At UN-backed meeting, Asia-Pacific statisticians agree to boost regional capacity

Statistics experts from Asia and the Pacific, meeting under the auspices of the United Nations, today agreed to implement a strategic plan designed to strengthen the capacities of countries in the region to develop statistical records on population, social-economic issues and the environment by 2020.

Weak economic growth in developed countries threatens Asian recovery – UN

Led by China and India, the Asia-Pacific region made a significant economic recovery this year, following recession in previous years, but weakening economies in developed countries could pose new challenges for the region in 2011, according to a report from the UN’s commission for the region.

Persons with disabilities can play vital role in Asia-Pacific economy – UN

A United Nations meeting which wrapped up in Bangkok today has encouraged businesses to embrace the rights and concerns of persons with disabilities, highlighting the untapped consumer power represented by an estimated 400 million people in the Asia-Pacific region.

Asia-Pacific nations agree to promote low-carbon economic growth – UN

Government officials and policymakers from Asia and the Pacific have concluded a United Nations-organized meeting by adopting a course of action for environmentally sustainable economic growth, ahead of a key ministerial conference to be held in September in Kazakhstan.

Asia-Pacific leaders meet to revise steps towards regional economic recovery

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders in Asia and the Pacific to cooperate and take bold action to seek ‘green’ solutions to their long-term economic recovery, as they gather in the Republic of Korea to review regional development policies.

Low-carbon economic success possible in Asia and the Pacific, UN official says

Regional cooperation and partnerships among the public, private and civil society could help the Asia and Pacific region lead to the development of a road map to low-carbon economic growth, participants said today at a United Nations forum in China.

Top UN official in Asia-Pacific urges stronger ties between States and business

The top United Nations official in Asia and the Pacific today urged governments in the region to develop stronger ties with the private sector to spur economic growth and provide better services to the public through improved infrastructure.

New UN-backed scheme to turn ‘trash into cash’ in Asia-Pacific cities

Under a new United Nations-backed initiative launched today, cities in Asia and the Pacific, which are dealing with ever-increasing heaps of waste, will be able to transform ‘trash into cash.’