The United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia -- ECWA -- has been considering moving its headquarters form Beirut, capital of war-torn Lebanon.
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Background: The United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia -- ECWA -- has been considering moving its headquarters form Beirut, capital of war-torn Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: The Commission met under the chairmanship of the head of the Qatari delegation, Aayyed Abdul Rahman Al-Attiyah. The two-day meeting, which opened in Doha, the Qatari capital on Sunday (August 22), was also scheduled to formulate a special report on its activities for its parent body, the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
The Commission was set up in 1974. It has 12 full members -- mainly Arabian Gulf states and their neighbours -- and 16 nations from Europe and North America who participate with consultative status.
The Chairman of the Qatar session, Mr. Al-Attiyah, said the Commission was looking for the full support of member states to promote economic and social developments in the region covered by ECWA.
The Commission's brief for its first five years was to concentrate on the development of water, food, petrochemicals and fertilisers, manpower, tourism, public finance and administration, natural resources, population, transport, telecommunications and electricity.
Originally, headquarters for the first five-year stage was to be Beirut until a permanent site could be found. But the 16-month-old civil was in Lebanon, which has virtually destroyed the nation, brought forward the plans for a new headquarters. At the Qatar session it was high on the agenda. Iraq and Syria put forward proposals concerning the new headquarters.