Monday, June 13, 2016

ESCAP participated in the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization Conference, held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, from 30 May to 1 June 2016. The theme of the Conference was Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together, and over 2,500 participants from more than 100 countries attended.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

UNDP, ESCAP, UNV, Intel, Citi, SAP and other partners conducted an Asian Youth Innovation Forum on addressing the challenges of leaving no one behind in the 2030 Agenda. The main event took place on 21 October 2016 at the UNCC, Bangkok. This was followed by a 2-day innovation challenge at Thammasat University. Some 35 youth participants from 9 Asian countries took part of the Forum, which set the ground for developing valuable case studies of good practices for the ESCAP Youth Policy Toolbox. Moreover, ESCAP took part in a panel discussion on social inclusion to provide participants with key insights into the work on youth that it is currently engaged with, including initiatives to get youth more engaged in delivering on the SDGs.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Leaders of five Pacific nations have urged a high-level Asia-Pacific United Nations regional meeting to take urgent action on climate change, renewable energy and ocean health.

Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga chaired the 73rd ESCAP Commission in Bangkok last week and called for those attending to create a world that rewards progressive countries who are taking action on climate change.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Bulletin welcomes analytical articles, policy analysis, best practices and synthesis on topics of ITS that are currently at the forefront of the transport sector in Asia and the Pacific. Articles may cover a variety of areas relating to ITS, but not limited to, such as case studies of ITS applications, ITS policies, plans and strategies, as well as ITS technologies.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Often characterised as a region of relative peace due to the absence of inter-state conflicts, the Pacific island region is not immune to violent conflict. Episodes of violence, political unrest and instability have hampered development; a ‘business as usual’ approach to development does not guarantee that the Pacific will remain peaceful in the future. The link between peace and development is a central tenet of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) acknowledging the inter-connectedness between the drivers of poverty and conflict. This presents an opportunity to integrate and expand on traditional concepts of development and security. A holistic consideration of the social, economic, environmental and governance factors underpinning peaceful and prosperous societies sits at the heart of this transformation. Political and policy responses can either pave the way for peace and development—or build up tensions and, eventually, trigger conflict.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 (the ‘peace goal’) is a key policy opportunity to safeguard development gains in the Pacific. Fostering peaceful sustainable development in the Pacific will require a re-thinking of the development approaches taken, particularly where pervasive exclusion and inequality are linked to potential drivers of conflict. This paper highlights four areas for attention: resource scarcity, migration and displacement, urbanization, and exclusion and inequality. As a threat multiplier, climate change exacerbates all of these development challenges, and the policy urgency is immediate. Future conflict can, however, be avoided. The paper offers that for Pacific island countries, policy emphasis on strengthening institutions – both formal and informal – combined with conflict-sensitive programming will go a long way to mitigating drivers of conflict and realizing the intent of SDG 16 as ‘the peace goal’. Acknowledging limitations in the reach of and access to Pacific island state institutions, many such solutions will necessarily be through informal structures. At a regional level, a revisiting of the Pacific Human Security Framework 2012-2015 in the context of the 2030 Agenda and SDG 16 may also offer new ways to guide and monitor peaceful development.

Working paper can be downloaded from this link:

Friday, November 2, 2018

ESCAP, together with Development Pathways, have developed three new e-learning guides on social protection, now also available in Russian language!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

When 164 United Nations member States adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (the Marrakech Compact on Migration) on 10 December last year, I read on social media that they had decided to give up control over migration to the UN.

So did that mean, as someone who works on migration in the UN, I could pick and choose who gets to go where?

To continue reading the blog, please visit: Marrakech Compact on Migration: Myths and Realities