, in cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh, is organizing a High-level Asia-Pacific policy dialogue on the Brussels Programme of Action
), scheduled to be held from 18 to 20 January in Dhaka. The meeting is part of the preparatory process of the regional review to be conducted during the 66th ESCAP Commission session. The main objective of the meeting is to facilitate the assessment and the formulation of a regional position on the progress made in the implementation of the BPoA for the decade 2001-2010 by the Least Developed Countries (LDCs
) and identify key issues that would require global and regional cooperation to further advance the objectives of the programme. GA resolution 63/227 of 19 December 2008 calls for the convening of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries at the high level in 2011. The Outcome document of the regional review will be presented at the 66th ESCAP Commission session for further discussion by member Governments and endorsement by the Commission as the Asia-Pacific region’s input to the global review of the implementation of the BPoA to be held in Turkey in 2011. The Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh is expected to inaugurate the meeting. All ESCAP member Governments as well as UN organizations and specialized agencies have been invited to participate in the meeting.