As the regional development arm the main economic and social development centre for the United Nations in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP plays a key role in convening intergovernmental forums at the highest levels fostering cooperation between its 53 members and 9 associate members. It has the established capacity and infrastructure to promote regional cooperation and facilitate the adoption of regional approaches to addressing cross-border and multi-country issues.
Green Growth was adopted as one of the strategies to achieve sustainable development specifically aims at improving the ecological quality of growth at the 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development (MCED-5) convened by ESCAP in Seoul, March 2005. The 61st and 62nd ESCAP Commission Sessions have endorsed the outcomes of the MCED-5 and have requested the ESCAP secretariat to continue acting as the catalyst for a conducive environment for Green Growth through developing the conceptual and analytical framework and by providing capacity building support to the Governments.
In June 2013 at the Rio+20, ESCAP launched a Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap, which outlines a blueprint of how Green Growth polices that re-examining the conventional growth paradigm, while show-casing that economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand with ecological sustainability. Since 2008, ESCAP is providing capacity development support to countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including through an on-line e-learning facility.