice President(in person)
  • Ms. Sheila Bordier, Senior Associate
  • Mr. Kazunao Sato, Representative(in person)

Associated Country Women of the World

  • Mr. Nicholas Newland, Advocacy Director(in person)
  • Ms. Jennifer Sellers, Project Grants Officer(in person)
  • Ms. Tracy Riddler, Project Partnership Coordinator(in person)

International Council on Environmental Economics and Development (ICEED)

  • Mr. Ken Kitatani, Director General(in person)
  • Mr. Kazunao Sato, Executive Director
  • Ms. Miho Kishitani, Deputy Director(in person)
  • Ms. Jennifer Dean, Staff(in person)

International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW)

  • L.Preeyapun Sridhavat(online)
  • Dr. Chonchanok Viravan(online)
  • Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya(online)

International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)

  • Dr. Wilaiporn Kotbungkair, IFSW-Asia Pacific Main Representative(in person)
  • Dr. Sebastian Cordoba, IFSW-Asia Pacific UN Commissioner(online)
  • Mr. Sug Pyo Kim, IFSW-Asia Pacific UN Commissioner(in person)

Organization of the Families of Asia and the Pacific (OFAP)

  • Mr. Nuno Maria Roque Jorge, President

Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George     

  • Miss Paola Benaglia, Designate Representative, The Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George(online)

Soroptimist International (SI)

  • Ms. Leigh Elwood-Brown, Director of Advocacy(online)
  • Ms. Theresa Devasahayam, UN Representative(online)
  • Mrs. Dianne Lockwood, Federation Programme Director 2020-2022(online)
  • Ms. Donnell Davis, Incoming Programme Director 2022-2024

UN Association of Russia

  • • BORISOV ALEKSEI, UN Association of Russia First Deputy Chairman, Vice-President of the WFUNA, Head of UNESCO Chair at MGIMO-University MFA Russia (in person)
  • • MANUYLOV VIACHESLAV, Deputy Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow, Government of Moscow ( in person )
  • • KUPLIAKOVA NATALIA, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Association in Russia ( in person )
  • • SIBILEVA ANASTASIA, Deputy Head of the International Relations Management of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow, Government of Moscow ( in person )
  • • GLEIM REGINA, Consultant of the International Relations Management of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow, Government of Moscow ( in person )
  • • KONDRAKHINA EVGENIA, Advisor, Deputy Chairman of the Commission on Sustainable Development, UN Association of Russia ( in person )
  • • KUCHAVA ANNA, Project Coordinator, UN Association of Russia ( in person )
  • • SHEVTSOVA ALEXANDRA, General Director, Autonomous non-profit organization "Moscow Center for International Cooperation" (in person)
  • • IAKOVLEVA ILONA, Head of Department, Autonomous non-profit organization "Moscow Center for International Cooperation" (in person)
  • • SILAEVA IRINA, Chief Specialist, Autonomous non-profit organization "Moscow Center for International Cooperation" (in person)

GENERAL INFORMATION

At the seventy-eighth Commission session, the Commission will hold the scheduled elections for the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), as well as the elections for the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT) and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM), which were postponed from the seventy-seventh session of the Commission held in 2021 owing to the session being held entirely online.

  •   APDIM

The Statute of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (Commission resolution 71/11) stipulates that “The Centre shall have a Governing Council consisting of a representative designated by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and eight representatives nominated by other members and associate members of the Commission. The members and associate members to be elected by the Commission shall be elected for a period of three years, but shall be eligible for re-election”. In addition to the host country (Islamic Republic of Iran), the current members of the Governing Council are: Bangladesh; Cambodia; Fiji; India; Macao, China; Mongolia; Pakistan; and Turkey.

  • APCICT

The Statute of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (Commission resolution 61/6) stipulates that “the Centre shall have a Governing Council consisting of a representative nominated by the Government of the Republic of Korea and eight representatives of members and associate members of ESCAP elected by the Commission. The Council shall be elected for a period of three years but shall be eligible for re-election.” In addition to the host country (Republic of Korea), the current members of the Governing Council are: Bangladesh; Cambodia; India; Indonesia; Philippines; Russian Federation; Sri Lanka; and Thailand.

  • CSAM

The Statute of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (Commission resolution 72/2) stipulates that “the Centre shall have a Governing Council consisting of a representative designated by the Government of China and eight representatives nominated by other members and associate members of ESCAP of relevant line ministries elected by the Commission. The members and associate members elected by the Commission shall be elected for a period of three years but shall be eligible for re-election.” In addition to the host country (China), the current members of the Governing Council are: Bangladesh; Cambodia; India; Malaysia; Pakistan; Philippines; Thailand; and Viet Nam.

  • SIAP

The Statue of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (Commission resolution 67/13) stipulates that “the Institute shall have a Governing Council consisting of a representative designated by the Government of Japan and eight representatives nominated by other members and associate members of ESCAP elected by the Commission. The members and associate members to be elected by the Commission shall be elected for a period of three years but shall be eligible for re-election”. In addition to the host country (Japan), the current members of the Governing Council are: Bangladesh; China; India; Mongolia; Pakistan; Republic of Korea; Russian Federation; and Thailand

The Commission will elect new members to the Governing Councils of these four regional institutions on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 from 11.00 to 13.00 hours Bangkok time (UTC+7).

Rule 41 of the rules of procedure of ESCAP stipulates that “all elections shall be decided by secret ballot.” The secretariat shall make arrangements for the elections to take place at the United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok.

All delegations are encouraged to participate in person at the session and cast their vote at the United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok. Delegations that are not represented in Bangkok and are unable to send a representative to Bangkok due to prevailing travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, may consider including in their delegation a Bangkok-based representative that shall exercise their voting right. Additionally, the secretariat will arrange for voting to take place simultaneously at its Subregional Office for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and at the UN Compound in Beijing, China. Delegations unable to cast their vote in Bangkok may include one of their representatives stationed in Suva or Beijing in their official letter of credentials to cast their vote in one of these two locations. Only duly accredited and registered participants will be allowed to cast a vote. Delegations are requested to notify the secretariat at [email protected] by Friday, 13 May 2022 about the location chosen to cast their vote, whether Bangkok, Beijing or Suva.

All members and associate members seeking election or re-election to the Governing Council are requested to complete a nomination form (APCICT, APDIM, CSAM and SIAP) and submit it to the Secretary of the Commission at [email protected] by 23.59 hours Bangkok time (UTC+7) on Friday, 13 May 2022.

If they desire, members and associate members seeking election or re-election to the Governing Council may attach to the nomination form a brief statement (not exceeding two pages) outlining their aims, vision and/or commitments as members of the Governing Council of the respective regional institution, should they be elected. The document will be made public by the secretariat on the Commission website.

