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The United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok (UNCC), is now open with several COVID-19 related preventive measures in place, which include reconfiguration of UNCC conference facilities and public spaces with reduced seating capacity in line with physical distancing requirements.
For more information, please contact the ESCAP Conference Management Unit (escap-conference-management@un.org). 

The UN family in Bangkok remains engaged and committed to delivering our mandate for the people we serve. For information on ESCAP meetings, please check the events page regularly.

Highlights

A UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19

This report sets out the framework for the United Nations’ urgent socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19, putting in practice the UN Secretary-General’s Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity report on the same subject. It is one of three critical components of the UN’s efforts to save lives, protect people, and rebuild better, alongside the health response, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the humanitarian response, as detailed in the UN-led COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.

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Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19: ESCAP Framework

The unprecedented socio-economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic calls for unparalleled multi-sectoral responses. ESCAP has developed a framework to support the socio-economic response of Asia and the Pacific to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The framework's overarching principle supports building back better through integrated policies aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. ESCAP’s offer to member States builds on its mandates and involves three main streams of work: protecting people and enhancing resilience; supporting economic recovery; and restoring supply chains and supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To ensure a concerted regional approach for sustainable recovery from the crisis, ESCAP calls for regional cooperation among member States and across stakeholders.

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UN Secretary-General's Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on South-East Asia

The health, economic and political impact of COVID-19 has been significant across South- East Asia, but the virus has not spread as rapidly here as in other parts of the world. There is much to learn from the response to date of countries in the subregion as governments have acted swiftly and despite limited fiscal space to contain the pandemic and avoid its worst effects. This policy brief examines how the eleven countries of South-East Asia are coping with the immediate impacts of COVID-19, focusing on the subregion’s socio-economic response and providing four sets of recommendations for a recovery that leads to a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive future.

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