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UN Economic & Social Comission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)

ESCAP has been working since World War II with governments from the region to address problems relating to poverty eradication, education, social rebuilding, deteriorating environment and infrastructure needs. Operating as the main UN agency in the Asia and Pacific region, ESCAP works to benefit the people of the region in regards to social and economic development.
ESCAP undertakes a number of sub-programmes through which it initiates its objectives. These include:
Through its Regional Economic Co-operation programme, ESCAP works to strengthening regional economic co-operation for promoting trade, investment and technology linkages, and accelerating industrial development.
To address Sustainable Development, ESCAP undertakes Environment and Natural Resources Development. The programme is designed to enhance national capacities in achieving environmentally sound development, in line with the provisions of Agenda 21.
The Social Development programme is based on awareness raising regarding human resources and women in development with specific reference to poverty alleviation. It deals with family support, quality of life and social policies, whilst addresses all social groups.
The Population & Rural/Urban Development programme focuses on the identification and understanding of social and economic issues in the areas of population and development. The programme addresses policy makers and civil society in the alleviation of poverty relating to development.

ESCAP also operates other programmes relating to Transport, Communications, Tourism, Infrastructure Development and Statistics.

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