- 9 Dec 2008
Convergence of crises provides opportunities to reshape development agenda
- 4 Dec 2008
High-level conference drew lessons from past disasters and future challenges
- 2 Dec 2008
Ministerial conference aims to reduce social and financial impact of disasters in region
- 1 Dec 2008
The world faces the worst financial crisis in recent memory. The food and energy volatility experienced earlier this year are compounding these problems. Amidst these woes, who wants to hear about corporate social responsibility? It is only natural that the world's attention is turned elsewhere, concentrated on the financial crisis. But we cannot - and must not - do this at the expense of corporate social responsibility. At the core of the financial crisis is a collapse of trust in the capital markets. While lack of accountability, proper regulatory controls and transparency all played a role in this, the main problem appears to be the obsession of financial markets with short-term gains over long-term considerations. There has been insufficient respect for values that encompass ethical dimensions while addressing profitability.
- 27 Nov 2008
UN Under-Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), today announced the appointment of Mr. Iosefa Maiava, of Samoa, as the Head of the ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre (EPOC).
- 21 Nov 2008
Committee set up by United Nations to build consensus on use of information and communication technology for development
- 18 Nov 2008
Digital divide remains glaring in Asia despite growth in mobile telephones UN meeting in Bangkok addresses issues in ICT development in the region
- 12 Nov 2008
Largest gathering on urban air quality management takes place in Bangkok
- 4 Nov 2008
Forum launched at meeting on how to bring gender perspective to national energy policies of developing countries
- 1 Nov 2008
Two months have passed since the effects of the global financial crisis were first felt in Asia and the Pacific. Much has been said about them. And yet, one of the effects less spoken of is the impact of the crisis on the availability of public and private finance for development - a key issue for our region, where more than 900 million people are estimated to live in poverty. Such financing has been dramatically curtailed, and the simple fact is that our region cannot afford any cutbacks in this respect. With so many of the world's poorest in our region, any reduction will only compound their plight. To avoid this, we need to safeguard the Asia-Pacific region's hard-fought gains in reducing poverty and promoting development; and we need to continue seeking out new and innovative sources of financing for that development. In tackling both these tasks, we need to think and act in unison.
- 28 Oct 2008
ESCAP, ASEAN bring together experts to discuss future steps for recovery assistance to Myanmar
- 24 Oct 2008
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Address By Ambassador Manaspas Xuto President of the United Nations Association of Thailand at the Celebration of United Nations Day 2008, on Friday, 24 October 2008, at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok ------------------
Your Excellency, Deputy Prime Minister, Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank Deputy Prime Minister Chaovarat for honouring us with your presence.
- 24 Oct 2008
Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP,
Dr. Manaspas Xuto, President of the United Nations Association of Thailand,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
- 17 Oct 2008
In an event marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Royal Thai Government and the United Nations today jointly pledged their commitment to stamping out poverty and inequality in Thailand and around the world.
The event, held in Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok, began with a walk against poverty led by the province’s governor, Mr. Preecha Kamolbutr, and in which more than 10,000 people from all sections of Thai society took part.
- 17 Oct 2008
Republic of Korea and United Nations Team Up to Provide Training Course