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).

Asia and Pacific: UN-hosted meeting urges more action on 'people-centred' cities

Less talk and more action are needed to make cities in the Asia and Pacific region more liveable and friendly for residents, according to the mayors and other government officials who participated in a United Nations-backed meeting this week in Bangkok, Thailand.

Annan pledges UN support to Pacific island countries meeting in Nauru

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged the support of the United Nations to the Pacific Island Forum - a regional group of States that opened a week-long meeting today in the small coral nation of Nauru.