Bhutan to chair the 70th Ses­sion of UNESCAP

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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.

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