Regional Organizations Cooperation Mechanism or ROC-TF is a cooperation mechanism for the sub-regional, regional, UN and other international organizations involved in Trade Facilitation activities in the Asia Pacific region. The ROC-TF Newsletter aims to provide information on recent as well as planned trade facilitation projects and activities of the various organizations active in this area. This is the third issue of the Newsletter.
Regional Organizations Cooperation Mechanism or ROC-TF is a cooperation mechanism for the sub-regional, regional, UN and other international organizations involved in Trade Facilitation activities in the Asia Pacific region. The ROC-TF Newsletter aims to provide information on recent as well as planned trade facilitation projects and activities of the various organizations active in this area. This is the fourth issue of the Newsletter.
ESCAP focuses on a number of areas of economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. One of these is trade and investment – a vital engine for growth and integration. Recent decades have seen an enormous expansion in trade and investment flows in the Asia-Pacific region. Regional economies are increasingly part of global value chains. This has helped foster the economic dynamism that has lifted many from poverty and spread prosperity more widely. At the same time, however, too many individuals and communities remain excluded from the benefits of trade and investment.
The United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) is a community of knowledge and practice for experts from developing countries and transition economies from Asia and the Pacific involved in the implementation of electronic trade systems and trade facilitation. Established by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), it aims to support national, subregional and transcontinental Single Window and paperless trade initiatives.
The Asian and Pacific Energy Forum was organized by ESCAP and hosted
by the Government of the Russian Federation in Vladivostok from 27 to 30 May
2013. The Forum included a senior officials segment, a ministerial segment and a
special session of the Asia-Pacific Business Forum. Some 34 member States were
represented by their delegations, of which 20 were represented at the ministerial
level. The present document contains a brief summary of the background and
preparatory process, the proceedings, the Ministerial Declaration on Regional
This study aims to review the national technical standards and to identify highway routes of international importance to connect North-East Asia with Central Asia, the Caucasus and Europe. The development of the Asian Highway and an overview of related international transport development programmes are presented. The efforts of various international organizations towards the improvement of land transport networks are described. Proposed routes are reviewed for inclusion in the Asian Highway network following the agreed criteria.
The present document reviews progress made in the region in integrating
environmental sustainability in development policy since the fifth Ministerial Conference
on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, in terms of both national policy
integration and institutional development and in regional cooperation. It also identifies
priorities, emerging challenges and opportunities related to the integration of environmental
sustainability into development policy. The document analyses the relevance of integrating
In the present document, the secretariat: (a) reviews experiences related to the
provision of water, sanitation, housing, energy and transport services for inclusive and
sustainable development; (b) highlights important achievements, including the progress
towards the Millennium Development Goals and the shift in development approaches by
several countries in the region towards green growth for more sustainable development; (c)
notes the difficulties in providing these services to everyone in an environmentally