Adopted at the Sixty-eighth Session of the Commission in May 2012, the resolution 68/3 intends to enable paperless trade and the cross-border recognition of electronic data and documents for inclusive and sustainable intraregional trade facilitation. In the process of implementing it, ESCAP develops a regional arrangement for the facilitation of cross-border paperless trade, and further strengthens its capacity building support to member states in paperless trade, in cooperation with other development partners.
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe had delivered the Inter-regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency Investment Projects Pipeline, which took place at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand, on 23-24 April 2014.
Experts from government and young people with disabilities from approximately 15 countries in Asia-Pacific met in Bangkok at the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC). The event, which was held from 9 to 10 October at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), focussed on strategies for strengthening IT skills of youth with disabilities as a critical requirement for enhancing their access to information and communication services on an equal basis with others.
150 representatives of ESCAP member States, the United Nations system and other international organizations as well as civil society organizations, including organizations of and for persons with disabilities, assembled at "The Way Forward: Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on a Disability-inclusive Development Agenda towards 2015 and Beyond", held in Bangkok from 15 to 16 May 2013.
Asia-Pacific countries are making major headway on improving the lives of women and girls in the region. In Kyrgyzstan, landmark legislation on violence against women has been enacted. In Mongolia, maternal deaths at child birth have decreased dramatically to less than 100 per 100,000 live births. And in Nepal, women now fill 32.8 per cent of seats in parliament. These and other milestones in the stride for gender equality have been spurred by the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year.
The global community has reached a critical moment in our collective efforts to address poverty and usher in a better future. The 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching while discussions on shaping a vision for development beyond that date are intensifying. In this effort, we must address shifting demographics, especially the needs and concerns of the world’s increasing number of older persons.
ESCAP held the 10th annual consultation meeting with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, on 18 July 2014. Both organizations took stock of the progress made in the main collaboration areas and agreed on the priorities for the coming year, in particular on the post-2015 development agenda. Recognizing the transformative role social protection plays in long-term inclusive and sustainable development, ESCAP and ADB identified opportunities for enhancing their partnership in this area.
This ground-breaking Forum, which brought together over 700 participants from all over the globe – including youth policy practitioners from diverse sectors and governmental and a non-governmental experts, took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 28 to 30 October 2014.
To better mainstream women with disabilities in development policies and programmes, a luncheon side event was held on 17 November 2014, on the first day of the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review. The event featured a moderated panel discussion with disability and gender experts.
ESCAP was invited to the “Inter-Sectoral Consultation on the Development of a Plan of Action for the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection,” held on 8 and 9 December 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In collaboration with other development partners, ESCAP provided technical inputs to the Plan of Action that was drafted by ASEAN member States, and ensured that the document was harmonized with the post-2015 Development Agenda.
In 2013, more than 1.2 million migrant workers left the Philippines to work in various countries – about one third of them to work in Saudi Arabia, about one fifth in the United Arab Emirates and about 15 per cent in Singapore. Singapore is becoming an increasingly important destination for migrant workers from the Philippines, but also from Bangladesh and Thailand.
The Secretary-General thanked staff members for their hard work and effort towards achieving the MDGs and shared his vision for developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that could be supported by all UN member countries. He also talked about the significance of the newly created Green Climate Fund (GCF) which will be located in Songdo, and the challenges as well as the potential that GCF holds as a champion for realizing a sustainable future for all.
In support of the Government of Viet Nam in its efforts to monitor the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, ESCAP conducted a fact-finding-cum-advisory mission to Hanoi from 9 to 11 June 2015.
ESCAP participated in the Tripartite Seminar on Enhancing Social protection in an Integrated ASEAN Community, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), 25-26 November 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.