Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the necessity for further convergence and increasing inter - regional exchanges among the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(ESCAP) members. "In order to keep pace with the rapid international economic developments, a precise planning based on internal economic strategies is needed," Zarif said in a meeting with ESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar in Bangkok on Friday. During the meeting, Zarif and Akhtar discussed regional developments and a variety of other issues. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 53 Member States and 9 Associate Members, with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world’s population. This makes ESCAP the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions, and the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region with over 600 staff. Established in 1947 with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, ESCAP works to overcome some of the region’s greatest challenges by providing results oriented projects, technical assistance and capacity building to member States.