- 14 Dec 2011
Despite the many gains that have been made in the last ten years, Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States remain vulnerable to economic shocks and other internal and external crises, according to officials and experts from around the Asia-Pacific region.
- 9 Dec 2011
Asia-Pacific growth will slow down significantly in 2012 due to continuing uncertainty in the advanced economies, but the region has the means to offset the adverse impact, according to latest United Nations macroeconomic projections and policy advice released here today.
- 8 Dec 2011
High inflation levels, in particular food and fuel prices could reduce Asia-Pacific growth by as much as 1.5 per cent over this year and next, the United Nations told senior government economic policymakers from across the region meeting here this week.
- 18 Nov 2011
Asia remains by far the most dynamic region in the world and the locomotive of global growth. Its growth rate is one and a half times that of any other region. But this growth has been accompanied by growing inequalities, and remains fragile. The region?s recovery has come under pressure in recent months from multiple crises ? increases in food and energy prices, the continuing global financial crisis, and severe disruptions in Japan and six ASEAN countries caused by adverse climate conditions and natural disasters. Because of these multiple shocks 42 million additional people will fall into poverty by the end of 2011, according to estimates by the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
- 3 Nov 2011
The G20 Cannes Summit takes place later this week against the backdrop of a worsening turmoil in the global economy characterized by a serious loss of confidence in the sustainability of the recovery, the deepening debt crisis in the eurozone, and persistent fiscal difficulties and high unemployment in the United States. The slow down of advanced economies is once again affecting the pace of recovery of developing economies as in 2008/09. The overarching priority for the leaders should be to revive the confidence with expansionary policies in advanced economies in the short term while formulating credible fiscal consolidation plans for the medium term. Beyond restoring global confidence, the leaders should send a clear and strong message that the achievement of key developmental objectives ? such as the Millennium Development Goals, narrowing development gaps ? and other policies to foster inclusive and sustainable development have to occupy a central place in sustaining growth.
- 14 Oct 2011
At some point this month, October 2011, a child will be born and the World's population will have reached seven billion. There is a good chance that this childbirth will take place in the Asia-Pacific region; home to 61% of the World's population. If the child is born in the Asia-Pacific region, it will most likely be a boy: In 2010, among children below the age of five, there were 110 boys for every 100 girls. This is much higher than the natural sex ratio, and higher than any other region of the world.
- 11 Aug 2011
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of China announced this week that they will work together to close the gender gap as part of regional efforts to address rising inequality and disparities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in China and other countries in Asia-Pacific.
- 8 Aug 2011
Government officials in Palau joined United Nations experts at a training workshop here on the use of satellite technology to improve the Pacific island nation’s preparedness for natural disasters that are a major threat to national physical and economic well-being.
- 29 Jul 2011
Senior government representatives of over 30 Asia-Pacific countries ended three days of United Nations-sponsored discussions here today, seeking the world body’s support to remove bottlenecks to intraregional trade and investment, giving special attention to least developed and landlocked developing countries.
- 27 Jul 2011
The least developed, as well as geographically disadvantaged Asia-Pacific nations need support to overcome their marginalization in the region’s booming trade and investment growth, the United Nations told a biannual forum of policy makers from the region here today.
- 25 Jul 2011
Export recovery has led Asia and the Pacific out of the 2009 global economic and financial crisis, allowing the region to emerge as an important stabilizing force and engine of world economic growth, a new United Nations report released here today said.
- 25 Jul 2011
Policy makers, business leaders and experts from Asia-Pacific countries began discussions today in Bangkok at the Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2011(APBF) to identify trade and investment opportunities to help sustain the region’s lead role in the global economic recovery.
- 21 Jul 2011
Wide gaps in human development together with inadequate physical infrastructure and intraregional trade are holding back the Asia-Pacific region from taking its rightful place as the global economic centre of gravity, the top regional United Nations official said here today.
- 20 Jul 2011
Changes taking place in the world economy are likely to catapult the Asia-Pacific region as the centre of gravity of the world economy with China, India and Indonesia emerging as the growth poles for not only the region, but also the entire world. However, there are some important challenges on the way for this transformation to take place. Focusing on inclusive development and deepening regional cooperation will be critical in overcoming the barriers while leading to a more balanced and sustainable pattern of development.
- 14 Jul 2011
Some 500 children and youth from across Thailand, many with disabilities, assembled at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand today, together with national artists, teachers and volunteers for the launch of a UN initiative to promote an inclusive and barrier-free society.