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Catch up on the 70th Commission Session with our daily roundup of photos, stories, videos and more.

Commission Day Five: What Happened?

Gavel down. Resolution adopted. The 70th Commission Session closed today. The final programme began with the Ministerial Panel on Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Development Financing, where delegates discussed policy issues for the region, and shared their perspective on sustainable development and development financing, calling them key factors for the future of growth in Asia and the Pacific region.

Following the Ministerial Panel, delegates from countries including China, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Philippines, Pakistan and Nepal, shared their views on policy issues for the region.

With views shared, issues discussed and resolutions adopted Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar closed the meeting saying, "sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, climate change and ICT and mobilizing resources for better growth, have all been notable features of our very vibrant discussions, as have the range of voices whose perspectives have been heard."

"Underlying all of the work of the 70th session, has been the unifying narrative of Asia-Pacific connectivity – not just of transport links and infrastructure, but of the wider networks which will connect and drive our future. These priorities are embodied in the 14 resolutions and 30 decisions of the two phases of the 70th Commission session."

So the session is over for this year but if you couldn’t make it to Bangkok, or want to listen again to a specific session, you can always check out our webcasting catch-up. Or get a better picture of who, what and where took part in each days’ events with our photos of the day, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.

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Commission Day Four: What Happened?

Today the heads of State and Ministers arrived. The High-Level segment of the ESCAP 70th Commission Session opened with strong words from Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, “As we move into the next phase of global development, and rising Asia-Pacific takes centre stage, it is time to invest even more in multilateralism and in ESCAP - one of our region’s most valuable shared assets.”

His Excellency Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan joined Manasvi Srisodapol, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Lord Tu’ivakano, Prime Minister of Tonga, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste giving a keynote address, before being elected as Chair of the 70th Commission Session. The Ministerial Roundtable on the Theme Study ofthe 70th Commission Session: Regional connectivity for shared prosperity followed, where representatives from across the region explained how transport, new technologies and regional cooperation were transforming their connections to each other and the world.

In the afternoon, a side event on Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region: Paving the way to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan covered themes such as: investment in disaster risk reduction, protecting and empowering vulnerable people and enhancing early warning and disaster response preparedness.

To finish the marathon programme of day four, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Mongolia, Cambodia, Tonga, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea, Viet Nam, Russian Federation, Japan, and the Lao PDR, took the floor to share their views on policy issues for the region.

Tomorrow brings the Ministerial Panel on Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Development Financing. If you can't join us here in Bangkok then check out the schedule for webcasting of sessions or get a better picture of who, what and where took part in today’s events with our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS70 follow us @UNESCAP, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.

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Commission Day Three: What Happened?

Wrapping up the senior officials segment of the ESCAP 70th Commission Session, the third day opened with the final part of the Special Event on Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post 2015 Development Agenda, with the theme of Innovations and partnerships for the future we want: The role of the private sector.

Daniel Sloper, Australia’s representative to the G20, gave an address during the 5th G20 consultation luncheon today, where attendees had an opportunity to share ideas and experiences on promoting growth, jobs, and cooperation in the Asia and the Pacific region.

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, ESCAP Executive Secretary, held a press conference for the launch of the Commission’s flagship economic analysis; the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific which predicts growth for developing economies in the region of 5.8% per cent this year and calls for improvements in the collections of taxes. During the packed session she also unveiled the retrospective of surveys since 1947, Asia and the Pacific: A Story of Transformation and Resurgence.

The Working Group on Draft Resolutions continued its deliberation on the wording of a number of draft resolutions to be put before the Commission once the Ministerial Session opens tomorrow.

If you can't join us here in Bangkok then check out the schedule for webcasting of sessions or get a better picture of who, what and where took part in today’s events with our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS70 follow us @UNESCAP, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.

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Commission Day Two: What Happened?

The second day of the senior officials segment of the ESCAP 70th Commission Session hosted a Regional Consultation on accountability for the post-2015 development agenda, the first of a series to be held across the world. Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the Commission, opened the discussions saying an effective monitoring and accountability framework ought to encompass all intergovernmental tiers, involving global and regional agencies, national governments, and key stakeholders at the national and international level.

With the session declared open, Ms. Sanjaasürengiin Oyuun, Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia took the chair, leading discussions on National Leadership on Accountability for the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Panelists, including Amina J. Mohammed , the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on post-2015 development planning, stressed the importance of accountability, good governance and a reliable statistical system in the construction of future development goals. The afternoon continued this theme, looking first at Regional Platforms for Accountability: Role and Functions for Asia and the Pacific; then Accountability and a Renewed Global Partnership.

Alongside these discussions talks began among member State representatives on the wording of a number of draft resolutions to be put before the Commission this week. These will include five resolutions on sustainable development, covering agriculture, youth and urban settlements, as well as three on regional connectivity.

If you can't join us here in Bangkok then check out the schedule for webcasting of sessions or get a better picture of who, what and where took part in today’s events with our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS70 follow us @UNESCAP, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.

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Commission Day One: What Happened?

The senior officials section of the ESCAP 70th Commission session opened today, with Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar speaking to delegates from more than 38 countries. Dr. Akhtar began with a quote from the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon: "[the] global future is being built in Asia, and that ours is a rising region of economic dynamism, innovation and potential."

The rest of the morning was filled by the High-level Exchange on Development Cooperation in the post 2015 era: Perspectives from Asia-Pacific Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries, with representatives from Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Tonga and the High-Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States looking at just what's needed to push forward development progress in the Asia and Pacific region in the new global agenda.

Two sessions of the Committee of the Whole took place this afternoon, reviewing the work of the Commission for the last twelve months.

Day one may be over, but it’s still a busy week ahead: The session takes place annually to set the programme of work for the Economic and Social Commission for the next 12 months. This year the focus of the meeting is regional connectivity for shared prosperity. Read our overview of what’s planned, or the detailed programme.

If you can't join us here in Bangkok then check out the schedule for webcasting of sessions or get a better picture of who, what and where took part in today’s events with our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS70 follow us @UNESCAP, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.

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