The 2013 edition of the Statistical Yearbook presents concise analyses highlighting major achievements and challenges for the 58 regional ESCAP member States and the five subregions in promoting economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. These analyses are supported with the most up-to-date and comparable data for over 300 indicators covering 32 topics, grouped into eight themes: demographic trends, health, education and knowledge, poverty and insecurity, women’s empowerment, environment, economy, and connectivity.
New South Wales Government’s key infrastructure project, WestConnex is one of the largest motorway projects in Australia, connecting Sydney’s west and southwest with the Central Business District (CBD), Sydney Airport and Port Botany (Australia's second busiest container port). The project is expected to ease congestion and reduce travel times between the airport and the business district of Parramatta (located 23 km west of the CBD) by 40 minutes while bypassing up to 52 sets of traffic lights.
BANGKOK (ESCAP and UNFPA) -- A regional ministerial conference of Asian and Pacific governments has issued a strong reaffirmation that gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development framework.
While women constitute roughly half of India’s population, they are strikingly underrepresented in the labour force (at 31 per cent) and even more scarcely so among entrepreneurs. Merely 13 per cent of entrepreneurs in India are women. Change, however, is on its way.
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – The Asia-Pacific region, which is confronted with a number of conflicts, needs to recognize more fully the central role of women in conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding processes, a forum, organized here by the United Nations said.
Next year marks 10 years since the adoption of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The theme of this year’s International Day of Older Persons, “Launch of Madrid Plus 10: The growing opportunities and challenges of global ageing”, reflects this upcoming milestone. This year we also commemorate 20 years since the adoption of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. These basic principles – independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity – both enshrine the human rights of older persons and give us the objectives for which we strive.
ESCAP participated in a workshop on “Designing social protection interventions for developing countries” at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, 3-5 September 2014. Over 50 social protection experts, including government policy makers, development partners and researchers shared knowledge on issues ranging from the linkages between social protection and inclusive growth, implementation mechanisms to performance indicators.
ESCAP North and Central Asia Office participated in the First Corridor Meeting of Clusters of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan organized by the ESCAP Transport Division in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 21 February 2014. The meeting was the first cluster meeting at corridor level under the ESCAP project on Capacity Building for Control Authorities and Transport Operators to Improve Efficiency of Cross-border Transport in Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries.
On 17 October 2014, ESCAP conducted an Expert Group Meeting on Paperless Transit Facilitation related to a project entitled “Deepening Regional Connectivity: Strengthening Capacity's of Asian Developing Countries to Increase Intra-regional Trade by Implementing Paperless Trade and Transport Facilitation Systems”. Under the project, the ESCAP Transport Division prepared a study on paperless transit that will form a basis for developing a guide for capacity building of government officials to design and implement paperless transit transport systems.
ESCAP delivered the United Nations Secretary-General’s message at the Commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held in Bangkok on 3 December 2014. The theme for this year’s commemoration was “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”. ESCAP also underscored the critical role of its close collaboration with the Royal Thai Government and civil society organizations for the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in the course of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022.
Creating Enabling Legal Environments: Conducting National Reviews and Multi-Sector Consultations on Legal and Policy Barriers to HIV services is a guidance document for the Asia-Pacific Region developed in 2014 by the Ad-Hoc UN Regional Interagency Team on AIDS on Enabling Legal Environments (Ad-Hoc RITA) to assist countries to identify and remove legal and policy barriers to their national HIV responses in pursuance of the regional framework for action (ESCAP Roadmap to 2015).
Transport Division organized a two-day National Stakeholder Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on Development of Sustainable and Inclusive Transport Policy in Thimphu from 9 to 10 April 2015. The event was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications (MOIC), Bhutan. The workshop identified potential elements that could be included in new sustainable and inclusive transport policy for Bhutan. H. E. Mr. D.N.
ESCAP has produced a series of notes based on in-house research and analysis on "Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific". These notes are a contribution by ESCAP to The Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade (July 2015) organized at the WTO on the theme of "Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Growth".
On 20 August, ESCAP Transport Division, along with other divisions and regional commissions is implementing a project entitled “Deepening Regional Connectivity: Strengthening Capacities of Asian Developing Countries to Increase Intra-regional Trade by Implementing Paperless Trade and Transport Facilitation Systems”.
ESCAP Pacific Office, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund’s Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre, is organising a workshop on “Medium-term Expenditure Planning for National Sustainable Development”on 15 to 19 February, 2016 in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop will bring together analysts from the ministries of finance/ treasuries and national planning from nine countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) to develop processes, tools and strategies for improving medium-term expenditure planning to achieve national sustainable development.