Programme for the Ministerial Dialogue

Sunday, 25 August 2013


14.00 – 17.00

Informal Consultations of Drafting Group at United Nations Conference Centre
Tentative programme
Meeting Room A

Monday, 26 August 2013


08.00 – 09.00

Registration
Registration Counter

09.00 – 10.00

OPENING SESSION OF THE MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE
Conference Room 2

Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Statement by Chairman of the 69th session of the Commission

  • H.E. Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste

Keynote Address and Opening Remarks

  • H.E. Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Asia-Pacific Launch of the Report of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

10.00 – 10.30

Coffee Break and Group Photo of Heads of Delegation

10.30 – 10.35
10.35 – 10.40

OPENING SESSION (continued)
Conference Room 2

Election of officers
Adoption of the agenda

10.40 – 12.30

SESSION I
Conference Room 2

Roundtable 1: The United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015 and the Sustainable Development Goals
(Moderator: H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Thailand)

Following an overview of the report of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda by Ms. Amina J. Mohammed (Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning and an ex-officio member of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda), the roundtable will review the key issues arising from the High Level Panel report and the ongoing Open Working Group discussions on the formulation of sustainable development goals. The roundtable will highlight the main areas of consensus emerging among governments and other stakeholders, as well as the key points at which there are divergent views. Panelists will share their views on the main opportunities for building consensus, and the key hurdles that must be overcome in order to formulate a unified development agenda with sustainable development at its core that can be upheld as truly universal and transformative by all stakeholders.

Panelists

  • Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning and an ex-officio member of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • H.E. Ms. Emilia Pires, Minister of Finance of Timor-Leste, Member of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, New York, Co-chair of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

Open Discussion

12.30 – 14.00

Ministerial Lunch hosted by H.E. Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand (by invitation only)
Public Foyer

14.00 – 16.15

SESSION II
Conference Room 2

Roundtable 2: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific – from the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015
(Moderator: Mr. Shun-ichi Murata, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP)

Following a presentation by ESCAP of its background paper on Asia-Pacific perspectives, the roundtable will review progress on the achievement of MDGs in Asia and the Pacific, and the lessons learned for the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015. The panel will identify and discuss key transformative shifts needed for the region to achieve development that is inclusive and sustainable. It will also identify and discuss the root causes of inequality and unsustainable development patterns. Panelist will also discuss the key ways in which development paradigms, regional cooperation and engagement with all stakeholders must evolve to support the necessary shifts in the region.

Panelists

  • Mr. Anisuzzaman Chowdhury, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, ESCAP
  • H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN
  • Mr. Stephen P. Groff, Vice-President for Operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, ADB
  • Ms. Yoke Ling Chee, Director, Third World Network
  • Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Chairperson of Toshiba (Thailand) Co.Ltd

Open Discussion

16.15 – 16.30

Coffee Break

16.30 – 17.30

SESSION III
Conference Room 2

Policy issues on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific on the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 and implications for the Sustainable Development Goals (statements by delegates)

18.00 – 20.00

Reception hosted by H.E. Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Vithes Samosorn, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Ayudhya Road, Bangkok

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


09.00 – 10.30

SESSION III (continued)
Conference Room 2

Policy issues on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific on the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 and implications for the Sustainable Development Goals (statements by delegates continued)

Drafting group meeting
Circulation of revised draft Declaration

Meeting Room A

10.30 – 10.45

Coffee Break

10.45 – 12.15

SESSION IV
Conference Room 2

Roundtable 3: From Vision to Action: Means of Implementation for sustainable development
(Moderator: H.E. Mr. Norachit Sinhaseni, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations)

Following an overview of key issues discussed at the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals in relation to means of implementation by Mr. David O’Connor (Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch of the UN Department Economics and Social Affairs), the roundtable will identify the key policy, institutional, technological and social innovations and processes required to implement a development agenda with sustainable development at its core. Members will share practical experiences regarding effective means of implementation, in particular policy innovations that promote investment in human and natural capital, integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development. Members of the roundtable will also provide practical strategies for building a global partnership for implementation of a transformative development agenda beyond 2015.

Panelists

  • H.E. Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh
  • Mr. David O’Connor, Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economics and Social Affairs
  • Mom Rajawongse Disnadda Diskul, Secretary-General of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation Under Royal Patronage
  • Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld, Chief Executive Officer of Thai Air Asia

Open Discussion

12.15 – 14.00

Luncheon Presentation: Raising Awareness for an Inclusive Development Agenda beyond 2015 hosted by H.E. Mr. Jullapong Nonsrichai, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
Reception Hall

  • H.E. Mr. Chaikasem Nitisiri, Minister of Justice of Thailand

14.00 – 17.00

SESSION V
Conference Room 2

Review and adoption of Declaration
Concluding remarks and closing

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


09.00 – 12.30

Study visit on sustainable development to the Chitralada Villa (Bangkok) to learn about the Royal Chitralada Agricultural Projects, an initiative of His Majesty the King
Tentative programme