The First Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) was launched last week as an effort in East Asia to support the use of product labels that tell customers the carbon dioxide emissions created as a by-product of manufacturing, transporting or disposing of the item they are buying.
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.
10 January 2013 – ESCAP, on behalf of the UN Regional Commissions, assumed the chairmanship of the Global Migration Group on 1 January 2013, for a period of six months. The Group is an inter-agency body bringing together 15 UN entities and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to promote the wider application of relevant international and regional instruments and standards relating to migration and development.
A group of 30 women enrolled in a one-year leadership programme run by the NRSP Institute of Rural Management (NIRM) of Pakistan visited ESCAP on 8 December 2010 to gain an overview of issues related to women and leadership in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the United Nations. The group was led by Ms. Erum Wali Khan, Team Leader. They were welcomed by Ms. Nanda Krairiksh, Director, Social Development Division (SDD) and Mr. Don Clarke, Chief, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Section, SDD and other ESCAP staff.
ESCAP Online Statistical Database has been updated with the latest data available for the 630 data series covered by the database. This update, part of the regular (twice yearly) update cycle of the database, includes new data on child health, education, food security, CO2, energy, natural disasters, GDP, ODA, FDI, information technology and transport.
The next round of update will take place by end of September 2014.
We welcome your feedback and comments (stat.unescap[at]un.org) on how to improve the online database to ensure its greatest value to your work.
ESCAP will be supporting the Government of Bangladesh during the week of 15 - 19 September 2014 in conducting a needs assessment on data requirements for reporting on the Incheon Strategy Indicators. ESCAP staff will be holding a series of meetings with various Ministries, civil society organizations and representatives of other United Nations agencies in the country to better understand the gaps and requirements for the collection of reliable and comparable data on disability-related matters.
ESCAP North and Central Asia Office participated in the First Corridor Meeting of Clusters of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan organized by the ESCAP Transport Division in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 21 February 2014. The meeting was the first cluster meeting at corridor level under the ESCAP project on Capacity Building for Control Authorities and Transport Operators to Improve Efficiency of Cross-border Transport in Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries.
North-East Asian countries further expanded the scope of subregional cooperation during the 18th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-18) of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC), held last week in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This annual meeting was organized by ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office serving as the NEASPEC Secretariat and hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia.
More than 65 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia in Bhutan participated in the Workshop on Social Protection in South and South-West Asia, which took place in Thimphu, Bhutan, on 2 April 2014. The Workshop focused on extending social protection to persons with disabilities in Bhutan and other countries in the subregion.
On 1 July 2013, Malaysia launched a new Decade for Malaysians with Disabilities during the two-day Conference: “Incheon Strategy 2013-2022: A New Decade for Persons with Disabilities in Malaysia”, held in Kuala Lumpur.
On this occasion, the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific was disseminated. The Incheon Strategy had been endorsed by all 62 Governments of the ESCAP membership, including Malaysia, at the Commission session on 1 May 2013.
The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world's attention with the strength of the human spirit demonstrated by persons with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us.
As national women’s machineries in virtually all countries in Asia-Pacific play crucial roles for the advancement of women and gender mainstreaming, ESCAP in collaboration with UN-Women South Asia Sub-regional office organized a workshop-cum expert group meeting to enhance the institutional capacity of those machineries and accelerate progress.
Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, Second Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of: (1) In focus; (2) Announcements; (3) Voices of the region; (4) Updates (5) Calendar of statistical meetings in Asia and the Pacific.
Calling all experts in trade facilitation, policy-makers and representatives from international and development partner organizations – the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) is launching a new global survey on trade facilitation and paperless trade and we need your input.