- 7 Mar 2014
To ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment receive sufficient priority as necessary conditions for meaningful, inclusive and sustainable development, any post-2015 development framework should contain a stand-alone goal on gender equality, the United Nations underscored at a forum today.
- 5 Mar 2014
This year’s Asia-Pacific commemoration of International Women’s Day will be dedicated to the theme: ‘Equality for women is progress for all. The commemoration is being organized by the United Nations Regional Coordination Mechanism Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, under the leadership of ESCAP and UN Women.
- 3 Mar 2014
A summary of upcoming events, seminars and other activities throughout ESCAP for 3-12 March 2014.
- 26 Feb 2014
At its inaugural session this week, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, adopted a five-year road map for the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’ for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.
- 7 Feb 2014
Early warning systems for natural disasters in the Indian Ocean and southeast Asian countries were today strengthened by a 500,000 Euro contribution from the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and a new agreement with ESCAP.
- 5 Feb 2014
Latest news updates from ESCAP.
- 3 Feb 2014
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), officially took office today in Bangkok.
- 30 Jan 2014
South Asia must revisit the concept of the South Asian identity and explore a brighter common future beyond its immediate challenges and predicaments, said award-winning Pakistani academic Dr. Adil Najam, Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment at Boston University, in New Delhi last week.
- 28 Jan 2014
A new presidential initiative to create jobs for young people and investment opportunities in Myanmar’s IT sector was today announced by ESCAP, during the Second Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum in Nay Pyi Taw.
- 24 Jan 2014
More than 60 high-level government representatives, including the Minister of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Fiji and three Permanent Secretaries, as well as key stakeholders from civil society and academia gathered yesterday in Suva, Fiji to discuss the Social Protection Toolbox, a cutting-edge platform designed by UN ESCAP to build consensus toward broader and more robust social protection coverage.
- 16 Jan 2014
“Developing economies can no longer depend on developed countries to act as an engine of economic growth. They will have to rely on each other, and on internal demand,” Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, from Columbia University, said during a seminar organized by ESCAP-SSWA, in New Delhi this week.
- 9 Jan 2014
Graced by the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão today launched the first national Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific. The launch was made with the support of UN Resident Coordinator and UN Country team of Timor–Leste, under the leadership of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Timor-Leste, and with the technical coordination of FAO.
- 7 Jan 2014
Graced by the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, supported by ESCAP, will launch the first United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific. The launch will take place at the National Parliament of Timor-Leste in Dili.
- 26 Dec 2013
Nine years ago we witnessed the deadliest natural disaster in history. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded triggered massive tsunami waves that cut a path of destruction through the Asia and the Pacific and cascading walls of water swallowed up lives and livelihoods. Inevitably, another large tsunami wave will strike our shores, another typhoon will form far out at sea, and another drought will emerge as climate change accelerates. When that day comes, our region will be better prepared, with early warning systems and regional cooperation mechanisms in place, so that vulnerable people are brought to safety and losses minimized.
- 23 Dec 2013
Asia-Pacific countries unanimously adopted a landmark declaration at a United Nations forum of ministers, outlining the road map towards a regional economic community.