The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) serves as the regional arm of the UN in economic, social and related fields. Its work includes norm-setting, dissemination of information, analytical and operational functions, as well as providing an important forum for articulating regional perspectives on global issues and for building consensus within the Asia-Pacific region (GA res. 321197 (1977) and ECOSOC res. 1998/46 (1998).
The ESCAP programme promotes inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific, with particular focus on reducing social and economic disparities within and among countries in the region. Under the programme structure endorsed by GA res. 63/263 (2008), ESCAF's work is implemented through eight inter-dependent and complementary sub-programmes:
- Macroeconomic policy and inclusive development
- Trade and investment
- Environment and development
- Information and communications technology and disaster risk reduction
- Social development
- Sub-regional activities for development
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