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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
26 October 2005

General Assembly

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixtieth General Assembly
Second Committee
AM Meeting



Delegates Hold Interactive Discussion on Globalization,
Interdependence with Heads of United Nations Regional Commissions

Managing globalization and the resultant inequalities had become a core concern in meeting development challenges, Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said this morning as the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held an interactive dialogue with the heads of the United Nations regional commissions.

Introducing the topic, “Globalization and interdependence”, Mr. Kim, the current Coordinator of the regional commissions, pointed out globalization’s mostly uneven effects within and across countries, and stressed the importance of coherent policies and institutional support at the national, regional and global levels in promoting sustained development.


Discussing the impact of instability on addressing the challenges of globalization, Mervat Tallawy, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), ...


To a query about development and conflict, Ms. Tallawy said that ESCWA had carried out training courses in Beirut for Iraqis drafting the country’s constitution.  It had also helped the Palestinian Authority decide on its development priorities, rather than leaving them to the international community.  At the Palestinian Forum in 2004, for example, several United Nations agencies, as well as the donor community, had focused on the development choices of the Authority itself.


The Second Committee will meet again at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, 27 October, to begin its consideration of permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.  It is also expected to hear an introduction of a draft resolution relating to humanitarian assistance and reconstruction and to begin its discussion of globalization and interdependence.

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