ESCAP, in partnership with UN-Habitat, is organizing the Regional Policy Workshop of Stakeholders on Decentralized Wastewater Management Systems (DEWATS) in Southeast Asia (SEA) from 19 to 21 March 2014, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.
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.
World Water Day is celebrated around the world. This year World Water Day 2014 (will be commemorated on, Friday, 21 March 2014 with the theme of Water and Energy. Globally the WWD2014 is being coordinated by UNU (United Nations University) and UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization). In Thailand, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), together with the Thai Government, will commemorate WWD2014 at the UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok.
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.
The Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, was inaugurated at Incheon, Republic of Korea, with the mandate of providing technical advice and support for the full and effective implementation of the Decade.
As an ESCAP advisory and governance mechanism for the present Decade, the Working Group membership is characterized by equal representation from governments and civil society organizations. Its 30 members were decided upon by the Commission at its 69th session in May 2013.
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.