17 May 2017
Press Release No: G/21/2017
Bangkok (ESCAP News) –The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marked its 70th Anniversary at the opening of the annual Commission session in Bangkok today, with its Executive Secretary reflecting on the extraordinary transformation of the region, and underlining the importance of regional solutions to support the global development agenda.
“Seventy years ago, ours was a region devastated by conflict. Political instability was rife, poverty and famine were endemic, and social tensions widespread,” said United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. “Today our region accounts for over a third of the world’s output, and we are on track to make up half of global GDP by 2050. We are driving global growth, global trade and increasingly, science, technology and innovation. Poverty has fallen to 15 per cent in 2012, down from 50 per cent in 1990.”
Asian and Pacific countries are discussing economic cooperation and integration this week at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, (UNESCAP) whose annual session focuses on how regional countries can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More on UN News Site.
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April 10, 2017 (Suva, Fiji) – Over forty delegates from nine Pacific Parliaments are gathering in Suva this week to take part in the Pacific Parliamentary Seminar on Enhancing Committee Work.
The seminar was conceived in the wake of extensive consultations with Members of Parliament (MPs) and senior staff of the national parliaments of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and the Cook Islands, which returned repeated calls for professional development opportunities on committee work.
Photo: UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Osnat Lubrani encouraged delegates in her opening remarks to embrace the opportunity presented by this Seminar.
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Photo: UN Women/Murray Lloyd
As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the center of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work.
According to UN Women persisting gender inequalities often lead to additional vulnerabilities and different impacts for women and girls when disaster strikes.
UNIC Canberra spoke via Skype with Aleta Miller, UN Women’s representative at the
Fiji Multi-Country Office.
13 January 2017
Press Release: G/01/2017
BANGKOK (ESCAP News) — Ministers from countries party to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) met during the Fourth APTA Ministerial Council today to conclude negotiations that will more than double the number of products under preferential tariff treatment in order to expand trade and boost growth in the region. The Fourth APTA Ministerial Council was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) which acts as secretariat for the Agreement.
Honiara, 3 January 2017 – UNICEF continues to support the current emergency response efforts to affected communities in Makira province with the provision of education, water and hygiene supplies, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in early December 2016.
These supplies are sufficient to meet the needs of 12,500 people and include 3000 pieces of hand washing soaps, 5000 water containers, two cartons of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials carrying messages on hygiene practices, 12 tents and tarpaulins for affected schools.
Bangkok (ESCAP News) — The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) recently released Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2016 highlights that the region’s trade flows are wavering amid sluggish global economic and trade growth, downward movement of world commodity prices and an uncertain policy environment. This situation comes at a time when the need for trade growth to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development could not be more critical.
Although the volume of exports of goods grew at 3 per cent in 2015, the nominal value of exports and imports by the Asia-Pacific region experienced a major slump in 2015, of 9.7 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively. Sluggish growth in trade is expected to continue through to the end of 2016. Rebounding somewhat, exports are expected to increase by 4.5 per cent and imports by 6.5 per cent in developing countries of Asia and the Pacific in 2017, but the Report forecasts more modest growth in exports and imports in volume terms, at 2.2 per cent and 3.8 per cent, respectively.
“Trade is the key driver of economic activity in Asia and the Pacific,” stated Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.
What: Launch of Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016: Year-end Update
- Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
- Mr. Hamza Ali Malik, Officer-in-charge, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP
When: Thursday, 1 December 2016, 13:30 – 14:30 hours
Where: Conference Room 4, UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok
Watch: YouTube Live Webcast – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGnWqwg6N50
Economic conditions have stabilized in the Asia-Pacific region in the second half of 2016, as such stable economic conditions provide an opportunity to make progress on the productivity and inclusiveness fronts. However, despite recent stability, the likely impact of some risks for the near-term economic outlook should not be underestimated. The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016: Year-end Update highlights the possibilities to advance on key development opportunities in the region given the current economic climate.
UNDP, Global Initiatives, 600 business leaders and government officials start work on a new coalition for sustainable development
23 November 2016, Singapore – At the fifth Responsible Business Forum, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on business leaders to take a greater role in the new development era in order to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This Forum, opened in Singapore by UNDP and Global Initiatives, aims to address a sea change in the nature of development funding by creating a new partnership for sustainable development. Domestic public and private finance accounts for 89 percent of all financial flows in Asia-Pacific, according to a UNDP report launched last month. While foreign funding (Official Development Assistance) is still essential for the development system, it now accounts for 0.7 percent of totalfinancial flows in Asia-Pacific (down from 13.5 % in 1990).
Findings from a new joint study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the University of New South Wales indicate an urgent need for reforms in Pacific island countries to adequately address HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among vulnerable populations.
The study, titled Pacific Multi-Country Mapping and Behavioural Study: HIV and STI Risk Vulnerability among Key Populations, examined the behaviour risk factors and social and structural determinants of risk that drive the epidemic among vulnerable groups, such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and seafarers.
The study, which covers nine Pacific countries, including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, was released at a regional HIV forum that opened in Suva, Fiji today.