World Water Day is celebrated around the world. This year World Water Day 2014 (will be commemorated on, Friday, 21 March 2014 with the theme of Water and Energy. Globally the WWD2014 is being coordinated by UNU (United Nations University) and UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization). In Thailand, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), together with the Thai Government, will commemorate WWD2014 at the UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok.
An independent international Jury met on 25 October at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok to select the winners of the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Jury selected a winner in each of the three Award categories - multinational enterprise, national or subnational enterprise and entrepreneurial business. The winner of the entrepreneurial category will receive a cash prize of up to US $100,000 to further expand their existing initiative.
Businesses that recognize the added value of diversity are now eligible for the pioneering ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Award, developed in partnership by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Nippon Foundation (TNF), and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), recognizes the leadership of companies that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services, and are innovative in their disability-inclusive approach.
Often referred to as a modern form of slavery, human trafficking is on the rise in Asia and the Pacific. A young man lured abroad with the promise of work finds himself laboring from dawn to dusk on a fishing trawler, without pay. A poor girl, leaves her village to earn money to support her family, and finds herself in bonded labour in a brothel, far away from home. In 2010, these tragic examples of human trafficking have become all too familiar Human trafficking refers to the exploitation of people's labor, by way of the recruitment, transport, receipt and harboring of people.
Rapid population ageing and a steady increase in human longevity worldwide represent one of the greatest social, economic and political transformations of our time. These demographic changes will affect every community, family and person. They demand that we rethink how individuals live, work, plan and learn throughout their lifetimes, and that we re-invent how societies manage themselves.
Each year 20 per cent of the world's young people experience a mental health condition, the United Nations reported in a new publication launched to coincide with International Youth Day which this year shines a spotlight on the importance of mental health.
“The United Nations wants to help lift the veil that keeps young people locked in a chamber of isolation and silence,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, stressing that mental-health should be talked about in the same way as overall health.
Mr. Nikolay Pomoshchnikov, Head of ESCAP North and Central Asia Office, participated in the roundtable meeting “The Concept of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy in 2014-2020 and relevant tasks for its implementation” on 11 April 2014.
Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, Third Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of:
(1) In focus - "Without better evidence, the next development agenda will not be achieved"
(3) Voices of the region - Interview with the Executive Secretary of ESCAP
(5) Calendar of statistical meetings in Asia and the Pacific.
At the “Regional Seminar on Development of ASEAN+3 for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities”, organized by the Royal Thai Government, in Bangkok from 4 to 8 November 2014, ESCAP shared experiences from the process of developing the Incheon Strategy with respect to building regional consensus through an inclusive and participatory process of governments and civil society organizations. The seminar was attended by 50 representatives from ASEAN countries, who agreed on a draft strategic plan to implement the ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2011-2020.
The Government of Turkey signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports on 15 December 2014. This brings the number of signatories to 17 countries of which 3 have already become Parties. The agreement will enter into force when at least eight countries have become Parties through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
The Second Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was organized by ESCAP (SDD in cooperation with SRO-SSWA) and hosted by the Government of India. H.E. Mr. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, inaugurated the Session, reaffirming the Government of India's commitment to regional cooperation on disability-inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific.
Representatives from east and north east Asian governments, the United Nations, distinguished scholars and experts from Asia, gathered in Vladivostok, Russian Federation for the second Consultation Meeting on Subregional Cooperation in East and North-East Asia. The meeting took place over two days from 16 to 17 August.
The Social Development Division (SDD) participated in the UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting, held from 3 to 5 June 2015 in Bangkok. The Meeting was organized by the UNISDR to consult with Governments and other stakeholders, with an aim of providing technical inputs for the preparation of the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in India in 2016.