The 73rd session of UN ESCAP began its work on May 15 in Bangkok. UN ESCAP is by far the most representative international organization in the Asia-Pacific region. The current session is attended by high-level officials from over 50 countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation H.E. Vasily Nebenzia heads the Russian delegation.
The session participants will discuss issues of energy, transport and trade, environment, statistics, information and communication technologies, disaster risk reduction and the achievement of the sustainable development goals. The focus of this session is the Commission's conference structure adjustment in order to meet the requirements of the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030.
The work of the Russian delegation at the session is aimed at promoting the interests of our country in the afore mentioned areas. Particular attention is to be paid to the initiated by Russia process of strengthening of the newly established UN ESCAP Energy Committee, which consists of a permanent Bureau that functions during the inter-sessional period and four specialized Working Groups. The adoption of the results of the ESCAP Ministerial Conference on Transport, which was successfully held in Moscow in December 2016, is also at the forefront.
UN ESCAP is the largest UN regional commission dedicated to the promotion of the social and economic progress by the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. 53 countries are its members. Russia has been a member of ESCAP since the Commission was founded in 1947.
The session of the Commission will last until May 19.