BANGKOK, July 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Dr. Shamshad Akhtar has proposed to hold one of the annual sessions in Russia, head of one of the UN regional commissions told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
Akhtar noted the highly positive experience of the Asian and Pacific Energy Forum in Russia’s Vladivostok in 2013 that hosted the first meeting of the region’s energy ministers that adopted a resolution on energy cooperation. Cooperation with Russia, India and China was of strategic importance for ESCAP as the commission was the only platform for the region’s countries to discuss and make decisions to stimulate economic growth, provide the people’s social involvement and environmental protection, she added.
Russia is one of ESCAP major donors with its annual contribution of $1.2 million and places a special emphasis on Northern and Central Asia financing ESCAP projects in the subregion. After the last-year project for managing calamity risks, in 2014 ESCAP planned projects to assess safety of minor dams and promote stronger cooperation between Afghanistan and Central Asia, Akhtar added.
ESCAP is the UN major regional commission that aims to promote social and economic development of Asia and the Pacific. ESCAP comprised of 53 countries is headquartered in Bangkok.
Russia has been a member of the organization since its foundation in 1947. ESCAP session is the organization’s key event that in the last years has been held in Almaty, Jakarta, New Delhi and Shanghai.