Russian Federation Makes Generous Contribution to UNESCAP

Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Russian Federation held a signing ceremony earlier today, exchanging letters reaffirming their intentions to extend their successful partnership, working together to address key economic and social development challenges in Asia and the Pacific.

The Russian Federation, represented by Mr. Alexander G. Mariyasov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to ESCAP, pledged to contribute US$1.2 million per year for 2011 and 2012 to ESCAP. This contribution will be used to fund activities in development sectors including transport, energy, environment, social development, disaster risk reduction, information communications technology and statistics.

Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, welcomed the pledge by the Russian Federation, saying: “We greatly value the successful partnership with the Russian Federation and thank you again for your collaboration, your technical support, and your financial contribution.”

The funding will not only aid in capacity building in key economic and social development areas, but will also enable specialists and experts from the Russian Federation and other Eurasian Economic Community countries to participate in relevant ESCAP intergovernmental and expert meetings to advance knowledge-sharing and cooperation.

The collaboration between ESCAP and the Russian Federation aims to promote inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific through a focused and results-oriented development project.

The project funded by the Russian Federation’s contribution will focus on Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, in particular Central Asian States, as well as countries in East and North-East Asia.

Mr. Mariyasov added, “Two years have passed since the Russian Federation took up the new role of donor to the Commission. During this time we have completed a number of comprehensive and results-oriented projects, which have ensured the decision of my Government to continue technical cooperation with ESCAP. We consider ESCAP to be an important partner in the realisation of our programs in the field of official development assistance.”

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations, playing a unique role as the only intergovernmental forum for all countries and territories of the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 1947, ESCAP today has 53 member states and 9 associate member states, covering over 60 per cent of the world’s population, or 4.1 billion people.