Asia-Pacific’s developing nations urge end to red tape in trade – UN

With red tape in trade costing $300 billion a year in Asia and the Pacific, developing nations in the region have issued an urgent call at a United Nations-backed meeting for governments to streamline global trade procedures and ensure that regulations are simple, consistent and transparent.

Green growth can help Asia-Pacific overcome recessions, climate change – UN

Green growth can simultaneously promote environmental sustainability and development in Asia and the Pacific, a senior United Nations official has said, urging stepped up investment in natural capital, clean energy and ecological efficiency.

Pacific Ocean islands use General Assembly to appeal for assistance on climate change

Three Pacific Ocean countries today appealed to United Nations Member States to act fast to combat climate change and start mobilizing the resources needed to mitigate the effects of global warming, especially in small island developing States that are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels.

Ban commends Solomon Islanders for peaceful legislative elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Solomon Islanders for taking part in peaceful and orderly parliamentary polls that led to the selection this week of Danny Philip as the new Prime Minister of the Pacific archipelago.

Asia-Pacific nations call for ‘green’ economic growth strategies at UN forum

More than 60 nations in Asia and the Pacific have underscored the urgent need for ‘green’ strategies to spur economic growth in the region, wrapping up a weeklong United Nations gathering.

Remaining non-self-governing territories must have full freedom of choice, Ban says

The world’s 16 remaining territories that still do not govern themselves must have complete freedom in deciding their future status, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a forum on decolonization today.

Asia-Pacific nations seek joint response to global downturn at UN gathering

Countries of Asia and the Pacific are taking part in a United Nations meeting, held in the Republic of Korea, to agree on a coordinated response to ensure that the region’s initial rebound from the global economic crisis can lead to sustainable growth.

UN urges increased social spending in Asia-Pacific to sustain robust economic growth

Governments in Asia and the Pacific should raise spending on social programmes to sustain the region’s robust economic recovery and ensure that the benefits of the revived growth trickle down to people most affected by the global financial crisis, according to a United Nations report released today.

High level of informal jobs reported in Asia-Pacific region, UN report finds

Unemployment rates are artificially low in Asia and the Pacific because many people hold jobs in the informal sector, according to a United Nations report released today that provides a comparison of economic, social and environmental trends in the region.

UNICEF emergency supplies ready for cyclone-hit Fiji, Solomon Islands

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is on standby with emergency relief supplies for thousands of people in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, which were pummeled by heavy winds and rains from two extreme cyclones.