Towards the end of 2011, a group of high school students in Incheon City formed a "UN club". They visited the UN ESCAP SRO-ENEA in December 2011 to meet with us and brief us on their activity plans related to the environmental, economic and social issues in North-East Asia.
Even though literature is rich about the theory and practice of traffic forecasting, little attention has been paid to the predicted accuracy of traffic forecasting models and the consequences of errors. As part of ESCAP's efforts to promote the exchange of experience on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), this issue is considered through a case study of the Bangkok BTS Skytrain system. This particular case was chosen to highlight the issue of overestimating demand from passengers, and shed light on how the problem of such inaccurate forecasts can impact a PPP project.
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Almost 70 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia joined the launch today of a cutting-edge platform designed for expanding social protection in Asia and the Pacific.
Under the theme of “International Migration in Asia-Pacific: Development beyond borders”, more than 100 senior officials and civil society representatives from 23 Asia-Pacific countries, assembled for the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013, held in Bangkok from 29 to 31 May 2013.
United Nations, Bangkok, 8 March 2012 — On 8 March, the United Nations observes International Women’s Day. This year, the focus of the Asia-Pacific regional event was young people’s activism to end violence against women and girls. An interactive panel was held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok under the framework of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s global campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
ESCAP and OHCHR appeal for more ratifications and concerted efforts to protect migrants in Asia-Pacific
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the United Nations family of organizations in Bangkok called for more countries to ratify the groundbreaking agreement, as only seven countries in the region have done so, despite the fact that
some one in four of the world’s migrants live in the Asian and Pacific region.
This year’s International Women’s Day will be commemorated by the United Nations system in Thailand in two parts, namely: (1) a commemorative ceremony on 8 March (2) a special substantive session featuring a panel presentation on 25 March. The global theme for International Women’s Day is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all”. Both events will be held in the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok.
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.