UN Economic & Social Commission for
Western Asia (UN ESCWA)
ESCWA was established in 1973 and is the principal organ of the UN responsible for
co-ordinating the economic and social activities of the UN system for the Western Asian
region. Smallest of the regional economic commissions, ESCWA consists of 13 member states.
Its mandate includes functions to promote economic and social development through regional
and sub-regional co-operation and integration, whilst serving as the main forum for
economic and social development within the UN system for the region.
The Commission undertakes its mandate through the following functions:
|formulating and promoting development assistance activities and projects reflecting the
needs of the region;|
|organising conferences and inter-governmental and expert group meetings, including
sponsoring workshops and seminars;|
|carrying out research and surveys within the terms of reference of the Commission; to
liase, complement and co-ordinate activities with other UN agencies and inter-governmental
The Commission defined its medium term programme of action at its 19th
Session in 1997. This set out the Commissions work programme from 1998 to 2001. Issues
discussed included transport, international trade, and water resources. The Commission
also progressed its plans to establish its permanent headquarters in Beirut.
For further information on the Commission visit http://www.escwa.org.lb