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's proposal for the inclusion of a stand-alone goal on statistics development in the post-2015 development agenda, made at the 45th session of the UN Statistical Commission, continues to receive support from national statistical systems.
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), visited Kazakhstan from 30 April - 4 May 2014. It was Dr. Akhtar’s first visit to Kazakhstan since becoming the tenth Executive Secretary of ESCAP, in February 2014.
On 2-3 October, ESCAP Transport Division in collaboration with the Korean Transportation Safety Authority (KOTSA) and the Ministry of Transport of Sri Lanka organized a two-day national workshop on Road Safety Best Practices and Site Survey in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The workshop was opened by H.E. Mr. P. Dayaratna, Senior Minister. More than 70 participants from the Ministry of Transport, Road Development Authority, police, academia, and development partners, e.g. WHO, participated in the workshop.
ESCAP shared its experiences in supporting efforts to enhance social protection in Asia and the Pacific during a panel discussion at the International Conference on “The role of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Social Dialogue Institutions in promoting Social Protection Floors for All,” jointly organized by ILO, the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) and the Economic and Social Development Commission of the Republic of Korea, in Seoul, 20-21 November 2014.
ESCAP, the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and the National Institute of Urban Affairs, India jointly held the “Regional Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Urbanization in South Asia” from 17-18 December 2014 at Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi. 120 participants including representatives from national and local government, as well as representatives of the private and non-profit sectors attended the Dialogue. Delegates included those from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Participants in a one-day North-East Asia Forum on Trade and Transport Facilitation, co-organized by ESCAP East and North-East Asia (ENEA) Office and the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) held on 6 August 2013 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia reviewed the issues of trade financing and facilitation for closer cooperation in the region.
The Social Development Division (SDD) conducted a preparatory mission to Shanghai, China, to meet with the Shanghai China Disabled Persons' Federation and the Shanghai Public Library to discuss the details of the upcoming ESCAP workshop on information accessibility, to be held 15 to 17 December 2015. The focus of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of member States to ensure the provision of accessible, available and affordable information for persons with diverse disabilities.
The Regional Meeting was organized to promote good practices on the use of logistics information systems and to support capacity building in member countries to increase the efficiency and effectiveness in the movements of goods. Study findings on the existing national and transnational logistics information service systems were presented during the Meeting and experiences in developing logistics information services systems were shared. The Meeting also discussed and considered the proposed Standard Model of Logistics Information Service Systems for adoption by the Ministerial Conference on Transport in 2016.