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2nd Regional meeting Asia and Pacific region June 2015

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Caroline Garcia7 September 2015

The second regional meeting of the Policy Forum on Development (PFD) was held in Bangkok on the 24th and 25th of June. The meeting mobilized more than 60 representatives from civil society organisations (CSOs) and associations of Local Authorities (LAs) from the Asia and Pacific region, the private sector, regional institutions and representatives from the European Commission, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Thailand and EU Member States. 

In the agenda below you will find links to single documents (PDF PPT) or group of documents (ZIP compressed file) corresponding to background information shared prior the Forum or to presentations held during the Forum.

See here the list of participants. 

AGENDA

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Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Policy Forum on Development
Meeting of the Asia and Pacific region

Preparatory Day Agenda

Venue: Hotel Meridien
Room Star 29
Level 29 of Hotel building

Tuesday 23 June 2015

08.30 - 09.00

Registration

 

Welcome and Chair, Michel Laloge, DG DEVCO

09.00 - 11.30

The EU and the Policy Forum

Goal of the session: To give an overview of the EU and how it works and the PFD

  • Global Presentation of the EU and its institutions: Carlos Schubert, TA (90')
  • Presentation of the PFD, including tools: Salima Chitalia, DEVCO (60')

Q&A

 

Coffee Break

09.00 - 11.30

Post-2015 development agenda: key issues and challenges in achieving development justice

Goal of the session: To give participants background on key issues in the post-2015 development agenda process

Presentation of key issues and challenges in achieving development justice: Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator of APWLD

Q&A

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch (3rd floor)

13.30 - 17.00
with coffee break

Developing key messages for the PFD

Goal of the session: To discuss and agree on key messages to be put forward during the PFD meeting

  1. CSO and LA caucuses: discussion on key messages to bring to the PFD
  2. SO and LA Combined Plenary: consensus on key messages – form small group: CSO/LA to work on the language.

Q&A

Policy Forum on Development
Meeting of the Asia and Pacific region

Bangkok, 24-25 June 2015

Plaza Athénée Bangkok (Royal Méridien Hotel)
61 Wireless Road, Bangkok
Room Star 29
Level 29 of Hotel building

Wednesday 24 June 2015

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08.00 - 08.45

Registration

09.00 - 09.45

Welcome & Opening Session

  • Ms. Luisa Ragher, Deputy Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand Representative of the City of Bangkok/national representative, tbc
  • Ms. Maria-Theresa Nera-Lauron, Member of the PFD Task Team, on behalf of CSOs
  • Mr. Anwar Hussain, Member of the PFD Task Team, on behalf of LAs

Chair: Mr. Michel Laloge, European Commission, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

Formal opening session with projection of video on 2015, the European Year of Development

09.00 - 09.45

Session 1: The EU's engagement with CSOs and LAs

Chair: DG DEVCO

Goal: To understand how the EU engages with CSOs and LAs

Session 1 Background Documents ZIP compressed file (206.94 KB) | (FR) | (ES) - or download each individual item under background documents

1. The Policies

2. The CSO-LA Multi-Indicative Programme (2014-2020) PDF (515 KB), presentation and state of play

Followed by Q&A

11.00 - 11.30

Official group photo and Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00

Session 2: The Global Scene

Moderators: Mr Rayyan Hassan, NGO Forum on ADB and Ms. Violeta Seva, Senior Advisor, Makati City Government

Session 2 Background Documents ZIP compressed file (9.46 MB) - or download each individual item under background documents

2.1 Update on the 2015 process: Where we are now, what are the issues and next steps?

Goal: To understand the state of play of the post-2015 agenda process and address some of the challenges of implementations

Introduction: State of play of the 2015 process - Setting the scene and update on the process, including the Zero Draft PDF (1.1 MB), Mr. Riccardo Mesiano, Environmental Affairs Officer, Environment and Development Policy Section, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (15')

2.2. Panel discussion: Voices from the region: what are the issues, challenges, opportunities of the post-2015 process?

Interactive panel, moderated by Ms. Teresa Nera-Lauron (45')

Goal: To hear from regional actors regarding the key challenges and opportunities of the post-2015 development agenda, including in light of Zero Draft

Panellists

    • Civil society inclusion and participation: The experience of the Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism: Ms. Kate Lappin
    • The SDGs and FFD: Ms. Erin Palomares, ROA-AP
    • Human-rights based approach to development: Mr. Harsh Jaitli, VANII
    • Cooperatives, Mr. Balu Iyer, Regional Director, ICA-AP
    • The perspective of Local Governments in ASPAC region, Mr. Kesarralal Gunasekera, Deputy Mayor, Dehiwela Mt. Lavinia, Sri Lanka
    • Private Sector, Mr. Abdul Wahab Abu Bakar, Malaysian Employers Federation

