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Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
TRADE FACILITATION PAPERLESS TRADE

Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade

State of Play and the Way Forward for Asia and the Pacific

Series:
ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
This book features the results of the 2015 UNRC Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation for the Asia-Pacific Region and incorporates them into an econometric analysis estimating the impact of trade facilitation on trade costs. It shows that there is a strong, negativ...
REDUCING TRADE COSTS ASIA PACIFIC

Reducing Trade Costs In Asia-Pacific Developing Countries

Series:
ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
This publication evaluates the current level of trade costs in the Asia-Pacific region and outlines recent evidence with regard to the impacts of various trade facilitation measures in reducing trade costs. Part I provides an overview of trade costs in Asia and the Pacific, based on the most rece...
REGIONAL INTEGRATION & LABOUR MOBI

Regional Integration and Labour Mobility

Linking Trade, Migration and Development

Series:
ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
This paper, published as part of the ESCAP series Studies in Trade and Investment, explores the linkages between trade, labour mobility and development in the Asia-Pacific region. The paper moves from an analysis of recent trends in regional labour mobility through an examination of the connectio...
INTL PRODUCTION SHARING & EXCHANGE

International Production Sharing and Exchange Rates of Asian Countries

Series:
ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
Recent years has seen a sharp increase in the trade of intermediate goods between ASEAN countries and China, reflecting the emergence of China as a regional “assembly centre” and sourcing the bulk of parts and components from countries in South-East and North-East Asia in the production of final ...
ENHANCING REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY

Enhancing Regional Connectivity

Towards a Regional Arrangement for the Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade

Series:
ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
25 May 2016
Current implementation of paperless trade systems in the Asia-Pacific region focuses on application to domestic parts of trade processes, while international trade inherently requires trade information to flow across borders along internal supply chains. With current practices of paperless trade ...
ASIA PACIFIC TRADE AGMT

The Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement

Promoting South-South Regional Integration and Sustainable Development

15 Nov 2017
International trade has been placed prominently into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015, as an engine for economic growth and development. There are at least 20 targets across different SDGs that are related to international trade. These targets relate to both ...
VALUING WASTE TRANSFORMING CITIES

Valuing Waste, Transforming Cities

25 May 2016
This publication provides guidance, lessons and recommendations on how to accomplish the paradigm shift from viewing waste as a problem to a valuable resource. It explores a low-cost, low-technology, community-based and decentralized waste-to-resource model called the ‘integrated resource recover...
SHIFTING FROM QUANTITY TO QUALITY

Shifting from Quantity to Quality

Growth with Equality, Efficiency, Sustainability and Dynamism

Series:
Greening of Economic Growth Series
21 Apr 2016
The conventional “grow first, clean up later” approaches to economic growth are increasingly placing the futures of regional economies and societies at risk. The forward-thinking policymaker is tasked to promote development based on eco-efficient economic growth and at the same time, record more ...
INNOVATIVE SOCIO-ECONOMIC POLICY

Innovative Socio-economic Policy for Improving Environmental Performance

Payments for Ecosystem Services

Series:
Greening of Economic Growth Series
21 Apr 2016
The conventional “grow first, clean up later” approaches to economic growth are increasingly placing the futures of regional economies and societies at risk. The forward-thinking policymaker is tasked to promote development based on eco-efficient economic growth and at the same time, record more ...
OVERVIEW OF GREEN BUSINESS

Overview of Green Business

Enabling Policies and Private Sector Examples

Series:
Greening of Economic Growth Series
21 Apr 2016
The conventional “grow first, clean up later” approaches to economic growth are increasingly placing the futures of regional economies and societies at risk. The forward-thinking policymaker is tasked to promote development based on eco-efficient economic growth and at the same time, record more ...
INTEGRATING THREE DIMENSIONS OF SU

Integrating the Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development

A Framework and Tools

21 Apr 2016
The conventional “grow first, clean up later” approaches to economic growth are increasingly placing the futures of regional economies and societies at risk. The forward-thinking policymaker is tasked to promote development based on eco-efficient economic growth and at the same time, record more ...
GREEN GROWTH INDICATORS - ASIA PAC

Green Growth Indicators

A Practical Approach for Asia and the Pacific

Series:
Greening of Economic Growth Series
21 Apr 2016
The conventional “grow first, clean up later” approaches to economic growth are increasingly placing the futures of regional economies and societies at risk. The forward-thinking policymaker is tasked to promote development based on eco-efficient economic growth and at the same time, record more ...
ASIA PACIFIC CTRIES SPEC NEED 2016

Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2016

Adapting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the National Level

Series:
Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report
14 Oct 2016
The Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2016 explores ways to adapt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the unique circumstances, capacities and levels of development of the Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) ...
PARTNERSHIPS FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS

