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.
More than 65 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia in Bhutan participated in the Workshop on Social Protection in South and South-West Asia, which took place in Thimphu, Bhutan, on 2 April 2014. The Workshop focused on extending social protection to persons with disabilities in Bhutan and other countries in the subregion.
On 1 July 2013, Malaysia launched a new Decade for Malaysians with Disabilities during the two-day Conference: “Incheon Strategy 2013-2022: A New Decade for Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia”, held in Kuala Lumpur.
On this occasion, the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific was disseminated. The Incheon Strategy had been endorsed by all 62 Governments of the ESCAP membership, including Malaysia, at the Commission session on 1 May 2013.
The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world's attention with the strength of the human spirit demonstrated by persons with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us.
As national women’s machineries in virtually all countries in Asia-Pacific play crucial roles for the advancement of women and gender mainstreaming, ESCAP in collaboration with UN-Women South Asia Sub-regional office organized a workshop-cum expert group meeting to enhance the institutional capacity of those machineries and accelerate progress.
Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, Second Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of: (1) In focus; (2) Announcements; (3) Voices of the region; (4) Updates (5) Calendar of statistical meetings in Asia and the Pacific.
ESCAP, in collaboration with several developments partners, recognizes that youth voices matter. Hence a survey has been developed as part of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, to be held in Bangkok from 24 to 28 November 2014.The survey aims to:
ESCAP North and Central Asia Office and the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) organized the Expert Group Meeting on Capacity Development for Disaster Information Management on 26-27 February 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
ESCAP’s Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (ESCAP-ENEA), in cooperation with the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC), organized the North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum on 31 October to 1 November 2014 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
The two-day Forum aimed to facilitate discussion on policies and practices of development assistance and cooperation among Northeast Asian countries and to strengthen the network of researchers and practitioners working in the area of development cooperation.
ESCAP delivered the United Nations Secretary-General’s message at the Commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held in Bangkok on 3 December 2014. The theme for this year’s commemoration was “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”. ESCAP also underscored the critical role of its close collaboration with the Royal Thai Government and civil society organizations for the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in the course of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022.
Creating Enabling Legal Environments: Conducting National Reviews and Multi-Sector Consultations on Legal and Policy Barriers to HIV services is a guidance document for the Asia-Pacific Region developed in 2014 by the Ad-Hoc UN Regional Interagency Team on AIDS on Enabling Legal Environments (Ad-Hoc RITA) to assist countries to identify and remove legal and policy barriers to their national HIV responses in pursuance of the regional framework for action (ESCAP Roadmap to 2015).
Transport Division organized a two-day National Stakeholder Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on Development of Sustainable and Inclusive Transport Policy in Thimphu from 9 to 10 April 2015. The event was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications (MOIC), Bhutan. The workshop identified potential elements that could be included in new sustainable and inclusive transport policy for Bhutan. H. E. Mr. D.N.
n a signing ceremony held on 13 March 2012 at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Dr. Noeleen Heyzer and H.E. Mr. Anil Wadhwa, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Thailand initialed the Host Country Agreement for the New Delhi-based ESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia (SRO-SSWA).
The SRO-SSWA was inaugurated on 15 December 2011 and covers 10 countries within the subregion
More than 65 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia in Bhutan attended the national launch of the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities. The Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Ms. Sangay Zam, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education, pledged Bhutan’s commitment to successfully implement the Incheon Strategy and to ensure that all stakeholders work together to achieve the goals and targets set out in the Strategy.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) held its third national consultation on social protection in Beijing on 27 June 2013.