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Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
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Documentary showcasing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace, and Security, and the importance of responding to this resolution in the Arab region.
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Five years into the Syrian war, more than 2.3 million people have been killed or wounded, more than 12 million are displaced, GDP contracted by 55 per cent and total losses are estimated at $259.6 billion. This report focuses on the social repercussions of the conflict, the plight of refugees and suggests some options for Syria, starting the day hostilities end.
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Change. Progress. Prosperity.

ESCWA was established in 1973 and is one of five United Nations Regional Commissions. The mandate of ESCWA is to support economic and social development in member States and to strengthen cooperation among them. In 2015, its membership reached 18 States.


ESCWA is dedicated to the advancement of the Arab region. It acts as a catalyst for the realisation of pioneering Economic and Social development programmes. It spurs cooperation, develops innovative strategies, and promotes pragmatic policies.

ESCWA acts as a think tank and platform for dialogue which promotes partnerships across the region.

ESCWA mobilizes the support of stakeholders and key players from official institutions and civil society, towards the common goal of improving human life. 

How ESCWA works


ESCWA conducts research and produces studies and policy advice on all aspects of socioeconomic development. Knowledge is developed and shared with and for policymakers, civil society, experts and practitioners.

High-level Meetings

ESCWA organizes high-level conferences, intergovernmental meetings and capacity-building workshops to tackle socioeconomic issues. ESCWA also provides a regional forum for senior officials of member States to coordinate their positions at regional and international conferences and summits.

Advisory Services

ESCWA offers technical and advisory services to member States and responds to requests to support developmental efforts at national levels. ESCWA conducts training and provides specialized assistance to the development of norms and standards, and the set up and implementation of policies and mechanisms.

Partnerships and Networks

ESCWA works in partnership with the League of Arab States and other Arab organizations and in coordination with regional United Nations entities and country programmes. ESCWA also cultivates partnerships with civil society organizations and networks.

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