Committed to Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All

In Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC



Trade and Development Regional Forum and Expo 2020


The 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements

(TDRF & GFHS 2020)

 Theme: Global Green New Deal to Achieve the SDGs -
Green City, Healthy People and Blue Economy

 Bangkok, Thailand

Time: tbc



I. Introduction

2020 is a crucial year, as we enter a decade of action on the Sustainable Development Goals, and as we ask for more urgency and ambition on climate change. A networked and inclusive multilateralism will help us overcome the challenges of our current era. UN Secretary-General emphasized at opening of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly. 2020 also marks the 15th anniversary of Global Forum on Human Settlements which has been dedicating to make sustainable cities and human settlements for all.

Worlds cities remain as the keybattlegroundto fight climate change, eradicate poverty, safeguard ecosystem, and boost green growth for improving human welfare, thereby achieving theSustainable Development Goals.Therefore, making cities and human settlements safer, greener, smarter, more resilient and inclusive will lead us onto the path of hope for a sustainable and prosperous future.

In line with this global consensus and specific circumstance in Asia Pacific Region, Trade and Development Regional Forum and Expo 2020 & The 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (TDRF & GFHS 2020) will be convened in Bangkok, Thailand, themed as Global Green New Deal to Achieve the SDGs - Green City, Healthy People and Blue Economy.

Dignitaries from Thailand and related countries, senior officials from UN and concerned international organizations, mayors of leading cities, leaders of multinational enterprises, and well-known experts and scholars will join approximately 800 delegates from around the world in deliberating sustainable solutions for green city, healthy people and blue economy.

II. Institutional Framework


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD), Ministry of Commerce, Government of Thailand

Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS)


In Collaboration With (tentative):

Ministry of Commerce (MOC), Government of Thailand

Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Government of Thailand

Ministry of Industry (MOI), Government of Thailand

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Government of Thailand

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Government of Thailand

Ministry of Energy (MOE), Government of Thailand

Ministry of Transport (MOT), Government of Thailand

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

World Urban Campaign (WUC)

United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

International Ocean Institute (IOI)

Global One Belt One Road Association (GOBA)

China Research Society of Urban Development (CRSUD), etc.


III. Objectives

The forum aims to provide a valuable global platform for high-level dialogue and sharing of innovative approaches, strategies, technologies and successful local experiences in promoting sustainable cities and human settlements. The forum seeks to offer practical solutions to how cities should be planned, designed, financed, developed, governed and managed in order to make themselves inclusive, green, resilient and smart, thus improving the quality of life in cities and communities. In addition, the forum is designed to strengthen capacity building, cultivate new type partnerships, foster urban innovation, accelerate effective actions, and to drive progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

The forum is also dedicated to promoting all-round development of the blue economy through discussions on healthy oceans and sustainable development of coastal areas. Furthermore, the event will facilitate trade partnership between different countries and regions and contribute to pragmatic cooperation in the context of theBelt and Road Initiative.


IV. Content

The three-day event consists of two major parts: forum discussions and thematic exposition. The forum will include an opening ceremony, keynote speech, high-level dialogue, parallel sessions, marketing meetings, recommendations and summaries, closed consultation for financing and cooperation, reception and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards Ceremony 2020. Simultaneous interpretation between English, Chinese and Thai will be provided throughout the forum.


V. Scope and Key Issues

The detailed issues to be addressed are as follows:

1. Synergistically implement SDG 11, SDG 3 and SDG 14 at local level

2. Coastal ecological restoration and sustainable urban development

3. Improving urban resilience and addressing climate change

4. Smart, sustainable cities and communities

5. Intelligent prefabricated building and home

6. International Green Model City Initiative: Inclusive, Smart, Resilient, and Carbon-neutral Cities

7. Achieving smart green city through low-carbon intelligent transport system

8. Financing for resilient urban infrastructure

9. Blue economy and green growth

10. Blockchain technology and urban governance

11. Renewable energy system for carbon-neutral cities

12. Circular economy and resource efficiency

13. Marketing and trend on aquaculture 2020

14. Gender in aquaculture & fisheries related to trade, etc.


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