Questions to the panellists (20')

13.00 - 14.30

Lunch (Grand Hall 2nd floor)

14.30 - 16.00

session to continue with video-link

2.1 Update on the 2015 process: Where we are now, what are the issues and next steps?
Chair: Mr. Michel Laloge, DG DEVCO

Goal: To understand the state of play of the post-2015 agenda process and address some of the challenges of implementations

  1. Recap from panel by Panel Moderator (10')
  2. Update on the European Union and Post-2015, including the latest Council Conclusions PDF (416 KB), Mr. Michael Ellis, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Brussels (20')
    Followed by Q&A (10')
  3. Introduction to the European Report on Development (ERD), Ms. Miriam Cue Rio, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Brussels (5')
  4. The challenge of implementation, issues arising from the European Report on Development (ERD) PDF (1.77 MB), Combining Finance and Policies to implement a transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda, Mr. James Mackie, ERD research team, Brussels (20')

Followed by Q&A (15')

Wrap up of Session 2.1

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee Break

14.30 - 16.00

session to continue with video-link

2.1 Climate Change and COP 21: State of play, EU position and Regional view
Panel moderator: Mrs. Aizhamal Bakashova, PA Shazet

Goal: To hear an update on the preparation for the COP21 and the viewpoints of both EU and regional actors on where we are in addressing climate change issues

Speakers

Followed by Q&A (15')

 

Welcome Dinner - Social Event & Networking (Grand Hall*)

Thursday 25 June 2015

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09.00 - 11.00

2.4 Group discussions

Goal of the session: To allow in-depth discussions around the key regional issues in the post-2015 agenda, as identified by participants

Each group will be a mix of CSO and LA actors with balanced representation from sub-region and actor

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee Break and Wrap up by rapporteurs

Workshop A: Economic pillar of Sustainable Development PDF (118 KB)

Workshop B: Social pillar of Sustainable Development PDF (118 KB)

Workshop C: Environmental pillar of Sustainable Development PDF (118 KB)

Workshop D: Means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda: how to tackle systemic issues and finance the SDGs? PDF (124 KB)

Questions to be asked:

  • Success stories or positive experiences amongst members/participants
  • Key factors that determine or impede advancement of the issue
  • What needs to happen to encourage these factors or turn the factors into practice

11.30 - 12.30

Reporting back by rapporteurs

11.30 - 12.30

Lunch (Grand Hall 2nd floor)

11.30 - 13.00

Session 3: The EU in Asia and the Pacific- Regional programmes PDF (833 KB)

Moderators: Ms. Emelina Santos, National Confederation of Cooperatives and Mr. Namgay Tshering, Deputy Mayor, Thimpu

Goal: To learn about major programs of the EU in the region

    1. The EU cooperation with the ASEAN PDF (2.04 MB), Ms. Jenni Lundmark (10')
    2. Working with CSOs, the experience of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) PDF (1.12 MB), Ms. Sunkyoung Lee, Deputy Director of ASEF's Political and Economic Department (10')

      Intervention from the floor

    3. SWITCH-Asia programme PDF (661 KB) promoting sustainable consumption and production, Ms. Sutthiya Chantawarangul, EU Delegation to Thailand (10')
    4. The EU Blending Mechanisms PDF (1.1 MB), Mr. Jean-François Miche and Ms. Nuria Rodriguez-Aller, DG DEVCO, via video conference from Brussels (15')
    5. The perspective of Local Governments in ASPAC region, Mr. Kesarralal Gunasekera, Deputy Mayor, Dehiwela Mt. Lavinia, Sri Lanka
    6. Information point: The EU Garment Initiative PDF (349 KB), Ms. Chloé Allio and Ms. Ruth Hoekstra, DG DEVCO, via video conference from Brussels (5-7')

Each presentation followed by short Q&A

15.00 - 15.15

Coffee Break

15.15 - 16.45

Group discussions by sub-regions (South Asia, South East Asia, Pacific)

Goal: In reaction to the previous discussions, allow participants time to work together to suggest how to improve working relations with the EU.

Questions:

  1. How can CSOs and LAs work together on the changes identified in the morning?
  2. What can the EU do to support the work of CSOs and LAs in the region in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda?
  3. How can the PFD champion the work of CSOs and LAs in the region?

16.45 - 17.30

Reporting back

11.30 - 13.00

Final conclusions & Closing session

  • Ms. Bernadia Tjandradewi, Secretary General, UCLG Asia Pacific, on behalf of Local Authorities
  • Mr. Antonio Tujan, Director, IBON International and Member of the PFD Task Team, on behalf of CSOs
  • Mr. Michel Laloge, DG DEVCO

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