Multilateralism, Regionalism and Bilateralism in Trade and Investment2006 World Report on Regional Integration
The United Nations University - Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) took the initiative to launch a new series of World Reports in order to monitor trends and prospects for regional governance. This has been made possible with the support of the GARNET Network of Excellence. UNCTAD, the five regional UN Economic Commissions, UNU-WIDER have collaborated with UNU-CRIS for this report. This World Report on Regional Integration aims to fill a gap in the supply of world reports and has the ambition to become a leading reference point for future debates among policymakers, academics and the broader public on the role of regions in world governance.
The World Report on Regional Integration brings together a well-balanced mix of economic analysis, facts and political perspectives on the topic of regional integration. The most valuable and unique contribution of this volume is the enhanced clarity it brings to the complex picture of trade and investment integration, the entanglement of which points to the need for more effective regional governance as a building block of multilateral governance in this area. As the world´s most dynamic trading region, Asia and the Pacific is a key player in this process, and the UNESCAP secretariat, in its service to the region, will continue to accord high priority to this policy objective.
Kim Hak-Su, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of UNESCAP
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) welcomes the World Report on Regional Integration, which provides a holistic and pragmatic perspective on the role of regions in world governance and international affairs. The most significant and unique value of this volume is that it presents an enhanced understanding of the processes of regional integration in political, economic, social and cultural spheres. It is an invaluable reference for the ACP Group in its endeavour to further enchance solidarity and unity amongst its member states, whilst addressing the challenges of poverty eradication, sustainable development and globalisation.
Sir John R. Kaputin, Secretary-General of the ACP Group
Series: United Nations University Series on Regionalism