The Review of Developments in Transport in Asia and the Pacific is a biennial publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Review is structured into three main parts.

Climate change creates a crisis for economic development, which has historically been synonymous with high-carbon growth. It is essential for the world economy to make a rapid transition to a new, low-carbon style of growth.

Focuses on the issue of phasing down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) use. It also provides a summary of the UN DPI non-governmental organization briefing on the ozone layer and climate change held on 18 June 2009, including presentations as well as the question and answer session held with ozone experts.

In the outlook, global economic recovery is expected to remain sluggish, unemployment rates will stay high and inflation will remain low. Developing countries, especially those in Asia, are expected to show the strongest recovery in 2010. Nonetheless, growth is expected to remain well below potential and the pre-crisis levels of performance in the developing world.

Rethinking Poverty, the 2010 issue of the Report on the World Social Situation seeks to contribute to rethinking poverty and its eradication. It affirms the urgent need for a strategic shift away from the market fundamentalist thinking, policies and practices of recent decades towards more sustainable development- and equity-oriented policies appropriate to national conditions and circumstances.

This document explains step-by-step how to develop a joint adaptation strategy, with a special focus on the transboundary context.

Efforts to promote food security must distinguish between short-term and medium-term measures, but also between countries with agricultural potential and without such potential, argues this paper.

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The opening address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the historic Summit on climate change in New York on 22 September 2009. This event is aimed at mobilizing political will and strengthening momentum for a fair, effective, and ambitious climate deal in Copenhagen climate conference-Dec 2009.