Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development opens in Bangkok on 28 March - Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies

28-30 March 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will be held from 28 to 30 March in Bangkok, with more than 600 stakeholders set to review regional progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Themed ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies', this year’s APFSD will provide an opportunity for dialogue on the readiness of the region to identify resilience capacities needed to effect the transformations envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals). Interlinkages among these goals and the other SDGs will also be discussed.

Organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the forum will provide a platform for countries to share regional perspectives, support the presentation of their voluntary national reviews, and assess progress made on the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific ahead of the high-level political forum at the UN Headquarters in July this year.

APFSD will be preceded by the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development 2018as well as other pre-events including a regional workshop co-hosted with the Embassy of Sweden on “Building resilience through participation” and a capacity building workshop for countries submitting voluntary national reviews to the high-level forum.

What: 5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

Who: Ministers and high-level officials in the Asia-Pacific region, civil society representatives and key stakeholders

Where: UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

When: 28-30 March 2018

Media Highlights

Wednesday, 28 March

09:00-09:40 Opening ceremony

  • Welcome address by H.E. Dr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Minister for Interior and Minister of Planning and Development of Pakistan
  • Welcome address by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
  • Keynote address by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Video message from Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations

09:50-10:05 Photo opportunity with ministerial officials and speakers

10:15-12:00 High-level panel on “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”

13:30-15:00 Progress in the implementation of SDG17 and promoting means of implementation

15:00-18:00 Parallel roundtables for in-depth review of SDG 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15

18:15-19:15 High-level launch of the ESCAP/ADB/UNDP report Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies

Thursday, 29 March

09:00-10:30 Assessment of interlinkages across SDGs

10:30-12:00 National perspectives and progress through the lens of the Voluntary National Reviews

14:00-15:30 Review of the implementation of the Regional Roadmap for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

17:15-18:15 Launch of ESCAP/UNU-IAS Partnering for Sustainable Development: Guidelines for Multistakeholder Partnerships to Implement the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific

Friday, 30 March

10:30-11:30 Regional launch of the World Water Development Report 2018

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