5 Apr 2012
Flagship publications and book series

UNICEF and the Asia-Pacific Interagency Group on Youth called on regional governments to focus greater energy on Asia-Pacific’s 1.1 billion young people, which they say are vital for the region’s future economic development.

They launched a new policy guide Investing in Youth Policy.This policy guide makes a strong case for governments to put young people higher on the policy agenda.

14 Mar 2012
Working paper series

Building productive capacities is a top priority for least developed countries to promote
development and graduate from the status of least developed country. This paper discusses the
challenges and the opportunities for these countries to build their productive capacities. It
argues that the main challenge is to manage the long-term effects of the increase in the terms
of trade of commodities and reduction of terms of trade of manufactures, which threaten their

23 Feb 2012

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The primary objective of the APDJ 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.

4 Feb 2012
Working paper series

The Asia-Pacific region is becoming a significant driver of global economic growth. In 2010, the region’s developing countries grew at a rate of 8.8 per cent compared to 2.7 per cent for the world’s developed economies. In the region, mobile telephony and broadband internet in particular are bringing unprecedented digital opportunities that are transforming societies. However, a number of gaps, particularly in infrastructure, need to be addressed to ensure that these digital opportunities do not engender a digital divide, thereby accelerating regional inequities.

31 Jan 2012
Working paper series

High food prices have put increasing inflationary pressures across the Asia-Pacific region and
threatened food security. Bad weather in important food-producing countries and speculation in
commodity markets have affected global food supplies and added volatility to booming
commodity markets that have been fueled in the long-term by increasing global demand. High
food prices have threatened to slowdown economic growth, poverty reduction and inclusive
sustainable development throughout the region. Countries of the region have taken various

31 Jan 2012

Asia-Pacific MDGs reports have been produced since 2004 by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific / Asian Development Bank / United Nations Development Programme regional partnership to support the achievements of the MDGs.

15 Jan 2012
Working paper series

There is ample evidence that successful implementation of bilateral or regional trade and economic integration initiatives would have a very significant impact on intraregional trade in Asia and the Pacific. However, little is known about the level of intraregional trade costs in the region and to what extent these costs may have decreased over time. This paper introduces new aggregate and sectoral estimates of bilateral trade costs in Asia and the Pacific available in an updated and extended version of the ESCAP Trade Cost Database (Version 2).

1 Jan 2012
Working paper series

While efforts to mitigate climate change continues by reducing greenhouse gases (ghg), the impacts of climate
change has resulted in changes to the hydro-meteorological events of floods and droughts, translated in more
extreme case of events. Climate Change has also increase the melting of the polar ice and the water towers of the
himalaya’s hindu Kush, and threaten coastal settlements with sea-level rise. all this will have significant impact on

1 Jan 2012

The Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia and the Pacific explores the opportunities that a low carbon green growth path offers to the region. It articulates five tracks on which to drive the economic system change necessary to pursue low carbon green growth as a new economic development path.

1 Jan 2012

Fifty one case studies and eight policy papers that were developed as associated products of ESCAP's Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for the Asia and the Pacific. The Roadmap may be accessed from this link: