Travel Diaries 3: Attended a Workshop at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

PART 1 OF 2 

I went to Bangkok last week to participate in a two-day workshop at the UN Conference Center.  This is one of the greatest opportunities as far as my career in the government is concerned.  The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) sponsored my round-trip airfare, other travel fees, and daily subsistence allowance (DSA).  I was one of the seven (7) representatives from the Philippines.  Other participants came from the cities of Muntinlupa, Sta. Rosa (Laguna), and Naga. 

The Workshop on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asian and Pacific Cities was conducted on November 30 to December 1, 2016.  The workshop which gathered government officials and other representatives from various cities across the region, highlighted dialogues for collaborative action and knowledge sharing towards a localized implementation of the 2030 agenda.

The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.  It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.  We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimension, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda.  They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and complete what the local government did not achieve. Source:

The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform, a web-based online platform with the aim to promote and support regional knowledge sharing and cooperation for sustainable development, was officially launched during the Workshop. 

Event Photos:

Panelists for the Introductory Session (Session 1 of 7)

"Our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities" - Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

Delegates from the Philippines

Panelists during the Special Lunch Event for Workshop participants - "From Planning to Practice: Urban Nexus as a means of Implementing the 2030 Agenda" 

Thank you, City Government of Makati, and UN ESCAP for this amazing experience.  I found the workshop helpful in carrying out my duties and responsibilities as an employee. By the way, I had the chance to visit some of Bangkok most-visited sites the day before my flight. More of that in a separate blog post. 

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