The 57th ESCAP Session

April 16, 2001

  1. The 57th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held from April 19 (Thu) to 25 (Wed) in Bangkok, Thailand.

  2. The Session will be attended by Ministerial-level representatives from 48 member countries including Japan, nine associate members and four non-regional member countries. Mr. Kiyohiro Araki, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will lead the Japanese delegation.

  3. ESCAP is one the regional economic commissions under the U.N. Economic and Social Council, and it promotes wide-ranging economic and social development activities as the largest regional cooperative organ in the Asia-Pacific region.

  4. At the forthcoming Meeting, the issue of balanced development of urban and rural areas and regions within the countries of Asia and the Pacific will be a major topic of discussion. There will also be discussions on the progress of ongoing projects and an examination of future action plan outlines.

  5. At the Session, Senior Vice-Minister Araki will deliver, as chief representative, a speech to explain Japan's development assistance measures for coping with growing disparities between the rich and poor, environmental disruption, and the widening information gap, which are particularly problematic in the Asia-Pacific region as economic globalization progresses. He will also emphasize the importance of human security in the speech. He will propose a high level meeting in Shiga Prefecture in Japan to conclude the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993-2002) in the autumn of 2002.

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