H.E. Mr. Elbegdorj Tsakhiagiin, the President of Mongolia, pledged the nation’s commitment to the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Ulaanbaatar on 26 March 2014. During the national event held at the Government Building, over 800 participants, representing Government, organizations of persons with disabilities, NGOs and the private sector in Mongolia, attended this high-level launch of the Incheon Strategy.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held its second national consultation on social protection in Thailand on 13 June. Over 20 participants from Government, civil society, academia and relevant international organizations reviewed and provided feedback on the research conducted by Dr. Narumol Nirathron on expanding social protection to the informal sector in Thailand.
An estimated 15% of the population, or 650 million persons with disabilities, live in the Asian and Pacific region. The majority of these persons live in poverty and suffer discrimination, exclusion, inequality and prejudice.
Thirty years after the first cases of HIV were diagnosed, 90 per cent of countries in the Asian-Pacific region still have laws and practices that obstruct the rights of people living with HIV and those at higher risk of HIV exposure.
As part of a global drive to remove barriers to progress in the AIDS response, policy
makers and community advocates joined experts from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in Bangkok on 17 February for the first in a series of regional dialogues to be held across the world.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day was held on 8 March 2012 at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The event is being organized by ESCAP and UN Women with members of the Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.
ESCAP gave a special lecture on "Gaps in pension systems in Asia and the Pacific" in a training course on pension systems, held from 24-26 September 2014 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, organized by the OECD Korea Center and the National Pension Service of the Republic of Korea.
Delegations from China, Mongolia and the Russian Federation met in Beijing on 23 April to agree on the legal provisions for the transit of goods by road along an Asian Highway route. Organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s North-East Asia Office (ESCAP-ENEA) and ESCAP’s transport division, the meeting focused on the key features of the proposed legal agreement between the three countries on transit transport by road, which will lead to a pilot application of the arrangement.
On 26-27 November, Around 50 representatives from the public and the private sector in Myanmar participated in this event. The workshop also greatly benefited from the presence of several international experts (e.g. PwC, SMBC, VDB-loi) and other development partners (e.g. ADB and IFC).
ESCAP published a guidebook on disability indicators for the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. As a technical reference to conceptual and methodological tools on the 62 indicators of the Incheon Strategy, this publication aims to guide data collection and generation of ESCAP member States which have committed to establishing baseline statistics on disability indicators by 2017, the midpoint of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022).
More than 180,000 children under 18 years old die from road traffic fatalities annually. This is equivalent to more than 500 children losing their lives every day. Given the seriousness of the issue, the UN General Assembly in its resolution 68/269 requested the organization of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015 on children and road safety. The Third UN Global Road Safety Week, which is scheduled from 4 to 10 May 2015, features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, and private companies.
On 25 June, the annual Conference/Forum and Meeting of CEOs served as a tool for fostering an effective dialogue of stakeholders of freight forwarding, multimodal transport and logistics services, including the government, international organizations and the business sector.
“The Land Beyond the Horizon” captures the stories of Pacific islanders whose lands and livelihoods are threatened by climate change, as well as those who have had to relocate to other countries, and discusses the impacts on their lives, cultures, languages and traditions.
The film also features exclusive footage and interviews with prominent leaders such as His Excellency, President Anote Tong of Kiribati, Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu and Her Excellency, Mary Robinson, the United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change – leaders in the frontline of climate change efforts throughout the world.
‘Contrary to global trends, South Asia, led by India’s economy, is on an upward trajectory supported by growing domestic demand and bolstered by declining oil prices and robust macroeconomics fundamentals’ stated Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Head, ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office, during the Roundtable discussion on the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 Report held on 22 January 2016 in New Delhi.