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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Map showing United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia members
Abbreviation ESCWA
Formation August 9, 1973
Type Primary Organ - Regional Branch
Legal status Active
Headquarters Beirut, Lebanon

Executive Secretary of ESCWA

Rima Khalaf[1]
(2010 - )
Parent organization ECOSOC
Website ESCWA Website

The member states (the latest countries to join were Libya, Morocco and Tunisia in 2012), and reports to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


To support economic and social development in the countries of the region;

To promote cooperation between the countries of the region;

To encourage interaction between member countries and promote the exchange of experience, best practice and lessons learned;

To achieve regional integration between member countries, and to ensure interaction between Western Asia and other regions of the world;

To familiarize the outside world with the circumstances and needs of the countries in the region.


ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.


The Hazem El Beblawi 1995 - 2000

Sabbaheddin Bakjaji 1993-1995

Tayseer Abdel Jaber 1989-1993

Mohammad Said Al-Nabulsi 1985-1988

Mohammad Said Al-Attar 1974-1985

Member states


UN-ESCWA headquarters is in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, near the Grand-Serail – the headquarters of Lebanese Prime Minister – and the Parliament.


The administrative budget of UN-ESCWA is funded from the financial resources of the United Nations, the major portion of which comes from the contributions of member States. Detailed expenditures are allocated to various sections for pre-determined purposes.

Furthermore, UN-ESCWA receives additional financial resources from outside the regular budget, which are used to implement specific projects in accordance with agreements reached with governmental and non-governmental donors. The amount of these resources varies from one period of time to another, depending on numerous considerations and circumstances.

See also


  1. ^ ESCWA: Office of the Executive Secretary


  • Paul Berthoud, A Professional Life Narrative, 2008, worked with UNESOB and offers testimony from the inside of the early years of the organization.

External links

  • UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
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