On May 19, 2017 in Bangkok, the 73rd session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) concluded its work.
The participants of the session considered the current state of regional economic integration and discussed the possibilities for further enhancing multilateral cooperation between the APR countries in order to maintain the positive dynamics of economic growth.
During the session, concepts and models of sustainable development were considered, which are designed to help countries formulate their policies, strategies and approaches in an integrated manner. The most significant issue discussed during the event was the reform of the conference structure of the Commission. The main outcome of this is the approval of the results of the first session of the ESCAP Committee on Energy (15-17 January 2017). This will allow launching the intergovernmental process for the preparation and successful holding of the Second Asia-Pacific Energy Forum in 2018. The session also approved the results of the ESCAP Moscow Ministerial Conference on Transport (December 5-9, 2016).
The next 74th session of ESCAP will be held in May 2018.