Pacific

‘Stronger response’ key, to build a safer and more stable future: Guterres

UN chief António Guterres is calling for greater unity and solidarity to defeat COVID-19 and build a better world in the wake of the global pandemic.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction

On Thursday, we cover: more support needed for Sahel force, fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world; and the UN chief’s trip for climate action in the Pacific continues.

Monday’s Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso

This Monday, top stories are: Gaza's aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and people of the Pacific; UN condemnation after a deadly attack in Burkina Faso.  

Paradise islands of Pacific increasingly vulnerable to climate change, as UN boosts resilience

A seeming paradise, life on the Pacific islands is threatened by climate change and extreme weather, frustrated by remoteness and a lack of educational and economic opportunities. Secretary-General António Guterres begins a visit to the region this weekend, where he will speak to people living on some of the islands and see for himself how the UN is helping to mitigate some of the biggest issues. 

Climate change threatens agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies, UN agency warns

With global warming expected to significantly impact future yields in countries located closer to the equator, the United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific economies to take a leading role in adaptation and mitigation.

Fastest population shift in history is ‘make or break’ opportunity for Asia-Pacific – UN agency

If Asia-Pacific countries do not start planning for demographic changes, they will miss out on a unique opportunity to boost growth and investments for the future, risking a surge in youth frustration and exacerbating instability, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) underlined today in its latest Regional Human Development Report.

Reviving domestic demand key to robust and sustainable growth in Asia-Pacific – UN report

Against the backdrop of a global economic slowdown, reinvigorating domestic and intra-regional demand plays a crucial role in reviving economies in Asia and the Pacific, according to a newly released-United Nations report, which also recommends a proactive fiscal policy emphasising productivity and addressing inequalities in the region.

Asia-Pacific growth to pick up moderately in 2015 – new UN report

Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific are forecast to grow at an average of 5.8 per cent this year, up from 5.6 per cent in 2014, spurred by decreased inflation and a steep decline in oil prices, according to a new United Nations report that indicates that structural reforms and lower oil prices can boost growth for sustainable development.

UN Asia-Pacific forum calls for inclusive, job-generating growth to bridge region’s income gap

With 743 million people in Asia and the Pacific still desperately poor, it is essential that growth be sustainable, inclusive and job-generating, declared the head of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as it kicked off its Ministerial Segment in Bangkok today.

Asia-Pacific developing countries see ‘subdued’ growth for third straight year – UN report

Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific are experiencing yet another year of subdued economic growth, marking the third successive year of growth below 6 per cent, according to the annual flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).