The Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, was inaugurated at Incheon, Republic of Korea, with the mandate of providing technical advice and support for the full and effective implementation of the Decade.
As an ESCAP advisory and governance mechanism for the present Decade, the Working Group membership is characterized by equal representation from governments and civil society organizations. Its 30 members were decided upon by the Commission at its 69th session in May 2013.
More than 65 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia in Bhutan attended the national launch of the Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities. The Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Ms. Sangay Zam, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education, pledged Bhutan’s commitment to successfully implement the Incheon Strategy and to ensure that all stakeholders work together to achieve the goals and targets set out in the Strategy.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) held its third national consultation on social protection in Beijing on 27 June 2013.
ESCAP, in partnership with the All-China Women’s Federation and the Yunnan Women’s Federation, organized a Regional Workshop to Strengthen National Capacity to Address Gender Concerns in Meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific from 16 to 19 July in Kunming, China.
(UN ESCAP Information Services) –- Promoting women’s equal access to education, science and technology is essential to giving women a voice “at the table” which is crucial for development and peace and security enhancement in the region, the top United Nations official in Asia and the Pacific said at the centennial commemoration of International Women’s Day.
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.
H.E. Mr. Elbegdorj Tsakhiagiin, the President of Mongolia, pledged the nation’s commitment to the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Ulaanbaatar on 26 March 2014. During the national event held at the Government Building, over 800 participants, representing Government, organizations of persons with disabilities, NGOs and the private sector in Mongolia, attended this high-level launch of the Incheon Strategy.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held its second national consultation on social protection in Thailand on 13 June. Over 20 participants from Government, civil society, academia and relevant international organizations reviewed and provided feedback on the research conducted by Dr. Narumol Nirathron on expanding social protection to the informal sector in Thailand.
An estimated 15% of the population, or 650 million persons with disabilities, live in the Asian and Pacific region. The majority of these persons live in poverty and suffer discrimination, exclusion, inequality and prejudice.
Thirty years after the first cases of HIV were diagnosed, 90 per cent of countries in the Asian-Pacific region still have laws and practices that obstruct the rights of people living with HIV and those at higher risk of HIV exposure.
As part of a global drive to remove barriers to progress in the AIDS response, policy
makers and community advocates joined experts from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in Bangkok on 17 February for the first in a series of regional dialogues to be held across the world.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day was held on 8 March 2012 at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The event is being organized by ESCAP and UN Women with members of the Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.
The refreshed Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, First Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of: (1) In focus; (2) Announcements; (3) Voices of the region; (4) Update on areas of work; (5) Calendar of forthcoming meetings; and (6) Staff movement / New faces in ESCAP Statistics Division.
More than 60 high-level government representatives, including the Minister of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Fiji and three Permanent Secretaries, as well as key stakeholders from civil society and academia gathered in Suva, Fiji to discuss the Social Protection Toolbox, a cutting-edge platform designed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to build consensus toward broader and more robust social protection coverage (www.socialprotection-toolbox.org).
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched a series of national consultations under a regional project on strengthening social protection in Asia-Pacific in Jakarta on 4 June.
The first National Consultation was held on 4 June in Indonesia in cooperation with the Paramadina Graduate School (PGS). The Consultation reviewed preliminary research findings on how best to utilize various programme interventions as building blocks for universal coverage in Indonesia.