Commission Day Five: What Happened?
Gavel down. Resolution adopted. The 70th Commission Session closed today. The final programme began with the Ministerial Panel on Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Development Financing, where delegates discussed policy issues for the region, and shared their perspective on sustainable development and development financing, calling them key factors for the future of growth in Asia and the Pacific region.
Following the Ministerial Panel, delegates from countries including China, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Philippines, Pakistan and Nepal, shared their views on policy issues for the region.
With views shared, issues discussed and resolutions adopted Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar closed the meeting saying, "sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, climate change and ICT and mobilizing resources for better growth, have all been notable features of our very vibrant discussions, as have the range of voices whose perspectives have been heard."
"Underlying all of the work of the 70th session, has been the unifying narrative of Asia-Pacific connectivity – not just of transport links and infrastructure, but of the wider networks which will connect and drive our future. These priorities are embodied in the 14 resolutions and 30 decisions of the two phases of the 70th Commission session."
So the session is over for this year but if you couldn’t make it to Bangkok, or want to listen again to a specific session, you can always check out our webcasting catch-up. Or get a better picture of who, what and where took part in each days’ events with our photos of the day, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.
Commission Day Four: What Happened?
Today the heads of State and Ministers arrived. The High-Level segment of the ESCAP 70th Commission Session opened with strong words from Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, “As we move into the next phase of global development, and rising Asia-Pacific takes centre stage, it is time to invest even more in multilateralism and in ESCAP - one of our region’s most valuable shared assets.”
His Excellency Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan joined Manasvi Srisodapol, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Lord Tu’ivakano, Prime Minister of Tonga, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste giving a keynote address, before being elected as Chair of the 70th Commission Session. The Ministerial Roundtable on the Theme Study ofthe 70th Commission Session: Regional connectivity for shared prosperity followed, where representatives from across the region explained how transport, new technologies and regional cooperation were transforming their connections to each other and the world.
In the afternoon, a side event on Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region: Paving the way to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan covered themes such as: investment in disaster risk reduction, protecting and empowering vulnerable people and enhancing early warning and disaster response preparedness.
To finish the marathon programme of day four, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Mongolia, Cambodia, Tonga, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea, Viet Nam, Russian Federation, Japan, and the Lao PDR, took the floor to share their views on policy issues for the region.
Tomorrow brings the Ministerial Panel on Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Development Financing. If you can't join us here in Bangkok then check out the schedule for webcasting of sessions or get a better picture of who, what and where took part in today’s events with our photos of the day. For regular updates on #CS70 follow us @UNESCAP, or see the full discussion on our Storify page.