Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

(redirected from ESCAP)
Also found in: Financial, Acronyms.

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


(ESCAP), a regional body established in 1947 by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The purpose of the commission is to promote regional economic development in Asia and to support and strengthen economic cooperation among Asian countries as well as between Asian states and states on other continents. As of Jan. 1, 1980, 35 Asian and Pacific states, together with Great Britain, the Netherlands, the USA, and France, are members of ESCAP; the regional members include India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, the Mongolian People’s Republic, the People’s Republic of China, the USSR, and Japan. The commission conducts research; collects, summarizes, and disseminates information and statistical data; and makes recommendations to the governments of ESCAP members on all matters falling within its competence.

The highest organ of ESCAP is the plenary session, which is held once a year. Between sessions, day-to–day work is carried out by standing committees, such as the committees on industry and natural resources, trade, transport and communications, and typhoons. Conferences are held to study problems of, for example, industrialization, planning, statistics, and social development.

The executive organ of ESCAP is the Secretariat, which is located in Bangkok, Thailand. Special regional bodies that operate within the framework of ESCAP include the Council of Ministers for Asian Economic Cooperation, the Asian Industrial Development Council, the Asian Institute for Economic Development and Planning, and the Asian Statistical Institute.

References in periodicals archive ?
We are grateful to our partners at UN ESCAP and the Shell Foundation for their support and look forward to collaborating with many more companies, entrepreneurs, investors, governments, academics and NGOs as we focus on the importance of investing in science, technology and innovation.
He added that Iran, meantime, expects other regional states to provide the ESCAP members with their experiences in management of information on disasters.
This makes ESCAP the most comprehensive of the United Nations' five regional commissions.
ESCAP member states will continue to work together to share financial innovation best practices and to address capacity gaps where they exist.
ESCAP also cited the robust investments in the country, the benign inflation and a relatively low budget deficit that allowed for substantial government spending this year in infrastructure and other basic services.
Outcome conclusions from the meeting will be presented to the third Session of the ESCAP Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction on 27-29 November 2013.
With a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, ESCAP is the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions.
The enhancement of the Suva based operations centre, will include new arrangements for South-South cooperation and opportunities to increase the voice of Pacific island States at ESCAP and within the wider UN system, as well as more capacity for data collection and statistical analysis.
Produced under the auspices of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), this nine-booklet kit is designed for use by facilitators working with young people in the ESCAP region on health issues.
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in its annual report the average growth rate of the 28 developing economies in the ESCAP region is forecast at 5.
The schedule will be finalized at an ESCAP meeting in May in Bangkok.