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UN Regional Arm For W. Asia Meets On Financing

UN regional arm for Western Asia meets on financing for development

26 May 2008 – The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) today kicked off its 25th session today in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, with the ministerial level participants focusing on financing for development in the region.

The Session, which is held every other year, is seen as the main governing of ESCWA, which decides on its policy.

Also attending the four-day meeting are representatives of UN agencies, UN Member States which are not part of ESCWA, governmental and non-governmental organizations, donor agencies, regional experts, academia and media.

This Session will be held in two segments: the first is technical, bringing together senior officials of each of ESCWA's 13 Member States, while the second is the ministerial portion, to be attended by heads of delegations present at the event.

ESCWA – comprising Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen – is one of the UN's five regional commissions and seeks to support economic and social cooperation and promote development to achieve regional integration.

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