In their last meeting during the term of Executive Secretary Mervat Tallawy, the ambassadors of UN-ESCWA member countries will meet at 11 am on Wednesday 16 May 2007 at the UN House in Beirut. The meeting comes within the context of the regular Advisory Committee meetings and is the second for this year. Tallawy will open the meeting with a statement addressed to the participants and media representatives.
The meeting will include a presentation of the achievements of UN-ESCWA during the last six years and a discussion of the future of the Commission in light of international and regional changes. Participants will discuss the most prominent activities implemented since the last meeting of the Advisory Committee, as well as the work programme of UN-ESCWA for the upcoming period.
The Advisory Committee was established by UNESCWA resolution 175 (XV) of 18 May 1989 to strengthen the role and performance of the Commission. It consists of heads of diplomatic missions in the host country of the Commission, as well as a high-level representative of the host country. The Advisory Committee plays a consultative role and functions as a major means of communication between member countries and the UNESCWA Secretariat and among member countries themselves on important matters requiring attention during the period between the biennial sessions of the Commissions.