Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific, No. 57

Journal4 Mar 1985

After several years of intensive background research and other preparations , the Transport and Communications Decade for Asia and the Pacific, 1985-1994, was officially proclaimed by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in resolution 236 (XL) at the fortieth session convened in Tokyo during April1984. This resolution was subsequently endorsed by both the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. The Decade was formally launched at the Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Transport and Communications held at Bangkok in January 1985.

The launching of the Transport and Communications Decade for Asia and the Pacific, 1985-1994, marks a milestone in the region's development, and particularly in its commitment to maintain and accelerate its development momentum through regional co-operation and collective action. In view of the importance of this event, this issue of the transport and Communications Bulletin includes the major documents that set the course and tone of the Decade. It is intended that the presentation of the background documentation in this format will provide a convenient means whereby the broader public may become better acquainted with the ideals and objectives, the strategy and work plan, and the organizational mechanism whereby the Decade is to be implemented.

With this aim, Part One contains the basic mandate concerning the proclamation, launching and implementation of the Decade as contained in the ESCAP, Economic and Social Council and General Assembly resolutions and the Ministerial Declaration. Part Two presents the report of the Ministerial Meeting at which the Decade was launched and the summary recommendations of senior officials endorsed for action by that Meeting. Several major technical studies undertaken by the secretariat to set the stage for the launching and implementation of the Decade are presented in Part Three. Lastly, an annex provides the regional action programme for Phases I and II of the Decade, as endorsed by the Commission at its fortieth session.