New UN publication warns of severe hardship for millions of workers in Asia

Five years after the 1997 financial crisis, many workers in Southeast Asia are just one paycheque away from extreme poverty, according to a new publication by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Paralysis by Asian banks threatens to stunt region’s economic recovery – UN report

Banks in Asia are afraid to lend, and companies are reluctant to borrow, resulting in a deadly circle that threatens to keep economic growth muted across much of the region, according to a new comprehensive joint-study published today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

Asia-Pacific countries paying heavy price for 'grow now, clean up later' policy, UN says

Countries in Asia and the Pacific are paying heavily for a "grow now, clean up later" environmental policy, resulting in major ecological problems, including shrinking forests, widespread land degradation and an overall increase in pollution, according to a new United Nations study.

Annan hails UN-Pacific Islands Forum cooperation

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the United Nations' intensifying collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum.

UN report finds contaminated water single biggest killer of children in Asia-Pacific

Polluted water and poor sanitation are the biggest killers of children in Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the region (ESCAP) says in a new publication released ahead of an upcoming UN forum on the environment and development.

Mayors from 50 Asian cities at UN forum pledge cooperation to overcome region's ills

Mayors from 50 Asian cities gathered at a United Nations-sponsored meeting in Bangkok have agreed to work together to overcome poverty, the devastating effects caused by war, and lack of access to clean water.

UN Asia-Pacific commission plans changes to focus more on poverty, globalization

The United Nations commission for Asia and the Pacific today announced that government officials from the region have agreed to a plan that would revamp the agency's work by focusing it more on poverty reduction, globalization and emerging social issues.

Opening annual session, UN commission for Asia-Pacific looks to strengthen its role

Gathering today in Bangkok for the start of the annual session of the United Nations regional commission for Asia and the Pacific, government officials are expected to take up proposals to restructure the way the agency operates and streamline its activities, in addition to tackling economic and social issues affecting the area.

Globalization in Asia-Pacific resulting in growing social, income inequalities, UN reports

Despite the rapid pace of globalization in Asia and the Pacific many people are still excluded from its benefits, as reflected by growing poverty and other inequalities, according to a new study conducted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the region (ESCAP).

UN to host forum for Asia-Pacific States on joining World Trade Organization

Trade officials from across the Asia-Pacific region are gearing up for a United Nations seminar in Bangkok next week on facilitating accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).