The 2013 edition of the Statistical Yearbook presents concise analyses highlighting major achievements and challenges for the 58 regional ESCAP member States and the five subregions in promoting economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. These analyses are supported with the most up-to-date and comparable data for over 300 indicators covering 32 topics, grouped into eight themes: demographic trends, health, education and knowledge, poverty and insecurity, women’s empowerment, environment, economy, and connectivity.
New South Wales Government’s key infrastructure project, WestConnex is one of the largest motorway projects in Australia, connecting Sydney’s west and southwest with the Central Business District (CBD), Sydney Airport and Port Botany (Australia's second busiest container port). The project is expected to ease congestion and reduce travel times between the airport and the business district of Parramatta (located 23 km west of the CBD) by 40 minutes while bypassing up to 52 sets of traffic lights.
BANGKOK (ESCAP and UNFPA) -- A regional ministerial conference of Asian and Pacific governments has issued a strong reaffirmation that gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights are indispensable to sustainable development, and must be a key part of the post-2015 development framework.
While women constitute roughly half of India’s population, they are strikingly underrepresented in the labour force (at 31 per cent) and even more scarcely so among entrepreneurs. Merely 13 per cent of entrepreneurs in India are women. Change, however, is on its way.
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – The Asia-Pacific region, which is confronted with a number of conflicts, needs to recognize more fully the central role of women in conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding processes, a forum, organized here by the United Nations said.
Next year marks 10 years since the adoption of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. The theme of this year’s International Day of Older Persons, “Launch of Madrid Plus 10: The growing opportunities and challenges of global ageing”, reflects this upcoming milestone. This year we also commemorate 20 years since the adoption of the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. These basic principles – independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity – both enshrine the human rights of older persons and give us the objectives for which we strive.
In Asia and the Pacific, the 20-year review of progress in implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is currently underway. The review process, supported by the ESCAP secretariat in cooperation with UN Women, engages all member States as well as civil society and other key stakeholders.
Mr. Pomoshchnikov, Head of ESCAP North and Central Asia Office, participated in the Workshop “Kazakhstan on the Path to Sustainable Development through “Green Economy”, organized by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) on 12 March 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Climate change, sea-level rise and ocean acidification are having profound effects across the Pacific. It is difficult to predict the exact impacts of climate change on migration in the Pacific, but many academic studies predict that climate change could have a profound effect on future migration patterns.
At the “Regional Seminar on Development of ASEAN+3 for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities”, organized by the Royal Thai Government, in Bangkok from 4 to 8 November 2014, ESCAP shared experiences from the process of developing the Incheon Strategy with respect to building regional consensus through an inclusive and participatory process of governments and civil society organizations. The seminar was attended by 50 representatives from ASEAN countries, who agreed on a draft strategic plan to implement the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2011-2020.
The Government of Turkey signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports on 15 December 2014. This brings the number of signatories to 17 countries of which 3 have already become Parties. The agreement will enter into force when at least eight countries have become Parties through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
The Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was organized by ESCAP (SDD in cooperation with SRO-SSWA) and hosted by the Government of India. H.E. Mr. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, inaugurated the Session, reaffirming the Government of India's commitment to regional cooperation on disability-inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific.
Representatives from east and north east Asian governments, the United Nations, distinguished scholars and experts from Asia, gathered in Vladivostok, Russian Federation for the second Consultation Meeting on Subregional Cooperation in East and North-East Asia. The meeting took place over two days from 16 to 17 August.
Mongolia successfully concluded negotiations with all participating States for its accession to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) at the close of last week.
The Standing Committee of APTA at its forty-second session reached a consensus officially welcoming Mongolia as the seventh member of the Agreement. Current members include Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka.
ESCAP, in collaboration with Rehabilitation International and the Nippon Foundation, organized the “Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets through Knowledge” in Sendai, Japan, on 22 and 23 April 2014.