Monday, September 26, 2016

In order to commemorate World Tourism Day 2016, ESCAP participated in a special session on "Tourism for All" held on 26 September 2016 at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The panel session was organized by the United Nations Word Tourism Organization (WTO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand and CNN. The 2016 theme of the Day is "tourism for all - promoting universal accessibility". Opening remarks were delivered by H.E. Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand and Mr.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) 2017 will showcase national and subregional innovations for trade facilitation and sustainable development. The Asia-Pacific region has long been a global leader and birthplace of significant innovations for trade facilitation, including for example, national single window facilities.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Republic of Palau conducted an environment statistics assessment ( which identified energy and water as priority areas. The Republic of Palau’s, Bureau of Budget and Planning, Ministry of Finance, with support from ESCAP Pacific Office, produced experimental energy and water accounts using the System of Environment-Economic Accounting (SEEA).

Key results from the energy accounts included:
• the physical use of energy (kilojoules) declined between FY2014 and FY2016;
• energy productivity ($ of GDP per $ of energy use) increased 60 percent between FY2014 and FY2016, due mostly to decreases in energy use and the price of energy products;
• per capita use of energy (kilojoules)) declined between FY2014 and FY2016, due to a combination of increasing population and decreasing physical use of energy and water;
• use of solar electricity more than doubled between FY2014 and FY2016, with government the largest user. However, solar electricity makes up less than 1 percent of total energy use.

Key results for the water accounts were:
• the physical use of water (mega litres) declined between FY2014 and FY2016;
• water productivity ($ of GDP per $ of water use) decreased 38 percent between FY2014 and FY2016 due mostly to increases in the price of water; and
• per capita use of water (mega litres) declined between FY2014 and FY2016, due to a combination of increasing population and decreasing physical use of water.

Download the SEEA experimental energy and water accounts and report for Palau:

Monday, May 21, 2018

In Asia and the Pacific, 60% of women, men and children lack access to adequate social protection. This 2-minutes video explains what social protection is and the gaps in social protection floors that people in the region face.

The video, along with several other resources, is also available on the Social Protection Toolbox (

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Several countries in Asia and the Pacific had been active in producing SEEA accounts before 2015. Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines have been engaged in environmental-economic accounting from the beginning; China and Vietnam had been producing prototype accounts. With the advent of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the need for coherent, policy-relevant environmental information has taken on a new momentum. By late 2017, 20 countries in the region were producing SEEA accounts (Central Framework and Ecosystem Accounts) and another 15 were in the process of piloting accounts.

Much of this momentum is being driven by the realization that official statistics on the environment are essential to monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. However, many National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in member States do not yet have environment statistics programs, let alone the technical capacity and human resources to compile the required indicators.

This challenge of matching the supply with the demand for environment statistics has been addressed by many member States by establishing inter-departmental working groups that collaborate on compiling priority SEEA accounts. ESCAP and its partners have supported these developments in four ways:
• Convening sub-regional assessment, training, work planning workshops,
• Providing targeted technical assistance.
• Convening specialized workshops.
• Supporting capacity building in environment statistics through the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) in Chiba, Japan.

Visit the SEEA web page on this link:

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

At the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Turkey, ESCAP participated in the 1st Council on Ageing, organized by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey. Representatives of international organisations, academia, the public and private sector and civil society participated in the meeting. For more information on the meeting, see:

Population Dynamics (Population Data Sheet 2018:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The 2013 edition of the Statistical Yearbook presents concise analyses highlighting major achievements and challenges for the 58 regional ESCAP member States and the five subregions in promoting economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. These analyses are supported with the most up-to-date and comparable data for over 300 indicators covering 32 topics, grouped into eight themes: demographic trends, health, education and knowledge, poverty and insecurity, women’s empowerment, environment, economy, and connectivity.

Friday, May 16, 2014

New South Wales Government’s key infrastructure project, WestConnex is one of the largest motorway projects in Australia, connecting Sydney’s west and southwest with the Central Business District (CBD), Sydney Airport and Port Botany (Australia's second busiest container port). The project is expected to ease congestion and reduce travel times between the airport and the business district of Parramatta (located 23 km west of the CBD) by 40 minutes while bypassing up to 52 sets of traffic lights.

Monday, September 23, 2013

BANGKOK (ESCAP and UNFPA) -- A regional ministerial conference of Asian and Pacific governments has issued a strong reaffirmation that gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development framework.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

While women constitute roughly half of India’s population, they are strikingly underrepresented in the labour force (at 31 per cent) and even more scarcely so among entrepreneurs. Merely 13 per cent of entrepreneurs in India are women. Change, however, is on its way.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – The Asia-Pacific region, which is confronted with a number of conflicts, needs to recognize more fully the central role of women in conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding processes, a forum, organized here by the United Nations said.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Next year marks 10 years since the adoption of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The theme of this year’s International Day of Older Persons, “Launch of Madrid Plus 10: The growing opportunities and challenges of global ageing”, reflects this upcoming milestone. This year we also commemorate 20 years since the adoption of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. These basic principles – independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity – both enshrine the human rights of older persons and give us the objectives for which we strive.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

ESCAP participated in a workshop on “Designing social protection interventions for developing countries” at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, 3-5 September 2014. Over 50 social protection experts, including government policy makers, development partners and researchers shared knowledge on issues ranging from the linkages between social protection and inclusive growth, implementation mechanisms to performance indicators.

Friday, February 21, 2014

ESCAP North and Central Asia Office participated in the First Corridor Meeting of Clusters of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan organized by the ESCAP Transport Division in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 21 February 2014. The meeting was the first cluster meeting at corridor level under the ESCAP project on Capacity Building for Control Authorities and Transport Operators to Improve Efficiency of Cross-border Transport in Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On 17 October 2014, ESCAP conducted an Expert Group Meeting on Paperless Transit Facilitation related to a project entitled “Deepening Regional Connectivity: Strengthening Capacity's of Asian Developing Countries to Increase Intra-regional Trade by Implementing Paperless Trade and Transport Facilitation Systems”. Under the project, the ESCAP Transport Division prepared a study on paperless transit that will form a basis for developing a guide for capacity building of government officials to design and implement paperless transit transport systems.