The refreshed Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, First Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of: (1) In focus; (2) Announcements; (3) Voices of the region; (4) Update on areas of work; (5) Calendar of forthcoming meetings; and (6) Staff movement / New faces in ESCAP Statistics Division.
More than 60 high-level government representatives, including the Minister of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Fiji and three Permanent Secretaries, as well as key stakeholders from civil society and academia gathered in Suva, Fiji to discuss the Social Protection Toolbox, a cutting-edge platform designed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to build consensus toward broader and more robust social protection coverage (www.socialprotection-toolbox.org).
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched a series of national consultations under a regional project on strengthening social protection in Asia-Pacific in Jakarta on 4 June.
The first National Consultation was held on 4 June in Indonesia in cooperation with the Paramadina Graduate School (PGS). The Consultation reviewed preliminary research findings on how best to utilize various programme interventions as building blocks for universal coverage in Indonesia.
Member States of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific decided, on 23 May 2012, to proclaim a new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2013 to 2022, through adoption of a resolution.
The new Decade aims to promote the full realization of the rights of persons with disabilities, including through the ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Bangkok — Fully settling into her new role as the first ever United Nations “Youth Champion”, American singer and actress Monique Coleman -- best known for her starring role in the High School Musical series -- visited the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
in Bangkok on Thursday, 17 March 2011 to meet with members of the Asia-Pacific Interagency Group on Youth. Her visit was part of a world tour to raise awareness of the challenges facing youth.
The annual summit of the member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11-12 September 2014, witnessed the signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States on the Facilitation of International Road Transport. This subregional road transport facilitation agreement is expected to significantly promote regional and subregional connectivity and integration, in particular revitalization of the ancient silk road connecting China, Russian Federation and the Central Asian countries.
On 29 July 2013, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), Mr. Chung Rae Kwon, Director of UN ESCAP Environment and Development Division and Mr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Director of UN ESCAP Sub-regional Office for East and North-East Asia visited the ASEAN-Korea Centre to meet Secretary General Chung Hae Moon.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with Green Technology Center Korea, organized “Regional Dialogue on Technology Facilitation” on 18 May 2014, as an associated event of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) in Pattaya, Thailand.
ESCAP/SDD was invited to give the keynote speech at the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific Mid-term Regional General Assembly 2014, held in Hong Kong, China on 21 November 2014. ESCAP underscored the critical role that World Blind Union (WBU) could play in implementing the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. The Assembly, attended by 350 participants, adopted the Hong Kong Statement, in which the WBU reconfirmed their commitment to implement of the Incheon Strategy.
Sustainable urban transport practices are necessary to support the continued growth of cities in the region. Innovative policies and integrated transport planning which address the growing problems of fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and road accidents, are needed in order to provide a better quality of life for the people. In this regard, ESCAP is calling for original research on effective and practical policies to enhance the sustainability and inclusiveness of urban transportation systems, with a focus on cities in the Asia and the Pacific region.
ESCAP supported the Government of the Philippines in monitoring the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, by conducting a fact-finding-cum-advisory mission to Manila from 28 to 30 April 2015.
When Kazakhstan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) earlier this year, it also marked the early achievement of the Incheon Strategy goal to achieve ten new ratifications in Asia and the Pacific by 2017. Kazakhstan ratified the treaty on 21 April 2015, becoming the 37th country in the region, and the 154th country in the world to do so.
ESCAP participated in the Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific, held from 2 to 4 November 2015 in Muscat, Oman. ESCAP, along with ILO, ADB, ISSA and the host government, participated in the final panel, the "Regional Social Security Summit", which covered regional trends on social protection, challenges facing the region as well as social protection in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
With the launch of the first ever High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, announced by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the World Economic Forum in Davos in late January 2016, women’s empowerment is moving one step closer to reality and to its long overdue recognition as a global imperative.