- 20 Jun 2012
"We are in a race against time. Persistent poverty, inequality, hunger, unemployment, ever-shrinking natural resources, increasing stress on our ecosystems and climate change are among the most urgent issues being addressed at Rio+20. It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform ideas and aspirations into bold action," stated Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of ESCAP at the Rio+20 high-level meeting that opened today.
- 18 Jun 2012
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20 to 22 June. More than 100 presidents, prime ministers, and the UN Secretary-General will be joined by thousands of business CEOs, parliamentarians, mayors, civil society leaders and representatives, academics and senior UN officials to set an agenda for sustainable development that will reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
- 29 May 2012
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under Secretary-General, proposed today a five point call for action, urging media to use their skills and resources to create greater impact on sustainable development, the single most important challenge in Asia Pacific, and ensure more people benefit from development.
- 28 May 2012
The United Nations today called on Asia-Pacific media leaders to help push the region towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to prevent over 2.5 million child and maternal deaths and ensure basic amenities to hundreds of millions of people by the year 2015.
- 28 May 2012
The United Nations ESCAP unveiled here today a blueprint to help developing countries in the region sustain economic growth needed to reduce poverty amidst worsening resource constraints and climate impacts.
- 24 May 2012
Asia-Pacific governments have issued a call to action to strengthen regional economic integration, trade and energy connectivity as keystones of a future of shared and sustainable regional growth in the face of daunting socio-economic and environmental challenges.
- 23 May 2012
Top Asia-Pacific economic policymakers speaking at United Nations panel here outlined an agenda to make the region’s dynamic prosperity more inclusive and sustainable amidst deepening global economic uncertainty and environmental pressures.
- 21 May 2012
Facing economic uncertainty abroad, resource constraints and widening social inequalities at home, Asia and the Pacific must come closer together to sustain its dynamic growth and ecological health, making prosperity more inclusive, the United Nations told leaders of the region here today.
- 18 May 2012
Leaders of Pacific Island developing nations attending a regional United Nations meeting here yesterday appealed to the world to help them deal with the impact of climate change and protect their marine environment to ensure their well-being and very survival.
- 17 May 2012
Asia-Pacific countries began deliberations here today at an annual United Nations forum to review policy options for deepening integration within the region to maintain its dynamism while making it inclusive and sustainable, amidst continuing global economic uncertainty.
- 14 May 2012
The 68th Commission Session of ESCAP under the theme, “Growing Together: Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century” will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 17 to 23 May. The annual Session comprises two parts: the Senior Officials Segment from 17 to 19 May in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, which will be held from 21 to 23 May. The Ministerial Segment will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Thailand.
- 10 May 2012
Uncertainty and volatility have quickly become the 'new normal' of the global economy. For several reasons, this turbulent external environment poses the most significant threat to Asia-Pacific growth in 2012.
- 4 May 2012
Climate change mitigation and adaptation must go hand in hand with efforts to make development more inclusive and sustainable in Asia-Pacific countries, the top United Nations official in the region said here today.
- 2 May 2012
The 2012 edition of the "Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific: Pursuing Shared Prosperity in an Era of Turbulence and High Commodity Prices" will be launched on Thursday, 10 May 2012 at 11:30 A.M., at the Theatre of the United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok.
- 25 Apr 2012
Balancing sustainable development with high rates of economic growth requires agreement on a new energy compact for Asia and the Pacific, the top United Nations Asia-Pacific official told a forum of sector policymakers here today.
“The Asia-Pacific economy is an engine of growth – but to keep it running we need cleaner, more sustainable, more accessible energy,” said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).