Senior transport policymakers and government representatives from over 20 Asia-Pacific member States ended two days of United Nations-led talks in Incheon yesterday, regarding policy options for sustainable transport development in the region.
The ‘Expert Group Meeting on Policy Options for Sustainable Transport Development’ was organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) Transport Division and East and North-East Asia (ENEA) Office, in partnership with the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) and Korea Transport Institutes (KOTI).
The first workshop of the Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) was jointly organized by the ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office as Secretariat, the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines from 14 to 15 August 2014 in the Philippines.
ESCAP/SDD was invited to deliver a key note statement on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy at the 2014 Asia and Pacific Disability Forum General Assembly and Conference, convened in Hanoi from 26 to 29 November 2014. On 28 November 2014, during the course of the Conference, the Government of Viet Nam announced that this day it had ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
According to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, South Asia’s economic growth is set to reach a four-year high in 2015. The average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of South Asia accelerated from 3.7 per cent in 2013 to 4.9 per cent in 2014, and is projected to strengthen further to 5.4 per cent in 2015 and 5.7 per cent in 2016.
A campaign promoting employment for persons with severe disabilities was launched on 23 April 2015 in the Republic of Korea. The campaign named the ‘Happiness Factory Making Campaign’ seeks to create jobs for persons with severe disabilities and intends to encourage integration into the open labour market. The campaign is a noteworthy contribution to regional efforts implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Incheon Strategy. The campaign was opened by Mr. Moon Hyung-pyo, Minister of Health and Welfare, Mr.
ESCAP participated in the 12th Training Course on Social Health Insurance, held in Seoul from 26 May to 5 June 2015, promoting equity in the context of access to health care, an integral element of social protection.
The 2015 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC) was held in Jakarta, from 26 to 29 October 2015. The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea and several other entities. Over 100 youth with disabilities and 62 governmental representatives from 15 countries, including most of those in South-East Asia, participated in IT competitions in the area of information searching, making story books and creating games through Scratch programmes.
With the launch of the first ever High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, announced by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the World Economic Forum in Davos in late January 2016, women’s empowerment is moving one step closer to reality and to its long overdue recognition as a global imperative.
Against the backdrop of subdued global economic growth, countries in South Asia and Central Asia are increasingly looking for alternate engines of growth to sustain the dynamism of their economies. Their strategic location, at the crossroad of trade routes between Europe and East Asia, their abundant natural resources and the complementarity of their economies, position them uniquely to benefit from regional economic integration.
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) conducted an environment statistics assessment which identified energy as a priority area. The FSM Department of Resources and Development, Division of Statistics with support from ESCAP Pacific Office, produced experimental energy accounts using the System of Environment-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Energy data was compiled for all four states, as well as, at national level. The experiment accounts show that:
• Virtually all energy is produced from fossil fuels;
• The value of energy use has increased between 2009 and 2015;
The updated Regional Road Safety Goals and Targets for Asia and the Pacific 2016-2020 serves as an important guideline for policy formulation and implementation as well as assessment tools to determine progress in improving road safety at the national and regional levels in this critical period. It contains the overall objective of a 50 per cent reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on the roads of Asia and the Pacific over the period 2011 to 2020 . The updated Regional Road Safety Goals and Targets for Asia and the Pacific 2016-2020 was adopted by Transport Ministers at the Ministerial Conference on Transport held in December 2016 in Moscow., based on the comparison among the recommended actions in the Brasilia Declaration, the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety and the previous Regional Road Safety Goals, Targets and Indicators – and in line with target 3.6 of the Sustainable Development Goal.
ESCAP presented “Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific” at a webinar as part of the UNSSC-ILO organized online course on “Social Protection for Sustainable Development”. ESCAP provided an overview of existing gaps in social protection in Asia and the Pacific, highlighted social protection trends in the region and shared some country examples that are also showcased in the Social Protection Toolbox.
ESCAP, together with Development Pathways, has developed a new e-learning guide on how to finance inclusive social protection. In a simple and easy-to-understand format, this guide outlines options for countries to increase investment in social protection through general government revenues. The guide also briefly discusses social insurance schemes financed through contributions.
The refreshed Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, First Quarter 2014 has been released. It consists of: (1) In focus; (2) Announcements; (3) Voices of the region; (4) Update on areas of work; (5) Calendar of forthcoming meetings; and (6) Staff movement / New faces in ESCAP Statistics Division.