- 19 Mar 2008
Thirty-three government officials from 27 African, Latin American and Asia-Pacific countries, recently completed a six-month statistics course. The course was conducted by the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), part of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Chiba Japan.
- 14 Mar 2008
Event highlights the International Year of Sanitation 2008
- 14 Mar 2008
The heads of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and leaders and senior ministers from selected Pacific island states met with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Noumea, New Caledonia, on 12 and 13 March, 2008.
- 11 Mar 2008
The Asia-Pacific region is currently home to thousands of telecentres, which provide many communities with their first chance to go online or learn about computer basics. These centres help to improve the lives of many, for instance, by enabling farmers and rural entrepreneurs learn about market trends, business opportunities, and how to market their products.
- 10 Mar 2008
With a total population of about 34 million and very diverse levels of fertility – from 1.2 children per woman in the Northern Mariana Islands to 4.6 in Samoa – the Pacific sub-region needs to redouble its efforts to tackle crucial issues such as maternal mortality, low contraceptive prevalence rate and teenage fertility in the pursuit of its Millennium Development Goals (MDG), according to an article published in the latest issue of the Asia-Pacific Population Journal.
- 5 Mar 2008
Heads of Asian Regional Groupings to Join Discussions on Closer Collaborations
- 1 Mar 2008
The third of May 2008 marked the commencement of a new chapter in the history of the fight for the rights of persons with disabilities. With the entry into force of the first ever comprehensive human rights treaty of persons with disabilities - the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - a new reality has been set in motion, in which the dignity and worth of about 650 million persons throughout the world can finally be affirmed, promoted and ultimately ensured. The world's most disadvantaged minority now has at its disposal an effective legal tool to end the injustice, discrimination and violation of rights that they have been consistently confronted with.
- 20 Feb 2008
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, paid a two-day visit to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok on 18 -19 February during which how to 'deliver as one UN" at the regional level was the main theme of her discussions.
The main purpose of the visit -- the first by Ms. Migiro since she took the second most senior office in the UN a year ago -- was to chair the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) meeting which brings together more than 30 regional UN offices and development partners.
- 6 Feb 2008
First top local woman official at UN lets emotions sharpen her focus
- 31 Jan 2008
The Information Economy Report 2007-2008 of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will be launched by Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on Monday, 4 February 2008, at 2:00 pm.
The Report finds that although most developing countries remain far behind industrialized nations in the availability and use of information and communication technology (ICT), some are emerging as major global suppliers of ICT products and services.
- 24 Jan 2008
Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), visited China from 17 to 23 January 2008. It was Ms. Heyzer's first official visit to China since taking office.
- 21 Jan 2008
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), visited the United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery in Beijing (UN-APCAEM) on 21 January 2008. It was Ms. Heyzer’s first visit to China since becoming the ninth Executive Secretary of ESCAP in August 2007.
- 15 Jan 2008
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will co-host a regional forum on bioenergy sector development in Bangkok this week.
The forum, jointly organised by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery (UN-APCAEM) of ESCAP and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, will take place from 23 to 25 January at the Maruay Garden Hotel in Chatuchak.
- 9 Jan 2008
The robust economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region will continue in 2008, despite uncertainties in the United States and continued appreciation of regional currencies. Strong growth in China and India, sound economic fundamentals and buoyant commodity prices will underpin the region’s resilience.
- 12 Dec 2007
The head of the UN’s regional arm for Asia and the Pacific says that active support to developing countries is key to global success in fighting against climate change.
Speaking today at the climate change conference in Bali, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), recalled remarks two days ago at ESCAP by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that a breakthrough in Bali could happen only with the active participation of key developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.