Western Asia ESCWA
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) was established by the Economic and Social Council in 1973. The Commission is headquartered in Beirut and has 18 Member States in the Gulf Area and North Africa.
The ESCWA serves as a regional forum for the UN organization to promote social and economic development in the region. Its work is, however, influenced by the conflict in the Middle East.
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ESCWA individual documents carry the following symbols:
E/ Economic and Social Council
-/ESCWA = Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
-/type of document
EX. E/ESCWA/TECH/1999/2 Economic and Social Council, ESCWA, Technology, year 1999, document no 2
Information about the structure and work of the Commission, full text documents and reports and news can be accessed from the website of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
Several regional economic and social surveys are published by ESCWA:
- Survey of Economic and Social Developments in the ESCWA region.
- The ESCWA submits annual reports in the documentary series Supplements to the Official Records of the Economic and Social Council.
- Recent supplements are posted as Reports.
- Learn more about the subsidiaries in the research guide: UN Documentation : Economic and Social Council, subsidiary bodies, by Dag Hammarskjöld library (New York).
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