As part of its mandate to promote rigorous analysis in its core areas of work, ESCAP issues reports and other publications outlining its findings on a wide variety of issues affecting its member States. Below are a list of publications that ESCAP distributes on a regular basis.
Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report
The Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report analyzes development challenges that are particularly pertinent to the region's 36 least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States, which are collectively referred to as countries with special needs. Policymakers in these countries will find the analysis and policy recommendations in this report useful when designing and adapting national development policies to support sustainable development, while development partners can use the findings to re-align their cooperation strategies with the priorities of these countries.
Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Journal
The Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Journal (APSDJ) aims to stimulate debate and enrich research in the formulation of policy in the Asia-Pacific region towards the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The APSDJ seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, ideas and analysis on issues concerning sustainable development across its economic, social and environmental dimensions.
Published twice a year, the APSDJ is a rebranded journal of ESCAP that builds on the success of two earlier journals – the Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ), being published since 1994, and the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ), in print since 1986. These journals are being merged in recognition of the interconnected and multidisciplinary nature of sustainable development.
Asia-Pacific Disaster Report
The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report (APDR) is a biennial publication of the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The reports aim to deepen understanding of disaster risks and their implications on sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The reports offer innovative policy options and tools to meet the challenges that the region faces from natural hazards. They are aimed at policymakers, practitioners, experts, academia, business, international agencies and non-governmental organizations working or interested in these issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report
The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) is a major annual publication of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. It aims to deepen understanding of trends and developments in trade, investment and regional integration in the Asia-Pacific region; emerging issues in trade, investment and trade facilitation policies, and impacts of these policies on countries' abilities to meet the challenges of achieving inclusive and sustainable development. It offers innovative policy options to meet the challenges of achieving sustainable trade and investment. The report is aimed at policymakers as well as practitioners, experts, academia, business, international agencies and non-governmental organizations working or interested in these issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific
Since its establishment in 1947, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), previously the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE), has issued its flagship publication the Survey annually. It is one of the longest, continuously running reports in the United Nations system, providing decision makers in the region with valuable information in forming development policy for decades. The Survey monitors regional progress, provides cutting-edge analyses and guides policy discussion on the current and emerging socio-economic issues and policy challenges to support inclusive and sustainable development in the region. Since 1957, the Survey has also contained a study or studies focusing on a significant aspect or challenge relevant to the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.
MPFD Working Papers
Prepared by the ESCAP’s Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), the Working Papers produce and share knowledge, experiences, ideas and information on Asia-Pacific countries with a view to stimulate debates on development-oriented policies. The Working Papers are research in progress by the author(s) and issued without formal editing.
Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development
Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development is prepared in order to support the implementation of the Asian and the Pacific Energy Forum (APEF) outcomes and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal on energy (SDG7). The Asia-Pacific region has evolved as a global economic powerhouse. Rapid and sustained economic growth, increasing population, expanding industrialisation and fast urbanization are driving the region’s growth in energy demand. Ensuring adequate supplies of energy to meet the rising energy demand is a major challenge. Regional Trends Report will guide Members and Associate Members as well as their policymakers in developing robust, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy policies and plans.
Review of Development in Transport in Asia and the Pacific
The Review of Development in Transport in Asia and the Pacific is the biennial publication of Transport Division. It discusses the key contribution of transport to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It looks at emerging trends in transport in the region and presents initiatives, including those of ESCAP, that are making transport systems cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more affordable. It provides an update on the status of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway networks, seaports, airports as well as progress in the development of intermodal linkages such as dry ports. It describes regional strategies and mechanisms to facilitate regional transport operational connectivity. The Review reports on the initiatives of the cities of the region to stem the social and economic losses from increasing congestion and pollution. It acknowledges the increasing role of intelligent transport systems for urban and inter-city mobility and recognizes the role of rural accessibility It also reports the region’s greater interest and the need in further improving road safety.
Science, Technology and Innovation in Asia and the Pacific
Science, Technology and Innovation in Asia and the Pacific is a serial publication prepared by Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of ESCAP. It provides information and independent analyses on trends and development in science, technology and innovation (STI) for sustainable development as well as offering policy options and strategies to harness STI for sustainable development with the aim to facilitate regional STI knowledge sharing and cooperation.
Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific
The Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific Series is a biennial flagship publication that highlights key social developments trends in the Asia-Pacific region, and of how these trends need to be addressed in order to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It explores key actions and strategies to be taken to achieve the social dimension of sustainable development in a balanced and integrated manner, and focuses on a specific theme of every issue.
Studies in Trade, Investment and Innovation Series
The Studies in Trade, Investment and Innovation Series focuses on developments in international and intra-regional trade, investment and innovation as well as their impacts on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. The Series also brings more expanded but complementary analyses to the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Reports and ESCAP publications on technology and innovation.
Trade, Investment and Innovation Working Paper series
Trade, Investment and Innovation Working Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments for further debate.
Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific
The Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific is a peer-reviewed journal published every year since 1950 by the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The main objectives of the Bulletin are to provide a medium for the sharing of knowledge, experiences, ideas, policy options and information on the development of transport infrastructure and services in the Asia-Pacific region; to stimulate policy-oriented research; and to increase awareness of transport policy issues and responses. It is hoped that the Bulletin will help to widen and deepen debate on issues of interest and concern in the transport sector.
SDG Progress Assessment Reports
The annual report analyses Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) trends as well as availability of data for monitoring the progress in Asia and the Pacific and its sub-regions. The reports identify areas that need collective decisions for prioritizing acceleration or changing the trend. The main purpose of the reports is to inform decisions at regional forums such as Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) and Asia-Pacific Commission. The reports also provide an effective communication tool that foster inclusive regional consultations and effective engagement of the stakeholders including media and civil society. The analysis utilizes cross-nationally comparable data from ESCAP database for the global SDGs indicator framework and when necessary supplementary statistics available at the regional and sub-regional levels. The SDGs reports are the continuation of the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific.