The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) is an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions and think-tanks across the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 2004 with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. ARTNeT aims to increase the quality and the amount of relevant trade research in the region by more effectively harnessing the research capacity already available and developing additional capabilities.
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.
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.
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.
The ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for disability-inclusive business in Asia-Pacific will recognize businesses that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services and/or are innovative in their approach to disability inclusiveness. The award is open to entrepreneurs, national enterprises and multinational enterprises based and operating in any of the 58 countries and territories of the ESCAP region. Nominations for the Award closed on 19 August 2013. Winners will be announced in mid-November 2013.
As Chair of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM), ESCAP, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Asia-Pacific, jointly established in late 2012 the "RCM/UNDG Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth.”
Asia-Pacific arm of the UN Marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women The United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women” got off to a powerful start in the Asian and Pacific region, with a high-profile event held at the United Nations Conference Centre on 25 November and attended by HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha and HE Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand. “All forms of violence against women [...] constitute a violation of human rights and a degradation of dignity and gender equality.
The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (6th AMCDRR) presents a unique opportunity to ensure that the Asian and Pacific inputs to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2 reflect the importance of disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. To deliver this message, ESCAP is participating in the pre-conference consultation on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (22 June 2014) and in the side-event on “The ‘how-to’ of disability-inclusive DRR: from awareness to action” (23 June 2014).
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.