- 24 Apr 2013
Asia-Pacific government, civil society and private sector representatives ended three days of discussions at a United Nations forum here today laying out regional priorities for the future they want for the region with the well-being of people, planet and the economy at its core.
- 22 Apr 2013
The recently-launched 2013 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific of ESCAP is forecasting subdued growth of 6 per cent for the region in 2013 – up from 5.6 per cent in 2012. Although highest amongst regional growth rates, this is considerably lower than the pre-crisis level and the level achieved immediately after the crisis in 2010.
ESCAP fears that this subdued growth may become a “new normal” if uncertainty in the developed economies continues. This may translate into an estimated output loss for the Asia-Pacific region of $1.3 trillion by 2017.
- 22 Apr 2013
The 69th Commission Session of ESCAP under the theme, “Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises” will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 25 April to 1 May.
- 19 Apr 2013
At the first-ever Global Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) that concluded today in Bangkok, governments, UN and development agencies made a global Call to Action to ensure that important life events such as births and deaths as well as the causes of death are registered for every person.
- 18 Apr 2013
As Afghanistan’s bid to join the WTO gains new impetus, with negotiations expected to conclude by year-end, ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office joined hands with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to organize a customized programme for public and private sector representatives involved in Afghanistan’s WTO membership accession.
- 18 Apr 2013
Asia-Pacific economies will see subdued growth in 2013 after last year’s sharp slowdown caused by external factors, the United Nations said in the releasing of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 today, adding that efforts to stimulate demand must go hand in hand with macroeconomic course correction to promote broad-based and sustainable development.
- 17 Apr 2013
Representatives from 10 countries across the Asia-Pacific region joined a United Nations Regional Forum today to formulate policy to create a supportive environment for women’s entrepreneurship.
- 5 Apr 2013
Reaffirming their commitment to work together to strengthen the impact of United Nations efforts towards a world free of hunger, the United Nations Regional Commissions and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) today signed a Cooperation Framework.
- 22 Mar 2013
The need for international cooperation on managing and protecting water as a resource of sustainable development and growth was the focus of the World Water Day celebration at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) today.
- 21 Mar 2013
The United Nations in the will celebrate World Water Day 2013, in the Asia-Pacific region on Friday, 22 March, 9:00 -12:00 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The Theme of the World Water Day 2013 is the International Water Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific.
- 8 Mar 2013
Four women who have overcome their history as victims of violence, and turned that pain into advocacy for others, told their stories to the guests at the United Nations observance of International Women’s Day in Bangkok.
- 7 Mar 2013
Landlocked developing countries assert they are land-linked, land-rich countries that can emerge as key hubs in regional cooperation and integration, more than 120 delegates attending the Final Review of the Almaty Programme of Action Conference heard at the conclusion of their meeting in Vientiane, Laos today.
- 6 Mar 2013
Much progress has been made, but lack of territorial access to the sea, remoteness and isolation from world markets and high transit costs continue to hamper socio-economic development of Euro-Asian landlocked developing countries, participants reviewing the final regional implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action heard during opening statements.
- 1 Mar 2013
The Dili Consensus, adopted by 400 delegates at the International Development for All Conference in Dili, Timor-Leste, from 26-28 February 2013, reflected their determination to ensure that the voices of the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected countries are influential in reshaping the global development agenda.
- 27 Feb 2013
More than 1.5 billion people still live in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Their voices, priorities, challenges and solutions must inform the post-2015 development agenda, more than 400 participants at the Dili International Development for All Conference heard today.