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Introduction of SG’s report on Regional Cooperation to ECOSOC, 23 July 2019

web article 30 July

A new market of 1.2 billion people and a GDP of $2.5 trillion as a result of the African Continental Free Trade Area; an estimated loss of $614 billion as a result of conflicts in the Arab region (2010-15); economic costs amounting to 2% of Europe’s GDP resulting from road traffic deaths and injuries in Europe. These were some of the highlights delivered by Mr. Amr Nour, Director, Regional Commissions New York Office (RCNYO), in his presentation of the UN Secretary-General report on regional cooperation in the economic, social and related fields and regional initiatives to address sustainable development challenges and achieve the SDGs in the regions.