Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


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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.

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Mushahidullha Khan said the report released last week by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) itself highlights that the growth potential of Asia-Pacific developing countries, together which are home to the 743 million extremely poor people, is being held back by infrastructure shortages, while existing infrastructures are prone to the escalating number of natural disasters.
Mushahidullha Khan said the report released last week by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) said that the growth potential of Asia-Pacific developing countries, together which are home to the 743 million extremely poor people, is being held back by infrastructure shortages, while existing infrastructures are prone to the escalating number of natural disasters.
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Inclusive and environment-friendly growth is key to creating new sources of economic dynamism amidst the persisting global uncertainty, says the flagship publication of the Bangkok, Thailand-based United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) which estimates that economic policy uncertainty in the eurozone and the United States since the onset of the global crisis has shaved 3 per cent off regional GDP - a loss of $870 billion in output.
The report was prepared primarily by the Poverty and Development Division of the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
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Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Asian Development Bank Institute.
Prepared for a May 2005 meeting of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, this report assesses progress made towards these goals and suggests policy options for the region's governments.
It was produced in conjunction with a 2004 workshop co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the Asian Development Bank Institute.
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