Towards the end of 2011, a group of high school students in Incheon City formed a "UN club". They visited the UN ESCAP SRO-ENEA in December 2011 to meet with us and brief us on their activity plans related to the environmental, economic and social issues in North-East Asia.
Even though literature is rich about the theory and practice of traffic forecasting, little attention has been paid to the predicted accuracy of traffic forecasting models and the consequences of errors. As part of ESCAP's efforts to promote the exchange of experience on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), this issue is considered through a case study of the Bangkok BTS Skytrain system. This particular case was chosen to highlight the issue of overestimating demand from passengers, and shed light on how the problem of such inaccurate forecasts can impact a PPP project.
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Almost 70 government representatives and key stakeholders from civil society and academia joined the launch today of a cutting-edge platform designed for expanding social protection in Asia and the Pacific.
Under the theme of “International Migration in Asia-Pacific: Development beyond borders”, more than 100 senior officials and civil society representatives from 23 Asia-Pacific countries, assembled for the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013, held in Bangkok from 29 to 31 May 2013.
United Nations, Bangkok, 8 March 2012 — On 8 March, the United Nations observes International Women’s Day. This year, the focus of the Asia-Pacific regional event was young people’s activism to end violence against women and girls. An interactive panel was held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok under the framework of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s global campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
ESCAP and OHCHR appeal for more ratifications and concerted efforts to protect migrants in Asia-Pacific
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the United Nations family of organizations in Bangkok called for more countries to ratify the groundbreaking agreement, as only seven countries in the region have done so, despite the fact that
some one in four of the world’s migrants live in the Asian and Pacific region.
This year’s International Women’s Day will be commemorated by the United Nations system in Thailand in two parts, namely: (1) a commemorative ceremony on 8 March (2) a special substantive session featuring a panel presentation on 25 March. The global theme for International Women’s Day is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all”. Both events will be held in the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok.
With the technical support of ESCAP Transport Division and financial support of ADB, and as agreed by Bhutan and India Customs in consultation with the private sector, trial runs for 80 vehicle-trips are underway along the Kolkata-Jaigon-Phuntsholing transit corridor between Bhutan and India. During the first week of the trial run on 1-5 September 2014, the officials from Bhutan and India Customs have been given extensive training by experts to handle the electronic seals and the software for online tracking of the vehicles and goods.
Amur tigers and Amur leopards are critically endangered animals that require large habitats for their prey requirements. Their territories spread across North-East Asian countries and can often be found in transboundary areas and crossing national borders. It is therefore key to understand and enable their transboundary movements in order to sustain the populations.
ESCAP and the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) in collaboration with the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation organized the annual seminar in Vladivostok, Russia on 18 November 2014, where government officials and key stakeholders from China, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation attended.
At the request of the Government of China, ESCAP/SDD participated in the APEC High-level Meeting on Equal Access and Inclusive Development and delivered a statement at the Forum on Equal Access and Inclusive Development, emphasizing the potential economic contribution that gainfully employed persons with disabilities can make to the APEC economies. Both events were organized by the Government of China in cooperation with the China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF) in Beijing on 11 November 2014.
Following the massive earthquake that hit Nepal in late April 2015, members of the Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA), began the campaign “Rise Nepal”. This youth-led campaign has mobilized young people to engage in service and volunteer activates that provide relief to those affected by the earthquake.
Suva, Fiji---Representatives from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu are gaining the skills needed to tap into decent foreign employment opportunities at a workshop on Foreign Employment Research and Promotion which opened in Suva today. The three-day workshop is funded by the European Union through the Pacific Climate Change and Migration (PCCM) project.
International labour migration, particularly temporary migration has been identified as a key development priority in Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu where domestic employment opportunities are limited.
ESCAP presented its experiences in supporting national and regional efforts to enhance social protection systems at an international conference on the “Role of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Social Dialogue Institutions in Promoting Social Protection Floors for All,” jointly organized by ILO, the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) and the Korean Economic and Social Development Commission, held in Seoul, from 20-21 November 2014.