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As a regional and inclusive preparatory event for the high-level political forum on sustainable development that will be held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in July 2018, the Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development will engage member States, United Nations bodies, other international organizations, major groups and other stakeholders in highlighting regional and subregional perspectives on the theme of the high-level political forum in 2018, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. The Forum will review in depth the cluster of Sustainable Development Goals to be discussed at the high-level political forum — Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnership for the Goals) — as well as the interlinkages within the cluster and with other Goals. The Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.
The event will be preceded by a civil society forum, capacity building workshop for countries submitting Voluntary National Reports to the HLPF, and other events.
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9:00-9:40 OPENING OF THE FORUM
Address by the Outgoing Chair
H.E. Dr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Federal Minister for Interior, Planning, Development and Reforms of Pakistan
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Ms. Joan Carling, Civil society representative
9:40-9:50 Election of the Bureau and adoption of the agenda
9:50-10:15 BREAK — Photo session and Pavilion of Partnership for Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies in Asia and the Pacific
10:15-12:00 SESSION 1: High-level Panel on “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
H.E. Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog, India
H.E. Dr. Alexander Bedritsky, Advisor to the President, special representative of the President on climate and sustainable development. Head of interagency working group on climate and sustainable development
H.E. Ms. Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers, Minister for Women Affairs, Social and Community Development, Samoa
H.E. Mr. Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture, Georgia
Mr. Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
Mr. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme
Dr Marie Lisa Dacanay, Civil Society representative
12:00-13:30 LUNCH BREAK — (Ministerial lunch)
12:00-13:30 SIDE EVENTS
13:30-15:00 SESSION 2: Progress in the Implementation of SDG17 and Promoting Means of ImplementationWebcast
H.E. Dr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Federal Minister for Interior, Planning, Development and Reforms of Pakistan
15:00-18:00 SESSION 3: Parallel Roundtables for In-depth Review of the SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15
09:00-10:30 SESSION 4: Assessment of Interlinkages across SDGs
Dr. Eun Mee Kim (Republic of Korea), Professor and Dean at the Graduate School of International Studies and the Director of the Institute for Development and Human Security at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Republic of Korea
Ms Caryl Anne Barquilla, Asia-Pacific Regional Representative, International Forestry Students Association (IFSA)
Professor Tony Wong, Chief Executive, Business, Cooperative Research Center for Water Sensitive Cities
10:30-12:00 SESSION 5: National Perspectives and Progress through the Lens of the Voluntary National Reviews
Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director Environment and Development Division, ESCAP
2016-2017-2018 VNR countriesWebcast
12:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
12:00-14:00 SIDE EVENTS
14:00-15:30 SESSION 6: Review of the Implementation of the Regional Roadmap for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP
15:30-17:00 SESSION 7: Partnerships for implementation of the SDGs
Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
Academia – Think-tanks:
Ms. Orakanoke Phanraksa, former co-chair of the Global Young Academy, Thailand
Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Vice Chairman, Newage Group of Industries, EBAC Executive Director
Mr. Kinley Dorjee, Mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan
Mr. Toily Kurbanov, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services
Ms. Urantsooj Gombosuren, Civil Society representativeWebcast
PAVILION OF PARTNERSHIP FOR TRANSFORMATION TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT SOCIETIES IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
14:00-15:00 Circulation of Draft report and Chairs’ Summary for review by delegations
15:00-16:00 Review and adoption of the draft report of the Forum
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
Financial & administrative
Lost and Found
Prayer and meditation rooms
Safety and Security
The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is scheduled to be held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), in Bangkok, from 28 to 30 March 2018.
The opening of the session will take place at 0900 hours on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, in Conference Room 1, 2nd Floor of UNCC. All subsequent meetings will also be held from 0900 hours to 1200 hours and 1400 hours to 1700 hours.
Members of Government delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials to Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division at their earliest convenience prior to 28 March 2018. Letters of credential should be addressed to the Executive Secretary of the ESCAP and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All participants should present official identification, duly signed by the appropriate authorities of their respective Governments/Agencies/Organizations, 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.
In order to enable more effective access control and speed up the screening by security personnel, ESCAP uses photo badges for meeting participants. These are requested to register and obtain meeting badges with photo at the registration counter, located on the ground floor, UNCC, from 0800 to 0900 hours on the opening day of the event. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. Only the names of duly registered participants will be included in the list of participants.
Participants are requested to register online and submit their photograph at https://meetings.unescap.org/events/apfsd2018/ well in advance, but no later than 20 March 2018, to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of photo badges and compilation of the list of participants. Prior online registration is mandatory in line with standard United Nations security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises. A document containing tips on completing the online registration on behalf of another participant can be accessed from the http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd5.
For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times during meetings, social functions and in the United Nations complex. 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.
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.
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.
*Above information is updated as of 17 November2017 by the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Participants holding UN Laissez-Passer (UNLP) travelling on official business to Thailand are REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate visa before entering.
To apply for an appropriate entry visa to Thailand, participants are required to contact the respective Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General for accurate information regarding visa application procedures and required documents. The list of Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General can be found at www.thaiembassy.org .
