UN ESCAP Convenes Ministerial Conference on Transport for Asia-Pacific in Bangkok

Incheon Port, Republic of  Korea

Governments of countries across the Asia-Pacific region will meet in Bangkok from 12 to 16 March 2012 for high-level talks on strengthening cooperation in regional transport connectivity.

Over the past decade, most countries in the Asia and Pacific region have experienced positive economic growth. The creation of a reliable and efficient regional transport system is vital for sustaining this growth, as well as to enhance opportunities for the least developed, landlocked developing and small island developing states of the region to engage more fully in international trade.

To discuss strategies to improve regional transport connectivity, ministers of transport and other related ministries from the Asia and Pacific region will gather in Bangkok at the United Nations Conference Centre for the second session of the Ministerial Conference on Transport. The Conference will review the implementation of the Regional Action Programme for Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific, phase I (2006-2011), which was adopted at its first session, held in Busan, Republic of Korea in 2006. The Conference is expected to adopt a ministerial declaration, including phase II of the Regional Action Programme (2012-2016) and a regional strategic framework for facilitation of international road transport.

Thirty-two member and associate member countries of ESCAP have confirmed their participation, including 21 ministers and deputy ministers of transport and related ministries.

WHAT: Opening of the Ministerial Segment of the Ministerial Conference on Transport and the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Poster Exhibition

WHO: Opening addresses: Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP and H.E. Mr. Chadchart Sittipunt, Deputy Minister of Transport, Royal Thai Government.

WHEN: Thursday, 15 March 2012, 09:30am to 10:00 am

WHERE: United Nations Conference Centre, Level 2, Conference Room 2

NOTE TO EDITORS

You or your representatives are cordially invited to attend the opening session of the ministerial segment of the Ministerial Conference on Transport and the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Poster Exhibition on Thursday, 15 March 2012 at 9:30 am at the United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Avenue, Bangkok.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

Media will need to register on arrival to access the UNCC. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the session opening. The ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section (SCAS) will assist in arranging interviews with delegates upon request.