Commission Day Three: Summary
The third day of the Commission session continued with the Working Group on Draft Resolutions, followed by a special event hosted by the Government of China on this year’s G20 Summit to be held in Hangzhou in September. Chinese Ambassador H.E. Mr Ning Fukui highlighted that the theme of this year’s summit is ‘Innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy,’ and the summit will focus on providing policy support and recommendations to help least developed countries realize the Sustainable Development Goals.
ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar underlined that China has integrated the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into its national development strategies, emphasizing innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development.
“China’s emphasis on regional connectivity initiatives will go a long way to harness regional infrastructure development. The recently-signed China-ESCAP letter of Intent on the Belt and Road Initiative is indicative of the potential of this long-term endeavour for strengthening Asia’s interconnectivity and extending it beyond its borders,” said Dr. Akhtar.
The ministerial segment of the 72nd Commission session opened with a flag parade of ESCAP’s 53 member States and 9 associate members, and the Prime Minister of Tajikistan, H.E. Mr Qohir Rasulzoda was elected as the Chair of this year’s session.
In a written message to the 72nd Commission session, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended ESCAP on its impressive work in supporting governments through strategic policy advice and innovative capacity building, adding that the regional response to the 2030 Agenda must match the scope of the challenge.
Executive Secretary Dr. Akhtar also delivered her policy statement stressing that strong political commitment, action and well-functioning coordination mechanisms, fully supported by the countries of Asia and the Pacific, will be critical to ensure that “no one is left behind.”
“Comprehensive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires partnerships and deployment of new solutions between countries and across subregions,” said Dr. Akhtar. “The 2030 Agenda calls for fundamental policy rethinking, and shifts in action, for which pacing and sequencing of national initiatives will be critical.”
The ministerial opening was followed by a High-Level Dialogue on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration. Moderated by Dr. Akhtar, the panel comprised of ministers and experts from Fiji, Tajikistan, Tuvalu, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Indonesia and Iran. The panelists recognized the opportunities and challenges to achieving the 2030 Agenda such as building climate resilience, South-South cooperation, forging partnerships in the fields of science, technology and innovation, as well as deepening regional integration.
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