n a signing ceremony held on 13 March 2012 at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Dr. Noeleen Heyzer and H.E. Mr. Anil Wadhwa, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Thailand initialed the Host Country Agreement for the New Delhi-based ESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia (SRO-SSWA).
The SRO-SSWA was inaugurated on 15 December 2011 and covers 10 countries within the subregion
More than 65 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia in Bhutan attended the national launch of the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities. The Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Ms. Sangay Zam, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education, pledged Bhutan’s commitment to successfully implement the Incheon Strategy and to ensure that all stakeholders work together to achieve the goals and targets set out in the Strategy.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) held its third national consultation on social protection in Beijing on 27 June 2013.
ESCAP, in partnership with the All-China Women’s Federation and the Yunnan Women’s Federation, organized a Regional Workshop to Strengthen National Capacity to Address Gender Concerns in Meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific from 16 to 19 July in Kunming, China.
(UN ESCAP Information Services) –- Promoting women’s equal access to education, science and technology is essential to giving women a voice “at the table” which is crucial for development and peace and security enhancement in the region, the top United Nations official in Asia and the Pacific said at the centennial commemoration of International Women’s Day.
ESCAP, in collaboration with several developments partners, recognizes that youth voices matter. Hence a survey has been developed as part of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, to be held in Bangkok from 24 to 28 November 2014.The survey aims to:
ESCAP North and Central Asia Office and the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) organized the Expert Group Meeting on Capacity Development for Disaster Information Management on 26-27 February 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
H.E. Mr. Elbegdorj Tsakhiagiin, the President of Mongolia, pledged the nation’s commitment to the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Ulaanbaatar on 26 March 2014. During the national event held at the Government Building, over 800 participants, representing Government, organizations of persons with disabilities, NGOs and the private sector in Mongolia, attended this high-level launch of the Incheon Strategy.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held its second national consultation on social protection in Thailand on 13 June. Over 20 participants from Government, civil society, academia and relevant international organizations reviewed and provided feedback on the research conducted by Dr. Narumol Nirathron on expanding social protection to the informal sector in Thailand.
An estimated 15% of the population, or 650 million persons with disabilities, live in the Asian and Pacific region. The majority of these persons live in poverty and suffer discrimination, exclusion, inequality and prejudice.
Thirty years after the first cases of HIV were diagnosed, 90 per cent of countries in the Asian-Pacific region still have laws and practices that obstruct the rights of people living with HIV and those at higher risk of HIV exposure.
As part of a global drive to remove barriers to progress in the AIDS response, policy
makers and community advocates joined experts from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in Bangkok on 17 February for the first in a series of regional dialogues to be held across the world.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day was held on 8 March 2012 at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The event is being organized by ESCAP and UN Women with members of the Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.
On 22-23 September, ESCAP with partners, World Bank and the Royal Thai Government supported a delegation of Bhutanese high-level government officials to visit Bangkok and the Philippines with an objective to develop Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure development.