Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), 19 - 21 May, Pattaya, Thailand

Whilst the Asia-Pacific region has had considerable success with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in reducing levels of poverty, it is still off track when it comes to hunger, health and sanitation. After the target date of 2015, there will be a significant ‘unfinished agenda.’ So how can we build a sustainable and inclusive development path for the future?

This central question will be deliberated by political leaders, civil society and the international community at the inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), to be hosted by the Government of Thailand and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Pattaya, Thailand from 19 to 21 May.

This high level political forum will focus on: developing strong regional inputs to inform global dialogue and decision-making, as well as national responses; identifying effective and inclusive means of implementation for a transformational development agenda; and defining the regional high level political forum processes to 2015 and beyond.

Highlights of the forum include a high-level roundtable on addressing the challenges of meeting the MDGs, a multi-stakeholder roundtable on integrating sustainable development and a special session on the rule of law. It will be preceded by a civil society consultation and a regional dialogue on technology facilitation.

WHAT: Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)
WHERE: Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand
WHEN: 19-21 May, 2014

  • Representatives of Member states, the donor community, evaluation networks and the United Nations
  • Dr. Shamshad Akhar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • H.E. Ms. Tomoko Ukishima, Parliamentary Vice Minister of the Environment, Japan
  • H.E. Ms Oyun Sanjaasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia
  • Hon. Prof. Tissa Vitarana, Senior Minister for Scientific Affairs, Sri Lanka

The tentative program can be found here: