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Sustainable development focus of upcoming UN Asia-Pacific meeting

Regional cooperation on the issue of sustainable development will top the agenda when representatives from more than 50 countries in Asia and the Pacific meet in Bangkok next week.

They are coming together for the 73rd session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for the region, known as ESCAP.

Member States span from Turkey in the west to the small Pacific island nation of Kirabati in the east, and are home to roughly two-thirds of the world’s population or just over four billion people.

World Bank/Graham Crouch

Asia-Pacific productivity "under threat and needs reform”

The Asia-Pacific region is an economic powerhouse but urgently needs to rethink its economic strategy if it’s to stay that way, UN experts said Thursday.

Latest data from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) shows that although the region is likely to see stable growth in 2017, productivity is down and inequality growing.