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The fifth session of the Committee on Environment and Development will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 21 to 23 November 2018. The Committee will specifically (i) review analysis of the major environmental challenges faced in the region including those for countries with special needs (CSN), and present key analysis on issues and trends in the Asian and Pacific region, (ii) discuss means of implementation and the added value of innovative actions and technical solutions being developed and applied throughout the region to harness the benefits of environmental actions, including through circular economy and nature based approaches, (iii) review secretariat support for implementation of the Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Development for Asia-Pacific, adopted at the Ministerial Conference in September 2017, and (iv) provide guidance to the secretariat for future focus of the subprogramme to address the environmental issues deliberated by the Committee.
Following the meeting delegations attended filled out questionnaires regarding the session. A summary of the results is available for download.
In partnership with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Kashtakari Panchayat in Pune, India, and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Centre, this regional dialogue will deepen understanding of plastic waste flows and value chains in pilot cities of the ‘Closing the Loop’ initiative, and explore opportunities to engage informal waste pickers in an inclusive circular economy approach.”
At the halfway mark between the 2017 and 2020 Ocean Conference, ESCAP in close cooperation with custodian agencies of the Communities of Ocean Action and the UN Special Envoy for the Ocean invite member States, UN agencies, civil society and other ocean stakeholders to take stock of progress made on Voluntary Commitments for a healthy ocean in the region, to share lessons learned from ongoing efforts, expand the Communities, and catalyse new commitments.
Welcome Address by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, ESCAP
Inaugural Address by Mr. Wijarn Simachaya, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
Special Address by Mr. Peter Thomson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Ocean
Photo session in venue and visit of Pavilion of Partnerships
A Review of Environment and Development issues in Asia-Pacific – Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP
Impact Presentation and Panel Discussion:
Environmental trends and challenges in the region – Mr. Måns Nilsson, Executive Director, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) (10-minute impact presentation)
Ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss – Mr. Mohamed Zahir, Director General, Ministry of Environment, Republic of the Maldives
Pollution and waste – Ms. Stephany Uy-Tan, Mayor, Catbalogan City, The Philippines
Unsustainable resource use – Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia
The climate challenge – Mr. Shobhakar Dhakal, Coordinating Lead Author, Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and Associate Professor of the Asian Institute of Technology
Intervention by Youth Speaker:
The urgent need to address environmental challenges for present and future generations – Ms. Siripa Intavichein, Global Shapers Community, Bangkok Hub
Side Event: Supporting the Science-Policy Interface for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
Capturing positive synergies from enabling actions and coordination at the regional level across sectors, actors and countries – Ms. Katinka Weinberger, Chief of Environment Development and Policy Section, EDD
The economic case of investment in ecosystems for climate resilient development and improved livelihoods - Ms. Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu, Co-chair of the IPBES Regional Assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Asia and the Pacific
Socio-economic benefits from women’s engagement in sustainable fisheries and climate action in the Pacific - Ms. Milika Sobey Chairperson, Women in Fisheries Network in Fiji (WiFN-Fiji)
Improving climate resilience through subregional cooperation and investments in the restoration of water ecosystems – Mr. Bolat Beknyaz, Director, IFAS - Kazakhstan
Addressing the transboundary water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus through subregional/regional cooperation – Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention Secretariat
The business case of transitioning to circular economy through improving resource efficiency in the regional supply chain - Mr. Spencer Leung, founder and CEO of Go Organics Co., Ltd
Statements by the representatives of member States/IGO & UNOs/CSOs & academia
Demonstration of the ESCAP Resource Efficiency simulation application – Mr. Arun Jacob, Environmental affairs officer, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP
Reception to all Committee delegates/other attendees of the Award Ceremony
Accelerating progress to achieve the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Mr. Omar Siddique, Economic Affairs Officer, and Ms. Solene Le Doze, Environmental Affairs Officer, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP
Enabling sustainable food systems through mechanization solutions for production and processing - Mr. Anshuman Verma, Programme Officer, Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM), ESCAP
Environment and development solutions for a sustainable future in Asia and the Pacific – Professor Paul Jones, University of Sydney, Australia (10 minutes)
Resource efficiency and circular economy - Mr. Swapan Kumar Ray, Honorary Secretary from the Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment
Ecosystems-related solutions - Ms. Tungalag Ulambayar, Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Tourism Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Mongolia
Climate change and disaster risk reduction - Ms. Bernadia Tjandradewi, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific
Means of implementation - Mr. Jerry Velasquez, Director, Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, Green Climate Fund
Side Event: “How can Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Cities Contribute to Mitigating Climate Change?”
