United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

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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
Abbreviation ESCAP
Formation 1947
Type Primary Organ - Regional Branch
Legal status Active

Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Ms. Shamshad Akhtar[1]
(2014 - present)
Parent organization
Website www.unescap.org

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP or ESCAP), located in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council,[2] 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. 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 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.[3]


ESCAP works to overcome some of the region's greatest challenges by providing results oriented projects, technical assistance and capacity building to member States in the following areas:[4]

  • Macroeconomic Policy and Development
  • Trade and Investment
  • Transport
  • Social Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Statistics
  • Sub-regional activities for development

Member states[edit]

Associate members[edit]

Former Executive Secretaries[5][edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ unescap.org, ESCAP: Office of the Executive Secretary [1]
  2. ^ "SUBSIDIARY BODIES OF ECOSOC". United Nations Economic and Social Council. 
  3. ^ UNESCAP. "Shamshad Akhtar takes charge of UN ESCAP". Press release. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "About ESCAP". United Nations ESCAP. 
  5. ^ "Former Executive Secretaries". United Nations ESCAP. 

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