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Dialogue of the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions with the UN General Assembly Second Committee, Friday, 26 October 2018



Dialogue of the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions

with the UN General Assembly Second Committee

UNGA 73rd session – Friday, 26 October 2018, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CR- 2 UN Headquarters, New York

Regional Integration and Cooperation in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda recognizes the centrality of the regional dimension and the role of the regional organizations in implementation, follow-up and review of progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, strengthening regional cooperation is a key precondition for the rapid, balanced and sustained development of all Member States, whilst bearing in mind the specific needs of each region’s groups of countries (LDCs, LLDCs, MICs, SIDS and countries affected by conflict). Serving as regional repositories of multisectoral knowledge, data and policy solutions, the Regional Commissions facilitate cooperation between regions and promote harmonization of cross-border standards, with the provision of technical support, training and the application of methodologies and successful regional integration models.

 Against this backdrop, the Executive Secretaries of the five Regional Commissions (ReCs) presented to the UN General Assembly’s Second Committee on how regional integration and cooperation have contributed to advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with a focus on transboundary issues, macroeconomic policy questions, trade, and market integration. In addition, the presentations took stock of how Regional Commissions have evolved and aligned their programmes of work to the requirements of the 2030 Agenda with a view to better support their Member States and regional /subregional agendas.

Member States (17 speakers from all regions, including G77 and China, and LLDCs) emphasized the critical role of the ReCS in translating regional and transboundary issues into national development plans. In addition, Member States expressed their appreciation to the ReCs for providing an intergovernmental platform in setting norms and standards, strengthening national capacities through technical advisory services and conducting evidence-based policy analysis using comprehensive data. Moreover, Member States reiterated that the ongoing reform of the UN development system should seek to enhance the unique strengths and functions of the ReCS in the respective regions