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Pacific island nations at UN meeting call on world to fulfil aid commitments

Fourteen island developing nations in the Pacific Ocean wrapped up a United Nations-backed meeting today with a call to the global community to honour its commitments to help them weather the fallout from global economic crises and recent natural disasters.

Pacific island nations gather for UN meeting to review development goals

Top officials from 14 small island developing nations in the Pacific Ocean are gathering in Vanuatu today for a United Nations-backed meeting to review strides made in sustainable development.

UN ‘s Asia-Pacific gathering wraps up with call for better trade deal for poorer States

Exports from the world’s poorest countries should be granted duty- and quota-free access to markets, according to government officials, economists and academics attending a regional United Nations trade meeting as they warned against a turn towards protectionist policies.

Good corporate citizenship on the rise in Asia-Pacific, UN finds

More businesses in the Asia-Pacific region are becoming better corporate citizens but they should ensure that these efforts form an integral part of their everyday operations, a United Nations-organized regional gathering on trade and investment heard today.

UN official kicks off week-long event on trade and investment in Asia-Pacific region

A top United Nations official has called on countries in Asia and the Pacific to strengthen regional ties in an effort to boost trade and investment and increase economic growth, kicking off a week-long event in Bangkok focusing on these critical issues.

Nauru calls for enhanced UN presence in South Pacific

The United Nations’ strengthened presence and engagement in the South Pacific is vital if the region’s countries are to meet development goals, the President of Nauru told the General Assembly today.

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.

Cut red tape to increase exports in Asia-Pacific, UN-backed conference concludes

A reduction of export red tape by Governments in the Asia-Pacific region will lead to an increase in exports from areas hard hit by the global financial crisis, said participants at a United Nations-backed trade conference today.

Asia-Pacific’s resilience against financial turmoil being ground down – UN

The Asia-Pacific region has been steeled against the global recession by lessons learned from the 1997 economic crisis, but its resilience will continue to be chipped away unless several key issues are addressed, a top United Nations official cautioned today.

Triple crises reveal necessity of collective action, says top UN Asia-Pacific official

The “triple threat” posed by the economic, food and climate crises have underscored the need for international cooperation to prevent the slide of an additional 60 million people in Asia and the Pacific into poverty this year, the top United Nations official in the region said today.