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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and thePacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia – Pacific region. ESCAP was established in 1947 with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, and consists of 53 Members States and 9 Associate Members. The region is home to 4.1 billion people fromTurkey to Pacific island nation on Kiribati, and from Russian Federation to New Zealand. Within the light of this information, ESCAP is considered as the most comprehensive of the UnitedNations five regional commissions, and the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region with over 600 staff.ESCAP works with the aim of overcoming some of the region’s greatest challenges and helps member States by capacity building, technical assistance and results-oriented projects in the areas, such as; macroeconomic policy, poverty reduction and financing for development, trade, investment, innovation, environment, social development, and energy. It also provides a forum for its member States to promote regional cooperation and collective action in pursuit of the 2090Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, assisting countries to achieve shared economic growth and social equality.ESCAP is powerful in order to impact people with its norm setting and policy work and helps countries to shape and implement a more balanced and inclusive development agenda for the region.

Agenda Items

Extending social protection in Asia and the Pacific

Under-Secretary-General

Ceren Hapoğlu

Level

Intermediate

Study Guide

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