The 67th Commission Session
of ESCAP under the theme, “Beyond the Crises: Long term perspectives on social protection and development in Asia and the Pacific
,” will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 19 to 25 May. The annual Session comprises two parts: the Senior Officials Segment from 19 to 21 May in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, which will be held from 23 to 25 May.
During the Senior Officials’ Segment, the Special Body on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC)with the theme “Addressing development gaps including the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action
,” will be held on 19 May.
The Special Body will discuss the Ulaanbaatar Declaration adopted by the “High-level Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action and Closing other Development Gaps by the Landlocked Developing Countries” held in the Mongolian capital from 12 to 14 April in follow up to the last Commission's recommendation to ESCAP to promote regional cooperation in North and Central Asia by implementing the “Almaty programme of Action: Addressing the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries within a New Global Framework for Transit Developing Countries”. The Special Body will identify key development gaps and challenges faced by LLDCs other than those related to trade-transit issues, particularly in regard to the MDGs, challenges faced by LLDCs in coping with the recent global financial crisis and the impact of the crisis on implementing the Almaty Programme of Action. The Special Body will also identify forward looking medium- and long-term policies for enhancing regional cooperation among LLDCs and accelerating implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action. The session will also discuss the highlights of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020, to be adopted at the Fourth UN Conference on LDCs, Istanbul, Turkey on 13 May 2011.
The following events will be held during the Ministerial Segment:
** A ministerial round table on the theme of the sixty-seventh session on Monday, 23 May, from 10:30 to 12:00 hours;
** A High-Level Dialogue on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Paths to 2015 and the Acceleration Framework
on 23 May from 11:30 to 14:00 hrs: this Special Event will discuss key gaps in achieving the MDGs, regional perspectives on the Outcome Document of the UN MDG Summit, “Keeping the promise: United to achieve the Millennium Development Goals” and the acceleration framework for reaching the MDG targets by 2015. It will also elicit the views of key Ministers attending the Ministerial Segment as well as guidance from member States on how Asia-Pacific countries can cooperate to close the MDG gaps and accelerate progress to 2015. The key objectives of the Special Event are: to strengthen the linkage between key messages of the Outcome Document adopted by the UN MDG Summit and regional and subregional cooperation initiatives and programmes, and to facilitate dialogue between national policymakers and UN agencies, programmes and other regional organizations in solidifying national action in support of the acceleration framework. ESCAP, UNDP and ADB, heads of delegations, heads of regional offices of the UN agencies and programmes, and key eminent persons attending the Commission Session are expected to attend the Special Event. The outcome will include forward-looking policies for national policymakers, as key determinants of progress in achieving the MDGs, to promote inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development in achieving the MDGs by 2015.
** A high-level panel entitled "Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011: Sustaining dynamism and inclusive development - Connectivity in the region and productive capacity in least developed countries
" on Tuesday, 24 May from 09:00 to 10:30 hours.