- 4 Oct 2012
Asia-Pacific countries launched a five-year campaign here today aimed at promoting greater use of space technology and the Geographic Information System (GIS) for improved disaster risk reduction and management as well as to minimize the environmental costs of economic growth in the region.
- 1 Oct 2012
One of the world's most natural disaster-prone nations, Bangladesh has to live with recurring floods and cyclones which have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives over the past four decades. A high government priority, disaster preparedness is also good economics. Studies show that for every $1 invested in storm, cyclone and flood warning prediction systems in Bangladesh, the estimated return is between $8 and $500 for a 10-year period. The investments made so far have contributed to the saving of thousands of lives, and the Government is stepping up its efforts.
- 17 Sep 2012
Rising international food prices, continuing economic uncertainty in the United States and euro zone as well as volatile capital flows to the region were among Asia-Pacific concerns shared with a high-level representative from the Mexican presidency of the G20 at a United Nations forum here today.
- 14 Sep 2012
High-level officials from Central Asian and neighbouring countries meeting this week at a sustainable energy forum organized here by the United Nations, have affirmed the critical role of international cooperation in improving access to clean and efficient power vital for sustainable and inclusive growth.
- 14 Sep 2012
Asia-Pacific governments have concluded three days of talks by endorsing the Bangkok Statement on the Asia-Pacific Review of the Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA).
- 10 Sep 2012
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of India have signed an agreement completing the process of establishing the ESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia which was inaugurated here last December.
- 31 Aug 2012
The newly established ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office (ESCAP-SSWA) based in New Delhi, which serves 10 countries in the subregion including Afghanistan, joined hands with the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva to organize a unique programme for public and private sector representatives involved in Afghanistan’s WTO membership accession.
- 22 Aug 2012
“Cambodia provides a good example of the innovation and leadership that will be required by Asia-Pacific countries in the next phase of rebalancing growth and economic development,” said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), meeting today with the Ministry for Environment of Cambodia.
- 22 Aug 2012
“Investing in women’s entrepreneurial leadership, and the empowerment of women, is smart economics - which is why women’s empowerment is one of the most important development priorities for the countries of Asia and the Pacific,” said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), addressing senior Cambodian policy-makers and women business leaders here today, as part of an official visit to the country.
- 12 Aug 2012
Over 60% of the world's youth live in Asia and the Pacific - more than 750 million young women and men. They are a key asset and by investing in our youth, the Asia-Pacific region can ensure a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable future for all.
- 20 Jul 2012
Non-tariff measures, such as regulatory standards for manufactured and agricultural goods, can have a significant impact on trade — possibly even more than tariffs — according to the latest edition of the WTO’s flagship publication.
- 16 Jul 2012
The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), a Regional Institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific based in New Delhi, will be celebrating its 35th anniversary on 16 July 2012.
- 5 Jul 2012
Difficulties in raising sufficient domestic and external resources to finance the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), along with the numerous drawbacks of traditional aid, are leading the quest for innovative sources of development finance. The World Economic and Social Survey 2012 analyses current and proposed mechanisms for innovative development finance and highlights mechanisms that can increase the scale of development financing available, as well as provide stable and predictable financing to enhance sustainable development.
- 25 Jun 2012
“The message from the countries of Asia and the Pacific is that getting it right means that Rio+20 must rebalance the pillars of sustainable development – ensuring that people are placed more firmly at the centre of the post-Rio+20 agenda,” Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) told an audience that included heads of State and Government and senior Ministers at a Rio+20 side event focused on regional approaches to sustainable development.