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The fifth session of the Committee on Transport will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 19 to 21 November 2018. The Committee will (i) emphasize the significant contribution that sustainable transport can make to society in its effort to attain the targets set out in the 2030 Development Agenda, and (ii) focus on aspects of transport policies and initiatives promoted by the Commission to move towards sustainable forms of transport. It will also provide member States and associate members of ESCAP with a forum to exchange views and discuss matters of strategic importance to meet major requirements in the transport sector.
Following the meeting delegations attended filled out questionnaires regarding the session. A summary of the results is available for download.
(a) Opening of the session (webcast)
(b) Election of officers
(c) Adoption of the agenda
(f) Improving road safety in Asia and the Pacific;
(a) Facilitating transport and logistics in the era of Sustainable Development; and
(b) Framework on enhancing efficiency of railway border crossings along the Trans-Asian Railway Network and beyond
(c) Development and operation of dry ports of international Importance.
(d) Developments in transport infrastructure connectivity (2014-2018) in the era of the 2030 Development Agenda; and
(e) Assessment of urban transport systems and services
Agenda Item 4 Consideration of future programme focus
Agenda Item 5 Consideration of draft resolutions and decisions for submission to the Commission at its seventy-first session
Agenda Item 6 Other matters
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
Daily subsistence allowance
Safety and Security
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is organizing the following events:
* Please note that the workshop is only for member States that are members of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway networks.
Delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials to Mr. Weimin Ren, Director, Transport Division, ESCAP, United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, Fax: (66-2) 288-1067, 288-3050, at their earliest convenience prior to 1 October 2018.. Letters of credential should be addressed to the Executive Secretary of the ESCAP and emailed to [email protected]
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.
Participants are requested to register and obtain a visitor’s badge with ID picture on the first day of the meeting, i.e. Monday, 19 November 2018 between 08.00 hours and 09.00 hours. This is done at the Registration Counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so immediately upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. This procedure is important for security reason and will also ensure that all participants’ names appear on the list of participants.
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 1 October 2018. To facilitate the process, participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance.
For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times when on the United Nations compound, and also during the meeting and at social functions. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Conference Management Unit, located on the ground floor of the UNCC behind the registration counter, so that a new one can be issued immediately.
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 17 November 2017. 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 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:
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).
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.
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.
Countries listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas. As a result, upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who have traveled from or through one of these countries must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a yellow fever vaccination.
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.
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.
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.
Participants may bring into Thailand some foreign currency for a total amount of up to US$20,000 in the form of traveller's cheques, drafts, letter of credit or other banking instruments which may be exchanged for Thai currency at the prevailing exchange rates.
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 of the United Nations Conference Centre.
Hotel rooms have been block booked for meeting participants at the Royal Princess Hotel Larn Luang. (http://www.royalprincesslarnluang.com/). To confirm your booking, please kindly contact the hotel directly referring the name of the meeting and that you’re the UN meeting participant for a special price including a shuttle bus service. The address of the hotel is
In English language
Royal Princess Hotel
269 Larn Luang Road
Tel. (662) 2813088
In Thai language
โรงแรม รอยัล ปริ๊นเซส
269 ถนนหลานหลวง กรุงเทพ
โทร (662) 281 3088
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 International Airport to the Royal Princess Hotel (see paragraph 10 on accommodation). Limousine services, public taxis (with a sign marked Taxi-Meter on the roof) and bus services are readily available at the airport. More detailed information about the airport can be found at http://www.airportsuvarnabhumi.com/.
Limousine services and public taxis are booked at specific counters. Counters for officially-licensed limousine services are located in the luggage pickup area of the arrival terminal. The fixed-charge payment is made at the counter where a staff will assign a vehicle.
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 (see annex 2). 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. For ease of communication with taxi drivers, the name and address of the Royal Princess Hotel is indicated below in both English and Thai languages. A map is attached as annex 3 to the present note.
The Royal Princess Hotel provides free transportation for the participants once in the morning to come to ESCAP and once in the afternoon to return to the hotel. The pick-up times will be according to the schedule of each day. Participants are invited to contact the reception to inquire about the exact time of departure. In the afternoon, pick-up will be at the end of each afternoon session outside the UNCC at ground floor level.
Participants can also choose to come to ESCAP using local transportation. Public taxis are numerous and can be picked up outside the hotels. Please note that the Royal Princess Hotel is within walking distance of ESCAP (10 to 15 minutes).
Participants who choose to stay at another hotel are responsible for making their own transport arrangements to the UNCC and back.
Participants are responsible for settling all hotel bills upon checkout, including room charges and other miscellaneous expenses such as local and long-distance telephone calls, internet use, business center use, laundry, hotel transportation services, mini-bar items, as well as restaurant and bar services.
Free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of the UNCC. No password is required.
Catering services are available at the following locations:
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.
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.
Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
(Name of delegate)
c/o Mr. Weimin Ren
ESCAP, United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Fax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000
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 www.unescap.org/events/committee-transport-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.
Information on accessibility support available for persons with disabilities at UNCC is available on the UNCC website.
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 United Nations Branch of Siam Commercial Bank, located on the first floor of the Service Building, from 0830 to 1530 hours, Monday through Friday. The Bank can be contacted at 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. Services for overseas telephone calls and fax transmission are also available at the post Office at government regulated rates. 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 1st floor, Service Building, next to the Siam Commercial Bank.. The AMEX office is open from 0800 to 1700 hours weekdays and can be contacted at extensions 2820, 2821, 2822 and 2823.
ESCAP does not provide financial assistance for participation in the 5th session of the Committee on Transport. However, it does cover the travel expenses of officials participating in the workshop on cross-border co-deployment of fibre optic infrastructure along road and rail networks. In that regard, the following shall apply:
Depending on which of the above applies, participants whose travel is sponsored (or partly sponsored) by ESCAP will receive a DSA to cover all costs associated with their participation in the meeting, including accommodation, meals and local transport while in Bangkok. A voucher to be cashed at the bank located on the ESCAP premises will be given to participants. Participants will receive their vouchers against submittal of a copy of their passports, copy of their air-tickets and the original boarding pass(es) for the flight(s) to Bangkok. To facilitate the issuance of vouchers, eligible participants are kindly requested to come with read-made copies of their passports. To date, the DSA for Bangkok is Thai Baht 7,150 (about US$ 216). Please note that this amount is subject to change without prior notice.
Participants who are unable to stay for the entire duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after their arrival so that the DSA can be adjusted accordingly.
In those cases where the participation costs are borne by ESCAP, the secretariat will provide only travel and DSA as expressed and will not assume responsibility for any other expenditures, including the following:
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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