• 28 Mar 2008

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has carried out research which shows that persistent poverty and widening inequality in the region are the result of decades of neglect of agriculture. The analysis - contained in ESCAP's flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2008, launched today [27 March] throughout the region - shows that growth strategies and economic policies in the region have systematically overlooked the agricultural sector. And this is despite the fact that agriculture is the main livelihood of the poor and still provides employment for 60 per cent of the working population in Asia and the Pacific.

  • 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.

  • 6 Feb 2008

    First top local woman official at UN lets emotions sharpen her focus

  • 14 Nov 2007

    Only six weeks after taking on her new position as Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Ms. Noeleen Heyzer outlined for iSeek her vision for the regional commission that is home to “two thirds of humanity”.