For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific.
ESCAP Champions and Promoters for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, committed to collective effort in accelerating implementation of the Incheon Strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’ for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, the guiding policy document of the Decade.
The 69th Commission session, held in Bangkok, from 25 April to 1 May 2013, decided on the membership of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022. The Working Group, comprising 15 members States and 15 CSOs is the first of its kind to have an equal representation of member States and CSOs. It will have as its main task to provide technical advice and support to members States for their full and effective implementation of the new Decade. The members of the Working Group will serve for the first 5 years of the new Decade (2013-2017).
Asia-Pacific Governments attending a United Nations regional development forum in Bangkok agreed on the need for basic social protection covering all as a way out of poverty and exclusion for hundreds of millions of their people. Providing universal basic social protection is not only affordable for most developing countries but also makes good economic sense, says an assessment by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) which forms the core of discussions at the 67th ESCAP Commission Session held in Bangkok from 19 to 25 May.
To commemorate the 2013 International Youth Day, the Asia-Pacific TWG-Youth worked to raise awareness on policies that provide opportunities for youth to build their capacity and contribute to development by producing of a montage of photos to form a video around youth and migration and development.
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.
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.