- 17 Oct 2012
Globally, 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. Nearly 900 million of the world's poor lives in the Asia and Pacific region. 17 October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Think together what we can for the eradication of poverty.
- 22 May 2012
UN ESCAP's annual Commission Session was held this year from 17-23 May at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Delegations from throughout Asia-Pacific came together to discuss how to further economic integration in the region and what can be done to foster inclusive and sustainable development so that everyone benefits from economic growth.
- 21 May 2012
With 4.1 billion people, Asia-Pacific is home to two thirds of the world's population. It is a dynamic region that is fast becoming the engine powering world economic growth. UN ESCAP helps member countries take advantage of this dynamism to foster growth that is equitable, inclusive and sustainable to benefit all the people living in the region, whether they come from economic powerhouses like India and China or from landlocked and least developed countries or small island developing states. Each year, the substantive divisions, subregional offices, and regional institutes of ESCAP undertake a range of activities to ensure that countries take advantage of the many opportunities available
- 10 May 2012
Launching the 2012 Asia Pacific Economic and Social Survey in 33 locations around the world, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer outlined the economic outlook and challenges for Asia and the Pacific in 2012.
- 9 May 2012
With the 2015 deadline approaching for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Asia and the Pacific is in a race against time. United Nations Under-Secretary General, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, explains that many off-track countries can still meet the deadline, with a redoubling of effort in a big final push to 2015 on the MDGs. The biggest obstacle to this effort is the extent of disparities between and within countries - with many people, even in the same country, living in different worlds.
- 25 Apr 2012
Better, more efficient, and more sustainable energy is a requirement for Asia-Pacific regional development. Delivering a lecture on "Rio+20: Implications for energy access and sustainable development in Asia", ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, announced that the UN body would be working with member States to explore the opportunities for an integrated regional power grid, or 'Asian Energy Highway'. The lecture, organized by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, was part of ESCAP's preparatory work for the United Nations Rio+20 conference to be held in Brazil in June.
- 25 Apr 2012
Climate change has added real urgency to the need to change the Asian energy mix. Delivering a lecture on "Rio+20: Implications for energy access and sustainable development in Asia", ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, argued for a mindset change and a much greater share for renewable energy. The lecture, organized by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, was part of ESCAP's preparatory work for the United Nations Rio+20 conference to be held in Brazil in June.
- 25 Apr 2012
Realizing the opportunities presented by climate change requires Asia and the Pacific to invest in innovation - especially as relates to energy. Delivering a lecture on "Rio+20: Implications for energy access and sustainable development in Asia", ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, urged Asian countries to stimulate growth through research and development, technology transfers and the green economy. The lecture, organized by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, was part of ESCAP's preparatory work for the United Nations Rio+20 conference to be held in Brazil in June.
- 7 Nov 2011
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the UN & Executive Secretary of ESCAP, chaired the November 2011 conference entitled, "Economic Growth and Social Protection in Asia". This 483rd Salzburg Global Seminar session, brought together 39 participants, representing 19 countries, to discuss and analyse the various systems of social protection, and discover ways to improve upon them. Dr. Heyzer opened the conference at the Historic Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, with this presentation, where she set the stage for the discussions, working groups, and plenaries. She urged the participants to consider how they can move from case studies, and pilot projects, to a much larger social policy agenda, that can be inclusive, sustainable, and successful. With permission from Salzburg Global Seminar.
- 24 Oct 2011
The United Nations has a long history in the Asia-Pacific region, dating back to 1947 when the UN opened the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) in Shanghai. The Commission moved to Bangkok in 1949 and was renamed the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 1974, but the mission remained the same: to help the countries of Asia-Pacific achieve equitable economic and social development through regional cooperation. This video highlights the UN's work in the region over the last 6 decades as well as Bangkok's role as the regional hub for the UN's work throughout Asia-Pacific.