- 29 Oct 2012
A day in the life of an ordinary man living with disability. This short film produced by the Social Development Division of UNESCAP provides glimpses of the life of a person with disability. The short documentary draws on ESCAP's work in the area of disability as well as Thailand's good practices on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- 25 Oct 2012
Statistics alone do not feed the hungry, create jobs, or provide social services - but they are critical in helping us to better understand the challenges, and to design more effective policies for inclusive, sustainable and resilient development. In our race against time to 2015 on the MDGs, we must ensure that our development efforts reach the people most in need. To do this we require better, more complete data.
- 24 Oct 2012
We are living on a planet rich of diversity. Only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe. However, no single leader, country or institution can do everything. But each of us, in our own way, can do something. On the United Nation Day this year (October 24), let us reaffirm our individual commitment and our collective resolve to live up to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and build a better world for all.
- 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.