Asia and the Pacific: A Story of Transformation and Resurgence

Asia and the Pacific - A Story of Transformation and Resurgence

On the occasion of the 70th ESCAP Commission Session, ESCAP launched the publication, entitled “Asia and the Pacific: A story of Transformation and Resurgence”. It provides an analytical narrative of the transformation of the region, one infested with pervasive hunger and deprivation to the Asian miracle that lifted billions of human beings out of extreme poverty. It tells how the region from a periphery became the centre of gravity for the world economy.

This is a milestone, first-time history of seven decades of the regional commission’s chronicle of the region’s unprecedented economic and social transformation following the end of the Second World War as captured in the annual Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (in short, the Survey). This publication showcases ECAFE/ESCAP’s contributions to shaping the policies and programmes on economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region.

It clearly shows the ways in which the ESCAP research and analysis offered a balanced view of the changing development paradigm such as the relative roles of the state versus the market, export promotion versus import substitution and trickle-down versus growth with equity.

Given the emerging development priorities and strategies for the next phase of global and regional development beyond 2015, this publication provides a comprehensive reflection on these traditions and the vision of the United Nations secretariat for the future development of the Asia-Pacific region.

Survey: 1947 to 2014

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 Second Session of the Commission held in Baguio, Philippines from 24 November to 6 December 1947 adopted a resolution on Statistical and Economic Documentation (Document E/CN.11/63) that requested the Secretariat “to publish a comprehensive annual Survey on economic conditions and problems of the countries within the scope of ECAFE.” The Survey was first issued as ‘The Economic Survey of Asia and Far East,’ in May 1948, from Shanghai. In 1974, the name of the Survey report changed to ‘The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific.’

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.

1947 - 1949

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1947

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1948

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1949

1950 - 1959

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1950

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1951

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1952

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1953

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1954

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1955

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1956

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1957

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1958

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1959

1960 - 1969

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1960

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1967

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1968

1970 - 1979

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1970

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1971

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1972

Economic Survey of Asia and the Far East 1973

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1974

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1975

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1976

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1977

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1978

1980 - 1989

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1980

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1981

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1982

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1983

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1984

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1985

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1986

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1987

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1988

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1989

1990 - 1999

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1990

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1991

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1992

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1993

No survey was issued in 1994.

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1995

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1996

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1997

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1998

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1999

2000 - 2009

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2000

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2001

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2002

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2003

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2004

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2005

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2006

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2007

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2008

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009

2010 - 2014

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2010

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014