World Water Day is celebrated around the world. This year World Water Day 2014 (will be commemorated on, Friday, 21 March 2014 with the theme of Water and Energy. Globally the WWD2014 is being coordinated by UNU (United Nations University) and UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization). In Thailand, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), together with the Thai Government, will commemorate WWD2014 at the UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok.
An independent international Jury met on 25 October at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok to select the winners of the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Jury selected a winner in each of the three Award categories - multinational enterprise, national or subnational enterprise and entrepreneurial business. The winner of the entrepreneurial category will receive a cash prize of up to US $100,000 to further expand their existing initiative.
Businesses that recognize the added value of diversity are now eligible for the pioneering ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Award, developed in partnership by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Nippon Foundation (TNF), and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), recognizes the leadership of companies that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services, and are innovative in their disability-inclusive approach.
Often referred to as a modern form of slavery, human trafficking is on the rise in Asia and the Pacific. A young man lured abroad with the promise of work finds himself laboring from dawn to dusk on a fishing trawler, without pay. A poor girl, leaves her village to earn money to support her family, and finds herself in bonded labour in a brothel, far away from home. In 2010, these tragic examples of human trafficking have become all too familiar Human trafficking refers to the exploitation of people's labor, by way of the recruitment, transport, receipt and harboring of people.
Rapid population ageing and a steady increase in human longevity worldwide represent one of the greatest social, economic and political transformations of our time. These demographic changes will affect every community, family and person. They demand that we rethink how individuals live, work, plan and learn throughout their lifetimes, and that we re-invent how societies manage themselves.
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 Transport Division participated in Thailand's Global Road Safety Partnership Meeting on 19 November 2014 to provide information about the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, Global Plan of Action for the Decade and the ESCAP Regional road safety goals, targets and indicators for the Asia Pacific. The meeting discussed the planning and the implementation of potential road safety activities in Thailand including safer road model and road safety activities targeting children in line with the theme of the third UN Global Road Safety Week on children and road safety.
ESCAP was invited to give a presentation on youth issues and policies in Asia and the Pacific at the opening of the “International Conference on Contemporary Economic Issues 2014: Stimulating Economic Growth, Improving Quality of Life and Enhancing Youth Involvement”, held on 11 and 12 December 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A side event entitled “How old are you? Engaging young people to create an enabling legal environment for access to HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services” was held as part of the Intergovernmental Meeting.
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”.