This Stats Brief traces the progress in Asia and the Pacific with reducing maternal mortality since 1990. It outlines the approaches used for estimating maternal mortality and highlights related challenges and limitations. It explains the value of comprehensive civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems as a sustainable data source for calculation of accurate maternal mortality indicators.
This report is part of a new global effort by all United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) to systematically collect and analyze data on the implementation of trade facilitation in general and single window and paperless trade in particular. This report features the results of the 2015 UNRCs Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade implementation for Africa and provides a region‐wide overview of implementation of trade facilitation measures across countries.
This brochure provides a quick and basic introduction to civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS), highlighting its importance and the main players in CRVS systems. It also includes a snapshot of the CRVS in the Asia-Pacific region, with specific emphasis on national and regional initiatives to improve CRVS.
Published since 1986 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) brings out high-quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles on a wide range of population and development issues in Asia and the Pacific.
This issue of the Asia-Pacific Population Journal contains the following articles:
Early marriage as a risk factor for mistimed pregnancy among married adolescents in Bangladesh by Sigma Ainul and Sajeda Amin
Most countries in Central Asia face high trade costs due to their lack of territorial access to the sea, remoteness and isolation from world markets and high transit costs. Reducing trade costs and shortening transit time is a fundamental step towards integrating these countries into the global market. While it is well recognized that transport and logistics infrastructure play key roles in this regard, there is a growing consensus that trade facilitation is also crucial to reducing trade costs through streamlining of the trade process.
The Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade 2015- 2024 was proclaimed at the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and Pacific, held in Bangkok in November 2014. This publication contains the Ministerial Declaration to "Get Every One in the Picture" and the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, which were two key outcomes of the Conference.
This Stats Brief outlines the need to enhance commitments and investments to strengthen gender statistics and indicators in the Asia-Pacific region in order to facilitate monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals and other national, regional and global commitments towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
This report is part of a new global effort by all United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) to systematically collect and analyze data on the implementation of trade facilitation in general and single window and paperless trade in particular. This report features the results of the 2015 UNRCs Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade implementation for the Latin America and Caribbean region and provides a region‐wide overview of implementation of trade facilitation measures across countries.
Services exports from Asia-Pacific least developed countries (LDCs) are growing in volume and should be further encouraged as they can contribute towards export diversification and development. Unlike in the case of merchandise trade, however, until recently LDCs did not receive any preferential market access in services trade. Progress is finally being made towards implementation of a 2011 WTO mechanism (the ‘Services Waiver’) that provides a route for countries to voluntarily offer LDCs preferences in services.