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Survey of Economic and Social Developments in the ESCWA Region 2004-2005

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Development under risk represents a collective challenge to the ESCWA region. The theme for this year's Survey is "strategies for development out of crisis conditions", which falls into three broad analytical categories, namely: economic trends and developments, social conditions and policies, and sustainable development. The objective of the Survey is to choose a battery of policy measures that aim to cushion the impact of economic and social downturns and to surmount the stress of the prevailing conditions. In a more concrete sense, macroeconomic policy needs to be centred on regional coordination, investment facilitation and job creation.