The First Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) was launched last week as an effort in East Asia to support the use of product labels that tell customers the carbon dioxide emissions created as a by-product of manufacturing, transporting or disposing of the item they are buying.
On 13 March 2014, Georgia became the 34th country in Asia and the Pacific, and the 143rd in the world, to join the group of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006, through its resolution 61/106, and came into force on 3 May 2008, upon the 20th ratification.
Although the Asia-Pacific region was instrumental in drafting the Convention, it did not keep the expected pace for signature and ratification after the CRPD was open for signing in 2007.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) held its fourth national consultation on social protection in Delhi on 4 July. Over 50 participants from Government, academia, civil society reviewed and provided feedback on the research conducted by Dr. Ratna Sudarshan on expanding social protection to the informal sector in India.
10 January 2013 – ESCAP, on behalf of the UN Regional Commissions, assumed the chairmanship of the Global Migration Group on 1 January 2013, for a period of six months. The Group is an inter-agency body bringing together 15 UN entities and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to promote the wider application of relevant international and regional instruments and standards relating to migration and development.
A group of 30 women enrolled in a one-year leadership programme run by the NRSP Institute of Rural Management (NIRM) of Pakistan visited ESCAP on 8 December 2010 to gain an overview of issues related to women and leadership in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the United Nations. The group was led by Ms. Erum Wali Khan, Team Leader. They were welcomed by Ms. Nanda Krairiksh, Director, Social Development Division (SDD) and Mr. Don Clarke, Chief, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Section, SDD and other ESCAP staff.
ESCAP Online Statistical Database has been updated with the latest data available for the 630 data series covered by the database. This update, part of the regular (twice yearly) update cycle of the database, includes new data on child health, education, food security, CO2, energy, natural disasters, GDP, ODA, FDI, information technology and transport.
The next round of update will take place by end of September 2014.
We welcome your feedback and comments (stat.unescap[at]un.org) on how to improve the online database to ensure its greatest value to your work.
Calling all experts in trade facilitation, policy-makers and representatives from international and development partner organizations – the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) is launching a new global survey on trade facilitation and paperless trade and we need your input.
ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia in cooperation with UNECE organized a Planning and Coordination Meeting with the Afghanistan delegation as the Chair of SPECA on 17-18 February 2014 in ESCAP HQ in Bangkok, Thailand.
The MDG partnership in Asia-Pacific region has launched an e-consultation on Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Issues Around Implementation for the Post-2015 Agenda — Phase one (also below) — Financing a Post 2015 development agenda, which consists of three phases:
Phase I: Financing a Post-2015 Development Agenda (20-31 October 2014).
Phase II: Strengthening the evidence base for monitoring the post-2015 development agenda and informing development policy (30 October-12 November 2014)
Phase III: Technology Transfer and Trade Facilitation (11 November-24 November 2014)
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
South and South-West Asia Office
cordially invites you to a panel discussion
The Economic and Social Survey
of Asia and the Pacific 2014
Domestic resource mobilization for expanding the fiscal space
Tuesday 30th September 2014, 10.00 – 11.45 hours ,
India International Centre (IIC), Seminar Hall 2 (New Building)
40 B Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Estate, New Delhi
The issue of road safety has been on the global agenda for quite some time as the casualties from road crashes continued to rise at an alarming rate. Globally, road crashes kill 1.24 million people and injure about 50 million each year. Approximately 62% of these global road deaths or 777,000 deaths occured in ESCAP region. The progress in road safety in the ESCAP region between 2007 and 2010 has been mixed. If reported deaths are considered, the number of deaths in 2010 is very similar (with a slight increase) to that of 2007.
On 25-26 March 2015, Transport Division and Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia jointly organized the Second Meeting of the Regional Network of Legal and Technical Experts on Transport Facilitation in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
ESCAP conducted a fact-finding-cum-advisory series of meetings in Thailand from 25 to 30 June 2015 to support the Government's efforts to establish the evidence base on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities.
North-East Asian countries further expanded the scope of subregional cooperation during the 18th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-18) of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC), held last week in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This annual meeting was organized by ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office serving as the NEASPEC Secretariat and hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia.