As part of its mandate to promote rigorous analysis in its core areas of work, ESCAP issues reports and other publications outlining its findings on a wide variety of issues affecting its member States. Below are a list of publications that ESCAP distributes on a regular basis.
Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific
Since its establishment in 1947, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), previously the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE), has issued its flagship publication the Survey annually. It is one of the longest, continuously running reports in the United Nations system, providing decision makers in the region with valuable information in forming development policy for decades. The Survey monitors regional progress, provides cutting-edge analyses and guides policy discussion on the current and emerging socio-economic issues and policy challenges to support inclusive and sustainable development in the region. Since 1957, the Survey has also contained a study or studies focusing on a significant aspect or challenge relevant to the economies of Asia and the Pacific region.
Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report
The Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report analyzes development challenges that are particularly pertinent to the region's 36 least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, which are collectively referred to as countries with special needs. Policymakers in these countries will find the analysis and policy recommendations in this report useful when designing and adapting national development policies to support sustainable development, while development partners can use the findings to re-align their cooperation strategies with the priorities of these countries.
Asia-Pacific Development Journal
Published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since 1994. The primary objective of the Asia-Pacific Development Journal is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.
MPFD Working Papers
Prepared by the ESCAP’s Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), the Working Papers produce and share knowledge, experiences, ideas and information on Asia-Pacific countries with a view to stimulate debates on development-oriented policies. Working Papers are research in progress by the author(s) and issued without formal editing.