ESCAP, in partnership with UN-Habitat, is organizing the Regional Policy Workshop of Stakeholders on Decentralized Wastewater Management Systems (DEWATS) in Southeast Asia (SEA) from 19 to 21 March 2014, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.
For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific.
ESCAP Champions and Promoters for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, committed to collective effort in accelerating implementation of the Incheon Strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’ for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, the guiding policy document of the Decade.
The 69th Commission session, held in Bangkok, from 25 April to 1 May 2013, decided on the membership of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022. The Working Group, comprising 15 members States and 15 CSOs is the first of its kind to have an equal representation of member States and CSOs. It will have as its main task to provide technical advice and support to members States for their full and effective implementation of the new Decade. The members of the Working Group will serve for the first 5 years of the new Decade (2013-2017).
Asia-Pacific Governments attending a United Nations regional development forum in Bangkok agreed on the need for basic social protection covering all as a way out of poverty and exclusion for hundreds of millions of their people. Providing universal basic social protection is not only affordable for most developing countries but also makes good economic sense, says an assessment by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) which forms the core of discussions at the 67th ESCAP Commission Session held in Bangkok from 19 to 25 May.
To commemorate the 2013 International Youth Day, the Asia-Pacific TWG-Youth worked to raise awareness on policies that provide opportunities for youth to build their capacity and contribute to development by producing of a montage of photos to form a video around youth and migration and development.
ESCAP held the 10th annual consultation meeting with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, on 18 July 2014. Both organizations took stock of the progress made in the main collaboration areas and agreed on the priorities for the coming year, in particular on the post-2015 development agenda. Recognizing the transformative role social protection plays in long-term inclusive and sustainable development, ESCAP and ADB identified opportunities for enhancing their partnership in this area.
This ground-breaking Forum, which brought together over 700 participants from all over the globe – including youth policy practitioners from diverse sectors and governmental and a non-governmental experts, took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 28 to 30 October 2014.
ESCAP Transport Division jointly with the ESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia and the Asian Institute of Transport Development organized a Policy Dialogue on Strengthening Transport Connectivity in Southern Asia, 19-20 November, New Delhi, India. It was attended by over 100 participants including representatives of governments, private sector and civil society from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
ESCAP was invited to the “Global Peace Convention 2014, Roadmap for National Transformation”, held in Asuncion, Paraguay from 19 to 22 November 2014, to present the outcome of the “Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace” (held on 28 October 2014 at the UNCC).
As part of the National Training on Youth Volunteerism and Empowerment, 17-20 March 2015, Bangkok, organized by ESCAP and the Youth Civic Media Learning Centre, a group of 100 young people from Thailand produced various awareness-raising media products aimed at conserving water and protecting the environment.
The project aims to strengthen the capacities of countries to analyze and measure inequalities, and to design and implement equality-oriented policies that promote socio-economic development which prioritizes well-being and better public services for all.
ESCAP participated in the 3rd Global Youth Meet 2015, held in Visakapatnam, India from in 29 November to 2 December 2015. The meeting brought together over 200 young people, policymakers, academics and representatives from private sector and international organizations from 30 countries, to discuss youth engagement in relation to SDG implementation.