UN study spotlights serious development gaps among ASEAN members

As the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) get set to discuss a plan for greater regional integration at their annual summit in Singapore this week, the United Nations has emphasized the need for the group to address serious development gaps among its 10 members if it is to move in that direction.

UN-backed Asia-Pacific conference to look into impacts of population ageing

Government officials and representatives from more than two dozen Asian-Pacific nations have gathered in Macao, China, to discuss regional progress in addressing the challenges posed by population ageing at a United Nations-sponsored conference.

Asian nations confer on impact of population ageing at UN-backed forum

A United Nations-backed meeting – attended by participants from over a dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific region – on the social, health and economic consequences of population ageing kicked off today in Bangkok, Thailand.

UN forum hears calls for health investments in Asia-Pacific region

Ministers from across the Asia-Pacific region – where relative wealth has not translated into health investments – today heard calls at a United Nations meeting in Kazakhstan for more government spending on medical care in order to combat poverty.

Asia-Pacific region crucial in global fight against poverty: Ban Ki-moon

The Asia-Pacific region – with most of the world’s people and some of its fastest-growing economies – is crucial to meeting global anti-poverty targets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told regional leaders meeting in Kazakhstan.

Diversification in Central Asia is focus of UN-sponsored business forum

With the economies of Central Asia hurtling forward but tied to a single sector, some 300 business leaders and policymakers gathered today for a United Nations-sponsored forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to discuss diversification and international competitiveness.

In a first, UN regional development arm to hold annual meeting in Central Asia

For the first time, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will hold its annual high-level meeting – which will be attended by over 400 delegates, including heads of Government and ministers from the organization’s 62 members – in Central Asia.

Asia-Pacific economies to grow by over 7 per cent, but risks ahead – UN report

Asia-Pacific countries are set to grow by over 7 per cent this year, although the region will face several economic challenges, primarily the management of exchange rates, the United Nations says today in its annual regional economic review.

Lack of infrastructure investment holding back Asia-Pacific region – UN meeting

The long-term development of the Asia-Pacific region is being threatened by a lack of investment in infrastructure, according to a United Nations-sponsored meeting which ended today with a call to back a proposal to set up a new regional body to raise funds.

UN economic official stresses need for sustainable development at Asia conference

While developing economies in Asia and the Pacific are projected to grow by an impressive 7.3 per cent this year, such growth is driven by high consumption of resources and cannot be sustained long-term, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) warned today, as he called on all countries to adopt sustainable development strategies.