Participants who may wish to apply for a visa outside their country of residence or reside in a country where there is no Royal Thai Embassy/Royal Thai Consulate should check with the meeting organizer for the location where it is possible for them to apply for a Thai visa. Please note that certain nationalities, for security reasons, are not allowed to apply for a visa except at the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General which has jurisdiction over the concerned territory.
Participants who may need further assistance from UNESCAP on their visa application should contact the meeting organizer for necessary actions.
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:
NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of June 2017.
All participants are advised to consult with the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries regarding the latest applicable immigration requirements prior to their departure to Thailand.
Furthermore, in line with security procedures for United Nations staff, travel notification through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) is required prior to any official travel to a non-phase area. Upon notification of travel on TRIP, United Nations staff members will automatically receive an updated security advice for United Nations visitors to Thailand. Please visit https://dss.un.org to apply for this travel notification. United Nations staff is required to complete both the “BASIC SECURITY IN THE FIELD” and “ADVANCE SECURITY IN THE FIELD” training before travelling.
The weather in Bangkok is usually warm and humid. Light tropical clothing would be appropriate. The conference rooms where the meetings are to be held are air-conditioned and the temperature is maintained in the range of 23-24 degrees Celsius (73-75 degrees Fahrenheit).
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.
Upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who are nationals of or have traveled from/through countries listed below, which have been declared Yellow Fever infected areas, must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a valid Yellow Fever vaccination at the Health Control Office upon arrival before proceeding to immigration. A valid vaccination certificate means that the vaccine was administered at least 10 days prior to travel to the affected country. The International Health Certificate must also be submitted together with the visa application form.
The countries/areas listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas:
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.
In addition to the above, Medical Services Division at HQ advises that pregnant UN Personnel should not undertake duty travel or be relocated to countries/areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur. 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. For further information, please read the attached Zika virus FAQ.
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.
Any person who brings or takes an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding US$ 20,000 or its equivalent into or out of the Kingdom of Thailand shall declare such amount of foreign currency to a Customs Official. Failure to make such a declaration or making any false declaration to a Customs official is a criminal offence.
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 fourth floor of the Service Building.
The following hotels, located relatively close to ESCAP, have been designated as recommended hotels for which the room rates indicated below are inclusive of service charge and value added tax.
Amari Watergate *****847 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
Tel: +66.2.6539000 ext. 5107
Ms. Nannaphat Jiemrugeekul
Centara Grand at Central World *****
999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan,
Ms. Pathaipischa Isarangkun na Ayuttaya
Chatrium Riverside *****
28 Charoenkrung Road, Watprayakrai, Bangkholame, Bangkok 10120
Ms. Narumol Arunyagool
Ms. Salita Panitchpakdi
Need advance booking
Dusit Thani Hotel *****
946 Rama 4 Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel: +66.2.2009000 ext. 2909
Ms. Sachon Thiraprawat
Eastin Grand Sathorn *****
33/1 South Sathorn Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Mr. Kitisak Sawaddichai
Grand Centre Point Rajdamri *****
153 / 2 Soi Mahalek Luang 1 , Ratchadamri Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66.2.6705000 ext. 4785
Ms. Tarin Luechaikam
Grand Centre Point Terminal 21 *****
2 Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Ms. Sunisa Tanghom
Grand China Hotel ****
215 Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2249977, +66.2.2247997
Ms. Phet-Anong Naksuthi
Holiday Inn Ploenchit ****
971 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Ms. Sunisa Wattanapanyapitak
Hotel Dé Moc ***
78 Prajatipatai Road, Bangkok
Tel: +66.2. 6292100-4
Mr. Sonthi Saiklai
138 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110
Mr. Wuthiporn Naruemityarn
Marriott Courtyard ****
Mahadlekluang 1, Road, Ratchadamri Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Mr. Pumin Tippawan
Millennium Hilton *****
123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600
Ms. Siriwan Sheewathanakornkul
Nouvo City Hotel ****
2 Samsen 2, Samsen Road, Banglumphu, Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200
Tel: +66.2.2827500 ext. 0110
Mr. Adam Phadungsilp
Novotel Fenix Ploenchit ****
566 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Ms. Nalinthicha Waraphut
Plaza Athenee *****61 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.6508800 ext. 6211
Ms. Peenita Silapasuwan
Pullman Bangkok Kingpower *****
8 Rangnam Road, Kweag Thanon-Phayathai, Rachathewi, Bangkok
Ms. Darunee Khongbhakdee
Riva Surya – Bangkok ****
23 Phra Arthit Road
Ms. Thannaree Ketkaew
Royal Orchid Sheraton *****
2 Charoen Krung Road Soi 30 (Captain Bush Lane), Siphya, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Ms. Naruemon Sanguansap
Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel ****
269 Larnluang Road, Bangkok
Ms. Benjarat Rusakul
Shangri-La Hotel *****
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangkok
Ms. Thiptera Tanthasri
Siam @ Siam Design Hotel ****
865 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathum Wan,
Tel: +66.2.2173000 ext. 1103
Ms. Natkhanit Chirawacharanant
The Sukosol *****
477 Si Ayuthaya Road, Phayathai, Bangkok
Ms. Ratchaneekrit Khankath
Trang Hotel ***
99/1 Wisutkasat Road, Bangkok
Ms. Thongtem Lerknawapairoj
VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel *****
117/39-40 Phaya Thai Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
Ms. Waranya Thamprapasasdon
Participants are requested to contact the hotel directly at least 10 working days in advance and provide the participant’s full name, date and time of check-in and check-out, flight numbers and contact details.
