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How will graduation impact countries in South Asia and the trade support they benefit from? How can they prepare?

Least developed countries (LDCs) are classified as such by the United Nations (UN)…

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Our lives are anchored to the ocean in Asia and the Pacific. Yet, if we drift with the currents, we can wave goodbye to the ocean we know and love. Here are five reasons why we need to speed up our…

ESCAP / Daphna Beerdsen Blog

The year 2020 has witnessed an unprecedented COVID-19 crisis where many human lives have been lost. We have also witnessed the tremendous magnitude and speed of collapse in economic activity–…

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The destruction caused by natural disasters, which is becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change, is graphic and frightening. However, there is a significant impact on the financial…

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“Act decisively and early to prevent the further spread or quickly suppress the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives” is the first strategic objective of the UN framework on responding to the…

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The global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing severe hardship to millions of people from Beijing to Bangkok, Dhaka to Da Nang, Kolkata to Karachi: leaving no place and community untouched.

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Many estimates are being thrown around about the potential impact of COVID-19 on global and national economies. Perhaps the only thing they agree on at this stage is that it will be bad – the main…

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Our lives have been upended by COVID-19. For many of us, the uncertainty is overwhelming, with countless questions and concerns.

A key question remains: how many people are dying from COVID-19?…

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While we may not be able to join hands in person, uniting to fight the COVID-19 pandemic from wherever we may be must continue.

COVID-19 is spreading across the world at an alarming pace. The…

UN Photo / Kibae Park Blog

When I started working in the Population and Social Statistics Section at ESCAP, I was asked to support a programme of work on CRVS.

“What is it?” I asked myself. The UN always uses a lot of…