Category

Regional Commissions

HQ location

Beirut

Date established

1973

Resolution

ECOSOC res. 1818 (LV) (1973)

ESCWA supports inclusive and sustainable development in its member States, advancing regional integration and providing advocacy for the region’s needs and concerns on the global stage. Through research and analysis, ESCWA links knowledge on economic and social issues to policy. It brings together policymakers, researchers, experts and other stakeholders in intergovernmental and expert group meetings in the pursuit of constructive dialogue and concerted action. On the ground, ESCWA provides targeted technical cooperation and advisory services to member States upon their request. It serves as:

·        Voice of the region: Creating regional platforms for deliberation, coordination and consensus building among member States to influence global forums.

·        Think tank of the region: Undertaking innovative research, and supporting quality data collection and analysis for evidence-based policymaking.

·        Adviser to the region: Providing regional, subregional and national capacity-building and technical advisory services, and supporting national efforts to adopt norms and policies. 
  

 

ESCWA supports inclusive and sustainable development in its member States, advancing regional integration and providing advocacy for the region’s needs and concerns on the global stage. Through research and analysis, ESCWA links knowledge on economic and social issues to policy. It brings together policymakers, researchers, experts and other stakeholders in intergovernmental and expert group meetings in the pursuit of constructive dialogue and concerted action. On the ground, ESCWA provides targeted technical cooperation and advisory services to member States upon their request. It serves as:
• Voice of the region: Creating regional platforms for deliberation, coordination and consensus building among member States to influence global forums.
• Think tank of the region: Undertaking innovative research, and supporting quality data collection and analysis for evidence-based policymaking.
• Adviser to the region: Providing regional, subregional and national capacity-building and technical advisory services, and supporting national efforts to adopt norms and policies.

The Economic Commission for Western Asia (ECWA) was established under ECOSOC res. 1818 (LV) (1973). In 1985, the Commission was renamed the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to reflect its expanded mandate to cover the social development field.

The Ministerial Session is the main governing body of ESCWA. Ministers and high-level member State officials from across the region convene every two years to discuss the activities of the Secretariat, its future work programme, and key economic and social development issues facing the region. The Ministerial Session fosters inter-regional policy coordination and sets mandates within the global development framework based on the expressed needs of member States. ESCWA has nine intergovernmental bodies: the executive committee helps steer and coordinate all ESCWA activities, while specialized subsidiary committees cover statistics, water resources, energy, transport and logistics, social development, liberalization of foreign trade, economic globalization and financing for development, and women.

ESCWA has 18 Member States:
Bahrain
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Morocco
Mauritania
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
The Sudan
The Syrian Arab Republic
Tunisia
The United Arab Emirates
Yemen

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PO Box 11-8575

Beirut

                Lebanon

                Telephone: +961-1-981301

                Fax: +961-1-981510

                Email: al-musawi@un.org;   el-sibaii@un.org