Towards the end of 2011, a group of high school students in Incheon City formed a "UN club". They visited the UN ESCAP SRO-ENEA in December 2011 to meet with us and brief us on their activity plans related to the environmental, economic and social issues in North-East Asia.
Even though literature is rich about the theory and practice of traffic forecasting, little attention has been paid to the predicted accuracy of traffic forecasting models and the consequences of errors. As part of ESCAP's efforts to promote the exchange of experience on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), this issue is considered through a case study of the Bangkok BTS Skytrain system. This particular case was chosen to highlight the issue of overestimating demand from passengers, and shed light on how the problem of such inaccurate forecasts can impact a PPP project.
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Almost 70 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia joined the launch today of a cutting-edge platform designed for expanding social protection in Asia and the Pacific.
Under the theme of “International Migration in Asia-Pacific: Development beyond borders”, more than 100 senior officials and civil society representatives from 23 Asia-Pacific countries, assembled for the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013, held in Bangkok from 29 to 31 May 2013.
United Nations, Bangkok, 8 March 2012 — On 8 March, the United Nations observes International Women’s Day. This year, the focus of the Asia-Pacific regional event was young people’s activism to end violence against women and girls. An interactive panel was held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok under the framework of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s global campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
ESCAP and OHCHR appeal for more ratifications and concerted efforts to protect migrants in Asia-Pacific
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the United Nations family of organizations in Bangkok called for more countries to ratify the groundbreaking agreement, as only seven countries in the region have done so, despite the fact that
some one in four of the world’s migrants live in the Asian and Pacific region.
This year’s International Women’s Day will be commemorated by the United Nations system in Thailand in two parts, namely: (1) a commemorative ceremony on 8 March (2) a special substantive session featuring a panel presentation on 25 March. The global theme for International Women’s Day is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all”. Both events will be held in the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok.
The annual summit of the member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 11-12 September 2014, witnessed the signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member States on the Facilitation of International Road Transport. This subregional road transport facilitation agreement is expected to significantly promote regional and subregional connectivity and integration, in particular revitalization of the ancient silk road connecting China, Russian Federation and the Central Asian countries.
On 29 July 2013, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), Mr. Chung Rae Kwon, Director of UN ESCAP Environment and Development Division and Mr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Director of UN ESCAP Sub-regional Office for East and North-East Asia visited the ASEAN-Korea Centre to meet Secretary General Chung Hae Moon.
ESCAP, in collaboration with UNESCO, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy, adopted the Bangkok Statement and launched the Asia-Pacific Peace Service Alliance at the ‘Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace’, held on 28 October 2014 at the UNCC.
ESCAP/SDD was invited to participate in a panel discussion at an international conference on role of ICTs for persons with disabilities entitled "From Exclusion to Empowerment", organized by UNESCO and the Government of India from 24 to 26 November 2014 in New Delhi, India. ESCAP emphasized the need to build reliable and comparable data, which measure needs of persons with diverse disabilities for ICT accessibility, and the importance of tracking progress of Governments’ policy implementation on ICT accessibility.
Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, Fourth Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of:
(1) In focus - "The first Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific"
(2) Message from Dr Anis Chowdhury, Director, ESCAP Statistics Division
(4) Voices of the region - Interview with Mr Trevor Sutton, Deputy Australian Statistician and Chair of the Strategic Advisory Body for the Modernization of Statistical Production and Services in Asia and the Pacific (SAB-AP)
In support of the Government of Mongolia in its 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 Ulaanbaatar from 20 to 24 April 2015.
ESCAP, in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia, the Mongolian Network of Volunteer Organizations, the Global Peace Foundation and the Global Young Leaders Academy, convened the North-East Asia Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 26 June 2015. The Forum focused on strengthening the contribution of youth engagement and volunteerism to enhance development and peace.
ESCAP participated in the Global Forum in the Role of the Republic of Korea in Sustainable Development held in Seoul on 8 October 2015. The Forum, co-organized by the Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA), the Korea Council on Foreign Relations and UN Habitat, focussed on sharing knowledge and experiences with regard to preparation for the SDGs.