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UN Group Reassures Support

The executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (UNESCAP), Dr Shamshad Akhtar, has reassured the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, of their support. She told Ratu Epeli that
28 Jan 2015 12:54
UN Group Reassures Support
The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (left), with the UNESCAP executive secretary, Dr Shamshad Akhtar, at the United Nations Office in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Office of the President of Fiji

The executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (UNESCAP), Dr Shamshad Akhtar, has reassured the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, of their support.

She told Ratu Epeli that the organisation would provide a more holistic response to the challenges faced by Fiji and Pacific island countries.

Dr Akhtar gave the assurance while receiving a courtesy call by the President, who was in Bangkok to attend the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS.

She said ESCAP would play a deeper and stronger role in addressing the challenges that Pacific island countries faced in their effort to address social, economic and health-related issues.

“We want to develop a more holistic approach in dealing with issues at the regional level. ESCAP will also strengthen its support towards countries with special needs,” she said.

Dr Akhtar said UNESCAP was taking a new and strategic role in the region which will also require the co-operation and commitment of member countries.

UNESCAP will be convening several key meetings this year including a regional consultation on finance to be held in Jakarta in March, and the commission meeting in Bangkok in May.

UNESCAP is encouraging Pacific island countries to attend these meetings to help refine UNESCAP’s support structure for the region.

The President’s courtesy call on Dr Akhtar was made yesterday prior to the start of the intergovernmental meeting on HIV and AIDS from today until Friday, January 30.

The President in congratulating Dr Akhtar on her appointment said as executive secretary said: “I particularly appreciate the leadership in ESCAP in partnering with UNAIDS and using the ESCAP platform to address legal and policy barriers to HIV services, and for regional accountability.”

 

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