Annual high-level UN Commission session to examine inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific

The 74th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opens on 11 May 2018, with countries set to discuss how addressing inequalities of opportunity in the region, such as access to health, education, food security, water and sanitation, can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Comprising two parts, the annual session will include the senior officials segment from 11 to 12 May, in preparation for the ministerial segment, which will be held from 14 to 16 May at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok.

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs have raised new opportunities to tackle the issue of inequality, including a stand-alone goal to reduce inequality within and among countries, with a pledge that no one would be left behind.

Held under the theme: ‘Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,’ this session will have a strong focus on addressing the underlying and emerging drivers of rising inequalities in Asia and the Pacific, and will discuss policy lessons to help build more inclusive and equitable societies in the region.

What: 74th Commission Session of ESCAP
When: 11 to 16 May 2018
Where: UN Conference Centre Rajadamnern Nok Ave, Bangkok, Thailand
Who: Heads of State, Heads of Government, Senior Ministers and Officials from the Asia-Pacific region

Media Highlights

Friday, 11 May 2018

09:00 - 09:30 Opening of the senior officials segment
12:00 – 13:00 Side event – Making it happen: Well-being for all

Saturday, 12 May 2018

12:00 – 13:00 Side event – Rethinking regional integration for landlocked developing countries

Monday, 14 May 2018

09:00 - 11:45 Opening of the ministerial segment
12:00 - 13:00 Side event – Breaking the inequality trap towards sustainable graduation: Perspectives from Bangladesh and the region
13:00 - 14:00 Side event – Disaster information management and sustainable development
14:00 - 17:00 High-level dialogue on inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

09:00 - 12:00 High-level dialogue on inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda
12:00 - 13:00 Side event - Universal access to disaster early warning information: Perspectives from the Pacific
13:00-14:00 Side event - Ageing in our region: Challenges and opportunities
14:00 - 17:00 High-level dialogue on multilateralism in Asia-Pacific to promote inclusive economic and social development in the region and its contribution to global economic governance

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

09:00 - 12:00 High-level dialogue on frontier technological innovation: Policies to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs
15:00 - 17:00 Adoption of the report of the Commission & Closing session

Note to Editors
Please note the above schedule is subject to change. The timetable is available on the ESCAP website at:

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