Leading Bhutan’s delegation to the 73rd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Foreign Secretary Sonam Tshong addressed the Ministerial Segment on 18th May 2017. Marking the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Regional Commission, he said that UN ESCAP has advanced regional economic prosperity to eradicate poverty and inequalities through coordinated action. He acknowledged ESCAP’s role as an essential arm of the UN system, providing global context to regional and national efforts. [Full text of statement attached.
During the Session, Bhutan was elected to Chair the Committee of Senior Officials mandated to review the work of the Commission in the areas of environment and development, ICT and disaster risk reduction, social development, energy, implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the region, and management issues.
The 73rd Session of ESCAP, which began on 15 May 2017, will conclude on 19 May 2017.
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