Explore our focus areas
ESCWA encourages member States to take the lead and adapt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to their national realities.
ESCWA supports member States better predict and adapt to the impact of climate change while sustainably managing their natural resources.
Debt and fiscal policy
ESCWA supports policymakers in the Arab region to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fiscal policies, enhance fiscal space and optimize debt sustainability strategies.
Financing for development
ESCWA conducts detailed diagnostics of the financing for development landscape and provides analysis of the different sources of financing available to overcome five financing challenges: financing insolvencies, financing inequalities, fiscal space constraints, funding shortfalls and debt-financing overhangs that continue to impede sustainable development in the Arab region.
Future of employment
ESCWA strives to help its member States generate sufficient decent work opportunities, essential for a dignified life.
ESCWA is committed to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, which are central to human rights and to achieving sustainable and equal development.
Governance & enabling environment
ESCWA supports the formulation of policies that help end violence and promote peaceful societies, and inclusive, efficient and accountable institutions.
ESCWA assists member States in devising inclusive development policies, which address the needs of all social groups through a rights-based approach.
ESCWA supports member States’ efforts to implement macroeconomic policies towards inclusive growth and sustainable prosperity.
Natural resource sustainability
ESCWA works with its member States on building an integrated approach for the management of natural resources to sustainably meet the needs of current and future generations.
Population dynamics & migration
ESCWA conducts research and activities that seek to maximize benefits from recent demographic shifts in the Arab region, and to minimize their adverse effects.
Resilient development & conflict prevention
ESCWA empowers member States to invest in inclusive and resilient institutions for sustainable peace across the region.
ESCWA provides support and capacity-building for national systems in official statistics and ensures coordination between various actors involved in statistical activities in the region.
Technology & innovation
ESCWA fosters the use of modern technologies to implement innovative solutions to regional issues and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Trade & regional connectivity
ESCWA works to strengthen regional connectivity through the integration of transport and trade facilitation, essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.