Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009 Analyses Triple Threats to Region, Proposes SolutionsLaunches in over 20 cities on 26 March; main launch in Bangkok at FCCT
Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) – The convergence of three global crises – an economic downturn, food and fuel price volatility, and climate change – on Asia and the Pacific, and what the region can do about them, is the focus of the 2009 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific.
The flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) – the regional arm of the UN – analyses the threats posed by these crises and outlines ways in which economies in the region can move forward.
The Survey concludes that some countries in the region are in a stronger position to not only help themselves, but others as well in smoothing the impact of the crisis and strengthening regional cooperation. Also, the converging crises could be turned into an opportunity to jumpstart a regional reorientation towards a more inclusive and sustainable development path.
The Survey will be launched on Thursday, 26 March in over 20 cities across the region and in New York and Geneva. The main launch will be held in Bangkok at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) at 11:30 a.m.
Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, and Korbsak Sabhavasu, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, will jointly launch the Survey.
Information kits and hard copies of the Survey can be obtain at the press conference, and online versions will also be made available from 0500GMT/1200Bangkok on 26 March at:
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Bentley Jenson