ESCAP’s Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (MPDD
), in partnership with the Club De Madrid and with the support of Casa Asia, will organize a high-level roundtable on ‘Challenges for Sustaining Asia-Pacific Regional Dynamism in a Post-Crisis World to Promote Inclusive Development
’. The event, scheduled on 18 August at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, is part of a series of MPDD’s activities being organized in preparation for the G20 Summit to be hosted by the Republic of Korea in November 2010. Among key issues to be discussed are the role of China and India as the world’s emerging growth engines, and opportunities to strengthen regional and interregional cooperation. Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP will deliver the keynote opening address. Distinguished former Heads of State and Government including Mr. Wim Kok, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and President of the Club De Madrid, Mr. Hong Koo Lee, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand, and Ms. Jenny Mary Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, as well as eminent experts from the region are expected to participate.