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Chairman of the ACIG Supervisory Board Viktor Tolmachev took part in the opening of the 69th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the work of the ministerial segment of the session

On April 25, the official opening of the 69th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific took place. In her welcoming speech, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Noeleen Heyzernoted that the Asia-Pacific nations are driving the global economic recovery and must take the lead in ushering in shared, sustainable social and economic prosperity for their people amid growing threats of multiple shocks that can set back development gains.

Addressing the annual regional development policymaking forum, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer underlined that Asia and the Pacific cannot continue traveling on the same development path and needs a transformational change towards a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future. "This change towards inclusive and sustainable development will not prove easy. Great transitions demand even greater collective leadership. That is why we are here today, as leaders of Asia and the Pacific, to discuss, to decide, and to assume a more active role in the stewardship of our region, our people and our planet."

The Chairman of the ACIG Supervisory Board Viktor Tolmachev presented his report within the framework of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue.  He emphasized significant contribution of the Russian Federation in development and implementation of the UN ESCAP resolutions, in particular "Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports" (initiated by the Republic of Korea and Mongolia), "Implementation of the Teheran Declaration for facilitation Establishment of Public-Private Partnerships in the field of Infrastructure Development in the Asia-Pacific Region for the benefit of sustainable development" (initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and Cambodia), "Transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the UN Development Agenda for the 21st century beyond 2015" (initiated by Japan and Thailand). At the end of his speech, Mr. Tolmachev noted that the outcome of practical and fruitful work of the representatives of delegations from Japan and the Russian Federation at the session influenced the relations between these two countries and were reflected in the meeting of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with the Prime Minister of Japan  Shinzō Abe

The following people took part in the work of the session:

President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein, Prime Minster of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Mr. Gordon Darcy Lilo, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Mr. Plodprasop Suraswadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR and Chair of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation Mr. Sarath Amunugama, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Jan Eliasson, United Nations Under-Secretaries-General & Executive Secretaries of the United Nations Regional Commissions, as well as delegates from 41countries.