Adopted at the Sixty-eighth Session of the Commission in May 2012, the resolution 68/3 intends to enable paperless trade and the cross-border recognition of electronic data and documents for inclusive and sustainable intraregional trade facilitation. In the process of implementing it, ESCAP develops a regional arrangement for the facilitation of cross-border paperless trade, and further strengthens its capacity building support to member states in paperless trade, in cooperation with other development partners.
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe had delivered the Inter-regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency Investment Projects Pipeline, which took place at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand, on 23-24 April 2014.
Experts from government and young people with disabilities from approximately 15 countries in Asia-Pacific met in Bangkok at the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC). The event, which was held from 9 to 10 October at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), focussed on strategies for strengthening IT skills of youth with disabilities as a critical requirement for enhancing their access to information and communication services on an equal basis with others.
150 representatives of ESCAP member States, the United Nations system and other international organizations as well as civil society organizations, including organizations of and for persons with disabilities, assembled at "The Way Forward: Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on a Disability-inclusive Development Agenda towards 2015 and Beyond", held in Bangkok from 15 to 16 May 2013.
Asia-Pacific countries are making major headway on improving the lives of women and girls in the region. In Kyrgyzstan, landmark legislation on violence against women has been enacted. In Mongolia, maternal deaths at child birth have decreased dramatically to less than 100 per 100,000 live births. And in Nepal, women now fill 32.8 per cent of seats in parliament. These and other milestones in the stride for gender equality have been spurred by the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year.
The global community has reached a critical moment in our collective efforts to address poverty and usher in a better future. The 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching while discussions on shaping a vision for development beyond that date are intensifying. In this effort, we must address shifting demographics, especially the needs and concerns of the world’s increasing number of older persons.
At the opening of the event “Art for All: Overcoming Limitations” on 10 July 2014, ESCAP highlighted the importance the Incheon Strategy can play for children with disabilities. The event was attended by 600 children with and without disabilities as well as participants from Thailand and most other ASEAN countries, and aimed at promoting understanding of disability issues and young people.
In support of the Government of Bangladesh's efforts to monitor the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, an ESCAP team undertook a mission to Dhaka from 15 to 19 September 2014.
The East and North-East Asia Office of ESCAP in coordination with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management organized the Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) Seminar and the annual meeting from 17 to 18 November 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
ESCAP was invited to give a presentation at the "Capacity Development Workshop for Strengthening Cooperation among Disability Experts", held from 19 to 21 November 2014 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea. At the Workshop, ESCAP emphasized the importance of close collaboration with disabled people's organizations for an effective implementation of the Incheon Strategy. The workshop was attended by over 40 disability experts from several civil society organizations of, and for, persons with disabilities based in the Republic of Korea'.
At the South Asia Subregional Consultation on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace, 23-25 March 2015, Kathmandu, young people developed and, along with the Consultation organizers - ESCAP, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nepal and the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) – adopted the Kathmandu Call for Action.
ESCAP is participating in a new platform which uses a rights-based approach to develop and strengthen social protection. ESCAP is partnering in this UNRISD-lead project with the ILO, ECLAC, OHCHR, ESCWA and FAO.
The Social Protection and Human Rights website can be accessed here.
Medium-Term Expenditure Planning for National Sustainable Development
Analysts and budget planning officers from the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau and Samoa met in Nadi, Fiji last week to develop strategies to improve medium-term expenditure planning as a tool for achieving national sustainable development.