After the failure of the Proposed Economic Commission for the Middle
East in 1947, an Economic Commission for Western Asia was formed
in 1973. Egypt and Palestine joined the original member countries
in 1977. Israel is not a member.
Source: Serge Nédélec
with Blandine Destremau, ESCWA (1974-1999): Twenty-five Years
of Service to the Region’s Development ([n.p.], United
Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, 1999),