Governing Council members are expected to participate in the Council meeting, to be held at least once a year, to provide guidance to the Centres as stated in the Statute. The cost of participation of the Governing Council members in all meetings of the Governing Councils will be borne by the Governments concerned.

To ensure continuity in the work of the Governing Councils, elected members are expected to designate one representative who would, as far as possible, serve on the Governing Councils throughout the period of such membership.

RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS

The following members and associate members are elected for the Governing Councils of the regional institutes for the period 2022-2024: 

Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT): 

  • Bangladesh 

  • Cambodia 

  • India 

  • Indonesia 

  • Kazakhstan 

  • Philippines  

  • Russian Federation 

  • Thailand 

Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM): 

  • Bangladesh 

  • Cambodia 

  • India 

  • Macao, China 

  • Micronesia 

  • Mongolia 

  • Tajikistan 

  • Turkey 

Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM): 

  • Bangladesh 

  • Cambodia 

  • India 

  • Malaysia  

  • Pakistan  

  • Sri Lanka 

  • Thailand  

  • Viet Nam  

Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP): 

  • Bangladesh

  • China  

  • India  

  • Malaysia  

  • Philippines

  • Republic of Korea  

  • Thailand  

  • Viet Nam 

Second round for the remaining empty seats of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific 

Only six candidates obtained the required majority to fill the eight seats in the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP). Therefore, a second round of elections will be needed to fill the remaining two seats of the Governing Council. The candidates eligible for the second round are those candidates that obtained the largest number of votes in the previous ballot but that did not reach the required majority. Therefore, the candidates for the second round of elections for the two remaining seats of SIAP are: 

  • Bangladesh  

The second round of elections for the two remaining seats in the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific will take place on Thursday, 26 May 2022 in three locations simultaneously as follows

1. United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok (UNCC), Conference room 4, Level 1, from 09.30 to 11.00 hours, Bangkok time (UTC+7) 

Address: The United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand 

2. ESCAP Subregional Office for the Pacific, Suva, from 14.30 to 16.00 hours (UTC+12) 

Address: Kadavu House, Level 5, 414 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji 

3. UN Compound, Beijing, from 10.30 to 12.00 hours (UTC+8) 

Address: UN Compound, No.2 Liangmahe Nanlu, 100600 Beijing (a few meters from CSAM)  

 

Results of the second round of balloting for the election of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP)

  • Bangladesh
  • Philippines

 

Nominations received from members and associate members of the Commission will be listed in alphabetical order below following the nomination deadline.

Nominations received for APDIM Governing Council:

  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Macao, China
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey

Nominations received for APCICT Governing Council:

Nominations received for CSAM Governing Council:

Nominations received for SIAP Governing Council:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can seek election/re-election to the Governing Council?

  • All ESCAP members and associate members can seek election or re-election to the Governing Council.

Can associate members of ESCAP vote in the elections at the Commission session?

  • As stipulated in paragraph 6 of the terms of reference of ESCAP, “representatives of associate members shall be entitled to participate without vote in all meetings of the Commission, whether sitting as Commission or as Committee of the Whole". This means associate members can seek election or re-election but may not vote in the elections.

How to submit a nomination for election/re-election to the Governing Council?

  • All members and associate members seeking election or re-election to the Governing Council are requested to complete the nomination form and submit it to the Secretary of the Commission at [email protected].
  1. ) APCICT nomination form
  2. ) APDIM nomination form
  3. ) CSAM nomination form
  4. ) SIAP nomination form
  • If they desire, members and associate members seeking election or re-election may attach a brief statement (not exceeding two pages) indicating their aims, vision and/or commitments as members of the Governing Council, should they be elected to the Council. The document will be made public by the secretariat on the Commission website.

When is the deadline to submit a nomination for the Governing Council?

  • The nomination forms must be submitted in advance at the latest by 23.59 hours, Bangkok time (UTC+7), on Friday, 13 May 2022. Nomination forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Nominations received for the Governing Councils will be published on the Commission website as well as displayed at the election venue.

When and where will the election to the Governing Council take place?

  • The casting of ballots will take place on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 in three locations simultaneously as follows:

1. United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok (UNCC), Conference room 4, Level 1,  from 11.00 to 13.00 hours, Bangkok time (UTC+7)

Address: The United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

2. ESCAP Subregional Office for the Pacific, Suva from 16.00 to 18.00 hours (UTC+12)

Address: Kadavu House, Level 5, 414 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji

3. UN Compound, Beijing from 12.00 to 14.00 hours (UTC+8)

Address: UN Compound, No.2 Liangmahe Nanlu, 100600 Beijing (a few meters from CSAM) - Updated

 

How will the election to the Governing Council be conducted?

  • Only duly accredited delegates of ESCAP member States to the seventy-eighth session of the Commission will be allowed to cast votes.
  • The election will be conducted by secret ballot.
  • At the registration counter in front of the election venue, one representative from each delegation will be requested by the secretariat to:
    • present their Commission accreditation badge (at the UNCC) or confirmation of successful registration and a valid identification document (at Beijing and Suva);
    • sign the registration sheet;
    • collect the ballot papers (one ballot paper per regional institution per one delegation).
  • The representative will then enter the election venue to complete the ballot paper, with a clear tick mark (as indicated in the instructions) in the space provided next to the candidate. Delegates can vote for as many candidates as they wish but not exceeding eight (8). 
  • In accordance with their respective statutes, each Governing Council is to consist of the host country and 8 representatives of members and associate members of the Commission.
  • The representative will then drop the completed ballot paper in the designated ballot box, then depart the election venue.
  • The representative shall not take a photograph of the ballot paper.
  • Corrections, overwriting, cross-out marks, or other such markings (other than the tick marks on the ballot) shall render the ballot invalid. If the representative made a mistake, they can return the ballot paper to the secretariat and request a new ballot. Returned ballots will be destroyed by the secretariat in front of the representative.

 

To ensure a smooth and transparent election, delegations are requested to:

  • depart the election venue immediately after casting the votes; and
  • refrain from waiting, sitting and/or conversing inside the election venue during the conduct of the election to prevent interruption to other delegations casting their votes.

Can elections be observed?

  • ESCAP members and associate members can observe the election process, provided they do not intervene, interfere or in any way disturb the election process. Moreover, delegates are required to adhere to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements and avoid overcrowding rooms or areas in the UNCC and other polling stations.
  • Participants at the session, other than accredited member and associate member delegations, will not be permitted into the election venue during the balloting process.
  • Cameras, including mobile phone cameras, are not to be used during the balloting process.

