- 7 Oct 2008
Implementing a $200m climate fund discussed during high-level meetings
- 1 Oct 2008
What can Asia-Pacific governments do to address these immediate threats to development? I propose a two-track strategy, focused on realizing an inclusive development process through a set of mutually supportive national and regional actions. First, sustaining domestic demand and protecting the livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups must be the bedrock of national policies in the months ahead..
- 29 Sep 2008
Workshop in Incheon target policy-makers from six Asian countries
- 23 Sep 2008
Framework outlined during visit to Sichuan quake zone by ESCAP Executive Secretary
- 23 Sep 2008
The 2007 regional survey produced by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific estimated that persistent gender inequality costs our region $58 billion to $77 billion annually - reflecting the daunting numbers of people deprived of opportunity. And yet, there is a hopeful side to this abhorrent reality: it also indicates the potential gains that Asia and the Pacific, and the world, could make through intensifying efforts to promote gender-equitable progress in achievement of the MDGs.
- 22 Sep 2008
With the number of international migrants in Asia having increased nearly twofold since 1960 – growing from an estimated 28 million in 1960 to more than 53 million in 2005 – and with Asia and the Pacific accounting for a third of the world’s 190 million migrants, more needs to be done to better understand the impact of the phenomenon on the region’s socio-economic development.
- 16 Sep 2008
TV news stories, features and expert interviews from the United Nations Headquarters, field operations, agencies, funds and programmes are now available through Internet.
The service, called UNifeed, is available for free at http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/.
A new way for TV broadcasters to access news material from UN organizations around the world through a single source, UNifeed used to be available only by satellite.
- 11 Sep 2008
But the region faces challenges in child malnourishment, sanitation and CO2 emissions
- 11 Sep 2008
Two new agreements with the United Nations are expected to help improve the ability of policymakers and government leaders to better leverage information and communication technology (ICT) for social and economic development in Mongolia and Pacific Island states.
- 6 Sep 2008
The Asia-Pacific arm of the United Nations and the UN agency dealing with housing are launching a free on-line “Quick Guides” to help policy-makers deal with the key issues of housing urban poor in the region.
The Quick Guides, jointly developed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN-HABITAT, are in response to the unprecedented growth of slums and squatter settlements that over 500 million people in the Asia-Pacific region call home.
- 29 Aug 2008
An agreement promoting the use of information and communication technology (ICT), signed today by the Afghan Government and the United Nations, is expected to contribute greatly to Afghanistan’s efforts to bridge the digital divide – the gap between those who benefit from digital technology and those who do not.
- 20 Aug 2008
Despite some progress in recent years in addressing the problem of sexual abuse of children in East Asia and the Pacific, much more needs to be done to address the issue of child exploitation.
That was one of the key messages heard at the “East Asia Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the World Congress III against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents” – a two-day meeting held to feed recommendations to an upcoming world summit on the issue.
- 4 Aug 2008
Advances in policies and legislations at the macro-level do not necessarily bring about progress for women. Their implementation are frequently obstructed by entrenched structures, values and power relations at the meso- and micro-level, shaping local policies, communities and cultural beliefs and women’s daily lives. This is the level where empowerment must occur if progress for women is to be achieved.
- 1 Aug 2008
The main United Nations premises in Bangkok joined the New York Headquarters today to turn up thermostats by 2°C in an effort to reduce the use of air conditioning and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Most staff members came to work wearing lighter clothing, including national dress.
- 31 Jul 2008
10:00 a.m., Monday, 4 August, UN Conference Centre, Bangkok