Annan urges Asian broadcasters to build open information societies

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged Asian broadcasters to work towards a media policy aimed at building open information societies that benefit all people in the region.

Russia signs UN-backed Asian Highway accord

The largest piece of the jigsaw in the United Nations-backed 140,000-kilometre Asian Highway network of roads linking the vast region from St. Petersburg to Singapore and Seoul to Istanbul has formally fallen into place with the Russian Federation signing the agreement.

Countries vow to reduce poverty in Asia-Pacific region as UN meeting ends

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) ended its 60th session in Shanghai today with the unanimous adoption of the Shanghai Declaration calling for the highest priority to be given to reducing poverty in the vast region that is home to more than half the world’s people.

Annan hails signing of Asian highway pact, challenges Asia and Pacific region

Twenty-three countries signed an agreement today paving the way for the United Nations-planned Asian Highway, a vast 140,000-kilometre-long network of standardized roadways that will link towns from one end of the continent to the other.

Asia-Pacific needs to tap financial systems to benefit region's poor, UN says

The Asia-Pacific region, by harnessing market forces and maintaining the world's highest savings rate, has become a global economic leader, but needs to tap the potential of its financial systems to benefit 800 million people struggling to survive on less than $1 a day, the head of the United Nations regional economic body said today.

Asian States set to begin signing deal on continental highway network – UN

Asian countries are set to sign an agreement at a United Nations meeting next week in Shanghai that will set up a 140,000-kilometre network of roads linking St. Petersburg to Singapore and Seoul to Istanbul that supporters hope will spur economic development across the continent.

Asia and Pacific economies grow nearly 6 per cent in 2002-2003, UN says

With group growth averaging nearly 6 per cent in 2002 and 2003, the economies of the developing countries in Asia and the Pacific grew faster than those of other developing country groups and faster than the global economy itself, according to a United Nations report released today.