SRO-ENEA Director Dr. Ramakrishna visited Mongolia on 1-5 April 2012. This was his first mission to Mongolia where he met with governmental officials. He discussed how to further strengthen cooperation between Mongolia and ESCAP in several policy areas.
On 23 April 2014, a Public-Private Partnership contract was signed by Pakistan’s National Highway Authority (NHA) for the reconstruction of the Habibabad Flyover and the modernization of the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M-2).
Under the agreement between NHA and Frontier Works Organization (FWO), a new bridge will be constructed to replace existing Habibabad flyover which is in dilapidated condition. Similarly, the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M-2) which is part of Asian Highway (A1) will be renovated to meet international standards and an electronic toll system will be installed.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) held its fifth national consultation on social protection in Manila on 8 July. With strong media coverage, 84 key stakeholders from Government, academia, civil society and international organizations reviewed the study conducted by Dr. Celia Reyes of the conditional cash transfer programme, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or “4Ps”.
Representatives from 10 countries across the Asia-Pacific region joined a United Nations Regional Forum on 17 and 18 April 2013 to formulate policy to create a supportive environment for women’s entrepreneurship.
Held in China’s capital, the Regional Forum on Creating an Enabling Environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific examined key trends and obstacles, and in particular, culled findings from in-depth research on socio-cultural and policy environments in China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Some 500 children and youth from across Thailand, many with disabilities, assembled at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand today, together with national artists, teachers and volunteers for the launch of a UN initiative to promote an inclusive and barrier-free society. Former Thai Prime Minister, Mr.
Each year 20 per cent of the world's young people experience a mental health condition, the United Nations reported in a new publication launched to coincide with International Youth Day which this year shines a spotlight on the importance of mental health.
“The United Nations wants to help lift the veil that keeps young people locked in a chamber of isolation and silence,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, stressing that mental-health should be talked about in the same way as overall health.
The Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, was inaugurated at Incheon, Republic of Korea, with the mandate of providing technical advice and support for the full and effective implementation of the Decade.
As an ESCAP advisory and governance mechanism for the present Decade, the Working Group membership is characterized by equal representation from governments and civil society organizations. Its 30 members were decided upon by the Commission at its 69th session in May 2013.
Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) delivered “Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning-the recent progress and future plan” at the specialized training for participants from Mongolia on 18 March 2014. In addition, a broader discussion with participants and instructors for the mid-term review took place, in order to improve the quality of training.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Institute of Social and Medical Studies (ISMS) held its sixth and final consultation, under a United Nations project on Strengthening Social Protection in Hanoi on 15 August. Over 40 participants from Government, academia, civil society and international organizations reviewed the study presented by Professor Giang Thanh Long on the challenges and opportunities of providing social protection to migrants in Viet Nam.
Regional International Women’s Day Commemoration highlights a deaf woman’s testimony against forced sterilization. “Forced sterilization is a form of violence against women. I will continue to fight as a deaf woman to advocate our rights.” Ms Patcharawan Saengsunthorn, President of the Association of the Deaf of Chonburi, Thailand, shared her personal story and showed her commitment to ending violence against women to the guests at the United Nations observance of the International Women’s Day in Bangkok on 8 March 2013.
Papua New Guinea is expected to be the latest country in the Asian and Pacific region to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, the first ever disability-specific human rights treaty which entered into force in 2008. The pledge by the Government that Papua New Guinea would ratify the Convention in May 2011 was made at the Stakeholders’ Meeting on Reviewing the Implementation of the Second Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003-2012), held from 28 to 29 March 2011 in Port Moresby.
On International Youth Day, 12 August 2014, awareness was raised about mental health issues and the way these affect youth. In Asia and the Pacific, where 60 per cent of the world’s youth population lives, deviation from what is “normal” mental health is often accompanied by stigma and discrimination. When this happens to young people it can be particularly damaging. Such as situation calls for greater attention to be directed to addressing the mental health concerns of young people, since they are a major resource for social development, economic growth and Innovation, and thus a key to the future.
The 2013 edition of the Statistical Yearbook presents concise analyses highlighting major achievements and challenges for the 58 regional ESCAP member States and the five subregions in promoting economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. These analyses are supported with the most up-to-date and comparable data for over 300 indicators covering 32 topics, grouped into eight themes: demographic trends, health, education and knowledge, poverty and insecurity, women’s empowerment, environment, economy, and connectivity.