The First Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) was launched last week as an effort in East Asia to support the use of product labels that tell customers the carbon dioxide emissions created as a by-product of manufacturing, transporting or disposing of the item they are buying.
On 13 March 2014, Georgia became the 34th country in Asia and the Pacific, and the 143rd in the world, to join the group of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006, through its resolution 61/106, and came into force on 3 May 2008, upon the 20th ratification.
Although the Asia-Pacific region was instrumental in drafting the Convention, it did not keep the expected pace for signature and ratification after the CRPD was open for signing in 2007.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) held its fourth national consultation on social protection in Delhi on 4 July. Over 50 participants from Government, academia, civil society reviewed and provided feedback on the research conducted by Dr. Ratna Sudarshan on expanding social protection to the informal sector in India.
10 January 2013 – ESCAP, on behalf of the UN Regional Commissions, assumed the chairmanship of the Global Migration Group on 1 January 2013, for a period of six months. The Group is an inter-agency body bringing together 15 UN entities and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to promote the wider application of relevant international and regional instruments and standards relating to migration and development.
A group of 30 women enrolled in a one-year leadership programme run by the NRSP Institute of Rural Management (NIRM) of Pakistan visited ESCAP on 8 December 2010 to gain an overview of issues related to women and leadership in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the United Nations. The group was led by Ms. Erum Wali Khan, Team Leader. They were welcomed by Ms. Nanda Krairiksh, Director, Social Development Division (SDD) and Mr. Don Clarke, Chief, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Section, SDD and other ESCAP staff.
ESCAP Online Statistical Database has been updated with the latest data available for the 630 data series covered by the database. This update, part of the regular (twice yearly) update cycle of the database, includes new data on child health, education, food security, CO2, energy, natural disasters, GDP, ODA, FDI, information technology and transport.
The next round of update will take place by end of September 2014.
We welcome your feedback and comments (stat.unescap[at]un.org) on how to improve the online database to ensure its greatest value to your work.
ESCAP, in collaboration with several developments partners, recognizes that youth voices matter. Hence a survey has been developed as part of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, to be held in Bangkok from 24 to 28 November 2014.The survey aims to:
ESCAP North and Central Asia Office and the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) organized the Expert Group Meeting on Capacity Development for Disaster Information Management on 26-27 February 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
ESCAP’s Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (ESCAP-ENEA), in cooperation with the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC), organized the North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum on 31 October to 1 November 2014 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
The two-day Forum aimed to facilitate discussion on policies and practices of development assistance and cooperation among Northeast Asian countries and to strengthen the network of researchers and practitioners working in the area of development cooperation.
On 26-27 November, Around 50 representatives from the public and the private sector in Myanmar participated in this event. The workshop also greatly benefited from the presence of several international experts (e.g. PwC, SMBC, VDB-loi) and other development partners (e.g. ADB and IFC).
ESCAP published a guidebook on disability indicators for the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. As a technical reference to conceptual and methodological tools on the 62 indicators of the Incheon Strategy, this publication aims to guide data collection and generation of ESCAP member States which have committed to establishing baseline statistics on disability indicators by 2017, the midpoint of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022).
More than 180,000 children under 18 years old die from road traffic fatalities annually. This is equivalent to more than 500 children losing their lives every day. Given the seriousness of the issue, the UN General Assembly in its resolution 68/269 requested the organization of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week in 2015 on children and road safety. The Third UN Global Road Safety Week, which is scheduled from 4 to 10 May 2015, features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, and private companies.
On 25 June, the annual Conference/Forum and Meeting of CEOs served as a tool for fostering an effective dialogue of stakeholders of freight forwarding, multimodal transport and logistics services, including the government, international organizations and the business sector.
“The Land Beyond the Horizon” captures the stories of Pacific islanders whose lands and livelihoods are threatened by climate change, as well as those who have had to relocate to other countries, and discusses the impacts on their lives, cultures, languages and traditions.
The film also features exclusive footage and interviews with prominent leaders such as His Excellency, President Anote Tong of Kiribati, Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu and Her Excellency, Mary Robinson, the United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change – leaders in the frontline of climate change efforts throughout the world.
ESCAP is calling for original research articles on the subject of sustainable rural access, with a focus on studies and cases that examine practices, policies and strategies from countries, districts or villages in the Asia and the Pacific region that can encourage development and enhance sustainability and inclusiveness of rural access.