International migration has become a structural element of societies and economies in Asia and the Pacific. In 2005, the region was home to over 30 per cent of the world’s estimated 191 million international migrants. Remittances sent in 2007 to countries in the ESCAP region exceeded $121 billion, improving the quality of life of millions of poor households and sustaining national economies, financing balance of payments and increasing foreign exchange receipts. However, although the benefits of international migration are apparent, its costs remain an area of great concern.


Building Capacity for Community-based Treatment and Continuing Care of Young Drug Users in the Greater Mekong Subregion: An overview and discussion paper

This discussion paper provides an overview of the project “Building Capacity for Community-based Treatment and Continuing Care of Young Drug Users in the Greater Mekong Subregion”, which was implemented over the period 2002-2008 in Yunnan Province, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The document reviews the project’s activities, achievements and challenges in the context of efforts to divert young drug users from compulsory treatment to community care by means of capacity building, generating greater awareness and advocacy work.


HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific: A review of progress towards universal access

This document reviews progress made in the Asian and Pacific region in line with international commitments, with particular attention to the Universal Access targets developed for low and concentrated epidemic countries in Asia and the Pacific through regional and civil society consultations in 2006. Based on these findings, the paper also reviews the main challenges and identifies ways forward in scaling up the response to HIV.


Promoting sustainable strategies to improve access to health care in the Asian and Pacific Region

Poverty and ill-health have a cause-effect relationship in that the poor are often denied access to appropriate health care, thus increasing chances of ill-health. This in turns limits their ability to engage in productive activities. With a large number of people lacking access to basic health care in the Asian and Pacific region, greater efforts are needed to achieve universal coverage.

Resolutions and Treaties

ESCAP Resolution 67/5: Full and effective implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific region

Resolution adopted by the 67th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 25 May 2011, Bangkok.

The resolution 67/5 decided to convene the Asia-Pacific High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Second Regional Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in early 2012 to provide a regional input to the global review.



Young People and Substance Use: Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation

This guide contains training tools on developing and implementing substance use prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programmes for young people. It is intended for those who are in a position to help address substance use issues among young people as well as in meeting the needs of young people at risk of substance use and young substance users.The publication of this guide responds to the alarming increase in the spread of problematic substance use among young people in the ESCAP region.

Published Date: 2005