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Bangkok - 18 May 2020

News Number: N/06/2020

Heads of State, senior government officials and other stakeholders from 62 countries will convene this week to coordinate stronger regional responses in addressing the significant socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hard hit the Asia-Pacific region. They will also review how these impacts may further affect the region’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.   

For the first time in history, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will also be hosting its two key annual regional meetings - the 7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) and the 76th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (CS76) – on a fully virtual platform.

Themed “Accelerating action for and delivery of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific”, delegates at the APFSD on 20 May will assess six entry points for the region to accelerate action to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, namely:  1. Human well-being and capabilities, 2. Sustainable and just economies, 3. Food systems and nutrition patterns, 4. Enhancing power grid connectivity to achieve affordable and clean energy for all, 5. Urban and peri-urban development and 6. Global environmental commons.

Meanwhile, high-level participants at CS76 on 21 May will delve into the theme “Promoting economic, social and environmental cooperation on oceans for sustainable development” as well as review proposals on coordinated regional action to contain and mitigate the effects of the global health crisis, and enable Asia-Pacific countries to build back better. The session is expected to culminate in two regional-level UN resolutions addressing both these areas.

Members of the media and public are invited to participate via the webcasts on https://www.youtube.com/unescap.

Highlights:

7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development
When:
20 May 2020, Wednesday, 0900 – 1530 (GMT+7)

Key speakers:  

  • H.E. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
  • H.E. Fidelis Magalhães, Minister for Legislative Reforms and Parliamentary Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
  • Ms. Amina J. Mohamed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Dr. David Nabarro, Professor of Global Health at Imperial College (London), and one of the Special Envoys to the World Health Organization on COVID-19
  • Professor Sohail Inayatullah, Inaugural UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies. Professor, Tamkang University, Associate at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne and the Metafutures School

Launch of the Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership Report “Fast-tracking the SDGs: Driving Asia-Pacific Transformations”
When: 20 May 2020, Wednesday, 1230 – 1325 (GMT+7)
Key speakers:

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Mr. Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB
  • Ms. Valerie Cliff, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Deputy Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub, UNDP
  • Professor Sohail Inayatullah, Inaugural UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies

76th Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
When: 21 May 2020, Thursday, 0900 – 1630 (GMT+7)
Key speakers:

  • H.E. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
  • H.E. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia
  • H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
  • H.E. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji
  • H.E. Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Tuvalu as Chair of Pacific Islands Forum
  • Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Ms. Inger Andersen, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director
  • Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

For media enquiries and individual interview requests with ESCAP spokespersons, 
please contact:


Ms. Kavita Sukanandan, Public Information Officer
Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP
T: (+66) 2 288 1869 / E: [email protected]
 

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