Asia-Pacific Leaders Convene to Discuss Strategies to Build Resilience to Natural Disaster and Economic Crises in the Region

The 69th Commission Session of ESCAP under the theme, “Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises” will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 25 April to 1 May. The annual Session comprises two parts: the Senior Officials Segment from 25 to 27 April in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, which will be held from 29 April to 1 May.

ESCAP has prepared a theme study for this Session entitled “Building Resilience to Natural Disasters and Major Economic Crisis.” The Study proposes frameworks for protecting the region against any lasting effects of two types of shocks that can dramatically effect development in region - natural disasters and external economic crisis.

What: 69th Commission Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
When: 25 April to 1 May 2013
Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

Media Highlights

Monday, 29 April 2013

09:00-10:00 Opening of the Session
VIPs list: President of Myanmar (expected)
Prime Minister of Timor Leste
Prime Minister of Solomon Islands
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

10:30-12:00 Ministerial Panel on Sustainable Development and the Development Agenda beyond 2015
13:30-14:00 Press Conference by Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
17:15-17:45 Launch of Zero Hunger Campaign with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

09:00-10:30 Ministerial Roundtable on Theme Study: “Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises”

10:45-12:00 High-level Panel on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013

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