- 25 Aug 2009
For millions across the Asia-Pacific region the economic crisis has become a food crisis, and while the global economy may be showing signs of recovering the opportunity to set agriculture on a more sustainable path remain a significant challenge to the region.
- 21 Aug 2009
If recovery from the current global economic crisis is to work for everyone, decisions must be made in a democratic, inclusive manner and the United Nations is the only international institution with the legitimacy to oversee this global reform, according to Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.
The remarks were made as part of Professor Stiglitz’s lecture on United Nations System and the economic crisis: towards a new global financial and economic architecture delivered at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok today.
- 10 Aug 2009
ESCAP to Establish Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia in Incheon, Republic of Korea
Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) -- Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, today announced the establishment of the first-ever ESCAP subregional office for East and North-East Asia in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
- 5 Aug 2009
Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) -- Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), today urged countries to promote women’s economic interests as part of government packages aimed at dealing with the global financial crisis.
- 28 Jul 2009
At the invitation of Mr. Htay Oo, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Noeleen Heyzer is visiting Myanmar to launch ESCAP’s study on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. The agricultural economy is the most important sector in Myanmar and contributes 42 per cent of the country’s GDP and 70 per cent of its labour force. This is the first step in a development partnership with the Government of Myanmar to discuss its agricultural economy and policy.
- 28 Jul 2009
Senior finance and central bank officials from across Asia and the Pacific are meeting at a United Nations workshop to look into various economic policies used by governments in the region to deal with the global financial crisis.
Shrinking resources and other fiscal issues have left several countries in the region with little room to manoeuvre as they seek to jump start their economies amidst the crisis, according to Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
- 24 Jul 2009
“Social policy places people at the centre of the development process…. Inclusive dialogue, community ownership and a rights-based approach are central to social policy,” noted policy-makers, academics and development partners at the meeting on Social Policies in Pacific Island Countries: Policy Recommendations and Impact of Current Crises held from 22 to 23 July 2009 in Suva, Fiji..
- 15 Jul 2009
With the world economy projected to grow a meagre one percent, the most difficult phase of the global financial crisis has just begun for the majority of people, particularly in developing countries. Impacts will take the form of less job opportunities, greater income insecurity and a higher risk of falling into poverty. In this context, the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is holding its substantive session this month from July 6 to 31st in Geneva.
- 6 Jul 2009
More than 60 high-ranking Timorese officials will learn this week how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used to assist with making policy decisions and further development goals through a United Nations initiative underway across the Asia-Pacific region.
The workshop in Dili, which runs 7 to 10 July, is based on a curriculum developed by the UN Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), and comes on the heels of a session held last week for officials in Indonesia.
- 26 Jun 2009
ESCAP and partner organizations are leading efforts to help the region’s policy makers achieve sustainable development through low-carbon and green-growth means.
The first “training of trainers” seminar was held from 22 to 27 June 2009, and introduced 25 participants from Cambodia and Kazakhstan to a range of policy tools developed by the ESCAP Green Growth Capacity Development Team along with the Regional Helpdesk on Sustainable Consumption and Production for Asia and the Pacific, the China Standard Certification Centre and support from KOICA.