How will the votes counting be conducted?

  • The vote counting will be conducted by the secretariat inside the election venue immediately after the conclusion of the election at 13.00 hours on Tuesday, 24 May 2022.
  • Members and associate members may observe the vote counting, provided they comply with COVID-19 physical distancing requirements and avoid overcrowding.
  • No official announcement of results will be made after the vote counting.

When will the results of the election/re-election to the Governing Council be announced?

  • The results will be announced by the Secretary of the Commission under agenda item 9 Other matters on Friday, 27 May 2022.

Who should I contact if I need to obtain more information on the election/re-election to the Governing Council?

  • Further information can be obtained by contacting:

Mr. Kiyoung Ko

Director

Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT)

Telephone: (+82 32) 458-6650Fax:  (+82 32) 458-6691

E-mail: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

Ms. Letizia Rossano

Director

Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM)

E-mail: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

Ms. Yutong Li

Head

Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM)

Telephone: +86 10 8225 3580/81/82/85, Fax: +86 10 8225 3584

E-mail: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

Ms. Shailja Sharma

Director

Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP)

Tel: +81 43 299 9782; +81 43 299 9796Fax: +81 43 299 9780; +81 43 299 2521

E-mail: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

 

Note: This page is for delegates, government officials and other members of government delegations participating in the 78th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). For general information concerning all participants please refer to the Information Note Section.

PART I: Guide to participation

This guide includes information to assist delegates attending the Commission session with their preparations and to facilitate their participation. The document includes useful information on paperless meetings, order of speakers, and the discussions conducted each agenda item.

The seventy-eighth session of the Commission will take place from 23 to 27 May 2022 in a hybrid modality at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok and online.

Letter of credentials and online registration

Each delegation is required to submit a letter of credentials, duly signed by the appropriate authority of the respective Government, at the earliest convenience but before Friday, 13 May 2022. Only delegates who appear on the credentials will be recognized in the list of participants.

Representatives of members, associate members and other Member States of the United Nations that are permanent observers of the Commission are requested to specify in the credentials letter that all delegates attending the meeting in person are fully vaccinated.

For representatives of international organizations, major groups and stakeholders who wish to attend the Commission session in-person, they are required to complete at the time of registration a COVID-19 Health Declaration Form at https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/ providing emergency contact details in Thailand,
certifying their health status and confirming their compliance with the COVID-19 preventive measures while attending the Commission, and uploading a valid vaccination certificate.

Regarding the elections to the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM), the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) and the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) to be held simultaneously at the United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok, Subregional Office for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and the premises of its Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) in Beijing, China during the seventy-eighth session of the Commission, delegations unable to cast their vote in Bangkok may include one of their accredited representatives stationed in Suva or Beijing in their official letter of credentials to cast their vote in one of these two locations.

Letters of credential can be sent via email to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the following address: <[email protected]> with a copy to the Commission secretariat team at <[email protected]>, <[email protected]> and <[email protected]>. Originals may be sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary at the address below.

Office of the Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Executive Office Suite, United Nations Conference Centre

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Rajdamnern Nok Avenue

Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Each delegate who appears in the aforementioned letter of credentials is required to register online as soon as possible but no later than Friday, 13 May 2022 at https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/ to facilitate the issuance of name badges and ensure the accuracy of the list of participants.

In addition, all in-person meeting participants must complete the COVID-19 Health Declaration Form (https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/) providing emergency contact details in Thailand, certifying their health status and confirming their compliance with the COVID-19 preventive measures while attending the Commission. The secretariat will review and verify the accreditation letters and the validity of uploaded vaccination certificates, together with the COVID-19 Health Declaration Form, prior to issuance of meeting badges.

Delegates unable to confirm their vaccination status may alternatively provide proof of a negative antigen-detecting rapid COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of the start of each meeting day.

Only registration of accredited delegates will be accepted. Please note that registering online prior to the meeting is mandatory in accordance with standard United Nations security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises.

In-person participation

In view of the exceptional circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the safety of all delegates, in person participation in the session will be subject to general and specific guidance and restrictions as outlined below, referred to as “COVID-19 minimum requirements”.

All representatives of members, associate members, other Member States of the United Nations that are permanent observers and other stakeholders are invited to attend all the official meetings in person, provided that the COVID-19 minimum requirements outlined in this note are respected.

Any accredited delegate may also choose to actively participate in the session remotely through the online meeting platform, with full speaking rights and with online interpretation in the four official languages of the Commission.

Taking into account the limited seating capacity in the meeting room, owing to the physical distancing requirements at the UNCC in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, each member of the Commission will in principle be allocated one seat with a microphone plus two additional seats, while associate members and other Member States that are permanent observers of the Commission will be allocated one seat with a microphone plus an additional seat. Observer organizations will also be allocated one seat with a microphone, based on availability.

Delegates wishing to attend in person should notify the secretariat by email at <[email protected]> by Friday, 13 May 2022.

Only delegates that appear in the letter of credentials and have duly registered will be issued a meeting badge and allowed into the room.

The secretariat continues to monitor the situation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the arrangements for the physical participation of delegates may be updated in light of the prevailing conditions.

COVID-19 minimum requirements

All delegates, regardless of rank and affiliation, who intend to participate in the Session in person are required to complete a COVID-19 Health Declaration Form and verify that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (*) through the registration platform at the time of registration.

(*Fully vaccinated” means persons who have, at least 14 days prior to the date of the opening of the meeting, received their final dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 approved for use by the regulatory mechanisms of the country of vaccination.)

Representatives of members, associate members and other Member States of the United Nations that are permanent observers of the Commission are requested to upload an accreditation letter to the registration platform, which must specify that all delegates attending the meeting in person are fully vaccinated. Representatives of members, associate members and other Member States of the United Nations that are permanent observers of the Commission are requested to specify in the credentials letter that all delegates attending the meeting in person are fully vaccinated.

For representatives of international organizations, major groups and stakeholders who wish to attend the Commission session in-person, they are required to complete at the time of registration a COVID-19 Health Declaration Form at https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/ and uploading a valid vaccination certificate.

All in-person meeting participants must complete the COVID-19 Health Declaration Form (https://indico.un.org/event/1000381/) providing emergency contact details in Thailand, certifying their health status and confirming their compliance with the COVID-19 preventive measures while attending the Commission. The secretariat will review and verify the accreditation letters and the validity of uploaded vaccination certificates, together with the COVID-19 Health Declaration Form, prior to issuance of meeting badges.

Delegates unable to confirm their vaccination status may alternatively provide proof of a negative antigen-detecting rapid COVID-19 test (**) taken within 24 hours of the start of each meeting day.

