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UNESCAP`s 62nd meeting adopts various coop agreements

Apr 13 20:34

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The 62nd Meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), which took place here from April 6 to 12, has just ended.

Maatia Toafa, Prime Minister of Tuvalu and Kessai H. Note, President of the Marshall Islands.

The UNESCAP`s 62nd Meeting under the theme of "Enhancing Regional Cooperation in Infrastructure Development, including Related Disaster Management" was the third held in Indonesia.

Present in the meeting were delegations from the 48 member countries, as well as representatives of four partner countries, seven United Nations bodies, ten special bodies and dozens of NGOs, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hasan Wirajuda told a press conference here Wednesday.

Through a series of sessions held during the 62nd congress, the UNESCAP has adopted several resolutions to initiate cooperation agreements covering trade, investment, tourism, statistical analyses as will as the application of the tsunami early warning system.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opened the UNESCAP Ministerial Meeting, which took place from April 10 to 12, 2006.

This commission meeting has a special meaning with the presence of the Heads of Governments/States of Pacific island countries at a special high-level session, which was aimed at strengthening cooperation between Pacific island and Asian nations.

Among Pacific islands` leaders attending the special session were President Anote Tong of Kiribati, President Kessai H Note of Marshall Islands, and Prime Minister Maatia Toafa of Tuvalu.

At a session held on April 11, UNESCAP ministers discussed regional cooperation in the provision of infrastructures for the development of energy, transportation, information and communications technology, clean water supply and sanitation as well as the handling of natural disasters.

To support regional cooperation in the infrastructure sector, Indonesia specially proposed the implementation of an infrastructure for all concept that emphasizes on partnership between the private sector and the government.

In general, the UNESCAP member countries disclosed the latest developments of their economic sector and their achievement in efforts to meet the millennium development goals (MDGs) as well as their view on the direction and content of the regional cooperation.

Participants of the meeting agreed that the development of infrastructures is a prerequisite for the alleviation of poverty and the fulfillment of other items in the MDGs.

The UNESCAP`s 63rd Meeting is scheduled to take place in November 2007, under the theme of "Development of Health System, in the Context of Enhancing Economic Growth for MGDs Achievement in Asia and the Pacific. Previously, Indonesia hosted the meeting of the UN body in 1954 and 1988.

Most Interesting Meeting

UNESCAP Executive Secretary Kim Hak-su, meanwhile, cited the 62nd congress as one of the most interesting, successful and colorful meetings, covering various programs, including the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF). The consultation sessions with remote countries were very rich, he said.

The 62nd meeting gave enlightenment about various aspects to the UNESCAP, especially through the 12 resolutions made in the sessions, according to Kim, who has occupied his as executive secretary of this UN body since July 2000.

The 62nd congress run with additional programs in the agenda, comprising the 2006 Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) on April 7-8, Discussion on MDGs Achievement on April 6, Discussion on Gender in International Migration Dimension on April 12, and Discussion on the Spread of Bird Flu in the Asia-Pacific led by David Nabaro on April 11.

The UNESCAP was present in Jakarta from April 3 to 13, along with 146 out of its 600 staff members from its Central Office in Bangkok, Thailand, in connection with the 62nd congress of this UN commission, according to Kim.

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