Asia-Pacific leaders to boost cooperation against Covid-19

Diplomatic Correspondent

23 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The 77th ESCAP session is due to begin next week focusing on tackling the pandemic impacts in the region

Heads of States and Governments, senior officials and other stakeholders from across the Asia-Pacific region are set to scale up regional cooperation in fight against the pandemic.

The 77th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), due to start next week, will discuss the issues under the theme “Beyond the pandemic: building back better from crises in Asia and the Pacific.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the opening session as one of the key speakers on the opening day on April 26. The meeting will continue till April 28.

The session will also review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly in the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries and Pacific island developing States.

Key speakers at the opening day are: President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev President of Kiribati  Taneti Maamau,  President of Kyrgystan Sadyr Japarov, President of the Marshall Islands David Kabua, President of Mongolia Battulga Khaltmaa, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Cambodia  Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Fiji Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Thailand  Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, President of ECOSOC Munir Akram, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive  Secretary of ESCAP Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana. There will be a general debate on building back better from crises through regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific on April 27.

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark will address as the keynote speaker.  Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization Petteri Taalas, Managing Director of World Bank Mari Elka Pangestu and Chief Exploration Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent David Wallerstein will also speak

On the concluding day, there will be a discussion on subregional perspectives on Building Back Better from Crises through Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific on April 28. Key speakers will be Dato’ Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Tenzin Lekphell, Secretary-General of BIMSTEC, Hadi Soleimanpour, Secretary-General, Economic Cooperation Organization, Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Board, Eurasian Economic Commission, Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Vladmir Norov, Secretary-General, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Esala Ruwan Weerakoon, Secretary-General of SAARC and Andrey Smorodin, Director, Greater Tumen Initiative.