Yearbook of the United Nations, 2005. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 5, Regional economic and social activities
In 2005, the five regional economic commissions of the United Nations continued to provide technical cooperation, including advisory services, to their member States. They also, among other activities, promoted programmes and projects and provided training to enhance national capacity-building in various sectors. Four of them—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)—held regular sessions during the year. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) did not meet in 2005 but was scheduled to do so in 2006. The Executive Secretaries of the commissions continued to meet periodically to exchange views and coordinate activities and positions on major development issues. In July, during its annual substantive session, the Economic and Social Council held an interactive dialogue with the Executive Secretaries on the theme: “Achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration: a regional perspective”. During the year, ECA and ECE continued to collaborate on the project for a Europe-Africa fixed link through the Strait of Gibraltar; cooperation and progress on the project were welcomed by the Council. The General Assembly, having considered a report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services on its inspection of ECA's subregional offices, urged the implementation of the recommendations contained therein. ECE examined domestic policies that had led to increased resources for development and the role of regional cooperation in financing for development. In December, it held an ad hoc session at which it adopted the workplan on ECE reform. ESCAP adopted revised statutes for its regional institutions so that their work-plans were subject to the established intergovernmental review and approval process. It also established the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT). The Council approved the revised statutes and the establishment of APCICT, and adopted a resolution on the midterm review of the functioning of ESCAP's conference structure. In other action related to the regional commissions, the Council approved the admission of Germany as a member of ECLAC and adopted a resolution on ESCWA's Damascus Declaration on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2005 v. 59; Vol. 59
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