(**As of now, Antigen Test Kits (ATKs) are easily available in pharmacies and convenience stores in Thailand. The list of COVID-19 test kits that has been licensed for production and import from the Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Heath, Thailand, is available at www.fda.moph.go.th/sites/Medical/SitePages/test_kit_covid19.aspx#.)

All meeting participants must wear face masks covering their nose and mouth at all times, except when addressing the meeting from their desks, the rostrum or the podium.

Any participant displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 should refrain from entering the United Nations Conference Centre and attending any in-person meeting and should take a test without delay to determine their COVID-19 status. Should a participant test positive by means of an antigen-detecting rapid test, they should, in addition to refraining from participating in the remainder of the session, self-isolate and inform the secretariat of their COVID-19 status in order to trigger possible contact tracing.

Participants must avoid overcrowding any meeting room or other areas in the conference facilities.

All participants in the conference rooms must remain seated in designated chairs during the meeting.

Participants should refrain from attending the Commission in person if they do not feel well, developing fever, respiratory and/or other COVID-19 symptoms. In such cases, they are advised to contact the secretariat at <[email protected]> in order to make arrangements for online participation.

The above-mentioned guidance will be regularly reviewed in the light of the future evolution and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and may be relaxed or tightened or complemented by additional specific guidance based on information provided by the host country, Thailand, and in view of evolving medical advice and scientific findings, under the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Secretariat of the United Nations.

Online participation

Owing to the limited number of connections available, the online participation via KUDO of members, associate members and Member States of the United Nations that are permanent observers of the Commission will be prioritized.

Based on availability, a limited number of connections will be made available for observer organizations that would notify the secretariat of their interest to speak under a specific agenda item at <[email protected]> by Monday, 9 May 2022. Tentative speaking slots will be assigned based on the availability of connections and confirmed during the meeting based on time availability and taking into account the speaking order of United Nations intergovernmental meetings.

All other delegates may follow the proceedings via the live broadcast on the Commission website at https://www.unescap.org/events/commission78.

Country interventions

To participate in deliberations, delegates are requested to complete the speaker request form to identify which members of the delegations participating online will have a speaking role during the session. The secretariat will send a link to the KUDO session only to those accounts identified on the form. Please note that the KUDO link is not transferable. Delegations attending in person may request to speak by raising their flag or informing the presiding conference room officers.

Delegations wishing to deliver their country statement under agenda item 2(a) (general debate on the theme topic, “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”), are kindly requested to inscribe on the speakers list as soon as possible but no later than Monday, 16 May 2022, using the speaker request form.

Country statements may need to be summarized and focused on the theme topic, as the delivery time will be limited to three minutes. Prepared texts of longer statements may be circulated.

Delegations are also encouraged to provide statements to the secretariat prior to delivery in electronic format. Statements will be used to facilitate interpretation and drafting of the report of the Commission. Statements will be posted to the Commission website after delivery unless requested otherwise.

For delegates participating online, a guide to using the KUDO videoconferencing platform will be shared in due course with members of each delegation assigned to speak during the session. KUDO users will also be invited to a test-run prior to the session to familiarize themselves with KUDO, test the connection and ensure a smooth online participation. All KUDO users are strongly encouraged to join the test-run, especially those who will join the KUDO platform from a meeting room, so they can see if the meeting room’s conference/AV system is adequately linked to KUDO.

Documents and interpretation

Pre-session documents are available in the four official languages of the Commission (Chinese, English, French and Russian) and will be posted on the official documents page of the Commission website (under agenda and official documents) when they are issued. The annual report will be available on the Commission website in all languages following the session.

The session will be conducted in the four official languages of ESCAP – Chinese, English, French and Russian – with live simultaneous interpretation available in the conference room and via KUDO videoconferencing platform. Details on how to choose an interpretation on KUDO will be provided in the KUDO participation guide. Participants following the proceedings via the live webcast on YouTube may also be able to choose among the four official languages of ESCAP.

International sign-language interpretation and live captioning services in the four official languages of ESCAP will also be available simultaneously throughout the session in the secretariat’s continuous efforts to improve accessibility of the Commission.

Paperless meetings

Please note that, in accordance with ongoing efforts of the United Nations towards a paperless Secretariat, printed official meeting documents are no longer provided for member State and associate member delegations except only upon explicit request. In such cases only one set of printed official meeting documents will be provided.

Decisions and resolutions

The Commission will consider a list of decisions under each agenda item. The details on the deliberations under each agenda item are provided in the sections below.

In light of the hybrid format of the session, all negotiations on draft resolutions and draft decisions will be undertaken by the Informal Working Group on Draft Resolutions and will be concluded no later than one week in advance of the session and in accordance with the practice adopted by the Commission at its seventy-sixth and seventy-seventh sessions, with the use of the silence procedure. Please refer to the note by the secretariat on the process for negotiation and adoption of resolutions at the session. No meeting on draft resolutions and draft decisions will be scheduled as a part of the official programme during the session. Delegations wishing to submit draft resolutions are requested to submit the proposed text to the Executive Secretary in writing at least six weeks before the start of the Commission session (Monday, 11 April 2022).

The draft decisions and draft resolutions will be presented for formal adoption by the Commission under agenda item 10.

Elections to the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM), the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) and the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP)

At the seventy-eighth Commission session, the Commission will hold the scheduled elections for the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), as well as the elections for the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT) and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM), which were postponed from the seventy-seventh session of the Commission held in 2021 owing to the session being held entirely online.

The Commission will elect new members to the Governing Councils of these four regional institutions during the senior officials segment, on Tuesday, 24 2022 from 11.00 to 13.00 hours Bangkok time (UTC+7) at the Conference Room 4, Level 1, United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok.

All delegations are encouraged to participate in person at the session and cast their vote at the United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok. Delegations that are not represented in Bangkok and are unable to send a representative to Bangkok due to prevailing travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, may consider including in their delegation a Bangkok-based representative that shall exercise their voting right. Additionally, the secretariat will arrange for voting to take place simultaneously at its Subregional Office for the Pacific in Suva, Fiji from 16:00 to 18:00 hours (UTC+12), and at the premises of its Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) in Beijing, China from 12:00 to 14:00 hours (UTC+8). Delegations unable to cast their vote in Bangkok may include one of their representatives stationed in Suva or Beijing in their official letter of credentials to cast their vote in one of these two locations. Only duly accredited and registered participants will be allowed to cast a vote. Delegations are requested to notify the secretariat at [email protected] by Friday, 13 May 2022 about the location chosen to cast their vote, whether Bangkok, Beijing or Suva.

