Selangor Journal

Asia-Pacific countries endorse Bangkok Declaration

BANGKOK, May 27 — Asia-Pacific countries today endorsed the Bangkok Declaration to reinvigorate cooperation and set forth a common development agenda at the conclusion of the 78th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The Bangkok Declaration is set to renew the region’s commitment to promoting multilateralism and international cooperation, strengthening partnerships for sustainable development, and upholding the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter.

In a statement, ESCAP said the declaration sets forth a common agenda to advance sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, drawing upon priority areas identified from country consultations and negotiations.

“Governments promised to leave no one behind, as well as place women and youth at the heart of development.

“They further reaffirmed the importance of trade as an engine of inclusive growth, protecting the planet, enhancing regional connectivity and exploiting technological opportunities,” the statement said.

ESCAP said countries in Asia-Pacific, a region at the forefront of the world’s innovation and economic growth, also called for a reinvigorated role of ESCAP — observing the 75th anniversary of its establishment — as a regional development platform to respond effectively to the changing and emerging needs of the region.

“They (countries) also underscored the need for governments to create sufficient fiscal space to allow for greater investment in sustainable development,” it said.

Meanwhile, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana said the resolution shows an unprecedented commitment and genuine engagement of countries to join forces to overcome current complexities and safeguard the development aspirations of the people – solidarity at its best in Asia and the Pacific.

Over 740 delegates from 52 member states and associate members, various stakeholder groups and international organizations attended the 78th session held from May 23-27 in Bangkok.

Three other resolutions on inclusive civil registration and vital statistics, sustainable transport development and changes to the ESCAP conference structure were also adopted at this regional assembly.

— Bernama

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