Rooms are available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Any cancellations, postponements or other changes should be notified to the hotel at least 48 hours in advance. Rooms not occupied in accordance with the latest advice will be held for 24 hours at the participant’s expense and then released.
The rates provided in the table are as of January 2017 and subject to change without notice. Please confirm the room rates with the hotel directly.
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 Airport or Donmuang International Airport to their respective hotels. Limousine, metered-taxi and bus services are readily available at the airport. Detailed information about the respective airports can be found at http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com and http://www.donmuangairport.com/.
To avail themselves of the airport limousine service, it is strongly recommended that participants contact only the authorized officials at the counters located in the airport arrival zone. These officials will issue a ticket for the assignment of a limousine for transporting passengers to the desired destination, upon request. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport limousine service counters are located on the second floor at Baggage Claim and Arrival Hall exits, channels A, B and C. For public taxi, participants are advised to proceed to the first floor of the Passenger Terminal, between exit doors 4 and 7, outdoor area, where they will find automatic dispensing machines from which they can collect a queuing ticket for a public taxi. In addition to toll fees, there is a 50 Baht surcharge to be added to the meter charge from airport to the city. Please refer to the airport website noted above for details.
18. Participants should make their own transport arrangements to and from the UNCC. Metered-taxis are readily available in the city.
Some hotels close to the United Nations building provide complimentary transport, according to fixed schedules, to and from the UNCC.
Free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of the UNCC. No password is required.
18. Catering services are available at the following locations:
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.
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.
40. For information concerning the substantive preparations for the meeting, please visit www.unescap.org/events/apfsd5. For further information, please feel free to contact the secretariat at email@example.com or the following members of the secretariat:
For substantive preparation:
Overall APFSD:Ms. Katinka Weinberger
Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section (EDPS)
Environment and Development Division (EDD)
Mr. Riccardo Mesiano
Sustainable Development Officer, EDPS/EDD
Travel arrangements (sponsor participants/speakers):
Ms. Chanerin Maneechansook
Administrative Assistant, EDPS/EDD
Interagency collaboration and side events/ pavilion:
Ms. Aneta Nikolova
Environmental Affairs Officer, EDPS/EDD
Civil society events & participation:
Ms. Hitomi Rankine
Environmental Affairs Officer, EDPS/EDD
Ms. Aqira Bhatchayutmaytri
Team Assistant, EDPS/EDD
Participants are requested to bring with them copies of the meeting documents distributed by the ESCAP secretariat to their Governments/Agencies/Organizations prior to the session.
42. Documents for circulation or distribution at the session should be handed to the secretariat staff on duty at the meeting room. In accordance with the United Nations regulations for the control and limitation of documentation, the secretariat cannot undertake to process and/or reproduce documents or a statement submitted by individual delegations.
In order to enhance accessibility to the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) for persons with diverse disabilities, whether visual, physical, brain lesions, hearing or speech impairments, a set of assistive devices are available upon request in a designated area at the Accessibility Centre, first floor, UNCC. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, located on the first floor of the Service Building, from 0830 to 1530 hours during weekdays. (telephone 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. 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 fourth floor, Service Building, which is open from 0800 to 1700 hours weekdays. The AMEX office can be contacted at extensions 2820, 2821, 2822 and 2823 from phones located around the UNCC.
18. Participants whose travel is sponsored by ESCAP will be provided with a daily subsistence allowance at prevailing United Nations rates in local currency. In order to facilitate the payment of subsistence allowance, eligible participants are requested to submit copies of the passport, boarding pass, the arrival/departure form together with their air tickets to the secretariat staff in the conference room.
Any participants who are unable to stay for the duration of the meeting are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible after arrival, so that the subsistence allowance can be adjusted accordingly.
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
The Forum will be preceded by related events for which separate registration and application will be required, and which may be held outside of the UNCC. Please consult the meeting website and separately issued information notes, for information regarding these events, ensure that you are properly registered for those of interest, and also that your travel itinerary and conditions for participation are clear. These events include the Asia-Pacific People's Forum on Sustainable Development, 25-27 March 2018. For details, please see www.unescap.org/events/apcsfsd5.
The objective of this year's Pavilion is to provide additional informal space for member States, civil society, UN agencies and other stakeholders to share good practices for integrated and inclusive approaches for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including with a focus on the cluster of SDGs (6,7,11,12,15 and 17) to be reviewed in-depth at the 2018 high-level political forum on sustainable development. For more details, please see http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd5
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