ESCAP has acted as the focal point in coordinating regional cooperation and international exchange of policies and programmes on population ageing in the Asia-Pacific region, as reflected in the Shanghai Implementation Strategy 2004 and convening the Asia-Pacific Review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in 2012.
The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) Secretariat is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the forth coming Asia-Pacific Economists' Conference: "Trade in the Asian century - delivering on the promise of economic prosperity”. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April 2014. For more information please visit www.artnetontrade.org or see the attached document.
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Over 40 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia joined the launch yesterday of a cutting-edge platform designed for expanding social protection in Asia and the Pacific.
ESCAP participated in the launching of the UN report “Social protection assessment based national dialogue: Towards a nationally defined floor in Thailand” at the Government House in Bangkok. The report, which offers an assessment of the social protection situation in Thailand and identifies policy and implementation issues, was developed as part of the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) between the royal Thai Government and the UN.
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Asia-Pacific governments have concluded three days of high-level talks here by endorsing a road map based on greater regional cooperation to fast-track progress towards meeting global commitments on the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, together with other entities of the United Nations system in Thailand, has organized an event to take place on Monday, 9 March 2009 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC). Economic downturns and volatility hit the world’s poorest most severely and disproportionately impact women. Yet women and girls play an increasingly critical role in economic growth, and their well-being is essential to poverty eradication.
With the technical support of ESCAP Transport Division and financial support of ADB, and as agreed by Bhutan and India Customs in consultation with the private sector, trial runs for 80 vehicle-trips are underway along the Kolkata-Jaigon-Phuntsholing transit corridor between Bhutan and India. During the first week of the trial run on 1-5 September 2014, the officials from Bhutan and India Customs have been given extensive training by experts to handle the electronic seals and the software for online tracking of the vehicles and goods.
Amur tigers and Amur leopards are critically endangered animals that require large habitats for their prey requirements. Their territories spread across North-East Asian countries and can often be found in transboundary areas and crossing national borders. It is therefore key to understand and enable their transboundary movements in order to sustain the populations.
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.