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Commission Day Five: What Happened?

Gavel down. 14 resolutions adopted. The 71st Commission Session is over.

The final programme began with the Ministerial Roundtable on Policy issues for the Asia-Pacific region: Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015, where delegates discussed the findings of ESCAP’s flagship publication. This year’s Survey concluded that to reverse the trend of widening disparities public expenditures must be more development-oriented, with a focus on equitable access to quality education and health care, social safety nets, finance and energy.

Following the roundtable, countries took the floor to share their views on policy issues for the region in a morning then afternoon session.

Up next came the launch of the Asia Pacific Energy Portal, was hosted by the Government of the Russian Federation, and the first Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, which are two of three pillars of the APEF Implementation Support Mechanism. The first pillar, the annual Policy Dialogue, was launched in December 2013.

Following the luncheon, the Government of Thailand hosted a side event on Sharing Experiences on Sustainable Development. The event offered ESCAP member States the opportunity to learn from one another through exchange of their unique national experiences on sustainable development. Such high-level discussion will be useful in their preparation for the successful implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

With views shared, issues discussed and resolutions adopted, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of ESCAP, closed the meeting asking the delegates and their governments to continue to champion the role of the regional commissions and help them with the resources and tools necessary to secure the more resilient, inclusive and sustainable region we want.

The Commission takes place annually to set the programme of work of ESCAP for the coming year. This year the meeting focused on the integration and implementation of the three dimensions of sustainable development. Read our overview of what was planned for the week.

If you could not join us here in Bangkok or want to listen again to a specific session, check out our webcasted sessions on our YouTube page or on our photos of the day. You can see the full discussion on this Commission on our Storify page. For regular updates on the work of ESCAP, follow us @UNESCAP.

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Commission Day Four: What Happened?

The first day of the Ministerial Segment of the 71st Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific welcomed heads of states and ministers to Bangkok. At the opening today, ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar recalled the exceptional progress member States have already made in setting the region on the path to inclusivity, resilience and sustainable prosperity.

“Now – as then – success demands action. Finance will drive sustainable development. As we take the first steps in the next phase of our shared development journey, the people of Asia and the Pacific are poised to lead – in economic growth, in social innovation and in environmental stewardship,” said Dr. Akhtar.

Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of Nauru and Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu gave keynote addresses, followed by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, who give the session’s inaugural address. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, gave his statement after being elected as Chair of the 71st Commission Session.

The Ministerial Roundtable on the Theme Study of the 71st Commission Session: Balancing the three dimensions of sustainable development: from integration to implementation followed, where representatives from across the region discussed the importance of exploring the intersections of the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, environmental and social – in building a sustainable future.

The afternoon brought the launch of the final report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Making it happen: Technology, finance and statistics for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, which was prepared in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Following this, Dr. Akhtar opened the United Nations Conference Centre’s new Accessibility Centre. This project was made possible with the support of the Republic of Korea. The Centre features electric wheelchairs, desktop magnifiers, screen readers, portable players for Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY), hearing aids, bone conduction headsets, eye trackers and a range of other assistive devices.

Next, member States took to the floor to reflect on the themes and policy issues of the day during the first round of country statements.

Wrapping up the day, the Government of Bangladesh hosted a side event on Blue Economy for Sustainable Use of Marine Resources and Inclusive Growth that discussed the importance of the judicious use of oceans for a sustainable future.

The Commission takes place annually to set the programme of work of ESCAP for the coming year. This year the meeting will focus on the integration and implementation of the three dimensions of sustainable development. Read our overview of what is planned for the rest of the week, or the detailed programme for more information.

If you cannot join us here in Bangkok, check out our webcasted sessions on our YouTube page or on our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS71 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 71st Commission Session, the third day opened with the Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries. A High-level exchange with Pacific leaders on the SAMOA Pathway opened the programme, featuring leaders from Kiribati, Fiji, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu and Cook Islands speaking on the particular problems faced by Small Island Developing States.

Up next came a high-level consultation developing the perspectives of the region regarding this year’s G20 Summit to be hosted by Turkey. Attendees had the opportunity to explore the priorities set out by Turkey’s G20 presidency. These will be strengthening the global recovery and lifting growth potential, enhancing resilience, and reinforcing sustainability at a global level.

In the afternoon, a side event on Prosperity through Regional Trade and Transport Connectivity hosted by the Government of Pakistan covered the economic transformation of the South and Central Asian subregion, and underscored advances in regional connectivity in recent years.

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

The Commission takes place annually to set the programme of work of ESCAP for the coming year. This year the meeting will focus on the integration and implementation of the three dimensions of sustainable development. Read our overview of what is planned for the rest of the week, or the detailed programme for more information.

If you cannot join us here in Bangkok, check out our webcasted sessions on our YouTube page or on our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS71 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 71st session of the Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) featured a preparatory meeting for the Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries to be held tomorrow. The objective of the meeting was to review and discuss development issues relevant to the session and to provide recommendations to inform future deliberations. The new Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2015 was made available to delegates today and was well-received by those attending.

Alongside these discussions, delegates started deliberations on the wording of a number of draft resolutions to be put before the Commission once the Ministerial Session opens on Thursday. These include proposals dealing with key facets of the post-2015 development agenda ranging from maritime, rail and ICT connectivity, to ensuring continued progress on the commitments of the Beijing Conference, to greater support for our countries with special needs and the global processes defined in Istanbul, Vienna and Samoa.

The Commission takes place annually to set the programme of work of ESCAP for the coming year. This year the meeting will focus on the integration and implementation of the three dimensions of sustainable development. Read our overview of what is planned for the rest of the week, or the detailed programme for more information.

If you cannot join us here in Bangkok, check out our webcasted sessions on our YouTube page or on our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS71 follow us @UNESCAP, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.

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Commission Day One: What Happened?

The senior officials segment of the ESCAP 71st session of the Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened today in Bangkok. United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar addressed delegates from more than 50 countries saying that although the final contours of the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs are still being negotiated, the regional commissions will have a key role in supporting member States in developing national sustainable strategies and financing plans, implementation of the goals, as well as in the follow-up and review processes.

The rest of the day was filled by sessions of the Committee of the Whole, reviewing the work of ESCAP in the last 12 months including discussions on the conference structure and a new regional institute for disaster information management.

The Commission takes place annually to set the programme of work of ESCAP for the coming year. This year the meeting will focus on the integration and implementation of the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, environmental and social – in the post-2015 development agenda. Read our overview of what is planned for the rest of the week, or the detailed programme for more information.

If you cannot join us here in Bangkok, check out our webcasted sessions on our YouTube page or on our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS71 follow us @UNESCAP, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.

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