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Briefing on Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013

Press Release 13-013-E 2013.04.09

– Forward-looking macroeconomic policies for inclusive and sustainable development-

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific is the flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which is based in Bangkok and is the regional arm of the United Nations Secretariat. It provides policy options for governments to overcome these challenges and maintain the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

Amidst widening income inequalities and depleting natural resources, the Asia-Pacific region is facing subdued growth in 2013. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) estimates that uncertainty stemming from eurozone and United States economic policy since the onset of the global crisis, has shaved 3 per cent off regional GDP, or $870 billion in output. However, ESCAP argues that macroeconomic policies can play a vital role in reorienting the region towards a more inclusive and sustainable growth path.

The 2013 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific: Forward-looking Macroeconomic Policies for Inclusive and Sustainable Development, lays a pathway towards inclusive and environment-friendly growth as the key to creating new sources of economic vitality amidst the ongoing global uncertainty.

In Tokyo, on behalf of ESCAP, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) will organize a briefing on Thursday 18 April starting at 14:00. At the briefing, Ms. Margarita Guerrero, Director, UN Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) will present a summary. The briefing will be given in Japanese and English, and the report (English) and the summary (English) will be available at the briefing.

Date/Times: 14:00-15:30 Thursday 18 April
(Registration starts at 13:30)

Venue: Japan National Press Club, Hall B, 10th floor, Nippon Press Centre Bldg. (Address: 2-2-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo / Tel: Tel: 03-3503-2721)

Briefer: Ms. Margarita Guerrero, Director, United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP)

Commentator: Mr. Kaoru Nabeshima, Chief Senior Researcher, Inter-disciplinary Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)

Language:Japanese and English (* Consecutive interpretation will be provided.)
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Capacity/Fee: 50 people / Free of charge
(The number of hard copies of the report is limited.)

Inquiries: United Nations Information Centre
(Tel: 03-5467-4451)

Registration: Please let us know of your attendance by Wednesday, 17 April by sending an email to event@untokyo.jp with your name, affiliation, and contact information including phone number and e-mail address.

*The registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. We will contact you only when the requests for application exceed the capacity of the seats. Admission ticket will not be issued.

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