Leaders convene at regional UN forum to discuss advancing empowerment and inclusion

The 75th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opens on 27 May 2019, with countries set to examine how empowerment and inclusion, achieved through sustainable and secure access to basic opportunities and a decent income, are fundamental factors for social mobility and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.

Held under the theme ‘Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,’ the annual session will comprise a ministerial segment from 27 to 28 May, and a senior officials segment from 29 to 31 May. The Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries will be held on 28 May.

What: 75th Commission Session of ESCAP
When: 27 to 31 May 2019
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

Monday, 27 May 2019
09:00 – 10:00
Opening of the 75th Commission Session
Officiated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Prime Minister of Cambodia H.E. Samdech Techo Hun Sen, President of the UN General Assembly H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés and UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana.

10:00 – 12:00
High-level Panel Discussion: Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

13:00 – 14:00
Side Event: Community empowerment and participatory policy planning to reduce tsunami and water-related disaster risk
Side Event: Advancing gender equality through the economic empowerment of women and girls: Key catalysts for innovative change
Side Event: The Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Tuesday, 28 May 2019
13:00 – 14:00
Side Event: Bangladesh’s experience in achieving Millennium Development Goals and actions towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals
Side Event: Gender equality and women’s empowerment and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Asia and the Pacific
Side Event: Expanding internet access for inclusive development

Wednesday, 29 May 2019
13:00 – 14:00
Side Event: India’s experience in Sustainable Development Goals and renewable energy
Side Event: Moving the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development Agenda Forward: Filling the Gaps Identified by the Midterm Review

Thursday, 30 May 2019
13:00 - 14:00
Side Event: Graduation, international support measures and leveraging inclusive and sustainable development

Friday, 31 May 2019
13:00 – 14:00
Side Event: The future of agri-food systems: innovative approaches to safety, environment, gender and youth

14:00 – 15:30
Adoption of the report and Closing of the session

Please note the above schedule is subject to change. The updated timetable is available at: https://www.unescap.org/commission/75/

Note to Editors

Media Accreditation

For media registration, please email the following information to [email protected] (First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number; Email Address; Mobile No; Organization/New Agency) as well as the latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo for printing the badge in advance.

Journalists interested in attending the opening ceremony should be at the UN Conference Centre by 08:30am to register.

Interview Requests and Media Enquiries

For individual interview requests with senior UN officials or delegates and other media enquiries, please contact:

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

Mr. Ricardo Dunn, Chief, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, T: (+66) 2288 1861/ E: [email protected]