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.
Mr. Nikolay Pomoshchnikov, Head of ESCAP North and Central Asia Office, participated in the roundtable meeting “The Concept of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy in 2014-2020 and relevant tasks for its implementation” on 11 April 2014.
Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, Third Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of:
(1) In focus - "Without better evidence, the next development agenda will not be achieved"
(3) Voices of the region - Interview with the Executive Secretary of ESCAP
(5) Calendar of statistical meetings in Asia and the Pacific.
To better mainstream women with disabilities in development policies and programmes, a luncheon side event was held on 17 November 2014, on the first day of the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review. The event featured a moderated panel discussion with disability and gender experts.
ESCAP was invited to the “Inter-Sectoral Consultation on the Development of a Plan of Action for the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection,” held on 8 and 9 December 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In collaboration with other development partners, ESCAP provided technical inputs to the Plan of Action that was drafted by ASEAN member States, and ensured that the document was harmonized with the post-2015 Development Agenda.
In 2013, more than 1.2 million migrant workers left the Philippines to work in various countries – about one third of them to work in Saudi Arabia, about one fifth in the United Arab Emirates and about 15 per cent in Singapore. Singapore is becoming an increasingly important destination for migrant workers from the Philippines, but also from Bangladesh and Thailand.
The Secretary-General thanked staff members for their hard work and effort towards achieving the MDGs and shared his vision for developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that could be supported by all UN member countries. He also talked about the significance of the newly created Green Climate Fund (GCF) which will be located in Songdo, and the challenges as well as the potential that GCF holds as a champion for realizing a sustainable future for all.
In support of the Government of Viet Nam in its efforts to monitor the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, ESCAP conducted a fact-finding-cum-advisory mission to Hanoi from 9 to 11 June 2015.
ESCAP participated in the Tripartite Seminar on Enhancing Social protection in an Integrated ASEAN Community, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), 25-26 November 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.