Year-end UN snapshot shows Asia-Pacific leading global economic recovery

A year-end update released today by the United Nations regional arm in Asia and the Pacific shows that the region is leading the global economic recovery, with the growth rate in 2010 forecast at 6.3 per cent – the highest in the world.

UN official kicks off Asia-Pacific forum on impact of global economic meltdown

A shift in economic direction towards greater domestic spending and social protection in the Asia-Pacific could help the region better absorb the impact of future financial crises, a senior United Nations official told a meeting of country representatives in Bangkok today.

Central Asian States seek ways to emerge from economic crisis at UN forum

Government officials from Central Asian and neighbouring countries, international organizations and financial institutions pledged at a United Nations-sponsored forum today to cooperate in developing the best strategies for an early regional recovery from the global economic crisis.

Asian economies can benefit from greater intra-regional trade, says top UN official

The top United Nations official in Asia and the Pacific today highlighted the opportunities to promote trade and investment among countries in the region, while presenting a new development plan less dependent on exports to the West.

Help women weather economic crisis, UN official tells Asia-Pacific nations

The top United Nations official in the Asia-Pacific region has called on countries to help women weather the ongoing economic crisis, including by promoting their interests as part of government stimulus packages.

Top UN Asia-Pacific official pushes for pooling of fiscal resources to beat recession

Large-scale government stimulus packages are closed off to many nations across Asia and the Pacific, the top United Nations official for the region told a gathering of senior finance and central bank representatives, promoting a cooperative approach to jump-starting economies out of the global recession.

Economic crisis rolling back Asia’s development gains – UN official

The economic crisis is rolling back the significant progress made to date in Asia and the Pacific in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – according to a senior United Nations official.

UN-backed trans-Asian rail agreement goes into effect

A railroad agreement aimed at linking 28 countries in Asia and Europe went into effect today, the United Nations announced in Bangkok.

Increased trade within Asia-Pacific key to economic revival, says UN regional body

Taking measures to boost trade among Asia-Pacific nations will be critical for governments in the region to help their economies recover from the turmoil sparked by the financial crisis in the West, according to a new set of United Nations guidelines.

Crisis ‘triple threat’ demands greater cooperation in Asia-Pacific – UN

As countries in Asia and the Pacific grapple with the “triple threat” of the economic crisis, food and fuel insecurity and climate change, there is a greater need for cooperation in the region, a senior United Nations official said today.