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.
Older persons are playing an increasingly significant role in society as they grow in number and as healthcare improves in some parts of the world.
The number of older persons is expected to more than double, globally, from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050. By that year, nearly 8 in 10 of the world’s older population will live in the less developed regions.
Senior transport policymakers and government representatives from over 20 Asia-Pacific member States ended two days of United Nations-led talks in Incheon yesterday, regarding policy options for sustainable transport development in the region.
The ‘Expert Group Meeting on Policy Options for Sustainable Transport Development’ was organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) Transport Division and East and North-East Asia (ENEA) Office, in partnership with the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) and Korea Transport Institutes (KOTI).
The first workshop of the Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) was jointly organized by the ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office as Secretariat, the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines from 14 to 15 August 2014 in the Philippines.
ESCAP/SDD was invited to deliver a key note statement on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy at the 2014 Asia and Pacific Disability Forum General Assembly and Conference, convened in Hanoi from 26 to 29 November 2014. On 28 November 2014, during the course of the Conference, the Government of Viet Nam announced that this day it had ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
According to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, South Asia’s economic growth is set to reach a four-year high in 2015. The average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of South Asia accelerated from 3.7 per cent in 2013 to 4.9 per cent in 2014, and is projected to strengthen further to 5.4 per cent in 2015 and 5.7 per cent in 2016.
A campaign promoting employment for persons with severe disabilities was launched on 23 April 2015 in the Republic of Korea. The campaign named the ‘Happiness Factory Making Campaign’ seeks to create jobs for persons with severe disabilities and intends to encourage integration into the open labour market. The campaign is a noteworthy contribution to regional efforts implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Incheon Strategy. The campaign was opened by Mr. Moon Hyung-pyo, Minister of Health and Welfare, Mr.
ESCAP participated in the 12th Training Course on Social Health Insurance, held in Seoul from 26 May to 5 June 2015, promoting equity in the context of access to health care, an integral element of social protection.
The 2015 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC) was held in Jakarta, from 26 to 29 October 2015. The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea and several other entities. Over 100 youth with disabilities and 62 governmental representatives from 15 countries, including most of those in South-East Asia, participated in IT competitions in the area of information searching, making story books and creating games through Scratch programmes.
The ESCAP Multi-donor Trust Fund for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (also known as the ESCAP Disability Trust Fund) supports the development and implementation of rights-based and evidence-based disability policies and activities in Asia and the Pacific in relation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Incheon Strategy and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The aforementioned meeting was jointly convening by UNDP, UNV and ESCAP, in the UNCC and brought together over 40, mainly youth, participants from over 15 countries across Asia and the Pacific. Among others, discussions took place on the issues and challenges raised in the publication Switched On: Youth at the Heart of Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, the forthcoming ESCAP report on Promoting youth inclusion for a more Sustainable Asia-Pacific, and with regard to ESCAP’s and related work on disability.
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2016, ESCAP participated in a “Make the Right Real” event for persons with disabilities held in Bandar Seri Begawan. The event was jointly organized by the Government of Brunei Darussalam, ESCAP and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) to celebrate the country’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 11 April 2016, and promote public awareness of the issues and challenges faced by persons with disabilities in their daily life.
New Delhi, 11 July 2017 -- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) South and South-West Asia Office, the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) paid a joint tribute today to Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, who passed away suddenly on 23 June 2017 while attending a conference in Bangkok.
The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Central Framework was adopted as international statistical standard in 2012. Implementation in the Pacific, however, has only picked up
momentum from 2015, based on country and regional level work which the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Pacific Office implemented through a United Nations (UN) Development Account Project titled Strengthened Capacity of Small Island Developing States in Asia-Pacific on Valuation of Environmental Capital and the Economic Cost of Gender Inequality (the Project).
This publication summarizes the lessons and achievements from implementation of SEEA in the Pacific, based predominantly on the work undertaken by ESCAP Pacific Office through the Project
over the period 2015-2017. This work directly led to, inter alia, the development and first, historic release of accounts in four Pacific Island Countries (Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji,
Palau and Samoa), diagnostic readiness assessments for SEEA in five Pacific Island Countries (FSM, Fiji, Palau, Samoa and Vanuatu), a dedicated Pacific regional training course, and several in-country capacity building efforts.