- 6 Jul 2011
As the leader of the global economic recovery, the Asia-Pacific region must give priority to poverty reduction and inclusive development to sustain its dynamic growth, the top United Nations official in Asia-Pacific said here today.
- 4 Jul 2011
Sound governance is crucial for sustainable management of water resources threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Dr. Noeleen Heyzer told a forum of South-East Asian countries here today.
- 4 Jul 2011
More than 40 senior Bhutan government officials and policymakers are meeting in Thimphu this week for a United Nations information and communication technology (ICT) capacity building programme that aims to support national socio-economic development.
- 1 Jul 2011
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), other international development organizations and agencies and the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development held a conference of key stakeholders this week aimed at improving rice policies to increase the economic status of the country’s smallholder rice farmers and rural poor, and boost overall rice production in Myanmar.
- 1 Jul 2011
Asia-Pacific countries ended three days of talks at a United Nations forum here today, agreeing to work more closely together on disaster risk reduction and make this central to national development strategies.
Ministers and senior government officials from 31 countries, who met at the Second Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction, a subsidiary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), have asked the UN to help promote regional cooperation to minimize the adverse socio-economic and environmental impact of disasters.
- 24 Jun 2011
Asia's urban future is one of opportunity. Urbanization, well-managed, is a chance to put our development paradigm on the right track - on a track that will result in inclusive and sustainable development for Asia and the Pacific. However, keeping to this vision, we are cognizant of the threats that urbanization in the region brings. Changing our development paradigm will not be easy. We must plan our path forward on a deeper understanding of the challenges to overcome.
- 20 Jun 2011
Asia-Pacific countries can cushion themselves against food and fuel price shocks and natural disasters by more efficient use of resources and energy, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) told a forum of world leaders here today.
- 6 Jun 2011
Asia and the Pacific, more than any other region in the world, will experience greater transformation and change in the coming years, as the region's economic strength plays a greater role in the global economy and as its population centers struggle to overcome the burdens of poverty, hunger, natural disasters and social inequalities. The region's economic growth figures, recently released in the UN ESCAP Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011, indicate just how powerful Asia's economy is for the world already.
- 21 May 2011
It is widely agreed that crises create opportunities of sorts. As the Asia-Pacific region slowly emerges from the recession of 2008 and attempts to cope with the after-effects of a food crisis and natural disasters - including that which took place in highly-prepared Japan - governments are looking anew at ways to mitigate the rising insecurity and heightened social risks experienced by millions of people across the region, especially those living in or close to poverty.
- 9 May 2011
For the people of Asia's least developed countries - the 14 poorest Asian countries and Pacific small island states - the past decade was marked by multiple global economic crises and setbacks that prevented governments in each of the countries from succeeding in bringing their people out of extreme poverty. Despite some progress since 2001, the international development agenda for these neediest states remains unfinished. The 4th United Nations Conference on LDCs (UN LDC-IV) being held in Istanbul this week, brings together government leaders and international donors urgently seeking to establish a new course of action for this decade.
- 5 May 2011
ESCAP Economic and Social Survey urges G20 to help moderate oil and food prices
- 4 May 2011
ESCAP strengthens presence in subregion for better targeted support for sustainable and inclusive development
- 14 Apr 2011
High-level ESCAP policy dialogue in Ulaanbaatar reviews implementation of Almaty Programme of Action
- 14 Apr 2011
President of Mongolia confers “Order of the Polar Star” on Dr. Noeleen Heyzer
- 31 Mar 2011
ESCAP study warns food inflation can delay MDG 1 achievement by 5 years