Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 5, Regional economic and social activities
The five regional commissions continued in 2003 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 Commission for Europe (ECE), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) did not meet in 2003 but was scheduled to meet in 2004. The executive secretaries of the commissions continued to hold periodic meetings to exchange views and coordinate activities and positions on major development issues and preparations for and follow-up to UN conferences. During the year, ECA placed particular emphasis on development issues related to social policy and poverty, and issues related to trade, in the context of the priorities set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development. In July, the Economic and Social Council welcomed the cooperation between ECA and ECE on the project for the link through the Strait of Gibraltar and in deep sea drilling work. ESCAP, in the review of its programmes, focused on the impact of HIV/AIDS on development, poverty reduction, the effects of globalization and implementation of the MDGs. It also considered issues related to landlocked developing countries and called for cooperation in transit transport in the ESCAP region, in accordance with the Almaty Programme of Action on the special transport needs of landlocked developing countries in Central Asia and their neighbours. In July, the Economic and Social Council admitted Timor-Leste as a full member of ESCAP. The Council decided to establish within ESCWA a committee on women to identify, among other things, women-related priorities of its programme of work and medium-term plan, and to prepare and implement field projects for their advancement and empowerment. It called on the ESCWA secretariat to consider establishing a UN Arabic language centre to raise the technical and linguistic level of Arabic terminology used in UN documents. Other ESCWA activities concerned transport and trade, sustainable development and economic analysis and statistics. Among its activities, ECE focused on trade cooperation and industrial standards, particularly for transition economies. ECLAC continued activities in numerous areas, especially sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. v. 57; Vol. 57
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