Amid uncertainty, Asia-Pacific region to sustain growth in 2003, UN commission reports

The economies of Asian countries are expected to record good performances this year, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today, attributing the growth to domestic factors and the stimulus provided by intra-regional trade.

UN commission details proposal for highway network from Europe through Asia

A draft proposal for a highway network expected to improve trade links between Asia and Europe has been finalized, the Bangkok-based United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Pacific (UNESCAP) said today.

At forum of religious leaders in Bangkok, UN official stresses universal values

As religious leaders from around the world gathered in Bangkok to inaugurate a new assembly, a United Nations official told participants that shared aspirations unite the world's great faiths.

Small-scale loans key to fighting poverty, officials tell UN forum in Bangkok

"Microfinancing" - a method of funding for community-level entrepreneurs to jump-start local economies - is the focus of a three-day anti-poverty conference which opened today at the Bangkok headquarters of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

UN-backed Asia-Pacific forum looks to tackle environment, development challenges

Environmental issues will be high on the agenda when two dozen leading thinkers from across Asia and the Pacific gather this weekend for a United Nations-sponsored meeting to sketch out a new development framework for greater equitability and sustainability in the region.