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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - The second day of the 73rd Commission session began with the Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries, where delegates called on the international community to recognize the extreme vulnerabilities and challenges faced by countries with special needs, particularly in dealing with natural disasters. Participants underlined the importance of mobilizing the necessary finances to implement the SDGs, and emphasized that Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will need to build resilience in order to maintain sustainable development in the long-term.

In her opening statement at the Special Body, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Akhtar highlighted key findings from ESCAP's latest report on countries with special needs, which shows that infrastructure development and financing must be seen as crucial priorities for these countries.

"In order to fill funding gaps and overcome challenges, governments in countries with special needs need clear financing strategies and capacity development for effective long-term planning," said Dr. Akhtar. "This group of countries represents the majority of our member States and constitutes the key to our success in regional developmental efforts through implementation of the 2030 Agenda."

Alongside these discussions, delegates began deliberations on a series of draft resolutions to be put before the Commission once the Ministerial segment opens on Wednesday afternoon. These include focusing on strengthening the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway and energy and transport connectivity, along with seeking to ensure the region works together to overcome its vulnerabilities to natural disasters.

In the afternoon, the Government of Mongolia hosted a high-level luncheon for representatives of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) to discuss how the International Think Tank for LLDCs can be utilized to support implementation of the SDGs, and the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs for the Decade 2014-2024.

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Monday, 15 May 2017 - The 73rd session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific opened today, with United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar addressing delegates from more than 40 countries.

"This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of ESCAP and the second year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," said Dr. Akhtar, emphasizing that the secretariat has worked with member States to reform ESCAP and made it 'fit-for-purpose' to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "Together with you, we have made considerable progress in formulating strategies that seek to eradicate poverty and ensure that development balances the needs of economy, people and planet."

Delegates reviewed ESCAP’s work over the last 12 months, along with subregional activities for development, the conference structure and regional implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum – Space Applications for Environment, a side-event hosted by the Government of Japan and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), showcased the benefits of space applications for natural resource management, environment protection and mapping risks to critical energy infrastructure.

Over the next five days, high-level officials from around the region will discuss how greater economic cooperation and integration can help achieve the SDGs. The 73rd session is being held under the theme Regional cooperation for sustainable energy

If you cannot join us in Bangkok, you can view the live webcasts on YouTube and follow #CS73 updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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