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Presentation on ESCAP “Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009” at the CER

09.04.2009

Presentation on ESCAP “Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009” at the CER

On April 9, 2009, a presentation for mass media representatives on the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2009, was conducted at the Center for Economic Research conference room. The survey is the main annual publication of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which is the regional development agency of the United Nations and focuses on facilitating economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. The overview titled “addressing triple threats to development,” focuses on analyzing the developmental stages, characteristics, and impact of the three types of the recent crises emerging within the region, particularly, financial, food and fuel, and climate change challenges. The publication emphasizes that the impact of the current economic crisis globally is being accelerated by two long-term challenges – fluctuation of world prices on food and fuel, and climate change, which all together create a triple threat to the region. It is important to highlight such issue, since two thirds of the worlds poor are located in Asia and the Pacific, which makes it even more vulnerable to such crises. The survey also proposes specific measures and strategies to be used by the policy decision-makers, in order to tackle such challenges and move to inclusive growth and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

The representatives of mass media who attended the event, as well as CER staff, had a chance of Q&A with CER experts on the issue, and received materials on the study provided by ESCAP.