All members and associate members seeking election or re-election to the Governing Council are requested to complete a nomination form and submit it to the Secretary of the Commission by 23:59 hours Bangkok time (UTC+7) on Friday, 13 May 2022. Detailed information and the nomination forms are available in on the Commission website at https://www.unescap.org/events/commission78#ElectionsofGoverningCouncils.

Liaison officers 

The liaison officers are secretariat staff members who shall be assisting members and associate members of the Commission in addition to their regular duties in the substantive servicing of the Commission session. Delegations may contact the liaison officers should they need assistance. The staff members whose names appear in the list of liaison officers shall serve as liaison officers to members and associate members of the Commission.

PART II: Side event and Exhibition

Delegations and stakeholders interested in organizing side events and /or exhibitions linked with the theme of the session, “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”, are requested to complete the Side Event Form and Exhibition Form electronically and return it by Friday, 22 April 2022 to the following email address:<[email protected]>. Organizers will be responsible for all logistical arrangements.

As slots for the side events are limited, priority will be given to members, associate members and observer countries on a first-come, first-served basis. Events with multiple co-organizers/partners are particularly welcome.

PART III: Contributions to ESCAP Programme of Work and Regional Institutions

With the support of member State donors and partners, ESCAP has, over the years, contributed considerably to the development of Asia and the Pacific by establishing several key regional institutions; negotiating crucial agreements; undertaking quality normative and analytical work; advocating policies to address critical and emerging issues; and building capacities of its members to address development challenges facing the region.

At the Commission session every year, members and associate members of ESCAP indicate their support, both in-kind and financial, to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions.

The contributions to the ESCAP programme of work supplement regular budget resources and help us address development challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region.

ESCAP's regional institutions (APCICT, APCTT, APDIM, CSAM and SIAP) are hubs of capacity building in focused areas directly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They also act as a platform for exchanging good practices among member States, fostering South-South cooperation. The viability of these regional institutions is largely dependent on the financial and in-kind contributions provided by their host Governments as well as the voluntary contributions made by other donors. In its resolution 71/1, the Commission encouraged all members and associate members of ESCAP to make the necessary regular annual contributions to the regional institutions.

In this regard, we would like to invite all members and associate members to consider making or increasing their pledge for financial support to the ESCAP programme of work and the regional institutions at the seventy-eighth session of the Commission, to be held in Bangkok and online from 23 to 27 May 2022.

Pledges can be made by filling out the pledging form and emailed to <[email protected]> with a copy to <[email protected]>. Pledges can also be announced during the deliberations on Agenda Item 5 (b): Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development.

The ESCAP secretariat expresses its appreciation to member and associate members for the commitment and ongoing support to the work of ESCAP.

Further information can be obtained by contacting:

Ms. Zeynep Orhun Girard

Chief, Capacity Development and Partnerships Section

Strategy and Programme Management Division

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Office: +66 22 88 1672

E-mail: [email protected]

 

PART IV: Visa exemption request

Awaiting for confirmation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand on the arrangements.

ESCAP facilitates request for visa exemption upon arrival only for delegates who are from a country which does not have Thai diplomatic mission in their country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kindly note that this arrangement may be subject to change by the host country authorities.

Delegations are requested to complete the Visa Exemption Form electronically and return it via email to [email protected] with copy to [email protected] by Friday, 29 April 2022.

PART V: Protocol arrangement

Awaiting for confirmation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand on the arrangements.

Please note that owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, information concerning any change to protocol arrangements will be updated as soon as practicable.

ESCAP provides protocol arrangements for delegates at the ministerial level and above. Airport transfers and transfer between meeting venue and hotel only applies to delegations which do not have a diplomatic mission in Thailand. Please note that police escort is only provided for Heads of State or Head of Government. The cost of additional police escort will be borne by the requesting country. Delegates are responsible for securing hotel reservations and the cost of their accommodations.

In order to facilitate arrangements, delegations are requested to complete the Protocol Arrangement Form electronically and return it via email to addresses indicated in the form by Friday, 29 April 2022.

Part VI: Detailed guide to participation by agenda item

Agenda item 1: Opening of the session

Supporting documents:

1)        Provisional Agenda (ESCAP/78/L.1/Rev.2)

2)        Annotated Provisional Agenda (ESCAP/78/L.2/Rev.1)

Agenda item 1 of the provisional agenda includes (a) opening addresses; (b) election of officers; and (c) adoption of the agenda.

Scheduled to begin at 10:00 hours on Monday, 23 May 2022, the session will be opened by the Chair of the seventy-seventh session of the Commission, who will also deliver a statement in that capacity, highlighting key work of ESCAP since the Commission last met in April 2021.

The Chair will also preside over the election of officers of the seventy-eighth session. In line with its rules of procedure and usual practice, the Commission will elect, from among its members, a Chair and two Vice-Chairs of the session.

If the plenary so decides, the rule may be applied differently to enable the Commission to elect more than two Vice-Chairs, as has been the practice at previous sessions, in which case the Commission may elect a bureau of officers composed of a Chair and several Vice-Chairs.

Following the election of officers, the Chair of the seventy-eighth session will present the provisional agenda of the session before the Commission for adoption.

After the agenda is adopted, the Chair will invite the Executive Secretary to deliver her welcome and policy address. Other high-level dignitaries may also be invited to address the Commission.

The Chair will then invite special remarks by Heads of State/Government of ESCAP member States on the seventy-fifth anniversary of ESCAP and on the theme of the session. These special remarks will set the scene for the deliberations of the session and provide a vision from the region to shape the future of regional cooperation centred around a new form of multilateralism and to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Agenda item 2: Theme topic, “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”:

(a)       General debate;

(b)       Subregional perspectives.

Supporting documents:

1) Summary of the theme study on a common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/1)

2) Report of the Governing Council of the Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia on its sixteenth session (ESCAP/78/2)

3) Subregional cooperation to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/3)

4)     Asia-Pacific Riskscape at 1.5o C: subregional pathways for adaptation and resilience (ESCAP/78/13)

Agenda item 2 (a) will start from afternoon of Monday, 23 May 2022 to Tuesday, 24 May 2022. The secretariat will present key findings and recommendations of the study on the theme topic of the session, followed by the three high-level thematic roundtables and the general debate or “country statements” on the theme topic.

The focus of the three high-level thematic roundtables will be as follows:

1.)       Strengthening health responses and preparedness: to discuss regional cooperation to develop more agile, adaptive and resilient health systems and the regional actions required to ensure equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

2.)       Ensuring resilient supply chains and connectivity: to discuss regional cooperation as economies in Asia and the Pacific re-establish their supply chains and connectivity

3.)       Realizing climate action in Asia and the Pacific: to discuss how to build on the important Glasgow Climate Pact outcomes for the Paris Agreement implementation including through regional collaboration on innovative climate action.

