Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) delivered “Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning-the recent progress and future plan” at the specialized training for participants from Mongolia on 18 March 2014. In addition, a broader discussion with participants and instructors for the mid-term review took place, in order to improve the quality of training.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Institute of Social and Medical Studies (ISMS) held its sixth and final consultation, under a United Nations project on Strengthening Social Protection in Hanoi on 15 August. Over 40 participants from Government, academia, civil society and international organizations reviewed the study presented by Professor Giang Thanh Long on the challenges and opportunities of providing social protection to migrants in Viet Nam.
Regional International Women’s Day Commemoration highlights a deaf woman’s testimony against forced sterilization. “Forced sterilization is a form of violence against women. I will continue to fight as a deaf woman to advocate our rights.” Ms Patcharawan Saengsunthorn, President of the Association of the Deaf of Chonburi, Thailand, shared her personal story and showed her commitment to ending violence against women to the guests at the United Nations observance of the International Women’s Day in Bangkok on 8 March 2013.
Papua New Guinea is expected to be the latest country in the Asian and Pacific region to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, the first ever disability-specific human rights treaty which entered into force in 2008. The pledge by the Government that Papua New Guinea would ratify the Convention in May 2011 was made at the Stakeholders’ Meeting on Reviewing the Implementation of the Second Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003-2012), held from 28 to 29 March 2011 in Port Moresby.
In Asia and the Pacific, the 20-year review of progress in implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is currently underway. The review process, supported by the ESCAP secretariat in cooperation with UN Women, engages all member States as well as civil society and other key stakeholders.
Mr. Pomoshchnikov, Head of ESCAP North and Central Asia Office, participated in the Workshop “Kazakhstan on the Path to Sustainable Development through “Green Economy”, organized by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) on 12 March 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Climate change, sea-level rise and ocean acidification are having profound effects across the Pacific. It is difficult to predict the exact impacts of climate change on migration in the Pacific, but many academic studies predict that climate change could have a profound effect on future migration patterns.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
South and South-West Asia Office
cordially invites you to a panel discussion
The Economic and Social Survey
of Asia and the Pacific 2014
Domestic resource mobilization for expanding the fiscal space
Tuesday 30th September 2014, 10.00 – 11.45 hours ,
India International Centre (IIC), Seminar Hall 2 (New Building)
40 B Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Estate, New Delhi
The issue of road safety has been on the global agenda for quite some time as the casualties from road crashes continued to rise at an alarming rate. Globally, road crashes kill 1.24 million people and injure about 50 million each year. Approximately 62% of these global road deaths or 777,000 deaths occured in ESCAP region. The progress in road safety in the ESCAP region between 2007 and 2010 has been mixed. If reported deaths are considered, the number of deaths in 2010 is very similar (with a slight increase) to that of 2007.
On 25-26 March 2015, Transport Division and Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia jointly organized the Second Meeting of the Regional Network of Legal and Technical Experts on Transport Facilitation in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
ESCAP conducted a fact-finding-cum-advisory series of meetings in Thailand from 25 to 30 June 2015 to support the Government's efforts to establish the evidence base on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities.
ESCAP Pacific Office, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund’s Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre, is organising a workshop on “Medium-term Expenditure Planning for National Sustainable Development”on 15 to 19 February, 2016 in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop will bring together analysts from the ministries of finance/ treasuries and national planning from nine countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) to develop processes, tools and strategies for improving medium-term expenditure planning to achieve national sustainable development.
Pacific island developing economies as a whole grew by 6.5% in 2015, down from the 8.7% growth in 2014. The expansion was uneven across economies.
In Papua New Guinea, which accounts for close to 60% of total output of the group of countries, growth was robust at almost 10%, driven by production of mineral resources. In contrast, economic contractions were registered in economies such as Vanuatu due to the devastating impact of Cyclone Pam, and Cook Islands due to shortages in tourism facilities. For most other economies, growth remained below 4% in 2015.