- 18 Nov 2013
Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week 2013 opened in Bangkok today with a regional conference on responsible business practices jointly organised by ESCAP and OECD. Key conference findings suggest that Asia-Pacific governments should take a stronger lead in guiding and promoting responsible business practices and that this can be done by promoting a business climate that rewards good behaviour.
- 18 Nov 2013
The Asia-Pacific region needs to move beyond the orthodox model of export-led growth, and towards inclusive trade and investment that benefits all, a new United Nations report released today said.
- 18 Nov 2013
Ground-breaking new maps of the Global Information Superhighway, which will help bridge the digital divide in Asia-Pacific, were today jointly released by ESCAP and ITU. For the first time ever, the ITU Interactive Terrestrial Transmission/ESCAP Asia Pacific Information Superhighway Maps will show policy makers and investors where the missing links in terrestrial transmission are across the region, assisting ESCAP in its efforts to bring affordable ICT and broadband connectivity for all.
- 13 Nov 2013
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will launch its annual Trade and Investment Report 2013 on Monday, 18 November, marking the first day of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week.
- 8 Nov 2013
Recognizing the critical need to move toward a more sustainable path of development, ESCAP and member countries showed their leadership and commitment at the signing ceremony of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports held as part of the Forum of Asian Ministers of Transport.
- 7 Nov 2013
Transport ministers and senior government representatives from more than 25 Asia-Pacific countries began a two-day meeting here today to discuss the critical role of transport in overcoming development challenges and in achieving sustainable development and efficient, safe and clean mobility in the region.
- 6 Nov 2013
The First Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) was launched last week as an effort in East Asia to support the use of product labels that tell customers the carbon dioxide emissions created as a by-product of manufacturing, transporting or disposing of the item they are buying.
- 1 Nov 2013
Senior government representatives from 16 Asia-Pacific countries wrapped up a three-day meeting this week that focused on regional cooperation related to environment and development.
- 30 Oct 2013
Ahead of the forthcoming 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, which may conclude Afghanistan’s accession negotiation, the technical capacity of Afghan public and private stakeholders to take advantage of opportunities and address challenges of WTO membership was further enhanced with a two-day workshop organized by the South and South-West Asia Office of ESCAP and the International Trade Centre.
- 28 Oct 2013
Mongolia successfully concluded negotiations with all participating States for its accession to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) at the close of last week. The Standing Committee of APTA at its forty-second session reached a consensus officially welcoming Mongolia as the seventh member of the Agreement. Current members include Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka.
- 16 Oct 2013
Business leaders from across the region will convene in Bangkok next month for the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF), the only regional multi-stakeholder business forum organized annually by ESCAP. The tenth session of the Forum will run from November 25-26.
- 8 Oct 2013
The 28th Commemoration of World Habitat Day took place on Monday, 7 October. This year’s theme was urban mobility, and to mark the occasion, UN-Habitat, UNESCAP and UNDP co-organised an event at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok (UNCC) to gain different perspectives from various stakeholder groups on the future of urban mobility in Bangkok.
- 7 Oct 2013
The world is at a critical juncture, with energy consumption rising dramatically. Even allowing for the positive impacts of the policy commitments and plans announced by countries to address global climate change, total primary energy demand in Asia and the Pacific alone is expected to nearly double between 2010 and 2030. How will the Asia-Pacific region meet this demand? How will we grow in a sustainable way that is both equitable and efficient? How can universal energy access be achieved?
- 1 Oct 2013
A pivotal, country-driven declaration affirming Pacific member States’ participation in the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) and the decision to establish a Pacific repository for energy data was signed by eleven Pacific heads of state and shared with the United Nations Secretary-General on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
- 1 Oct 2013
More than 35 experts from Asia-Pacific National Disaster Management Agencies and National Statistical Offices, United Nations agencies, donors and civil society gathered this week in Sendai to develop a way forward in building an evidence-based resilience system through improved collection and dissemination of disaster data.