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ESCAP launches digitized version of intellectual history

For the first time in the nearly seven decades of its existence, the work of staff at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from over 60 years has been compiled, digitized and made available online. The “Intellectual History Project” launched today in Bangkok provides digital versions of the “ahead-of-the-curve” regional socioeconomic analyses ESCAP has been providing to Asia-Pacific policymakers since the Second World War.

The ESCAP Intellectual History Project will provide policy practitioners and academics access to analysis and advice contained in past editions of the annual ESCAP flagship publication Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (Survey) starting with the first edition published in 1948 by the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) as ESCAP was known until 1973.

Led by the ESCAP Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (MPDD), the project involved digital scanning of over 15,600 pages which are available in PDF format and as OCR-readable files (readers can search and copy contents).

The logistical and technological challenges of compilation and digitization have been daunting. This involved first procuring hard copies of past Survey editions, seeking guidance on the digitization process from the United Nations Library Office in New York and Geneva and shipping the copies to a service provider in Auckland, New Zealand.

Launched on 19 December by Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the project offers a snapshot of cutting-edge analyses that have shaped and transformed development discourse in the region over the years.

A perusal of the messages and discussions in past issues of the Survey, one of the oldest continuously produced annual publications in the United Nations system, shows these to be well ahead of their time and truly visionary in nature.

The Intellectual History Project is a public good through which ESCAP aims to generate awareness among the new generation of academics, policy practitioners and leaders in the Asia-Pacific region.

The digitized ECAFE/ESCAP Survey is accessible online at

Launch of the Asia-Pacific regional MDGs report 2012/13


Launch of the Asia-Pacific regional MDGs report 2012/13

Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Organized by ESCAP/ADB/UNDP regional partnership

20 Spetmber 2013
Bangkok, Thailand

The tripartite regional partnership on the MDGs consisting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will launch their latest assessment of regional progress towards the MDGs, ‘Asia-Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda‘ on 20 September 2013 at UNCC, Bangkok.

The Regional MDGs Report comes at a critical juncture when one big final push is needed to achieve the MDGs in less than 1,000 days. As efforts are scaled up, citizens and leaders of the world are also discussing the possible framework of a transformative development agenda beyond 2015. Thus, this 2012/13 report, while identifying the areas needing accelerated actions and emerging challenges, is intended to inform this global process.

The Asia-Pacific region as a whole has achieved considerable success with the MDGs, particularly in reducing income poverty. Nevertheless, the region is off track in several areas: hunger, health and sanitation – and even in areas such as income poverty where achievements have been spectacular, large gaps remain. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s poor still live in this region. Even after 2015, there will therefore be a significant ‘unfinished agenda’. The region also faces many persistent and emerging threats including rising inequality, gender discrimination and violence, demographic shifts and unplanned urbanization, along with climate change and environmental pressures such as pollution and water scarcity.

ESCAP 69th Commission Session: Annual Report



The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific held its sixty-ninth session in Bangkok from 25 April to 1 May 2013. The present report covers the period from 24 May 2012 to 1 May 2013 and contains an account of the discussions and conclusions reached by the Commission.

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Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013

escapsurv2013The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific is the oldest and most comprehensive annual review of economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. This flagship publication of ESCAP outlines policies to sustain dynamic growth and to make it inclusive such as boosting internal demand, enhancing connectivity to create a seamless and region-wide market, and building productive capacities in the least developed countries.

The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 is released by Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, in Beijing, China on April 18. Simultaneous launches took place in 37 locations in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

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Disability at a Glance 2012: Strengthening the Evidence Base in Asia and the Pacific

Disability at a Glance 2012: Strengthening the Evidence Base in Asia and the PacificThe Disability at a Glance series, which started in 2006, serves as a companion for policymakers, statisticians and representatives of organizations of, and for, persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. These publications aim to provide a regional overview of disability policies and practices, as well as relevant country data and information.

The fourth edition, Disability at a Glance 2012: Strengthening the Evidence Base in Asia and the Pacific continues this tradition. It highlights the complexity of interpreting disability data and stresses the urgent need to work towards a greater common understanding of disability, related data and data collection practices.

This edition consists of an introduction, two analytical chapters and subregional and country snapshots. The introduction provides an overview of disability prevalence in the region and raises questions about interpreting this data. Chapter 1 analyzes some possible sources of variance in disability prevalence and implications for data interpretation. Chapter 2 examines selected key factors that affect people’s health and may have a bearing on disability prevalence in the long-term.

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Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2012

Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012

Download the online 2012 Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific. The Yearbook contains the latest country-level data on population, migration, education, health, poverty, gender, employment, economy, employment, transport, and the environment. The online edition includes new country profiles, comparisons, 20 year trends and online tools.

Growing Together: Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century

Growing Together: Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century

Author(s):   UNESCAP

Economic Sector(s): (1) Economic statistics; (2) Energy planning, management and conservation; (3) agriculture, forestry and fisheries policies and planning; (4) Industry policies and planning; (5) Transport policies and planning; (6) Road transport; (7) Rail transport; (8) Air transport; (9) Information and communication technologies; (10) Global trade policies; (11) Trade in commodities and manufactures; (12) Trade in services, including tourism; (13) Trade expansion, trade promotion and export development; (14) Nutrition and household food security; (15) Social Policies; (16) Policies, planning and legislation

UNESCAP Reference No.: ST/ESCAP/2629

Division: Macroeconomic Policy and Development

Published Date: May 2012

Country: {Non-country Specific Publication}

Hard Copy Price: Free

The Asia-Pacific region’s rapid growth since the 1950s had been supported by a favourable external economic environment and opportunities arising from globalization. This, however, has changed dramatically in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009. In the new global environment, sustaining the region’s growth and realizing the Asia-Pacific century critically depends on its ability to harness the potential of regional economic integration. In light of the many complementarities arising from its diversity, the region, a late starter in regionalism, has many underexploited opportunities for mutually beneficial regional integration. Regional economic integration can also assist in making regional development more balanced, with the lagging economies receiving a boost through stronger connectivity and integration with economic growth poles, such as China and India. Besides fostering peace, such cooperation could also help the region address shared vulnerabilities and risks and exercise its influence in global economic governance in a way commensurate to its rising economic weight. To harness the potential of regional economic integration, the study recommends a four-pronged scheme with a long-term vision of building an economic community of Asia and the Pacific: • Coalescing the numerous bilateral and subregional trading arrangements of the region into a broader regional trading and economic cooperation arrangement with built-in safeguards and flexibilities for poorer countries. • Seamless physical connectivity across the region to spread the benefits of economic integration to lagging subregions through transport, energy and ICT links, and the adoption of best practices in trade and transport facilitation. • Financial cooperation for closing development gaps and to ensure the optimal use of the region’s resources for mutual benefit. • Economic cooperation for addressing shared vulnerabilities and risks, such as energy and food insecurity, natural disasters, pressures on natural resources, social exclusion and rising inequalities – towards an inclusive and sustainable Asia-Pacific century.

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