Asia-Pacific Leaders Convene to Discuss Strategies to Enhance Economic Integration for the Region

The 68th Commission Session of ESCAP under the theme, “Growing Together: Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century” will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 17 to 23 May. The annual Session comprises two parts: the Senior Officials Segment from 17 to 19 May in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, which will be held from 21 to 23 May. The Ministerial Segment will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Thailand.

The Session will review the current status and potential of regional economic integration in Asia and the Pacific and examine policy choices for enhancing it through a comprehensive and broader framework for regional cooperation. It examines the criticality, potential and opportunities for regional economic cooperation and integration in the region in the post-crisis scenario, emphasizing the importance of complementarities between the region’s economies.

What: 68th Commission Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
When: 17 to 23 May 2012
Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

Media Highlights

Monday, 21 May 2012
09:00 a.m. Inaugural statements by the Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra and United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer
10:30 a.m. Ministerial Round Table on “Growing Together: Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century”
03:00 p.m. PRESS CONFERENCE with United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer

Tuesday, 22 May 2012
09:00 a.m. High-Level Panel on “Steering inclusive development amidst global turbulence and volatility”

Wednesday, 23 May 2012
09:00 a.m. High level Consultation on G20 Mexico Summit: Perspective from Asia and the Pacific

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