United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) serves as the United Nations’ regional hub promoting cooperation among countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable development. The largest regional intergovernmental platform with 53 Member States and 9 associate members, ESCAP has emerged as a strong regional think-tank offering countries sound analytical products that shed insight into the evolving economic, social and environmental dynamics of the region.

 It was originally founded in 1947 and called the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) and worked towards aiding in post-war economic reconstruction. Two years later, it migrated to its present-day headquarters in Bangkok in January 1949. Building upon its cooperation and progress, it was later named ESCAP in 1974, to reflect both the economic and social aspects of development and the geographic location of its member countries. Today, its strategic alliances and regional understanding and expertise have lifted millions out of poverty in Asia-Pacific and guided the region in enabling a better standard of life for all as envisioned in the Charter of the United Nations.

 The Commission’s strategic approach is to deliver on the Sustainable Development Agenda of 2030, which is strengthened and deepened by promoting cooperation and integration among the regions to advance responses to shared concern. ESCAP’s research alongside its capacity building, policy advisory services and technical assistance to governments strives to help countries achieve sustainable and inclusive development ambitions.

 The mandate of the ESCAP is to promote sustainable economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region, with priority to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda of 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. ESCAP emphasizes strengthening institutional capabilities to serve the rights of citizenry within region and address their aspirations and needs. This mandate is pursued by carrying out work, in close cooperation with other United Nations entities and other intergovernmental organizations in the region, which possesses expertise on the following areas:

1. Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development

2. Trade, Investment and Innovation

3. Transport

4. Statistics

5. Social Development

6. Environment and Development

7. ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction

8. Energy

 The aim of implementing ESCAP at SLMUN 2021 is to provide an arena for delegates to speak up and engage in influential debate about International Economic and Social development. The current global pandemic provides all with a variety of resources for the topics that will be discussed. Therefore, ESCAP is perfect for delegates of any and all levels of experience. Whether you are just entering into the world of MUN or you consider yourself a MUN veteran, this committee is bound to be enthralling and stimulating because of its prioritization of diverse dialogue and inclusivity, that pays homage to one of the core essences of the United Nations itself.

Thus ESCAP at SLMUN 2021, is guaranteed to give an inside look at the economic and social issues that need to be dissolved to ensure international recovery. Therefore, delegates who participate in this committee will be among an influential group of youth that will invoke vital discussions and will contribute to the achievement of international development goals.