Preparation of the draft programme of work for 2020” by the secretariat – Statement - MMs. Zeynep Orhun Girard, Programme Planning Officer of Strategy and Programme Management Division on behalf of Mr. Adnan Aliani, Director of Strategy and Programme Management Division
Highlights of achievements of the Environment and Development subprogramme since the 4th CED – Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP
Presentation/briefing by the secretariat
Statements by the representatives of member States/IGO & UNOs/CSOs & academia
Agenda item 7: Other matters
Briefing by Committee Chair
Statements by the representatives of member States/IGO & UNOs/CSOs & academia
Sub-regional roadmap for implementing the global waste management goals towards addressing SDGs in South Asia, organized by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Expert Group Meeting on Urban Resilience for the Future of Asia Pacific Cities Report.
Benefits of enhanced transboundary water cooperation for ecosystems conservation.
Achieving the SDGs: How participation leads to sustainable outcomes
(a) Review and adoption of the draft report (Draft report of the Committee will be circulated by the secretariat for review by delegations around 1400 hours of the day)
(b) Closing of the Committee
• Closing remarks by Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP
• Closing remarks by the Chair of the Committee
Registration and identification badges
Electric plug and socket
Health and vaccination
Foreign currency declaration
Payment of hotel accounts
Transport from and to the Airport
Transport to attend meetings
Lost and Found
Safety and Security
The fifth session of the Committee on Environment and Development is scheduled to be held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), in Bangkok, from 21 to 23 November 2018.
The opening of the session will take place at 09.00 hours on Wednesday, 21 November 2018, in Conference Room 2, 2nd floor of UNCC. All subsequent meetings will also be held from 09.00 hours to 12.00 hours and 14.00 hours to 17.00 hours.
Delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials, communicating the name(s) and designation(s) of its delegation, to Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP, by email to [email protected] or fax at 662 288 1048, at their earliest convenience prior to 26 September 2018.
Members of delegations are kindly reminded to bring official identification with them, duly signed by the appropriate authorities of their respective Governments/Agencies/Organizations, and provide them to the Secretariat staff at the registration counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC along with a copy of the letter of credentials indicating their appointment to the delegation.
In order to enable more effective access control and speed up the screening by security personnel, photo badges will be used for meeting participants. These are requested to register and obtain meeting badges with photo at the registration counter, located on the ground floor of UNCC, on the opening day of the event, i.e. Wednesday, 21 November 2018 from 08.00 to 09.00 hours.
In conformity with standard United Nations security procedures, all participants must complete a mandatory online registration at https://meetings.unescap.org/. Participants are encouraged to complete this procedure well in advance of the meeting and no later than 15 October 2018. To facilitate the process, participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance.
Once the participants have registered online, they are requested to obtain meeting badges at the registration counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC. Badges may be picked up starting on from 08.00 hours to 09.00 hours. Participants who have not registered prior to arrival will be requested to complete a registration form before being allowed to participate in the session. Only the names of participants who are duly credentials and who have registered online will be included in the list of participants.
For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times when on the United Nations compound, and also during the meeting and at social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Conference Management Unit, located on the ground floor of the UNCC behind the registration counter, so that a new one can be issued immediately.
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.
Participants are REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate entry visa from the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General before entering to Thailand, EXCEPT for those nationals listed below.
List of countries and territories entitled for visa exemption and visa on arrival
The information below is valid as of 3 November 2017 by the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. Participants are responsible for checking any changes at: http://www.consular.go.th/main/contents/filemanager/VISA/Visa%20on%20Arrival/VOA_แก้ไข%2015-03-61.pdf
Participants who may need further assistance from UNESCAP on their visa application should contact [email protected] for necessary actions.
Participants who wish to apply for a visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (valid for 21 nationalities listed in the above table) should follow the below requirements:
NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of January 2018.
All participants are advised to consult with the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries regarding the latest applicable immigration requirements prior to their departure to Thailand.
The weather in Bangkok in November is warm and humid. Light tropical clothing is recommended. Some rain can be expected during the period. The conference rooms where the meetings are to be held are air-conditioned and the temperature is maintained in the range of 21-25.5 degrees Celsius (70-78 degrees Fahrenheit).
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.
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:
Thailand is currently experiencing ongoing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. 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 HQ 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 read the attached Zika virus FAQ.
First-aid and emergency medical service is available at the Medical Centre, which is located on the ground floor of the UNCC, during weekdays. The ESCAP Medical Officer and Nurse are available from 0730 to 1545 hours, with the exception of lunch time from 1200 to 1245 hours. Appointments may be made through extensions 1352 or 1761.
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.
The United Nations buildings are smoke-free areas. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas outside of the buildings.
Any person who brings or takes an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding US$ 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.
Currency exchange facilities are available at hotels and all over Bangkok. Such services are also available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, which is located on the first floor of the Service Building (telephone extension 2168). The Bank opens from 0830 to 1530 hours, with no lunch break, from Monday to Friday.
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 office located on the first floor, United Nations Conference Centre.
The following hotels, located relatively close to ESCAP, have been designated as recommended hotels for which the room rates indicated below are inclusive of service charge and value added tax.
Amari Watergate *****847 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
E-mail: [email protected]
Ms. Siriwan Sriprakhaow
Hotel Dé Moc ***
78 Prajatipatai Road, Bangkok
Tel: +66.2. 6292100-4
E-mail: [email protected]
Mr. Nakorn Saiyawong
Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel ****
269 Larnluang Road, Bangkok
E-mail: [email protected]
Ms. Benjarat Rusakul
([email protected] royalprincesslarnluang.com)
Ms. Ratchaneekrit Khankath
Trang Hotel ***
99/1 Wisutkasat Road, Bangkok
Ms. Thongtem Lerknawapairoj
Nanda Heritage Hotel ***
632 Wisut Kasat Road, Pranakorn Bangkok 10200
Mr. Kongpang Ounsri
Participants are requested to contact the hotel directly at least 10 working days in advance and provide the participant’s full name, date and time of check-in and check-out, flight numbers and contact details.
Rooms are available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Any cancellations, postponements or other changes should be notified to the hotel at least 48 hours in advance. Rooms not occupied in accordance with the latest advice will be held for 24 hours at the participant’s expense and then released.
The rates provided in the table are as of September 2018 and subject to change without notice. Please confirm the room rates with the hotel directly.
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 use, business center use, 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.
Participants should make their own transportation arrangements from Suvarnabhumi Airport or Donmuang International Airport to their respective hotels. Limousine, metered-taxi (with a sign marked Taxi-Meter on the roof) and bus services are readily available at the airport.
To avail themselves of the airport limousine service, it is strongly recommended that participants contact only 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 the second floor at Baggage Claim and Arrival Hall exits, channels A, B and C.
Counters for public taxis are located on the airport ground floor and are in the form of automated taxi kiosks with “touch-screen” activation. Vehicles are parked across from the kiosks below LCD panel indicating row numbers. Upon touch-screen activation, the kiosk will issue a paper slip indicating a row number where the assigned vehicle and its driver are waiting. The paper slip also indicates the car registration number and the driver’s name. It is recommended that passengers keep the paper slip until arrival at their destination. Fares for meter-taxis are charged according to the distance travelled and as shown on the meter with an additional 50 Baht surcharge for airport pickup. Additional toll fees will be charged if Expressway is used. It is strongly recommended that participants decline offers from private individuals.
