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.’

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.