Bhutan to chair the 70th Session of UNESCAP
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay formally took over as the Chairmanship of the 70th session of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific from H.E. Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste and Chair of the 69th Session of the Commission, last Thursday in Bangkok. This is the first time Bhu- tan will hold this important Office at the helm of the 62 member regional body since becoming a member in 1972. As Chairman, Lyonchhen will guide the work of the Commission for a period of one year
ESCAP is a most comprehensive of the UN‘s five Regional Commissions and the largest Un body serving the Asia and the Pacific region, home to 4.1 billion people. The Commission meets annual at the Ministerial level to review and discuss important economic and social issues pertaining to inclusive and sustainable development in the region.
Key issues under consideration of the 70th session of the Commission include Asia Pacific Perspectives on the Post 2015 Development Agenda and sustainable development Financing , Regional Con- nectivity for the shared prosperity , challenges to inclusive and sustainable development in the region and issues related to LDCs, LLDcs and SIDs.
During his stay in Bangkok Lyonchhen called on Mr. Seiji Kihara, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan, the Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold and The Minister of Environment and Green Development Oyun Sanjaasuren of Mongolia, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar the Under Secretary General of UN and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, and H.E Mr. Zin Yaw, Dy. Minister of Transport, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
The delegation to the 70th session of UNESCAP includes Foreign Minister Lyonpo Rinzin Dorji, senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other sect oral representatives.