NY: UN Global Forum Focused on Asia-Pacific Outlook


The experiences and challenges of Asia-Pacific’s countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be emphasized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in high-level side events held alongside the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the fifth biennial meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) in New York next week.

Convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) the HLPF ministerial segment held from 18-20 July is the essential global forum for providing political leadership, guidance and recommendations on implementing the 2030 Agenda. The DCF held from 21-22 July will review the latest international development cooperation trends, bringing together policymakers, civil society organizations and private foundations.

On Monday 18 May, ESCAP and the Republic of Korea will hold a high-level panel discussion on ‘Financing for Development to Ensure No One is Left Behind,’ chaired by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, and the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN Mr. Oh Joon. The event will feature a discussion with ministers, private sector and civil society representatives on innovative financing sources, modalities and regional priorities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

ESCAP will hold a second side event on Tuesday 19 July, in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka on ‘Planning for an Inclusive Transformation.’ As recently appointed Chair of the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, Sri Lanka will bring United Nations agencies and stakeholders together for a high-level panel discussion to be opened by Dr. Akhtar and hosted by the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN Dr. Rohan Perera.

On Thursday 21 July, ESCAP will hold a third side event at the DCF in partnership the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (OHRLLS). The high level panel on ‘Adaptation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the role of development cooperation in Asia and the Pacific’ will review the importance of adapting national actions for achieving sustainable development. The event will be moderated by Dr. Akhtar and chaired by Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General of OHRLLS.

In addition, ESCAP will take in part several high-level dialogues at the HLPF including a side event on the ‘Data Revolution’ organized by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and a MinisterialPanel on the ‘Challenges of countries in special situations.’

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