United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Map showing United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific members`
|Type||Primary Organ – Regional Branch|
Executive Secretary of ESCAP
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP or ESCAP), located in the United Nations Building in Rajadamnern Nok Avenue in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, under the administrative direction of the United Nations headquarters. It was established in 1947 (then as the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, ECAFE) to encourage economic cooperation among its member states. The name was changed to the current in 1974. ESCAP has 53 member States and nine Associate members, home to more than two-third of the world population. As well as countries in Asia and the Pacific, it includes France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
ESCAP's regional focus is managing globalization through programs in environmentally sustainable development, trade, and human rights. ESCAP is headed by Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar of Pakistan. Following her appointment on 3 February 2014 it was announced that under her leadership, ESCAP will place a greater emphasis on promoting higher, well-balanced and sustainable regional growth that helps eradicate poverty and generates jobs to improve prosperity in the region.
- Macroeconomic Policy and Development (including the publishing of Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) twice a year)
- Trade and Investment
- Social Development
- Environment and Sustainable Development
- Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction
- Sub-regional activities for development
Papua New Guinea
|Ms. Shamshad Akhtar||2014–present|
|Ms. Noeleen Heyzer||2007–2014|
|Mr. Kim Hak-Su||2000–2007|
|Mr. Adrianus Mooy||1995–2000|
|Mr. Rafeeuddin Ahmed||1992–1994|
|Mr. Shah A M S Kibria||1981–1992|
|Mr. J. B. P. Maramis||1973–1981|
|Mr. U Nyun||1959–1973|
|Mr. Chakravarthi V. Narasimhan||1956–1959|
|Mr. Palamadai S. Lokanathan||1947–1956|
- United Nations System
- United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (overlapping membership)
- United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (overlapping membership)
- Trans-Asian Railway Network Agreement
- Asian Highway Network
- unescap.org, ESCAP: Office of the Executive Secretary
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- UNESCAP. "Shamshad Akhtar takes charge of UN ESCAP". Press release. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
- "About ESCAP | United Nations ESCAP". www.unescap.org.
- "Asia-Pacific Development Journal | United Nations ESCAP". www.unescap.org.
- "Former Executive Secretaries". United Nations ESCAP.