UN refugee agency welcomes adoption of civil registration declaration in Asia-Pacific

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) welcomed the adoption today of an Asia-Pacific ministerial declaration proclaiming a shared vision of civil registration for all people by 2024.

Asia-Pacific region must boost collaboration to ensure sustainable growth – UN official

Countries in Asia and the Pacific must come closer together and increase cooperation to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity, a United Nations top official stressed today at a regional gathering in Bangkok, Thailand.

Closing trade, development gaps can unleash Asia’s economic potential – UN official

Overcoming key development and trade gaps can unleash the potential of Asia and the Pacific to be leader in the global economy, the top United Nations official in the region said today.

UN official calls for joint Asia-Pacific cooperation in face of natural disasters

Asia-Pacific countries must pull together to overcome natural calamities that have set back the region’s road to economic recovery, a United Nations official told the start of a three-day disaster risk reduction meeting in Bangkok today.

UN-backed Asia-Pacific forum stresses social protection for poverty reduction

Basic social protection for all segments of the population is key to protecting people from extreme poverty and economic exclusion, according to views expressed today by government representatives from the Asia-Pacific region attending a United Nations forum in Thailand.

Asia-Pacific developing nations to drive global economy in 2011 – UN report

A new regional report by the United Nations finds that developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will continue driving the global economy in 2011, while warning that high food and fuel prices as well as volatile capital inflows pose fresh challenges.

Investing in agriculture key to ending extreme rural poverty in South Asia – UN

South Asia continues to have the largest concentrations of poor rural populations despite the fact that the wider Asia-Pacific region has made major strides in combating poverty, a United Nations agency said today, stressing that agriculture is key to poverty alleviation.

Landlocked Asia-Pacific countries pledge at UN meeting to build cooperation

Landlocked developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region today pledged during a United Nations-backed meeting in Mongolia to promote greater cooperation and to reduce trade and transport barriers in an effort to achieve mutual sustainable development.

Asia-Pacific exports and imports grow at robust pace, UN reports

Powered by China, the Asia-Pacific region posted a growth rate of some 20 per cent in both exports and imports in 2010 despite “murky” protectionist steps by developed countries, and is expected to grow at a robust, if slower, pace in 2011, according to a United Nations report issued today.

Internal markets could propel economic recovery in Asia-Pacific region, UN says

To sustain its economic recovery, the Asia-Pacific region needs to create new internal markets by addressing infrastructure gaps and alleviating poverty, according to a United Nations-backed gathering that wrapped up today in Bangkok, Thailand.