Adopted at the Sixty-eighth Session of the Commission in May 2012, the resolution 68/3 intends to enable paperless trade and the cross-border recognition of electronic data and documents for inclusive and sustainable intraregional trade facilitation. In the process of implementing it, ESCAP develops a regional arrangement for the facilitation of cross-border paperless trade, and further strengthens its capacity building support to member states in paperless trade, in cooperation with other development partners.
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe had delivered the Inter-regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency Investment Projects Pipeline, which took place at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand, on 23-24 April 2014.
Experts from government and young people with disabilities from approximately 15 countries in Asia-Pacific met in Bangkok at the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC). The event, which was held from 9 to 10 October at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), focussed on strategies for strengthening IT skills of youth with disabilities as a critical requirement for enhancing their access to information and communication services on an equal basis with others.
150 representatives of ESCAP member States, the United Nations system and other international organizations as well as civil society organizations, including organizations of and for persons with disabilities, assembled at "The Way Forward: Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on a Disability-inclusive Development Agenda towards 2015 and Beyond", held in Bangkok from 15 to 16 May 2013.
Asia-Pacific countries are making major headway on improving the lives of women and girls in the region. In Kyrgyzstan, landmark legislation on violence against women has been enacted. In Mongolia, maternal deaths at child birth have decreased dramatically to less than 100 per 100,000 live births. And in Nepal, women now fill 32.8 per cent of seats in parliament. These and other milestones in the stride for gender equality have been spurred by the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year.
The global community has reached a critical moment in our collective efforts to address poverty and usher in a better future. The 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching while discussions on shaping a vision for development beyond that date are intensifying. In this effort, we must address shifting demographics, especially the needs and concerns of the world’s increasing number of older persons.
At the opening of the event “Art for All: Overcoming Limitations” on 10 July 2014, ESCAP highlighted the importance the Incheon Strategy can play for children with disabilities. The event was attended by 600 children with and without disabilities as well as participants from Thailand and most other ASEAN countries, and aimed at promoting understanding of disability issues and young people.
Mr. Nikolay Pomoshchnikov, Head of ESCAP North and Central Asia Office, attended the High-level Regional Conference “Prospects for Water Resources Management in Central Asia: From Basin Approach to Regional Cooperation” organized by the EU, GIZ in cooperation with CAREC on 27-28 May 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: East and North-East Asia Office (UN ESCAP-ENEA) is looking for photographs that capture the economic, social and environmental issues facing the Northeast Asian region.
The call for visual contributions aims to find powerful images that can help convey ENEA’s objectives, as well as inspire action and help raise awareness of the issues affecting the region.
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.
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.