- 8 Oct 2007
The Asia-Pacific region as a whole is forging ahead on many of MDGs, but there is uneven progress between and within countries, with many countries falling behind Sub-Saharan Africa or Latin America in certain areas, says a new report titled “The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2007” released today.
- 5 Oct 2007
The International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction on 10 October will be marked this year by a regional workshop on School Education and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok, and a ceremony on the Day. Both events will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.
- 4 Oct 2007
This year’s World Habitat Day is being observed across the world under the theme “A Safe City Is A Just City”. The theme chosen is particularly significant as this year marks the first time in history that more than half of the world population lives in cities and urban areas. The number of people living in cities is expected to grow, especially in cities and urban settlements in the lowest income countries. With more poor people living in cities, efforts to avoid an “urbanization of poverty” will be needed.
- 1 Oct 2007
As the regional focal point on population ageing, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will bring together representatives from 25 countries in Asia-Pacific to a High-level Meeting in Macao, China to review progress made in response to the challenges of population ageing. The Meeting will be held from 9 to 11 October 2007.
- 1 Oct 2007
ESCAP is holding a seminar to help Cambodia to adopt development policies which protect the environment without limiting economic growth. The seminar, which takes place from 1 to 4 October in Sihanoukville, is attended by senior policymakers from Cambodia.
Effective partnerships with the private sector to create viable economies, and boosting investment in human development, such as in education and health, are two of the key measures the Pacific islands could take to reduce high unemployment in those countries, the most senior UN official in the Asia-Pacific region said.
Energy policy must fit in broader framework of inclusive and sustainable development
A United Nations workshop in Bhutan concluded today, with participants agreeing on the need for technical cooperation projects that would help bolster the Himalayan kingdom’s defences against future financial and economic crises.
UN meeting on social and economic development issues in Geneva concludes
Agreement at United Nations Committee meeting on the use of information and communication technology for inclusive and sustainable development