united nations economic & social Commission of Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP)


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia – Pacific region. UNESCAP was established in 1947 with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, and consists of 53 Members States and 9 Associate Members. It is considered as the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions, and the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region. UNESCAP works with the aim of overcoming some of the region’s greatest challenges and helps member States by capacity building, technical assistance and results-oriented projects in the areas, such as; macroeconomic policy, poverty reduction and financing for development, trade, investment, innovation, environment, social development, and energy. It also provides a forum for its member States to promote regional cooperation and collective action in pursuit of the 2090 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

topic A

Energy Accessibility

topic b

Natural Disaster Preparation

Topic a: energy accessibility

Economic growth in Asia and the Pacific is increasing at a rapid rate. Despite such gains, the ability to access them is rather limited for some individuals. One of the main determiners of accessibility for economic gain is the amount of energy, and its relative pricing for each region. Delegates will need to work on comprehensive solutions that understand the energy needs of each area, the ways energy can be harvested from the atmosphere, and demonstrate an understanding of economic limitations for each approach.

topic b: natural disaster preparation

In the context of a world experience devastating climate change, the region most impacted is Asia and the Pacific. Part of this reason is the proximity to tropical waters, which create uniquely destructive natural disasters. Delegates must tease out the different levels of response to natural disasters in order to be effective- looking at ways to reduce the causes of increased disasters, ways to prepare for an incoming disaster, and how to mend after a disaster has occurred.