Thailand’s hard stance on UNESCO under scrutiny

Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti said he found the World Heritage Committee’s resolution unacceptable because it could lead to the loss of Thai territory. Director-General Irina Bokova has sent a letter expressing her regret over Thailand’s decision to withdraw from the World Heritage Convention.

Asia-Pacific forum to promote environment-friendly cities

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – More than 900 representatives of governments, civil society, private sector and academia in the region are meeting in Bangkok this week to discuss ways to ensure that booming Asia-Pacific urban prosperity is friendly to both the poor and nature.

Asia-Pacific governments endorse agenda for sustainable development

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Asia-Pacific countries concluded a week-long annual United Nations forum in Bangkok today, finalizing a comprehensive social and economic agenda for sustainable and inclusive development in the region.

Corruption Feeding Poverty, Halting Social Development

A senior United Nations official says corruption across Asia is undermining efforts to fight poverty and reduce income disparities

High food prices kept nearly 20 million in poverty in Asia Pacific

High food prices prevented nearly 20 million people emerge from poverty in Asia and the Pacific ESCAP study warns food inflation can delay MDG 1 achievement by 5 years Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) – High food prices prevented 19.4 million people in the Asia-Pacific region from climbing out of poverty last year and persisting food and oil inflation can keep up to an extra 42 million people poor in the region, a new United Nations study released today said.
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UN and Thailand to expand Tsunami disaster fund

Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and H. E. Mr Kasit Piromya, Minster of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Thailand today signed an agreement expanding the reach of a regional tsunami trust fund, to now also include support for disaster preparedness across Southeast Asia and Indian Ocean states vulnerable to flooding, storm surges, cyclones and other coastal hazards.

FAO Urges International Cooperation on Rising Rice Prices

DWednesday in Bangkok, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said in Asia the retail price of rice, the major staple, rose in Bangladesh by 33 percent from last year and in China and Indonesia by 23 percent. During the last food crisis, the situation was aggravated when some countries imposed export restrictions or engaged in panic buying.

Sustainable and low carbon economic growth in Thailand

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) joined forces with the UK Embassy in Thailand, the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand to organize the seminar from 23 to 24 February at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, where senior Thai Government policy and decision makers reviewed policy tools and strategic approaches to promote sustainable and low carbon growth in Thailand.