The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia, together with the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) Secretariat and the Ministry of Economy and Development of Mongolia, organized the First Annual Forum on Connectivity on 17 October 2022 in Ulaanbaatar. The Annual Forum is a side event to the 22nd Meeting of the GTI Consultative Commission scheduled to be held in December. Under the guidance of the Ministry of Economy and Development as the 2022 Consultative Commission country chair, the Forum focused on the theme “Framework for Agriculture Development and Food Security in the Greater Tumen Region”.
Officials of GTI member countries (China, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation) attending various GTI sectoral bodies participated. GTI member countries shared national initiatives and policies addressing food security and agricultural development and identified opportunities for cooperation. Experts also shared developments and challenges on food security considering on-going crises and highlighted the key role of cross-sectoral linkages in addressing these challenges.
The Annual Forum on Connectivity aims to provide a regular platform for sectoral bodies to engage on connectivity-related issues of common interests. The Forum is jointly organized by the country chair of the GTI Consultative Commission, GTI Secretariat and ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and is a regular side event leading up to the yearly meeting of the GTI Consultative Commission. ESCAP through its East and North-East Office works in partnership with GTI to promote sustainable economic development through regional cooperation and integration in line with the ESCAP-GTI Memorandum of Understanding.
Further information of the Forum outcomes and presentations are available at: https://www.unescap.org/events/2022/1st-annual-forum-connectivity-side-event-22nd-meeting-gti-consultative-commission
Further information on the Greater Tumen Initiative: http://www.tumenprogramme.org/