Yearbook of the United Nations, 2008. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 5, Regional economic and social activities
The five regional commissions continued in 2008 to provide technical cooperation, including advisory services, to their member States to promote programmes and projects and provide training to enhance national capacity-building in various sectors. Four of them—the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)—held regular sessions during the year. The Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) did not meet in 2008, but was scheduled to do so in 2009. 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 a dialogue with the Executive Secretaries on the theme “The regional dimension of the themes of the high-level segment for 2008”. In 2008, ECA organized its annual session as part of the first joint meetings of the African Union (au) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. At its March–April session, ECA met on the theme “Meeting Africa's New Development Challenges in the 21st Century”, and adopted a ministerial statement in which Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to the au New Partnership for Africa's Development programme as the shared framework for development and global partnership. Meeting in April on the theme “Energy security and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific”, ESCAP adopted a resolution calling upon all members and associate members to cooperate in developing renewable energy technologies through the sharing of policy and technological experiences. During its June session, ECLAC held a regional consultation in preparation for the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, holding panel discussions on financing and cooperation, mobilization of domestic resources, systemic issues, and gender policies in financing for development. In addition, ECLAC approved the admission of the Cayman Islands as an associate member. At its May session, ESCWA reviewed financing for development in the region, in preparation for the Follow-up International Conference, and strengthening regional cooperation for achieving the MDGs. It launched a portal for information gathering and issued a report on the MDGs in the Arab region as at 2007. In July, the Economic and Social Council approved the admission of the Sudan as a member of ESCWA. The regional commissions also found themselves dealing with the effects of the financial crisis that reached significant global proportions towards the end of the year. Within the context of their mandates, the Commissions began to consider what actions they might take to mitigate the effects of that crisis in their regions.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2008. v. 62; Vol. 62
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