Yearbook of the United Nations, 2006. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 5, Regional economic and social activities
In 2006, the five regional commissions of the United Nations continued to provide technical cooperation, including advisory services, to their member States. They also promoted programmes and projects and provided training to enhance national capacity building in various sectors. All of them—the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), 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 executive secretaries of the commissions continued to meet periodically to exchange views and coordinate activities and positions on major development issues. In July, the Economic and Social Council held an interactive dialogue with the executive secretaries on the theme “The regional dimension of creating an environment conducive to generating full and productive employment, and decent work for all, and its impact on sustainable development”. During the year, the Council endorsed the ECE work plan on reform and its revised terms of reference. The General Assembly welcomed ECA efforts to conduct a comprehensive review in order to reposition the Commission to respond better to the challenges facing Africa. ESCWA approved in principle the establishment of an ESCWA Technology Centre and adopted the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Trans-Asian Railway Network. Its Ministers of Transport adopted draft declarations on road safety and transport, aimed at developing integrated intermodal transport and logistics systems. ECLAC asked its Executive Secretary to coordinate annual regional reports with other UN agencies, funds and programmes on progress made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on hunger and poverty reduction, and to coordinate, in 2010, a regional inter-agency report summing up progress during the 2006-2010 period on all MDG targets. It asked its Executive Secretary to support the Montevideo resolution on shaping the future of social protection: access, financing and solidarity. The Council approved the admission of Japan as a member of ECLAC. In addition, ECLAC admitted the Turks and Caicos Islands as an associate member.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2006. v. 60; Vol. 60
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