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ESCWA Annual Report 2010 A Year in Review
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Contents Foreword 5 Introduction 7 2010 in brief Overview of ESCWA 11 Inside ESCWA ESCWA in Action ESCWA Substantive Work Subprogramme 1 Integrated management of natural resources for sustainable development 21 Subprogramme 2 Integrated social policies 29 Subprogramme 3 Economic development and integration 35 Subprogramme 4 Information and communications technology for regional integration 41 Subprogramme 5 Statistics for evidence-based policymaking 47 Subprogramme 6 Advancement of women 53 Subprogramme 7 Conflict mitigation and development 59 Programme Support Programme Planning and Technical Cooperation 67 Administration 71 Media and Communications 73 2010 in pictures 74
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ESCWA Annual Report 2010 | 5 Foreword he year 2010 represented a year of stock-taking and change for ESCWA and the region. This Annual Report documents the Commission’s response and its efforts to promote socio-economic development, advance regional integration and enhance coordination between its member countries across a broad range of substantive areas. Throughout 2010, ESCWA continued to push the agenda of inclusive and sustainable development, and over the course of the year strengthened its partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders. Together with our member countries – who reaffirmed our mandate and their confidence in the organization – ESCWA mapped the way forward at the twenty-sixth session of the Commission in May 2010. Key areas, such as the challenges and opportunities of youth, and the need for human and institutional capacity-building, were discussed in detail, and concrete actions and recommendations proposed to address them. To increase the engagement of stakeholders on priority issues and in its role as convenor of the Regional Coordination Mechanism meetings, ESCWA brought together high-level representatives from United Nations organizations and key regional actors at the fourteenth meeting of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for the Arab States, convened under the leadership of the Deputy Secretary-General in Beirut in November 2010. In the face of the challenges to resource mobilization resulting from the global slowdown, ESCWA continued to drive efforts for regional coordination and cooperation to make optimal use of all available human and financial resources. Last year was an important year for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In a joint effort between 11 United Nations agencies in the Arab region, and in close collaboration with the League of Arab States, ESCWA led a review of the MDGs in the region, culminating in the publication of The Third Arab Report on the Millennium Development Goals 2010 and the Impact of the Global Economic Crises. The Report documents the progress in our region towards achieving the MDGs by 2015 and highlights the challenges posed by the global economic crises. While the ESCWA region is on track to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, it has had mixed success in achieving universal primary education and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Additional efforts are needed to promote gender equality and the
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