Partnership for Universal Access to Modern Energy Services

A Global Assessment Report by United Nations Regional Commissions

21 Apr 2016
This report finds that successful partnerships actively promote community empowerment through engagement of community members in leading to a higher level of ownership of community based energy projects. It aims to provide examples of practical experiences and good practices, to demonstrate that ...
ASIA PACIFIC MDG RPT 2012/13

Asia-Pacific Regional MDGs Report 2012/13

Asia-Pacific Aspirations - Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda

21 Apr 2016
As the finishing line for the MDGs approaches, this report articulates Asia-Pacific aspirations for a post-2015 development framework. It calls for concerted and accelerated action on 11 measurable goal areas. Countries will need to bring together the three pillars of sustainable development – ec...
ECON SOC SURVEY ASIA PAC 2016

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016

Nurturing productivity for inclusive growth and sustainable development

Series:
Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific
25 May 2016
The Survey 2016 assesses the region’s outlook as it navigates through global uncertainties, providing policy options and strategies to support countries in striving towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The report analyses a wide range of areas including economic growth, inflation,...
REVIEW DEV TRANSPORT ASIA 2015

Review of Developments in Transport in Asia and the Pacific 2015

Series:
Review of developments in transport in Asia and the Pacific
21 Sep 2016
This latest biennial Review sets out transport developments in the ESCAP region, focusing on trade trends and forecasts, and their effect on transport, while also taking into account the external factors affecting transport systems and infrastructure provision, in the context of transport’s cont...
ASIA PACIF DEV JRNL V22 #2 12/2015

Asia-Pacific Development Journal, Vol. 22, No. 2, December 2015

Series:
Asia-Pacific Development Journal
9 May 2016
Published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the primary objective of the Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, exp...
WHAT THE ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY

What the ASEAN Economic Community Will Mean for Businesses

A Look at the Case of Myanmar

Series:
ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
24 May 2016
With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) coming into effect, the main purpose of this publication is to serve as a resource to businesses, particularly in Myanmar and the other CLMV countries, in navigating the coming changes. The central conclusion of this guidebook is that despite the numerous o...
TRANSFORMATION SUSTAINABLE DEV

Transformations for Sustainable Development

Promoting environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific

24 May 2016
This report is a combined effort by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the Institute for Global and Environmental Strategies (IGES), and is being published as...
DISABILITY AT GLANCE 2015

Disability at a Glance 2015

Strengthening Employment Prospects for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

Series:
Disability at a Glance
29 Feb 2016
This publication focuses on barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region and offers solutions to strengthen their employment prospects. It offers a regional overview of disability legislation, policies and practices, as well as relevant country-specific infor...
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AGRIFOOD

Information Management in Agrifood Chains

Towards an Integrated Paperless Framework for Agrifood Trade Facilitation

29 Feb 2016
International trade in agricultural and food products is more complex than trade in manufacturing – trade regulations are stricter, paperwork and logistics more complex. These are required for ensuring food safety for consumers. Detailed information on traded goods alongside the movement of goods...
LEAST DEV CTRIES & TRADE

Least Developed Countries and Trade

Challenges of Implementing the Bali Package

Series:
ESCAP Studies in Trade and Investment
14 Jan 2016
After more than a decade of negotiations, the Ninth Ministerial Conference, held in Bali in 2013, brought reprieve for the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). The Ministerial Declaration that was agreed on, known as "Bali Package", intends to help streamline trade procedures through trade facilitation...
GENDER EQUAL & WOMEN

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

Perspectives of Governments on 20 Years of Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

15 Jun 2016
This publication provides a regional overview of progress made in implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in the Asia-Pacific region, from the perspectives of the national governments. More specifically, this report provides a summary of the identified achievements and c...
ASIA PACIF DEV JRNL V22 #1 06/2015

Asia-Pacific Development Journal, Vol. 22, No.1, June 2015

Series:
Asia-Pacific Development Journal
14 Jan 2016
This publication provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The Asian development experience i...
ASIA PACIF POP JRNL V30 #2 2015

Asia-Pacific Population Journal Vol.30, No.2, December 2015

Series:
Asia-Pacific Population Journal
8 Sep 2016
Issued two times a year, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal is an invaluable resource containing opinions and analysis by experts on important issues related to population. It provides a medium for the international exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, technical information and data on all ...
ASIA PACIF TRADE & INV RPT 2015

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015

Supporting Participation in Value Chains

Series:
Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report
14 Jan 2016
Part I of this report assesses trends and developments in regional trade and investment flows and policies in an attempt to provide the insights and information necessary to separate the cyclical from the structural aspects. Part II analyses the participation of Asia-Pacific economies in global a...