These topics will build upon the series of regional conversations convened by the Executive Secretary to mark the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of ESCAP and will also support following up on the provisions contained in ESCAP resolution 77/1 adopted by the seventy-seventh session of the Commission in April 2021.

With regards to the general debate or “country statements” on the theme topic, Ministers and Heads of Delegations may wish to focus their country statements on the recommendations of the theme study which identifies elements for a common agenda for present and future generations centred on protecting people and planet, leveraging on digital opportunities, trading and investing more together, raising financial resources and managing debt. Country statements may focus on sharing experiences and initiatives on how to achieve more inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic recovery and development through regional cooperation to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. Country statements may also draw attention to the challenges faced and how regional cooperation and multilateralism can help overcome them.

In view of time constraints, country statements may need to be summarized and focused on the theme topic, as the delivery time will be limited to three (3) minutes. Prepared texts of longer statements may be circulated and will be posted to the Commission website unless requested otherwise.

Delegations wishing to deliver country statements under agenda item 2(a) are requested to inscribe on the speakers list Monday, 16 May 2022, by submitting the speaker request form.

Delegations are also encouraged to provide statements to the secretariat at <[email protected]> prior to delivery in electronic format, if possible. Statements will be used to facilitate interpretation and drafting of the report of the Commission. Statements will be posted to the Commission website after delivery unless requested otherwise.

Guest keynote speakers will be invited to provide brief remarks on specific dimensions of the theme topic for the session during the high-level thematic round tables.

The consideration of agenda item 2 (b) of the provisional agenda will start in the morning of Wednesday, 25 May 2022 and will feature a dialogue on the subregional dimensions of the theme of the session. The secretariat will introduce the agenda item, reflecting on the role of subregional cooperation in advancing regional priorities through cooperation and highlighting the key areas of cooperation between subregional organizations and ESCAP.

The introduction will be followed by a dialogue with the Heads of subregional organizations from across the Asia-Pacific region on subregional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; opportunities for strengthening coordination and regional cooperative partnerships within and among subregions post-pandemic; refining subregional priorities and strengthening multilateralism with actions for advancing sustainable development in Asia-Pacific.

The Chair will then open the floor to delegations for brief country interventions, followed by closing remarks by the Executive Secretary. Deliberations will be webcast live and statements delivered will be made available on the Commission website for download. Further details on the dialogue can be found on the Commission website at www.unescap.org/events/commission78.

Under agenda item 10, the Commission is expected to adopt a resolution on the theme topic of the session and adopt decisions to:

Take note of the following documents:

(a) Summary of the theme study on a common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/1)

(b) Subregional cooperation to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/3)

Endorse the following document:

(a) Report of the Governing Council of the Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia on its sixteenth session (ESCAP/78/2).

The Commission usually adopts a resolution on the theme topic of the session.  

Agenda item 3: Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries

Supporting document:

Summary of the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2022: Financing a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 and Beyond (ESCAP/78/4)

Under agenda item 3, the Special Body will consider the development challenges of countries in special situations, including those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The secretariat will present the findings and recommendations of the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2022: Financing a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 and Beyond. The report highlights the significant financing needs and gaps that least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States face in their recovery efforts from COVID-19 and in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The report also examines policy options to mobilize financial resources in these countries for that purpose.

The consideration of the agenda item will include a high-level panel discussion with ministers from least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) or small island developing States (SIDS) in Asia and the Pacific.

The Chair will then open the floor for brief country interventions. The deliberations will be webcast live and statements delivered will be made available on the Commission website for download. Further details on the Special Body can be found on the Commission website at www.unescap.org/events/commission78.

Under agenda item 10, it is anticipated the Commission will adopt decisions to:

Take note of the following document:

Summary of the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2022: Financing a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 and Beyond (ESCAP/78/4)

Agenda item 4: Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Supporting documents:

  1. Summary of progress in the implementation of Commission resolutions (ESCAP/78/5)
  2. Summary of the meetings of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission held in the period 2021–2022 (ESCAP/78/6)
  3. Report of the Ninth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (ESCAP/78/7)
  4. Key social development issues for consideration in 2022 (ESCAP/78/8)
  5. Report on seventh session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022) (ESCAP/78/9)
  6. Report of the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/78/10)
  7. Opportunities for reaching carbon neutrality in the Asia-Pacific Region (ESCAP/78/11)
  8. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management on its sixth session (ESCAP/78/12)
  9. Regional Plan of Action on Sand and Dust Storms in the Asian and Pacific Region (ESCAP/78/12/Add.1)
  10. Asia-Pacific [email protected] C: Subregional Pathways for Adaptation and Resilience (ESCAP/78/13)
  11. Implementing the global road map for accelerated action on Sustainable Development Goal 7 in the Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP/78/14)
  12. Report of the Ministerial Conference on Transport on its fourth session (ESCAP/78/15)
  13. Ministerial Declaration on Sustainable Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/15/Add.1)
  14. Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific (2022-2026) (ESCAP/78/15/Add.2)
  15. An efficient and resilient transport and logistics network in support of supply chain connectivity (ESCAP/78/16)
  16. Economic Policies for Inclusive Recovery and Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/17)
  17. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/78/18)
  18. Report of the Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation on its seventh session (ESCAP/78/19)
  19. Report of the Paperless Trade Council of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific on its first session (ESCAP/78/20)
  20. Leveraging trade and investment to address climate action in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/21)
  21. Policies to enable business innovation for inclusive and sustainable development (ESCAP/78/22)
  22. Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development on its sixteenth session (ESCAP/78/23)
  23. Digital cooperation for an inclusive digital society (ESCAP/78/24)
  24. Report of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/78/25)
  25. Report of the Second Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/26)
  26. Ministerial Declaration on Building a More Resilient Future with Inclusive Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (ESCAP/78/26/Add.1)
  27. From gross domestic product to well-being and sustainability: means and measures (ESCAP/78/27)
  28. Annual reports of international and intergovernmental organizations provided to the Commission (ESCAP/78/INF/1)

Consideration of agenda item 4 will start with an overarching presentation by the secretariat on the progress of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.

The Commission will then consider each sub-item in order. The Chairs of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission that have met in between session will present the outcomes of these meetings, highlight actions requested of the Commission as well as key discussions at the subsidiary body under the relevant sub-item.  

In their statements, member States may address the points for action in the reports of the subsidiary bodies and in the notes by the secretariat on the specific subitems, as well as provide further guidance.

Member States and associate members are also invited to review the progress of implementation of ESCAP resolutions, as pertinent to their national context, and provide further guidance. Discussions under this agenda item will be webcast live.

