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Asia-Pacific developing economies face low growth again in 2014, UN forecasts

Developing Asia-Pacific countries will face another year of subpar growth in 2014 due to slow recovery, policy uncertainty and protectionism in developed countries, marking the first time in two decades that their economies have grown at less than 6 per cent annually over a three-year period, according to a United Nations forecast released today.

UN regional forum urges greater cooperation among Asia-Pacific governments

Wrapping up a development policy forum in Thailand, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia-Pacific (ESCAP) today called for greater economic integration and cooperation in the region to counter the growing threat posted by severe natural disasters and economic shocks.

UN reports subdued Asia-Pacific growth in 2013 as region faces developed world uncertainty

Growth in Asia-Pacific remains subdued due to the impact of persistent weaknesses and uncertainties in the developed economies, the United Nations reported today, urging Governments to implement macroeconomic policies that focus more on inclusivity and sustainable development.

Asia-Pacific States seek UN support to ease impediments to trade and investment

Government representatives from some 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region today sought United Nations assistance in their efforts to have bottlenecks to intra-regional trade and investment removed to foster growth, particularly in the poorest nations.

Sound governance crucial for water resource management, UN official says

Sound governance and knowledge of water management principles are crucial for sustainable water resources, a top United Nations official in the Asia-Pacific region has told the opening session of a regional conference on the issue.

UN-backed Asia-Pacific forum discusses social, environmental protection in cities

Delegates from governments, civil society, private sector and academia in the Asia-Pacific region gathered in Bangkok today for a United Nations-convened forum to discuss ways of ensuring that urban economic prosperity is socially equitable and ecologically sustainable.

Asia-Pacific fuel importers and exporters agree at UN forum on cooperation

Major fossil fuel exporting and importing nations in the Asia-Pacific, meeting at a United Nations forum, agreed today to enhance cooperation to promote energy self-reliance in a region where high food and oil prices threaten economic recovery.

High food prices keep millions in Asia-Pacific region in poverty – UN

High food prices prevented more than 19 million people in the Asia-Pacific region from lifting themselves out of poverty last year, the United Nations said in a new study released today, warning that soaring food and fuel inflation will keep large sections of the region’s population below the poverty threshold.

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.