Threats to human, regional security
from HIV/AIDS and urbanization of poverty to get high priority at upcoming
ESCAP 57th Commission Session
Bangkok (United Nations Information Services) -- In the next two or
three decades a majority of the region's population is expected to live
in urban areas posing enormous challenges to povetry alleviation. "In fact
if the disparities are not reduced they can pose a threat to the stability
of the nation." says Mr Kim Hak-Su , ESCAP's Executive Secretary
on the eve of the 57th Commission Session.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
(ESCAP) 57th annual Commission Session will be held from19 to 25 April
2001. This year’s theme topic is “Balanced development of urban and
rural areas and regions within the countries of Asia and the Pacific.”
Access to infrastructure and services, opportunities for socio-economic
mobility and control over natural resources and local development will
be other topics slated for action.
Delegates are expected to discuss implications of recent economic and
social developments in the region and recommend policy responses.
Environment and natural resources development; transport, communications,
tourism and infrastructure development; statistics and least developed,
landlocked and island developing countries are also included on the agenda.
Ministers and senior officials from 61 member and associate member
countries and territories of ESCAP are expected to participate.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE
The Commission session is divided into two segments: The Senior
Officials’ Segment, 19-21 April and Ministerial Segment, 23-25 April.
The Prime Minister of Thailand H.E. Dr. Thaksin
Shinawatra will inaugurate the Ministerial Segment on
Monday, 23 April at 9:00 am at the United Nations Conference Centre. He
is making his first appearance at the Bangkok-based UN/ESCAP.
In an unprecedented intervention, two former heads
of state from Africa and Thailand, UN Officials and AIDS sufferers will
make a plea for action to avert a major health threat to the region on
Monday, 23 April from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. They will make their interventions
under the agenda item: Regional Preparations for the United Nations General
Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS .
H.E. Mr. Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister
of Thailand, H.E. Mr. Kenneth Kaunda, former President of Zambia, Ms. Kathleen
Cravero, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS, and Mr. Kim Hak-Su, Executive
Secretary of ESCAP will give a press conference after the special session
on HIV/AIDs at 5:30 p.m at the Theatre, United Nations Conference Centre
on April 23rd.
A Ministerial Round Table will be held on
Tuesday, 24 April 2001, to encourage more substantive and interactive exchange
of views among Ministers on the theme topic.
An end-of-session press conference will be held
on Wednesday, 25 April at 5:30 p.m., UNCC Theatre, immediately after
adoption of the report .
Photo-call: Several interesting exhibits will be on display
showing the work of ESCAP and highlighting the Commission’s main themes.
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