Regional Commissions’ Dialogue with the UN Second Committee, 18 October 2021

Regional Commissions’ Dialogue with the UN Second Committee, 18 October 2021

“Rising global inequalities: turning promises into action”

76th session of the UN General Assembly Monday, 18 October, 10 AM – 1 PM EST

Energized by strong Member States support, the Regional Commissions concluded their annual Dialogue with the UNGA Second Committee.

Monday, 18 October.  Building on the theme “Rising global inequalities: turning promises into action”, the annual conversation presented regional perspectives the impacts of the pandemic in different types of inequalities and the importance of a renewed multilateral approach with regional cooperation at its core to safeguard the gains of the past and build a more resilient future, including in terms of health, climate change, gender equality, youth, and financing for development.

Key messages that emerged from the Dialogue were:

  • The importance of partnerships, regional, south-south and triangular cooperation to address the impacts of the pandemic, including collaboration with regional and subregional organizations such as CARICOM, ASEAN, AU, etc.;
  • The commitment to turn the pandemic recovery into an opportunity to build back better and leverage regional cooperation to advance the climate and sustainability agenda in areas such as energy, transport, disaster risk reduction; Information on debt swap initiatives supporting climate action;
  • A call to align the global financial system with other global priorities and ensure that developing countries have access to finance, including innovative sources of finance as debt for climate swap initiatives;
  • The urgency to address unequal access to vaccines as precondition to recover better;
  • The contribution of platforms and innovative tools spearheaded by the Regional Commissions that help Member States develop public policies and reach those farthest behind;
  • The acknowledgement of ongoing efforts to implement the UNDS reform in the regions and the role of Regional Commissions in enhancing cooperation with other UN entities in the regions and at country level, thereby contributing to a strengthened multilateralism; and
  • The role of RegComs in supporting response and recovery efforts and their longstanding contribution to implementing the 2030 Agenda and other internationally agreed commitments

The Chair of the General Assembly Second Committee, H.E. Ambassador Vanessa Frazier, Permanent Representative of Malta to the UN, conveyed the opening remarks, while the Dialogue was moderated by Ms. Rosa Malango, Director Regional Commissions New York Office.

The five Executive Secretaries each delivered presentations from the regional perspective on the theme which were followed by interactive rounds of discussions with the Member States.


Moderator’s Notes:  Ms. Rosa Malango, Director, Regional Commissions New York Office

Concept Note