The United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana during an interview with Bernama International News Service today.
PUTRAJAYA, March 14 (Bernama) -- The United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, will meet Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah on Thursday to seek greater cooperation with Malaysia for the success of UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
It is centred on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership.
Alisjahbana said Malaysia, as an active member country, could share its success stories with the regional development arm of the UN on several aspects including its smart cities initiatives.
"Since I'm new, this courtesy call will also seek his (Saifuddin’s) views on how Malaysia can cooperate further with ESCAP and also convey our appreciation to the Malaysian government for their strong support for ESCAP's work," she told Bernama International News Service, here, today.
Alisjahbana, who arrived here yesterday, is scheduled to leave tomorrow.
Since her appointment in November 2018, Bangkok-based Alisjahbana had visited several countries including China, South Korea and India.
Made up of 53 Member States and nine Associate Members, ESCAP is the largest UN body and the most comprehensive of UN's five regional commissions, serving the Asia-Pacific region with over 600 staff.