18. Participants should make their own transport arrangements to and from the UNCC. Metered-taxis are readily available in the city.
Some hotels close to the United Nations building provide complimentary transport, according to fixed schedules, to and from the UNCC.
Free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of the UNCC. No password is required.
18. Catering services are available at the following locations:
Cafeteria, which serves Thai and international lunch, located on level 1 of UNCC, is open from 1100 to 1400 hours for lunch on Monday through Friday.
Canteen, which serves Thai lunch, located on the ground floor of the Service Building, is open from 0700 to 1300 hours on Monday through Friday.
Coffee Corner, which serves sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea and soft drinks, located on level 1, UNCC, is open from 0700 to 1700 hours.
Rajapruek Lounge, which serves light meals and beverages, located on the ground floor of the UNCC, is open from 0700 to 1700 hours on Monday through Thursday, and from 0700 to 2000 hours on Friday.
Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
(Name of delegate)
c/o ESCAP/EDD (CED)
United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
E-mail address: [email protected]
The secretariat has adopted a paperless approach to meetings. As a result, participants are expected to get acquainted with all the meeting documents prior to the meeting. Should participants wish hard copies of the documents, they are expected to bring them to the meeting. These documents will be made available prior to the session at https://www.unescap.org/intergovernmental-meetings/committee-environment-and-development-fifth-session
Participants wishing to circulate any papers or literature at the meeting are requested to consult staff from the secretariat servicing the meeting for the necessary arrangements.
In order to enhance accessibility to the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) for persons with diverse disabilities, whether visual, physical, brain lesions, hearing or speech impairments, a set of assistive devices are available upon request in a designated area at the Accessibility Centre, first floor, UNCC. For more information please email [email protected]
ESCAP Library facilities are available on the first floor, Service Building from 0730 to 1600 hours, Monday through Friday. For details on the use of the ESCAP Library facilities, please consult the staff on duty at the Library or call extensions 1329 and 1360. Further information about the ESCAP Library can be found at www.unescap.org/library .
Banking services are available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, located on the first floor of the Service Building, from 0830 to 1530 hours during weekdays. (telephone extension 2168).
Postal services are available at the Post Office, United Nations Branch, located on the ground floor of UNCC. It is open from 0800 to 1600 hours, Monday through Friday. The Post Office can be contacted at extensions 1260 and 2911.
The souvenir shop is located on the first floor of UNCC. It is open from 0800 to 1700 hours, Monday through Friday. The shop can be contacted at extension 1295.
The American Express Travel (AMEX) office is located on the first floor, United Nations Conference Centre, which is open from 0800 to 1700 hours weekdays. The AMEX office can be contacted at extensions 2820, 2821, 2822 and 2823.
Participants whose travel is sponsored by ESCAP will be provided with a daily subsistence allowance at prevailing United Nations rates in local currency. In order to facilitate the payment of subsistence allowance, eligible participants are requested to submit copies of the passport, boarding pass, the arrival/departure form together with their air tickets to the secretariat staff in the conference room.
Any participants who are unable to stay for the duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after arrival, so that the subsistence allowance can be adjusted accordingly.
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:
The UNCC floor plans are available on the UNCC website
A Lost and Found desk is located on the ground floor of the UNCC by the Security scanning area.
Prayer and meditation rooms are located on Level 2 of the UNCC by the stairway next to the main entrance of ESCAP Hall.
Security Control Centre (24/7): +66.2.2881102; +66.2.2881113
UN Security Emergency Number: +66.2.2881100
Thailand Emergency Numbers:
Police general emergency call: 191
Ambulance and rescue: 1554
Tourism Police: 1155
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