Seventeenth Session of the Governing Council of APCICT/ESCAP

09 November 2022, 13:30 PM - 16:30 PM | By invitation only

Seoul, Intercontinental Seoul COEX Hotel

The Seventeenth Session of the APCICT Governing Council was held on 9 November 2022 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. 

It brought together the eight Council members elected by the Commission during its 78th Session for a three-year term (2022-2025) - Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Thailand - in addition to the Republic of Korea, host country. The Council reviewed the administration, financial status and progress of implementation of the Centre’s programmes.  

The meeting discussed how the Centre can enhance the delivery and impact of its capacity building programmes in the region. The Council also provided advice and strategic direction on the Centre's workplan for 2023. 


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COVID-19 Protocol at the UN Conference Centre, Bangkok



  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and how to manage it.
  • Complete the online self-declaration form prior to entering the UN ESCAP premises, sharing emergency contact details and certifying that:
    • you have not tested COVID-19 symptoms in the last 10 days
    • you have not had symptoms consistent with COVID -19 in the last 10 days
    • you have not had any close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • you accept to comply with the COVID-19 infection prevention measures in place
  • Upon submission of the above-mentioned online self-declaration form, you will receive a clearance email from ESCAP team. You will be asked to show this email when picking up your meeting badge at the (UNCC) Registration Desk.
  • Ensure that you have your health insurance card or information with you at all times.
  • Stay at home or in your accommodation if you or your household feels unwell, develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • All personnel entering the United Nations ESCAP premises in Bangkok, whether on foot or using their own transport, are subject to thermal screening at all entrances. This is done through self-screening using stationary thermal scanners situated in various access points. If a person has a temperature of >37.3oC, s/he should not enter the UN ESCAP premises.



  • Follow instructions as provided by the Organizer and the support staff on the ground, especially through the video on COVID-19 for meeting participants at UNCC and signages.
  • Wear face masks all the time except when they take the floor to speak in the respective conference/meeting room and sit on designated areas and keep physical distancing of 1.5-meter.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently – after coughing, before preparing food or eating, after toilet use, after contact with ill persons, and during exposure to high traffic public areas.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • If you feel unwell while in the meeting, do not ignore – report immediately to the meeting organizer.


When feeling unwell while in the UN ESCAP premises: Anyone who develops a fever and/or respiratory symptoms while already within the UN premises is advised to call any medical service staff at ext. 1352/1353/1761 during business hours, for further guidance. After business hours, they are advised to call the UN Medical Officer at 02 288 1353 for further guidance. In case of a medical emergency within the ESCAP premises, they are advised to call UN Security at 02 288 1102/1120 for assistance in calling an ambulance.


I have an important role or presentation to make, and I am unwell. What should I do?

You should not attend the meeting. Speak with the organizers to have a back-up plan activated such as a videorecorded message, videoconference arrangements etc.

Another participant is coughing and unwell. What should I do?

The first step is to keep your distance, at least 1.5 meters, from them. If appropriate, encourage the person to avoid others and to seek advice from the Medical Services Unit.

Should I or other participants who are well wear face masks?

YES, it is mandatory to wear face masks all the time except when you are taking a floor to speak in a conference/meeting room or when you are consuming food/drinks in catering venues. On these occasions, you need to keep a good physical distance from others.

Is there other information available?

Yes. The information provided in this brief is enough to manage most concerns. However, for further information, we advise that you refer only to reputable and up to date sources. We encourage you to review the ‘Travel Advice’ and ‘Protect Yourself’ sections in the World Health Organization website which is constantly updated to reflect the most recent information.

WHO COVID-19 Webpage -
UN COVID-19 Staff Webpage -

Health and vaccination

Upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who are nationals of or have traveled from/through countries listed below, which have been declared Yellow Fever infected areas, must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a valid Yellow Fever vaccination at the Health Control Office upon arrival before proceeding to immigration. A valid vaccination certificate means that the vaccine was administered at least 10 days prior to travel to the affected country. The International Health Certificate must also be submitted together with the visa application form.

The countries/areas listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas:

  1. Angola
  2. Argentina
  3. Bolivia
  4. Brazil
  5. Benin
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Burundi
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central African Republic
  10. Chad
  11. Colombia
  12. Republic of Congo
  13. Cote d’Ivoire
  14. Democratic Republic of Congo
  15. Ecuador
  16. Equatorial Guinea
  17. Ethiopia
  18. French Guiana
  19. Gabon
  20. Gambia
  21. Ghana
  22. Guinea
  23. Guinea-Bissau
  1. Guyana
  2. Kenya
  3. Liberia
  4. Mali
  5. Mauritania
  6. Niger
  7. Nigeria
  8. Panama
  9. Paraguay
  10. Peru
  11. Rwanda
  12. Sao Tome & Principe
  13. Senegal
  14. Sierra Leone
  15. Somalia
  16. South Sudan
  17. Sudan
  18. Suriname
  19. Tanzania
  20. Togo
  21. Trinidad & Tobago
  22. Uganda
  23. Venezuela

Zika virus

Thailand is currently experiencing ongoing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travelers are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites while in Thailand. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Thailand or talk to their doctor about the implications of traveling to Thailand during this time.

In addition to the above, Medical Services Division at UNHQs advises that pregnant UN personnel should not undertake duty travel or be relocated to countries/areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur. Women who are seeking pregnancy should obtain individual advice from their medical practitioner on risk management regarding their plans to travel into a Zika-affected area. For further information, please refer to the Zika virus FAQ.

Air pollution and Health

Bangkok, like many metropolitan Asian cities in the world, is periodically affected by high levels of air pollution, with haze and high concentrations of PM2.5 particularly of concern for sensitive groups.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand advises tourists to monitor Bangkok’s air pollution and take precautions when necessary. People who have existing asthma or are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution should consult their treating physician as to whether a trip to Bangkok is advisable at this time.

This website is maintained by the Government of Thailand with daily information on air pollution.

First-aid and emergency medical service

During the event first-aid and emergency medical service will be available at the First-aid room, which is located on the Ground Level of the UNCC, next to the Post Office.

Delegates are strongly encouraged to subscribe to a travel or health insurance which is valid in the Kingdom of Thailand, in order to cover any medical bills or hospitalization fees.
The UN buildings are smoke-free. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas outside of the buildings and in the UNCC, the designated smoking area is outside of the Public Foyer 

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