Under agenda item 10, it is anticipated the Commission will adopt decisions to:

Endorse the following documents:

(a)       Summary of the meetings of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission held in the period 2021–2022 (ESCAP/78/6)

(b) Report of the Ninth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (ESCAP/78/7);

(c) Report of the Governing Council of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization on its seventh session (ESCAP/78/10);

(d) Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management on its sixth session (ESCAP/78/12)

(e) Regional Plan of Action on Sand and Dust Storms in the Asian and Pacific Region (ESCAP/78/12/Add.1)

(f) Report of the Ministerial Conference on Transport on its fourth session (ESCAP/78/15)

(g) Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/78/18);

(h) Report of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development on its sixteenth session (ESCAP/78/23);

(i) Report of the Governing Council of the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific on its seventeenth session (ESCAP/78/25)

(j) Report of the Second Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/26).

Take note of the following documents:

(a) Summary of progress in the implementation of Commission resolutions (ESCAP/78/5)

(b) Key social development issues for consideration in 2022 (ESCAP/78/8)

(c) Report on seventh session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022) (ESCAP/78/9)

(d) Opportunities for reaching carbon neutrality in the Asia-Pacific Region (ESCAP/78/11)

(e) Asia-Pacific Riskscape at1.5o C: subregional pathways for adaptation and resilience (ESCAP/78/13)

(f) Implementing the global road map for accelerated action on Sustainable Development Goal 7 in the Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP/78/14)

(g) Efficient and resilient transport and logistics network in support of the supply chains connectivity (ESCAP/78/16)

(h) Economic Policies for Inclusive Recovery and Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/17)

(i) Report of the Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation on its seventh session (ESCAP/78/19)

(j) Report of the Paperless Trade Council of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific on its first session (ESCAP/78/20)

(k) Leveraging trade and investment to help address climate action in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/21)

(l) Policies to enable business innovation for inclusive and sustainable development (ESCAP/78/22)

(m) Digital cooperation for an inclusive digital society (ESCAP/78/24)

(n) From gross domestic product to well-being and sustainability: means and measures (ESCAP/78/27)

(o) Annual reports of international and intergovernmental organizations provided to the Commission (ESCAP/78/INF/1)

The Commission is expected to endorse the Ministerial Declaration on Sustainable Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP/78/15/Add.1) and the Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific (2022-2026) (ESCAP/78/15/Add.2) through a resolution.

The Commission is expected to endorse the Ministerial Declaration on Building a More Resilient Future with Inclusive Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (ESCAP/78/26/Add.1) through a resolution.

Agenda item 5: Management issues

Supporting documents:

  1. Proposed programme plan for 2023 (ESCAP/78/28)
  2. Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development (ESCAP/78/29)
  3. Report on the evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2020–2021 (ESCAP/78/30)

Agenda item 5 of the provisional agenda will review the work programme of ESCAP and begin with a presentation by the secretariat, followed by consideration by the Commission subitem-by-subitem. The Chair will open the floor for brief country interventions for each subitem.

Under agenda item 5 (a), the Commission will review the proposed programme plan for 2023.

Under agenda item 5 (b), members and associate members will have the opportunity to announce their intended contributions for 2022. Delegations intending to pledge contributions are requested to complete and submit the pledging form available on the Commission website.

Under agenda item 5(c), the Commission will consider the report on the evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2020–2021.

Under agenda item 10, it is anticipated the Commission will adopt decisions to:

(a)       Endorse the proposed programme plan for 2023;

(c)       Take note of the pledges and thank members and associate members for their pledges; and

(c)       Take note of the report on the evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2020–2021.

Agenda item 6: Review of the conference structure of the Commission pursuant to resolution 73/1

Supporting document:

Review of the conference structure of the Commission pursuant to resolution 73/1 (ESCAP/78/31)     

Agenda item 6 of the provisional agenda will review the conference structure of the Commission pursuant to resolution 73/1.

The Commission is invited to consider the recommendations concerning the conference structure of the Commission pertaining to the subsidiary bodies of the Commission, and in particular the terms of reference of the committees, the areas to be mainstreamed into their work and the list of the primary issues to be addressed, and to provide guidance on any changes to the conference structure that may be required.

The Commission is expected to adopt a resolution to update the conference structure of the Commission.

Agenda item 7: Activities of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission

Supporting document:

Report of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission (ESCAP/78/32)

Agenda item 7 of the provisional agenda will review the intersessional activities of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission as presented by the Rapporteur of the Advisory Committee. After the presentation, the floor will be opened for country interventions. Discussions on this agenda item will be webcast live.

Under agenda item 10, it is anticipated that the Commission will adopt a decision taking note of the report of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representatives and Other Representatives Designated by Members of the Commission.

Agenda item 8: Dates and venue of and theme topic for the seventy-ninth session of the Commission (2023)

Supporting document:

Dates, venue and theme topic for the seventy-ninth session of the Commission (2023) (ESCAP/78/33)

Under agenda item 8 of the provisional agenda, the Commission will decide on the dates and venue of the seventy-ninth session of the Commission, to be held in 2023, as well as the theme topic to be considered by the Commission at that session.

Following the presentation of the agenda item by the secretariat, the floor will be opened for country interventions. Discussions on this agenda item will be webcast live.

Under agenda item 10, it is anticipated the Commission will adopt a decision fixing the dates of its seventy-ninth session to be held in May 2023. Through the same decision the Commission will determine the theme for its seventy-ninth session.

Agenda item 9: Other matters

Agenda item 9 of the provisional agenda provides the opportunity for members and associate members to raise other matters not covered under the items above. Discussions on this agenda item will be webcast live.

The Commission will also announce the result of the elections for the Governing Councils of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific, the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization.

Agenda item 10: Adoption of the report of the Commission on its seventy-eighth session.

Supporting documents:

1)        Draft report to be adopted by the Commission: Organization of the seventy-eighth session of the Commission (ESCAP/78/L.3)

2)        Draft report to be adopted by the Commission: Statement of programme budget implication of actions and proposals of the Commission (ESCAP/78/L.3/Add.1)

3)        Draft resolutions to be adopted by the Commission

4)        Draft decisions to be adopted by the Commission

Under agenda item 10, the Commission will consider for adoption the report of its seventy-eighth session.

Pursuant to paragraph 7 of annex II, entitled “Conference structure of the Commission”, to the annual report of ESCAP, 20 May 2016–19 May 2017 (E/2017/39–E/ESCAP/73/40), the report of the Commission will be composed of its decisions and resolutions.

The draft record of proceedings of the Commission session, prepared by the secretariat, will be circulated among members and associate members for comments within fifteen days of the conclusion of the session.

