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.

New UN scheme to tackle costly obstacles to trade in the Asia-Pacific region

The Asia-Pacific arm of the United Nations has launched an initiative aimed at cutting through the red tape that is adding as much as 15 per cent to the cost of goods traded in the region.

Asia-Pacific region faces ‘triple threat’ to economic development, warns UN report

The triple threat of the global economic recession, volatile food and fuel prices, and bearing the brunt of the world’s natural disasters has hit countries in the Asia-Pacific region particularly hard, a new United Nations report warned today.

UN-backed gathering calls for greater action on climate change in Asia-Pacific

A United Nations-backed conference wrapped up today in Bangkok with an urgent call to governments and the private sector in the Asia-Pacific region to prioritize climate change concerns.

Political support needed to boost Asia-Pacific’s energy security – UN

Increased political will is needed across the Asia-Pacific so that the region can shift from energy insecurity to a more sustainable form of energy that helps the most vulnerable, a senior United Nations official has stressed.