The Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) is an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions and think-tanks across the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 2004 with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. ARTNeT aims to increase the quality and the amount of relevant trade research in the region by more effectively harnessing the research capacity already available and developing additional capabilities.
The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) and the Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (SRO-ENEA) jointly conducted a technical assistance mission to enhance Mongolia's ability to use geo-referenced information for effective disaster risk management.
A Geo-DRM system combines disaster data with critical disaggregated socio-economic data for evidence-based policymaking and effective disaster management, and can be considered a decision support system for disaster managers and national disaster management authorities.
Convened by the Social Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) brought together over 60 social protection experts from Government, civil society, academia, the UN system and international organizations from Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Western Asia and Africa.
The 69th Commission session, held in Bangkok, from 25 April to 1 May 2013, endorsed, through its resolution 69/13, the Ministerial Declaration and the Incheon Strategy. Both documents were adopted by the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Implementation of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012, held in late 2012.
Asia-Pacific Governments support a new decade to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Propelled by an inspiring opening ceremony and three days of intense discussion, a powerful force for social transformation and all-inclusive development has been unleashed, as civil society, including disabled peoples’ organizations, and UN entities joined hands with Governments in pledging to “Make the Right Real”, in concluding deliberations of the Committee on Social Development this week at the United Nations Centre, Bangkok.
At the opening of the event “Art for All: Overcoming Limitations” on 10 July 2014, ESCAP highlighted the importance the Incheon Strategy can play for children with disabilities. The event was attended by 600 children with and without disabilities as well as participants from Thailand and most other ASEAN countries, and aimed at promoting understanding of disability issues and young people.
In support of the Government of Bangladesh's efforts to monitor the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, an ESCAP team undertook a mission to Dhaka from 15 to 19 September 2014.
ESCAP Transport Division participated in Thailand's Global Road Safety Partnership Meeting on 19 November 2014 to provide information about the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, Global Plan of Action for the Decade and the ESCAP Regional road safety goals, targets and indicators for the Asia Pacific. The meeting discussed the planning and the implementation of potential road safety activities in Thailand including safer road model and road safety activities targeting children in line with the theme of the third UN Global Road Safety Week on children and road safety.
ESCAP was invited to give a presentation on youth issues and policies in Asia and the Pacific at the opening of the “International Conference on Contemporary Economic Issues 2014: Stimulating Economic Growth, Improving Quality of Life and Enhancing Youth Involvement”, held on 11 and 12 December 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A side event entitled “How old are you? Engaging young people to create an enabling legal environment for access to HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services” was held as part of the Intergovernmental Meeting.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Noeleen Heyzer has appointed Kilaparti Ramakrishna as Director of Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Subregional Office covers six member States of ESCAP – China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation and also serves as the Secretariat of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation.
ESCAP was invited to present the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities at the "Workshop to Promote the Rights and Inclusion of Indigenous Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific", held in Bangkok from 22 to 28 June 2015.
ESCAP is pleased to mark the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching both a new publication and a newly improved and relocated Accessibility Centre. The theme of the day is ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities’. The day raises awareness about the many barriers faced by more than one billion persons who live with disabilities around the world – 650 million of whom live in the Asia-Pacific region.