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Annual UN Policy Forum Opens With Call For Asia-Pacific Countries To “Reclaim Its Future” In A Richer Yet Riskier World

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 5:43 am | UN ESCAP

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its 78th session in Bangkok today with global and regional leaders calling for strengthened regional cooperation and multilateralism as reverberating impacts ... More >>

Reclaiming Our Future

Monday, 23 May 2022, 7:04 am | UN ESCAP

The Asia-Pacific region is at a crossroads today – to further breakdown or breakthrough to a greener, better, safer future. Since the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was established in 1947, the region has made extraordinary ... More >>

Asia-Pacific Leaders Convene To Set A Common Agenda For Advancing Sustainable Development Amidst Crises

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 7:28 pm | UN ESCAP

Heads of State, senior government officials and other stakeholders from 62 countries will convene from 23 to 27 May at the 78th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to shape the future of regional cooperation to advance ... More >>

Regional UN Commission Celebrates 75th Anniversary, Launches Theme Study On “Reclaiming Our Future”

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 5:22 am | UN ESCAP

2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Since its founding, ESCAP has served to promote cooperation among countries and ensure that economic, social ... More >>

Countries Kick Off Implementation Of First-ever International Agreement On Facilitation Of Cross-border Paperless Trade

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 6:54 am | UN ESCAP

Bangkok, 27 April 2022 Countries today started implementing the first United Nations agreement dedicated entirely to accelerating cross-border trade digitalization at the first session of the Paperless Trade Council, convened in Bangkok under ESCAP ... More >>

“Build Forward Fairer”: UN Report Calls For Region To Adopt New Social Contract Putting Inclusive Recovery At Its Heart

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 7:27 pm | UN ESCAP

Amid continuing uncertainty over the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased global risks, the region’s economic recovery and progress must be anchored in “a new social contract” of inclusiveness to protect the vulnerable from future shocks, ... More >>

United Nations Report Encourages Policy Makers To ‘Build Forward Better’ Together With Volunteers

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 6:46 am | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (UNV News) -- The fourth State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) ‘ Building equal and inclusive societies ’ presents new evidence on volunteer–state partnerships. The flagship Report of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme ... More >>

UN Regional Forum Opens With Call For Countries To Drive SDG Progress With Urgency, Ambition And Scale

Monday, 28 March 2022, 7:36 pm | UN ESCAP

On the back of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent crises, the region is fast losing ground on its ability to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Ninth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) opened today in Bangkok ... More >>

Adapting To The “New Normal”: Building Back Better With Digital And Sustainable Trade Facilitation

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 7:01 am | UN ESCAP

Countries across the globe have made progress on digitalizing international trade formalities during the COVID-19 pandemic, but stronger efforts are needed to facilitate trade for small and medium-sized enterprises and other groups and sectors with special ... More >>

Concerted Regional Action To Speed Up Transition Towards Sustainable Transport And Logistics Systems

Friday, 17 December 2021, 9:10 pm | UN ESCAP

Asian and Pacific countries today adopted a potentially transformative agenda for transport that would enable greener, smarter and more resilient ways to move people and goods around the region and across the world. Transport ministers agreed to a ... More >>

UN Forum Closes With Call To Ensure Inclusion Is At The Heart Of Innovation Policies

Saturday, 4 December 2021, 6:03 am | UN ESCAP

A UN forum has called for countries in Asia and the Pacific to move away from traditional innovation policies and put in place next-generation, inclusive policies that are designed beyond economic imperatives to solve the pressing social and environmental ... More >>

Partnering With Persons With Disabilities Toward An Inclusive, Accessible And Sustainable Post-COVID-19 World

Friday, 3 December 2021, 7:36 am | UN ESCAP

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana As the world observes the International Day of Persons with Disabilities today, we honour the leadership of persons with disabilities and their tireless efforts to build a more inclusive, accessible and sustainable world. ... More >>

Leaders Commit To Build A More Resilient Future Through Inclusive Civil Registration & Vital Stats In Asia & The Pacific

Saturday, 20 November 2021, 6:59 am | UN ESCAP

Ministers from across Asia and the Pacific today recommitted to increasing the number of national birth and death registrations, with an emphasis on reaching the most vulnerable populations. The second Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and ... More >>

Is Asia And The Pacific Ready For The Global Climate Stage?

Sunday, 31 October 2021, 5:41 am | UN ESCAP

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana As the leaders of Asia and the Pacific prepare to head to Glasgow for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), they can be sure that our region will be in the spotlight: many of the most ... More >>

Extreme Poverty On The Rise

Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 8:28 pm | UN ESCAP

Extreme poverty on the rise – UN committee calls for Asia-Pacific countries to ensure economic recovery packages aligned with financing sustainable development With the COVID-19 pandemic having pushed some 89 million people in Asia and the Pacific ... More >>

More Than Just Shipping: New UN Report Highlights How Trade Can Play A Pivotal Role In Addressing Climate Change

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 6:27 am | UN ESCAP

A new United Nations report has underscored an urgent need for economies in the Asia-Pacific region to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including to maintain their trade competitiveness as carbon taxes at borders become more likely. “As ... More >>

Trade Costs On The Rise In Asia And The Pacific, But Cuts In Red Tape Could Help Bend The Trend

Thursday, 7 October 2021, 6:42 am | UN ESCAP

The high cost of trade in Asia and the Pacific continues to rise, but ongoing efforts to facilitate commerce will help keep goods flowing throughout the region, according to a new report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and ... More >>

Digital Equity For All Ages

Friday, 1 October 2021, 7:59 pm | UN ESCAP

The growing number and share of older persons in Asia and the Pacific represent success stories of declining fertility and increasing longevity; the result of advances in social and economic development. This demographic transition is taking place against More >>

Digital Inequalities Based On Wealth And Geography Are Still Prolific Across Asia And The Pacific, Says New UN Study

Friday, 17 September 2021, 4:42 pm | UN ESCAP

While access to the Internet has enabled many to continue to work, learn and socialize while living with pandemic restrictions, connectivity remains a pipe dream for many people in poor, rural parts of Asia and the Pacific, according to a new study by ... More >>

Urgent Support Required To Prevent Asian And Pacific Least Developed Countries Slipping Backwards

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 6:22 am | UN ESCAP

Bangkok ( ESCAP news ) – As multiple crises swirl around the globe, a United Nations summit will hear this week how the hard-won development gains of the twelve Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Asia and the Pacific are under threat and require immediate ... More >>