ASEAN vows to narrow development gap
Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy reiterated ASEAN's commitment to narrowing development gaps between its members at the 57thsession of the Commission for Social Development of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York on Tuesday.
Ambassador Quy said ASEAN has made great progress in implementing the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI), a cooperative framework that allows less developed countries to receive help from others. He also affirmed ASEAN's commitment to improving living standards for the elderly, the disabled, children, women, and young people through practical initiatives.
The 57th session of the Commission for Social Development was themed Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage, and social protection policies. President of the 73rd UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces said multilateralism is the best and only means to cope with global challenges that are hampering sustainable development. She said dealing with inequality is an urgent mission to prevent undeveloped countries from being left behind.