Committees

The Third Session of ESCAP's Committee on Social Development took place from 18-20 August 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Photo Credit: UN ESCAP/Christian Dohrmann

The Commission established eight committees through resolution 64/1, adopted in April 2008:

  • Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development;
  • Committee on Trade and Investment;
  • Committee on Transport;
  • Committee on Environment and Development;
  • Committee on Information and Communications Technology;
  • Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • Committee on Social Development;
  • Committee on Statistics.

The Committees meet biennially and within their respective areas of purview, they:

  • Review and analyse regional trends;
  • Identify priorities and emerging issues and consult on regional approaches, taking into consideration subregional aspects;
  • Promote regional dialogue, including its subregional synergies, and an exchange of experiences on policies and programmes;
  • Consider common regional positions as inputs to global processes and promote regional followup to their outcomes;
  • Propose issues for consideration by the Commission as possible resolutions;
  • Monitor the implementation of Commission resolutions;
  • Promote a collaborative approach to addressing the development challenges of the region, where appropriate, between Governments and civil society, the private sector and the United Nations and other international institutions at the regional and subregional levels.

Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development:

The Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development addresses the following issues:

  • Experiences and practices in formulating and implementing macroeconomic policies to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable and inclusive development;
  • Regional economic development policies and options, including in the area of financing for development;
  • Strategies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, with a special focus on poverty reduction;
  • Pro-poor economic growth for increasing the income and employment of the poor;
  • Progress towards graduation of the least developed countries through the mobilization of regional efforts to address poverty reduction and other identified concerns of countries with special needs;
  • Policy options and programmes for reducing rural poverty, including those with a gender dimension, through the sustainable development of secondary crops.

The Committee is serviced by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division.

Committee on Trade and Investment:

The Committee on Trade and Investment addresses the following issues:

  • Regional cooperative mechanisms and agreements in trade, investment and finance, including the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement;
  • Policy options on trade and investment, enterprise development and finance;
  • Policy options and strategies for sustainable economic growth and rural poverty reduction through agro-technology transfer and agro-based enterprise development;
  • Technology transfer to address regional development challenges.

The Committee is serviced by the Trade and Investment Division.

Committee on Transport:

The Committee on Transport addresses the following issues:

  • Transport policy options and programmes, including those targeting the Millennium Development Goals;
  • The Asian Highway, Trans-Asian Railway and other initiatives promoted by the Commission for planning international intermodal transport linkages;
  • Measures to improve road safety and the efficiency of transport operations and logistics;
  • Support for the accession and implementation of international transport agreements.

The Committee is serviced by the Transport Division.

Committee on Environment and Development:

The Committee on Environment and Development addresses the following issues:

  • Integration of environmental sustainability in development policy;
  • Policies and strategies for the use of sustainable planning and the use of water resources;
  • Regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy resources.

The Committee is serviced by the Environment and Development Division.

Committee on Information and Communications Technology:

The Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) addresses the following issues:

  • Integration of ICT-related issues in development policies, plans and programmes;
  • Transfer and application of ICT at the regional and subregional levels;
  • Development of human and institutional capacity in the use of ICT;
  • ICT applications for disaster risk reduction.

The Committee is serviced by the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division.

Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction:

The Committee on Disaster Risk Reductions addresses the following issues:

  • Policy options and strategies on multi-hazard disaster risk reduction and mitigation;
  • Regional cooperation mechanisms for disaster risk management, including space and other technical support systems;
  • Multi-hazard assessment, preparedness, early warning and response to disaster risks.

The Committee is serviced by the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division.

Committee on Social Development:

The Committee on Social Development addresses the following issues:

  • Population Dynamics;
  • HIV/AIDS;
  • Gender Equality;
  • Social Protection;
  • International Migration;
  • Disability;
  • Ageing;
  • Youth.

The Committee is serviced by the Social Development Division.

Committee on Statistics:

The Committee on Statistics addresses the following issues:

  • Tracking key socio-economic and environmental trends in the ESCAP region, especially progress towards the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Identifying data requirements for economic, social and environmental analysis in accordance with internationally agreed standards and good practices;
  • Capacity-building for national statistical offices in the ESCAP region to produce, disseminate and analyse data in accordance with internationally agreed standards and good practices.

The Committee is serviced by the Statistics Division.