- 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.
- 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.
- 22 Jun 2012
United Nations Regional Commissions welcomed the renewed trust placed by member States in the Commissions through the Rio+20 outcome document and the essential role they play in promoting an integrated and balanced approach to sustainable development at the regional level, a High-Level Roundtable heard on Thursday.
- 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.