Closing Remarks by Mr Kim Hak-Su Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
(Wednesday, 25 April 2001)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As the 57th session of the Commission draws to a close, may I
first of all, express my deep appreciation to you, Mr Chairman, for the
very skillful manner in which you have guided our deliberations.
My sincere thanks also go to all the Vice-Chairmen; the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen
of the three Committees of the Whole, as well
as Chairman and Vice-Chairmen of the Working Group on Draft Resolutions
for the very significant contributions they have made to the work of the
Commission over the past few days.
I also wish to express my deep appreciation to the Royal Thai
Government for its assistance towards the holding of this session.
As the host country of this Commission, Thailand has consistently provided
its generous support to ESCAP, for which we are most grateful. I
should also like to express my deep appreciation to all the distinguished
representatives for upholding the traditional spirit of harmony and consensus
during this session.
I was specially encouraged by the
strong support expressed by the member states for
the reform efforts currently underway at ESCAP. Those efforts are
designed to make the Commission more responsive to the needs of its members
and associate members.
I wish to assure the Commission that my staff and I will in the
coming months pay close attention to reformulating our programmes and activities,
as well as the conference structure, in preparation for the comprehensive
review to be undertaken at the 58th session next year.
Let me also reiterate that ESCAP will continue to press ahead
in its search for new areas and avenues of cooperation, together with our
development partners, for the benefit of
the developing countries of this region - in particular the neediest among
My colleagues in the secretariat and I will exert our best efforts
to implement in the most efficient manner possible the Commission's directives
and recommendations as well as the resolutions adopted. In that regard,
a matter of priority importance for the secretariat in the coming months
will be the preparations for holding the second Ministerial Conference
on Infrastructure Development, to be held in Seoul in November this year.
We look forward to that important event and to the expert group meeting
in preparation for the Ministerial Conference, to be held in Jakarta in
June this year.
Before concluding, I would appeal once again to the member states
to enhance funding support to ESCAP and the three regional institutions
operating under its auspices, namely, APCTT, CGPRT Centre and SIAP, to
enable us to carry out our work in the most efficient and effective manner
I thank you all for your participation at this session and look
forward to meeting you again at the Fifty-eighth session next year.