The refreshed Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, First Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of: (1) In focus; (2) Announcements; (3) Voices of the region; (4) Update on areas of work; (5) Calendar of forthcoming meetings; and (6) Staff movement / New faces in ESCAP Statistics Division.
More than 60 high-level government representatives, including the Minister of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Fiji and three Permanent Secretaries, as well as key stakeholders from civil society and academia gathered in Suva, Fiji to discuss the Social Protection Toolbox, a cutting-edge platform designed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to build consensus toward broader and more robust social protection coverage (www.socialprotection-toolbox.org).
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched a series of national consultations under a regional project on strengthening social protection in Asia-Pacific in Jakarta on 4 June.
The first National Consultation was held on 4 June in Indonesia in cooperation with the Paramadina Graduate School (PGS). The Consultation reviewed preliminary research findings on how best to utilize various programme interventions as building blocks for universal coverage in Indonesia.
Member States of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific decided, on 23 May 2012, to proclaim a new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2013 to 2022, through adoption of a resolution.
The new Decade aims to promote the full realization of the rights of persons with disabilities, including through the ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.
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).
ESCAP’s Transport Division is implementing a programme to promote the use of sustainable and inclusive transport policies in countries across the region. As part of this programme, ESCAP in collaboration with member countries has been organizing regional and national capacity building workshops with the objectives to share ideas, issues and experiences in building better, more sustainable and inclusive transportation systems and services.
ESCAP collaborated with the Government of Viet Nam, Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability, UNICEFF, JICA and Japan-ASEAN cooperation in organizing the event, “Make the Right Real: Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, held on 3 December 2014 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The event was held to publicly announce and celebrate the Government's finalization of the process of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Rising inequality as well as the need to build resilience to crises, whether economic and financial crises, or natural disasters, have increased the call for strengthening social protection in the Asia-Pacific region.
To strengthen social protection, most countries in the region have already set in place income support schemes, often targeted towards certain vulnerable groups. Those include schemes for providing universal social pensions for older persons, income support schemes targeted at poor families, schemes targeting women, as well as food-for-work schemes.
The Social Development Division (SDD) of ESCAP participated in the commemoration of International Girls in ICT Day on 23 April 2015 in Bangkok, organized by the ITU Regional Office in Asia, in collaboration with UN Women and Intel. The event is part of a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging young women and girls to consider studies and careers in ICTs.
ESCAP was invited to make a keynote address on lessons learnt from engaging youth in the Asia-Pacific region at the 1st Global CoAct Conference on Social and Economic Policy, “The Power of Many”, held on 23 and 24 June 2015 in Canberra, Australia.
ESCAP is calling for original research articles on the subject of sustainable rural access, with a focus on studies and cases that examine practices, policies and strategies from countries, districts or villages in the Asia and the Pacific region that can encourage development and enhance sustainability and inclusiveness of rural access.