United Nations ESCAP Special Session (PLUS): Integrating the economies
of the Pacific island developing countries in Asian economic dynamism,
Jakarta, 10 April 2006.
Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2006: Public-private partnerships
for development in Asia and the Pacific, Jakarta, 7-8 April 2006.
The Pacific Leaders' United
Nations ESCAP Special Session (PLUS) is scheduled to be held in
Jakarta on the morning of Monday, 10 April 2006 in conjunction
with the sixty-second annual Commission session. ESCAP is organizing
PLUS in close collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
and the UNDP. A back-ground document for PLUS on "Strengthening
Pacific Islands Developing Countries and Territories through Regional
Cooperation" has been prepared.
The purpose of PLUS would be to provide,
as an integral part of the Commission session, the highest intergovernmental
forum on development and social issues in the Asian and Pacific
region, a platform for the Pacific leaders to:
- Share their vision and policy perspectives
on economic and social partnership between the Pacific and Asia,
in efforts to reduce Pacific-Asia disparities and advance efforts
to reach the Millennium Development Goals. Discussion will centre
- The economies of the Pacific island
developing countries and territories could be more closely
linked with and benefit from the economic dynamism of the
- ESCAP, its Asian membership and
other key development partners, including the UNDP, and
the private sector, could together build more effective
regional cooperation in support of Leaders and peoples of
Pacific island developing countries and territories, in
the implementation of the Pacific Plan for advancing and
sustaining social and economic development.
The Pacific Leaders
will also be invited to attend the Asia-Pacific Business Forum
2006 which will be held on Friday, 7 and Saturday, 8 April
2006. The theme of APBF 2006 will be public-private partnerships
for development. The Forum will discuss diverse issues such
as development of transport infrastructure, information and
communication technology, corporate social responsibility
as well as the regulatory frameworks for trade and investment.