- 28 Oct 2013
Mongolia successfully concluded negotiations with all participating States for its accession to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) at the close of last week. The Standing Committee of APTA at its forty-second session reached a consensus officially welcoming Mongolia as the seventh member of the Agreement. Current members include Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka.
- 16 Oct 2013
Business leaders from across the region will convene in Bangkok next month for the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF), the only regional multi-stakeholder business forum organized annually by ESCAP. The tenth session of the Forum will run from November 25-26.
- 8 Oct 2013
The 28th Commemoration of World Habitat Day took place on Monday, 7 October. This year’s theme was urban mobility, and to mark the occasion, UN-Habitat, UNESCAP and UNDP co-organised an event at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok (UNCC) to gain different perspectives from various stakeholder groups on the future of urban mobility in Bangkok.
- 1 Oct 2013
A pivotal, country-driven declaration affirming Pacific member States’ participation in the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) and the decision to establish a Pacific repository for energy data was signed by eleven Pacific heads of state and shared with the United Nations Secretary-General on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
- 1 Oct 2013
More than 35 experts from Asia-Pacific National Disaster Management Agencies and National Statistical Offices, United Nations agencies, donors and civil society gathered this week in Sendai to develop a way forward in building an evidence-based resilience system through improved collection and dissemination of disaster data.
- 24 Sep 2013
APAPCICT supported the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to convene training on ICT in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on 17-18 September 2013.
- 21 Sep 2013
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.
- 20 Sep 2013
Zero poverty, better quality education and accountable government top the agenda for Asia and the Pacific as countries look to the future and their “unfinished business” with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While the Asia-Pacific region has made progress in pulling millions out of poverty, it remains off track in such basic areas as hunger, health and sanitation, according to a new UN report.
- 20 Sep 2013
Asia-Pacific countries must prioritise the improvement of civil registration to allow their people to achieve equal access to education, healthcare and social protection, and to effectively monitor and plan development, said UN agencies and Plan International at a high-level panel held during a ministerial conference on population and development.
- 18 Sep 2013
Recognizing the enormous potential of the private sector as a catalytic force for Myanmar’s further socio-economic development, the United Nations ESCAP, the ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC) and the United Nations Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster are organizing the Myanmar Business and Development Week with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) in Yangon from 23 to 27 September 2013.