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.
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.
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.