Yearbook of the United Nations, 2002. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 5, Regional economic and social activities
The five United Nations regional commissions continued in 2002 to provide technical cooperation, including advisory services, to their member States, promote programmes and projects, and provide training to enhance national capacity building in various sectors. Four of them held regular sessions during the year: the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) met in special session to revise the 20022005 medium-term plan and the 2002-2003 programme of work and priorities. Its next regular session was to be held in 2003. The Secretary-General reported on action taken to strengthen regional cooperation, including cooperation between Headquarters and the regional commissions, in the context of his report on strengthening the United Nations. The General Assembly took action to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and several regional organizations. During the year, ECA pursued activities to help translate the priorities and objectives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) into projects and programmes for country-level implementation. In that connection, the General Assembly decided to bring to a close the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa and called on the international community, including the UN system, to channel its support for Africa's industrialization effort within the NEPAD framework. The Conference of African Ministers of Transport and Communications adopted a successor arrangement to the Second United Nations Transport and Communications Decade in Africa, including a Plan of Action for the Way Forward. The Assembly, in other action, took note of the Secretary-General's report on trends in extra budgetary resources at ECLAC and the impact on its capacity to carry out the programme of work. It urged ESCWA to comply with its own resolutions concerning the use of Arabic in issuing documents. The Economic and Social Council, in the continuing reform of the regional commissions, approved the revision of ESCAP's conference structure, including its thematic and sectoral priorities.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2002. v. 56; Vol. 56
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