• Shamshad Akhtar 2017/05/22

    By: Shamshad Akhtar

    Building on seventy years of success

    TEHRAN, May 22 (MNA) – The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marks its 70th anniversary this year.

  • Shamshad Akhtar 2017/04/09

    By: Shamshad Akhtar

    Positive signs as Asia-Pacific moves towards global development goals

    TEHRAN, Apr. 09 (MNA) – With just over a year since the adoption of a historic blueprint to end poverty and protect the planet, positive signs have already started to emerge among countries in the Asia-Pacific region as they push ahead with the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • پرچم چین 2017/03/26

    By Shamshad Akhtar

    China: Belt and Road Initiative

    TEHRAN, Mar. 26 (MNA) – Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, reports on China’s contribution to developments for sustainable energy.

  • transport 2016/12/11

    By: Shamshad Akhtar

    Transport: a pivotal sector in APAC`s journey to sustainability

    TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (MNA) – Transport is a key contributor to economic growth, prosperity and to societal well-being.

  • Shamshad Akhtar 2016/11/02

    By: Shamshad Akhtar

    Transforming commitment into action on disaster risk reduction

    TEHRAN, Nov. 02 (MNA) – Nothing erases development gains as suddenly and severely as natural disasters. Earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones wreak destruction, not only across borders but across generations, reversing the hard-won progress of many years in poverty reduction, delivery of essential services, promotion of small business and economic opportunity.

  • Akhtar 2016/09/24

    By: Shamshad Akhtar

    Closing broadband divide to connect people in Asia, Pacific

    TEHRAN, Sep. 24 (MNA) – Advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have been instrumental in shaping and leading socioeconomic transformations across Asia and the Pacific.

  • UNESCAP 2016-05-16 15:12

    Asia-Pacific leaders convene at annual UN policy forum in Bangkok

    TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) – Heads of government and other high-level officials from around Asia and the Pacific will convene in Bangkok over the next five days for the annual session of the United Nations regional commission, where they will debate regional cooperation and integration, and review key challenges to achieving inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.

  •      2016-04-03 18:01

    Asia-Pacific adopts follow-up action on SD

    TEHRAN, Apr. 03 (MNA) – Asia-Pacific leaders have agreed on measures to generate additional financial resources to tackle economic, social and environmental challenges in the region, at the First High-Level Follow-up Dialogue on Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific, in Incheon last week.

  • Shamshad-Akhtar.jpg 2016/03/17

    By: Shamshad Akhtar

    Social protection key to tackle Asia-Pacific’s inequality trap

    TEHRAN, Mar. 17 (MNA) – New research by ESCAP indicates inequality is on rise in Asia-Pacific countries and where it has not risen it has remained unacceptably high.

  • دیدار وزیر خارجه با معاون دبیرکل و دبیر اجرایی اسکاپ 2016-03-11 16:23

    Zarif meets with ESCAP head

    TEHRAN, Mar. 11 (MNA) – Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met on Friday.

  • SCO 2015-12-08 09:05

    China to host 14th meeting of SCO premiers

    BEIJING, Dec. 08 (MNA) – China will host the 14th Meeting of Prime Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), announced today Hua Chunying, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country.

  • escap 2015-11-08 14:32

    Asia-Pacific countries strengthen regional coop.

    TEHRAN, Nov. 08 (MNA) – More than 30 Asia-Pacific countries ended UN-sponsored 3-day talks in Bangkok on Saturday, calling for strengthened regional cooperation in trade and investment with a special focus on achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • escap 2015-11-03 15:18

    UN report:

    'Asia-Pacific trade slowing as economies adjust to lower global growth'

    TEHRAN, Nov. 03 (MNA) – Asia and the Pacific remains the most dynamic region of the global economy but growth in regional trade and investment flows is slowing, ESCAP said in its latest regional trade and investment outlook report released in Bangkok yesterday.

  • disaster 2015-11-01 15:19

    Disaster risk reduction integral part of sustainable development in Asia-Pacific

    TEHRAN, Nov. 01 (MNA) – Governments across Asia and the Pacific last week endorsed a set of collective recommendations and initiatives aimed at enhancing regional cooperation and making disaster risk reduction an integral part of sustainable development in the region.

  • escap 2015-10-27 15:51

    UN report;

    Sustainable development possible only by addressing disaster risks

    TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) – The latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says achieving sustainable development in Asia-Pacific is difficult without addressing disaster risks.

  • paperless 2015-10-21 11:55

    UN report highlights implementation gaps in cutting red tape for intl. trade

    TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) – The UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched the first global report on the implementation of measures to simplify import, export and transit procedures, calling for more to be done to cut trade costs and promote growth in Wuhan, China on Tuesday.

  • waste problem 2015-10-20 13:54


    Asia-Pacific waste crisis offers valuable opportunities

    TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) – Changing the way we think about waste has the potential to bring a range of economic, social and environmental benefits to cities, a new UN report says.

  • un 2015-09-21 16:45

    ESCAP-India partnership to boost disaster early warning systems

    TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) – India and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have signed a $1 million partnership to support disaster risk management in the region.

  • disaster 2015-08-31 00:10

    ESCAP launches new plan against disasters in Asia-Pacific

    TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (MNA) – The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched an innovative new online plan to help the world’s most disaster prone countries build their capacities to recover from natural disasters.