Following the adoption of the report, the Executive Secretary will deliver a closing statement. The Chair may also deliver a closing statement before formally closing the session. Discussions on this agenda item will be webcast live.

 

 

Day 1 – 23 May 2022

Agenda item 1. Opening of the session

H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the seventy-sixth session of the General Assembly

H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council

Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

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

H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand

H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China

H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia

H.E. Ms. Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia

H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan

H.E. Mr. Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam

H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chair of ASEAN

H.E. Mr. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum

H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

H.E. Ms. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Prime Minister of Samoa

H.E. Mr. Hu'akavameiliku, Prime Minister of Tonga

H.E. Mr. Minute Alapati Taupo, Acting Prime Minister of Tuvalu

H.E. Mr. Bob Loughman Weibur, Prime Minister of Vanuatu

H.E. Mr. Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan

 

Agenda item 2. Theme topic: “A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”.

Agenda item 2 (a) General debate

H.E. Mr. Rodrigo DUTERTE, President of the Philippines, delivered by H.E. Karl Kendrick T. Chua, Secretary, National Economic and Development Authority

Presentation of the theme study by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

High-level thematic roundtable 1: Strengthening health responses and preparedness

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

Introductory remarks: H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the Economic and Social Council

Keynote speaker: H.E. Ms. Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

High-level speakers:

Ms. Helen Clark, 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand, Former Administrator UNDP and Co-Chair, Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization

Country statements on the theme topic: A common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

Day 2 - 24 May 2022

Agenda item 2 (a) General debate

High-level thematic roundtable 2: Ensuring resilient supply chains and connectivity

Keynote: H.E. Mr. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce of Cambodia

Mr. Albert Park, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Mr. Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum

Ms. Deborah Elms, President, Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA)

Country statements:

High-level thematic roundtable 3: Realizing climate action in Asia and the Pacific

Keynote: H.E. Ms. Hyoeun Jenny Kim, Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change

Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, WMO

H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Fiji

Ms. Sunita Narain, Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and editor of Down To Earth

Ms. Feng Chang, Managing Director of Global Sustainable Finance of Bank of America

Country statements:

Day 3 - 25 May 2022

Agenda item 2 (b) Subregional perspectives

Opening remarks by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

H.E. Mr. Ersala Ruwan Weerakoon, Secretary-General, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

H.E. Mr. Zhang Ming, Secretary-General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

H.E. Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)

H. E. Mr. Tenzin Lekphell, Secretary-General, Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)  

H.E. Mr. Khusrav Noziri, Secretary-General, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)

Ms. OU Boqian, Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)  

Mr. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community

Dr. Filimon Manoni, Deputy Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)

Mr. Andrey Smorodin, Director, Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat

 

Country interventions

Agenda item 3. Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries

Opening remarks by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP (presentation)

Keynote address by:

H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

H.E. Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, on behalf of H.E. Mr. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar (video message)

H.E. Mr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh (video message)

Mr. Sandagdorj Erdenebileg, Chief, Policy Coordination, Development, Monitoring and Reporting Service, on behalf of Acting High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS)

Video on the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2022

Presentation by the Executive Secretary on the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2022

Ministerial statements by:

H.E. Mr. LY Thuch, Senior Minister and President of National Committee for ESCAP, Cambodia

H.E. Mr. Kaleb Udui, Minister of Finance of Palau

H.E. Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ' Utoikamanu, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Tourism, Tonga

H.E. Mr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Governor of the Central Bank, Sri Lanka

H.E. Ms. Adaljiza Magno, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Timor-Leste

Hon.Dr. Dil Bahadur Gurung, Member, National Planning Commission, Nepal

H.E. Mr. Muhammetnyyaz Mashalov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Malaysia, and Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the ESCAP, Turkmenistan

Representatives of UN bodies and other entities

Mr. Dulguun Damdin-Od, Executive Director of the International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries (ITT-LLDC)

Mr. Woochong Um, Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank

Country interventions

Day 4 – 26 May 2022

Agenda item 4. Review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific 

 Chair of CS78: H.E. Mr. Ganesh Prasad Dhakal, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to ESCAP 

 Agenda item 4 (a) APFSD 

  • China 

  • Russian Federation 

  • India 

  • Bangladesh 

 Agenda item 4 (b) Social development 

Country interventions 

  • Thailand 

  • Indonesia 

  • Bangladesh 

 Agenda item 4 (c) Environment and development 

 Country and other interventions 

 Agenda item 4 (d) Disaster risk reduction 

  • China 

  • Mongolia 

  • Bangladesh  

  • Indonesia 

 Agenda item 4 (e) Energy 

Country interventions 

  • Indonesia 

  • China 

  • Russia Federation  

  • India 

  • USA 

  • Thailand 

  • Bangladesh 

  • United States of America (the) 

 Agenda item 4 (f) Transport 

Country interventions 

  • Thailand 

  • Bangladesh 

  • India 

  • Indonesia 

 Agenda item 4 (h) Trade and investment  

 Country interventions 

  • Thailand 

  • Bangladesh 

  • India 

  • Indonesia 

  • China 

  Agenda item 4 (i) Information and communications technology, science, technology and innovation 

Country interventions 

Agenda item 4 (j) Statistics 

 
Country interventions 

  • Bangladesh 

  • Indonesia 

  • China 

  • Philippines 

  • Japan 

  • Viet Nam 

  • Thailand 

Day 5 – 27 May 2022

Agenda item 5. Management issues

Chair of CS78: H.E. Mr. PHAN Chi Thanh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to ESCAP

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

Agenda item 5 (a) Proposed programme plan for 2023;

 

Agenda item 5 (b) Overview of partnerships, extrabudgetary contributions and capacity development;

Country interventions and pledges

Agenda item 5 (c) Report on the evaluation activities of the Commission during the biennium 2020–2021.

 

Agenda item 6. Review of the conference structure of the Commission pursuant to resolution 73/1

Statement by the H.E. Ms. Millicent Cruz-Paredes, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Philippines to ESCAP and Chair of the Informal Consultations

Country interventions

  • China

Agenda item 7 Activities of ACPR

Statement by the H.E. Mrs. C.A. Chaminda I. Colonne, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to ESCAP Rapporteur of the ACPR

Country interventions

  • China

Agenda item 8 Date, Venue & Theme for CS79

Country interventions

 

Agenda Item 9 Other Matters

Country and other interventions

 

Agenda item 10 Adoption of the Report

Statement by Ms. Julia Feeney, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission and Permanent Representative of Australia to ESCAP and Chair of the Working Group on Draft Resolutions

Concluding remarks by the Executive Secretary

Closing remarks by President of ECOSOC

 

Vote of thanks

 

 

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