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.
In support of the Government of Bangladesh's efforts to monitor the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, an ESCAP team undertook a mission to Dhaka from 15 to 19 September 2014.
ESCAP Transport Division participated in Thailand's Global Road Safety Partnership Meeting on 19 November 2014 to provide information about the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, Global Plan of Action for the Decade and the ESCAP Regional road safety goals, targets and indicators for the Asia Pacific. The meeting discussed the planning and the implementation of potential road safety activities in Thailand including safer road model and road safety activities targeting children in line with the theme of the third UN Global Road Safety Week on children and road safety.
ESCAP was invited to give a presentation on youth issues and policies in Asia and the Pacific at the opening of the “International Conference on Contemporary Economic Issues 2014: Stimulating Economic Growth, Improving Quality of Life and Enhancing Youth Involvement”, held on 11 and 12 December 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A side event entitled “How old are you? Engaging young people to create an enabling legal environment for access to HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services” was held as part of the Intergovernmental Meeting.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Noeleen Heyzer has appointed Kilaparti Ramakrishna as Director of Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Subregional Office covers six member States of ESCAP – China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation and also serves as the Secretariat of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation.
ESCAP was invited to present the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities at the "Workshop to Promote the Rights and Inclusion of Indigenous Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific", held in Bangkok from 22 to 28 June 2015.
ESCAP is pleased to mark the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching both a new publication and a newly improved and relocated Accessibility Centre. The theme of the day is ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities’. The day raises awareness about the many barriers faced by more than one billion persons who live with disabilities around the world – 650 million of whom live in the Asia-Pacific region.