United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is the regional arm of the United Nations Secretariat for the Asian and Pacific. It provides a forum for all Government"state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

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The functions of UNESCAP have been defined by the Secretary- General as follows:

Promoting economic and social development through regional and subregional cooperation and integration;

Serving as the main economic and social development forum within the United Nations system for the UNESCAP region;

Formulating and promoting development assistance activities and projects commensurate with the needs and priorities of the region while acting as an executing agency for relevant operational projects;

Providing substantive and secretariat services and documentation for the Commission and its subsidiary bodies;

Carrying out studies, research and other activities within the terms of reference of the Commission;

Providing advisory services to governments at their request;

Developing and executing programmes of technical cooperation;

Coordinating UNESCAP activities with those of the major departments/offices of the United Nations at Headquarters and specialized agencies and intergovernmental organizations.

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