Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The seventy-seventh session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was held virtually from 26 to 29 April 2021 under the theme, “Building back better from crises through regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific.”
This year’s session being organized virtually due to the pandemic, centered around four critical interconnected areas: broadening social protection, investing in a sustained recovery, strengthening connectivity and supply chains; and mending a broken relationship with nature, and provided analyses of the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic in countries of Asia and the Pacific set out a policy agenda for building back better grounded in regional cooperation.
H.E. Mr. Kh.Battulga, President of Mongolia, who addressed the delegates on the first day of the forum, emphasized the importance of "successfully overcoming the crisis caused by the pandemic, linking the economic recovery process with human-centered development policies and taking a big picture of solutions." He noted that "infrastructure, energy and transportation are the pillars of development for landlocked Mongolia" and informed about Mongolia’s proposal to build an energy super grid to address the effective use and distribution of electricity in Northeast Asian region.
H.E. Ms B.Battsetseg, Minister for Foreign Affairs who attended the session on its second day of deliberations, gave a detailed presentation on the measures taken by the Government of Mongolia to protect the health of the population and ensure access to immunization during the Covid-19 pandemic, and strengthen the social protection of citizens during the crisis. Moreover, she noted that as landlocked developing country Mongolia issues related to regional integration, including improving transport and infrastructure connectivity, remains to be solved, despite efforts by the Government to recover the economy and increase access to social protection in all sectors of society.
During the third day of the forum, J.Bat-Erdene, Deputy Minister of Roads and Transportation of Mongolia, who served as the Chair of the 6th Transport Committee of the UNESCAP, presented the results of the Committee meeting during the Commission's session.
H.E. A.Tumur, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, who was elected the Vice-chair of the Session chaired the final day of the 77th session of the Commission.
Source: Embassy of Mongolia in Thailand