- 22 Dec 2014
Ten years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami hit the coasts of Asia-Pacific, much has been done to fill the gaps in disaster prevention, risk reduction and warning systems which contributed to the huge loss of life. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific plays a significant role in this - galvanizing regional efforts, promoting new technologies and fostering early warning projects through its Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness. This short video, produced in partnership with the Asian Broadcasting Union, outlines the work that remains to be done on disaster risk reduction in the region.
- 10 Dec 2014
Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar speaks with SDPI TV on the sideline of the Seventeenth Sustainable Development Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan.
- 2 Sep 2014
Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, delivers her opening remarks and policy statement during the opening of the Ministerial segment of the 70th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
- 7 Aug 2014
On the occasion the 70th Commission Session we recap the significant achievements of the United Nations Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
- 6 Aug 2014
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), launches ESCAP's flagship publication - the 2014 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific on Wednesday 6 August 2014. Survey 2014 shows that Asia and the Pacific is still experiencing relatively sub-par economic growth.
- 1 Aug 2014
While the Asia-Pacific region has become the world’s growth pole and is poised to reclaim global economic leadership in the twenty-first century, there remains an important question on addressing the challenges of shared prosperity and sustainable development. Will the growth of the Asia-Pacific region positively transform the lives of all people from Bangkok to Beijing, from Ankara to Almaty and from Suva to Seoul? ESCAP − and its predecessor − ECAFE has long been ahead of the curve in answering that question and in shaping ideas about economic and social development in the region, primarily through its annual Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, and by facilitating the creation of a development consensus for the region. We recap over 60 years of forecasting in this video slideshow.
- 19 May 2014
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, speaks to participants during the first Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development on the issues of equality, climate change, and development.
- 20 Mar 2014
United Nations, Forests are essential for the survival of people everywhere. They nurture us, inspire us and shelter us. They are also at the heart of sustainable development. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as the International Day of Forests to "celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests". A wide range of special events will be launched during the month of March, to celebrate the International Day of Forests 2014 -- My Forest | Our Future.
- 17 Mar 2014
'Our Little World' was awarded an Honorable Mention at the International Forests Short Film Festival.
- 21 Oct 2013
More than ten million Filipinos work abroad, sending home more than 20 billion US dollars a year. But as over three quarters of Filipinos do not have bank accounts, receiving these remittances from overseas workers has been difficult for their families. The cell phone provider Globe Telecom with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, came up with an innovative system. GCash allows Filipinos instant access to the money sent to them from abroad. Source: UN TV.