Publications

Published Date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
resource Type: 
Working paper series
Published Date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
resource Type: 
Working paper series
Abstract: 

The rapid increase of the number of older persons, particularly the oldest-old - those above 80 years - increases the need for long-term care of older persons in the Asia-Pacific region. This working paper series examines the prevailing system of provision and financing of long-term care for older persons in selected countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Published Date: 
Friday, June 10, 2016
resource Type: 
Books
Abstract: 

As part of the Regional Framework for Action on HIV and AIDS Beyond 2015 adopted at the intergovernmental meeting on HIV and AIDS in January 2015, a regional input on the progress made in addressing legal and policy barriers to HIV services is to be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS convened in New York, 8-10 June 2016. Towards that end, this report was commissioned for the United Nations Regional Interagency Team on AIDS. The purpose of this report is to highlight progress, challenges and future priorities in addressing legal and policy barriers to achieving universal access to HIV services in Asia and the Pacific.

At least 28 countries in Asia and the Pacific have conducted national legal and policy reviews of their HIV responses in the period 2012-2016. Most of these reviews were informed by extensive, participatory consultations engaging governments, civil society stakeholders, including people living with HIV and key populations, UN and development partners. The report draws from a desk review of data reported from countries on these reviews and consultations, and related developments in the legal and policy environment for HIV responses in Asia and the Pacific. The main sources of information for this report were survey responses received by UNESCAP, UNAIDS and UNDP from countries in the period 2014-2016, and country and regional reports of legal and policy reviews and consultations conducted since 2012. Based on this information, the report highlights significant examples of progress of countries in removing legal and policy barriers to accessing HIV services since 2012.

This report has informed country preparations for the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, and will inform subsequent actions at regional and country level towards ending AIDS, protecting human rights and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Published Date: 
Monday, May 30, 2016
resource Type: 
Books
Abstract: 

Despite consensus on the transformative potential of science, technology and innovation (STI), there remains a lack of clarity on how Least Developed Countries (LDCs) can effectively implement it for inclusive and sustainable development. This publication highlights four key innovation policy options which have the potential to enable LDCs to reap the benefits of innovation in a cost-effective manner. First, LDCs must mobilize all available talent towards sustainable development if the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda are to be met. Second, the rule of law and STI are inextricably linked. An enabling environment that encourages and protects risk-taking, and a secure investment climate are vital components of an innovation system. Third, it will be critical to incentivize investment from sources such as foreign direct investment (FDI) and impact investment and align all available sources of STI finance towards sustainable development. Fourth, creating open and inclusive innovative knowledge economies will be critical. Enabling international mobility, international technology transfer and participating in the regional and global innovation agendas will support national innovation capacity development.

Published Date: 
Friday, May 27, 2016
resource Type: 
Working paper series
Abstract: 

The rapid increase of the number of older persons, particularly the oldest-old - those above 80 years - increases the need for long-term care of older persons in the Asia-Pacific region. This working paper series examines the prevailing system of provision and financing of long-term care for older persons in selected countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Published Date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
resource Type: 
Books
Abstract: 

This handbook “Corporate Agenda of Sustainable Development: Toward Responsible Business 2.0”, which was developed by the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) Task Force on Banking and Finance, aims to promote socially responsible business practices and corporate sustainability among banks and financial institutions, and others, responsible for facilitating the enhancement of productivity in the regional business community. It was based on the most recent Task Force publication titled “The 3Cs for Responsible Banking in Asia and the Pacific: Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Sustainability”. This handbook was specifically developed to disseminate key theoretical background and practical cases in pursuing a new cultural orientation of sustainability and responsibility in the business community in Asia and the Pacific. By adopting the proposed Responsible Business 2.0 model, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs and other relevant international principles and guidelines, such as ILO’s Tripartite Declaration, the OECD Guideline for Multinational Enterprises or the UN Global Compact, corporations in the finance, and other sectors, equip themselves to generate not only profitable and stable returns, but also to create social values and to foster sustainability in the community and the environment in which they operate. This handbook is essential for corporations willing to integrate this model and its principles into day-to-day business operations.

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