ESCAP at 70

Dhaka,  Thu,  25 May 2017
Published : 18 May 2017, 12:34:11 | Updated : 21 May 2017, 14:12:24
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ESCAP at 70

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marked its 70th Anniversary at the opening of the annual Commission session in Bangkok on Wednesday, according to a press statement.

On this occasion, the Executive Secretary of the UN organisation Dr. Shamshad Akhtar said: “Seventy years ago, ours was a region devastated by conflict. Political instability was rife, poverty and famine were endemic, and social tensions widespread.”

“Today our region accounts for over a third of the world’s output, and we are on track to make up half of global GDP by 2050,” she added.

Dr Akhtar, also United Nations Under-Secretary, mentioned that Asia and the Pacific are driving global growth, global trade and increasingly, science, technologym and innovation.

“Poverty has fallen to 15 per cent in 2012, down from 50 per cent in 1990,” she added.

Dr. Akhtar highlighted that ESCAP has, over the years, reformed and reinvented itself to serve the needs of the region, finding multilateral solutions to regional problems.

“With unwavering commitment to UN principles, we promote multilateralism, inclusiveness and openness, and these principles are still pertinent today as we look to the future and address growing inequalities,” she continued.

In a video message to the 73rd Commission session, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated ESCAP on its 70th Anniversary.

The 73rd session is being held under the theme ‘Regional cooperation for sustainable energy,’ and places particular emphasis on how greater economic cooperation and integration in the region can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
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