ESCAP, working with its strategic partner UNITAR/UNOSAT, provided satellite-derived imagery and damage maps for Honiara, Solomon Islands which has been affected by floods caused by days of heavy rainfall in early April.
The inaugural ceremony for the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific presented its first Winners today. Three companies were awarded for outstanding achievement in responding to the needs of persons with disabilities in their business operations.
Over 80 social protection experts from national ministries, civil society, business and academia took stock of and reviewed the experiences of various participating countries in the development of coherent national social protection strategies. The workshop focused on improving policy coordination across ministries at both national and local levels as well as on the development of integrated packages of services and transfers.
The “Right” effect creates further waves Launched recently by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the “Make the Right Real” Campaign to promote the effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Asia-Pacific got another boost when over 200 persons, including Government and UN officials, representatives of Disabled Persons’ organizations and law students, assembled at the UN Conference Centre on 3 December, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
International Women's Day 2008 will be observed on Friday, 7 March in Bangkok at the UN Conference Centre with a programme organized by the International Women’s Day Working Group of representatives from various United Nations agencies and offices.Under the theme of "‘investing in women and girls", this year’s observance will include keynote presentations, a panel dialogue, an exhibition, and a film screening.
ESCAP North and Central Asia Office participated in the Second Corridor Meeting of Clusters of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan organized by the ESCAP Transport Division in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 29 May 2014.
Improving subregional cooperation on low carbon city (LCC) strategies was the focus of a United Nations symposium that closed in Beijing today, bringing together development experts, academics, subregional and international agencies and city representatives from across Northeast Asia.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with Green Technology Center Korea, organized “Regional Dialogue on Technology Facilitation” on 18 May 2014, as an associated event of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) in Pattaya, Thailand.
ESCAP/SDD was invited to give the keynote speech at the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific Mid-term Regional General Assembly 2014, held in Hong Kong, China on 21 November 2014. ESCAP underscored the critical role that World Blind Union (WBU) could play in implementing the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. The Assembly, attended by 350 participants, adopted the Hong Kong Statement, in which the WBU reconfirmed their commitment to implement of the Incheon Strategy.
Sustainable urban transport practices are necessary to support the continued growth of cities in the region. Innovative policies and integrated transport planning which address the growing problems of fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and road accidents, are needed in order to provide a better quality of life for the people. In this regard, ESCAP is calling for original research on effective and practical policies to enhance the sustainability and inclusiveness of urban transportation systems, with a focus on cities in the Asia and the Pacific region.
ESCAP supported the Government of the Philippines in monitoring the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, by conducting a fact-finding-cum-advisory mission to Manila from 28 to 30 April 2015.
When Kazakhstan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) earlier this year, it also marked the early achievement of the Incheon Strategy goal to achieve ten new ratifications in Asia and the Pacific by 2017. Kazakhstan ratified the treaty on 21 April 2015, becoming the 37th country in the region, and the 154th country in the world to do so.
ESCAP participated in the Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific, held from 2 to 4 November 2015 in Muscat, Oman. ESCAP, along with ILO, ADB, ISSA and the host government, participated in the final panel, the "Regional Social Security Summit", which covered regional trends on social protection, challenges facing the region as well as social protection in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.