The Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) is an association of news agencies from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) member states in the Asia-Pacific region. It was previously known as the Organization of Asian News Agencies. It was formed in 1961 on UNESCO's initiative. It provides a news wire service containing articles donated by its members.
The Asia-Pacific countries account for 56 percent of world gross product, some 50 percent of its trade turnover, over 60 percent of its maritime and nearly 25 percent of air transport volume. The world's largest financial reserves and science-intensiv e technologies are concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region.
At present OANA brings together 44 news agencies from 35 countries.
OANA members are responsible for two-thirds of information circulated throughout the world.a