ASIA-PACIFIC MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE: FROM THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS TO THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT AGENDA BEYOND 2015.
Bangkok, Thailand, 26-28 August 2013
The APMD was held at the headquarters of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok from 26-28 August 2013.
Convened by the Royal Thai Government with the support of ESCAP, the APMD marked the first regional Ministerial-level event to discuss the United Nations post-2015 development agenda following the release of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons report.
The APMD was attended by one Head of Government (Prime Minister of Timor Leste), one Deputy Prime Minister (Thailand), several Ministers, civil society and private sector representatives, representatives of regional and subregional organizations, and representatives of UN bodies and agencies.
In her opening address, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, affirmed the region's role in shaping the post-2015 agenda: " Now is the opportunity for the Asia-Pacific region to lead on sustainable development", she noted.
The opening session of the APMD also witnessed the official Asia-Pacific launch of the High-level Panel's report on "A new Global Partnership: Eradicate poverty and transform economies through sustainable development". Ms. Emilia Pires, Minister of Finance of Timor Leste and member of the High-level Panel, and Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Planning and ex-officious member of the High-level Panel, presented the report to the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and to H.E. Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister of Timor Leste and Chair of the ESCAP Commission.
Much discussion during the APMD centered on the key transformative shifts outlined in the report: leaving no one behind; putting sustainable development at the core of the development agenda; transforming economies for jobs and inclusive growth; building peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all, and forging a new global partnership.
The APMD was preceded by a two day meeting: the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Consultation on a Just and Transformative Development Agenda, jointly organized by ESCAP and the Campaign for People's Goals for Sustainable Development in partnership with several other civil society organizations.
On its final day, the APMD adopted a Ministerial Declaration (which was the subject of several earlier consultations at regional and subregional levels), and the outcome of the Dialogues will be shared with the Open Working Group of the UNGA on Sustainable Development Goals as an input from the Asia- Pacific region.