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.
ESCAP, in collaboration with Rehabilitation International and the Nippon Foundation, organized the “Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets through Knowledge” in Sendai, Japan, on 22 and 23 April 2014.
The ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for disability-inclusive business in Asia-Pacific will recognize businesses that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services and/or are innovative in their approach to disability inclusiveness. The award is open to entrepreneurs, national enterprises and multinational enterprises based and operating in any of the 58 countries and territories of the ESCAP region. Nominations for the Award closed on 19 August 2013. Winners will be announced in mid-November 2013.
As Chair of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM), ESCAP, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Asia-Pacific, jointly established in late 2012 the "RCM/UNDG Asia-Pacific Thematic Working Group on Youth.”
Asia-Pacific arm of the UN Marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women The United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women” got off to a powerful start in the Asian and Pacific region, with a high-profile event held at the United Nations Conference Centre on 25 November and attended by HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha and HE Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand. “All forms of violence against women [...] constitute a violation of human rights and a degradation of dignity and gender equality.
The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (6th AMCDRR) presents a unique opportunity to ensure that the Asian and Pacific inputs to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2 reflect the importance of disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. To deliver this message, ESCAP is participating in the pre-conference consultation on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (22 June 2014) and in the side-event on “The ‘how-to’ of disability-inclusive DRR: from awareness to action” (23 June 2014).
Calling all experts in trade facilitation, policy-makers and representatives from international and development partner organizations – the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) is launching a new global survey on trade facilitation and paperless trade and we need your input.
ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia in cooperation with UNECE organized a Planning and Coordination Meeting with the Afghanistan delegation as the Chair of SPECA on 17-18 February 2014 in ESCAP HQ in Bangkok, Thailand.
The MDG partnership in Asia-Pacific region has launched an e-consultation on Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Issues Around Implementation for the Post-2015 Agenda — Phase one (also below) — Financing a Post 2015 development agenda, which consists of three phases:
Phase I: Financing a Post-2015 Development Agenda (20-31 October 2014).
Phase II: Strengthening the evidence base for monitoring the post-2015 development agenda and informing development policy (30 October-12 November 2014)
Phase III: Technology Transfer and Trade Facilitation (11 November-24 November 2014)
The Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014 is made available only as a set of downloadable electronic files comprising short analytical texts introducing the 32 topics;(1) Population (2) Urbanization (3) International Migration (4) Child health (5) Maternal health (6) HIV and AIDS (7) Malaria and tuberculosis (8) Other health risks (9) Financial and human resources for health (10) Participation in education (11) Staying in school and learning to read (12) Financial and human resources for education (13) Research and development (14) Income poverty and inequality (15) Access to
ESCAP produced an easy-to-understand version of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities to reach out to the wider public, including persons with diverse disabilities. The easy-to-understand version provides a background to the Incheon Strategy and a description of its Goals, Targets and Indicators in simple language, and with illustrations drawn by a Thai deaf artist.
The Environment and Development Division, ESCAP, is hosting an expert group meeting on "Regional Perspectives on a Transformative Urban Agenda for Asia and the Pacific" that will bring together stakeholders and representatives from government agencies, civil society organizations, international and regional organizations, and academia, to prepare for the upcoming sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6).
The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week brings together government officials and other stakeholders every two years for discussions on issues of importance to trade and investment policy making in the region.
‘Contrary to global trends, South Asia, led by India’s economy, is on an upward trajectory supported by growing domestic demand and bolstered by declining oil prices and robust macroeconomics fundamentals’ stated Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Head, ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office, during the Roundtable discussion on the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 Report held on 22 January 2016 in New Delhi.