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Heads of Regional Commissions present regional trends to the UN General Assembly Second Committee

 

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The Executive Secretaries of the five Regional Commissions (ReCs) presented to the UN General Assembly’s Second Committee the key trends in relation to how regional integration and cooperation have contributed to advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on 26 October 2018 in New York.

The presentations focused on transboundary issues, macroeconomic policy questions, trade, and market integration. In addition, they 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 as well as regional and subregional agendas.

Member States 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