Saturday, December 3, 2016

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2016, ESCAP participated in a “Make the Right Real” event for persons with disabilities held in Bandar Seri Begawan. The event was jointly organized by the Government of Brunei Darussalam, ESCAP and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) to celebrate the country’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 11 April 2016, and promote public awareness of the issues and challenges faced by persons with disabilities in their daily life.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Delhi, 11 July 2017 -- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) South and South-West Asia Office, the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) paid a joint tribute today to Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, who passed away suddenly on 23 June 2017 while attending a conference in Bangkok.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Central Framework was adopted as international statistical standard in 2012. Implementation in the Pacific, however, has only picked up
momentum from 2015, based on country and regional level work which the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Pacific Office implemented through a United Nations (UN) Development Account Project titled Strengthened Capacity of Small Island Developing States in Asia-Pacific on Valuation of Environmental Capital and the Economic Cost of Gender Inequality (the Project).

This publication summarizes the lessons and achievements from implementation of SEEA in the Pacific, based predominantly on the work undertaken by ESCAP Pacific Office through the Project
over the period 2015-2017. This work directly led to, inter alia, the development and first, historic release of accounts in four Pacific Island Countries (Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji,
Palau and Samoa), diagnostic readiness assessments for SEEA in five Pacific Island Countries (FSM, Fiji, Palau, Samoa and Vanuatu), a dedicated Pacific regional training course, and several in-country capacity building efforts.

Link to the SEEA publication:

Friday, June 29, 2018

While progress in eradicating extreme poverty has been incremental and widespread, the persistence of poverty, including extreme poverty remains a major concern in Africa, the least developed countries, small island developing States, in some middle-income countries, and countries in situations of conflict and post-conflict countries. In light of these concerns, the General Assembly, at its seventy-second session, decided to proclaim the “Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018–2027)” (A/RES/72/233).

Friday, December 7, 2018

Inequality in Asia and the Pacific is rising, but is still nowhere near the levels of Southern African countries, particularly Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, all of which have a Gini coefficient of almost 60. These countries have been marred by high inequality, often linked to colonization and apartheid, for centuries. Although their political systems have since changed, inequalities persist.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The ESCAP secretariat is establishing a group of experts consisting of official representatives of ESCAP members and associate members, with the aim of developing a modality for strengthening regional cooperation on social protection.

Monday, June 18, 2012

On June 18th, 2012, UNESCAP SRO-ENEA director, Kilaparti Ramakrishna, spoke about the achievements made so far on Day 0 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development(Rio+20).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

H.E. Mr. Elbegdorj Tsakhiagiin, the President of Mongolia, pledged the nation’s commitment to the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Ulaanbaatar on 26 March 2014. During the national event held at the Government Building, over 800 participants, representing Government, organizations of persons with disabilities, NGOs and the private sector in Mongolia, attended this high-level launch of the Incheon Strategy.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held its second national consultation on social protection in Thailand on 13 June. Over 20 participants from Government, civil society, academia and relevant international organizations reviewed and provided feedback on the research conducted by Dr. Narumol Nirathron on expanding social protection to the informal sector in Thailand.

Monday, September 17, 2012

An estimated 15% of the population, or 650 million persons with disabilities, live in the Asian and Pacific region. The majority of these persons live in poverty and suffer discrimination, exclusion, inequality and prejudice.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Thirty years after the first cases of HIV were diagnosed, 90 per cent of countries in the Asian-Pacific region still have laws and practices that obstruct the rights of people living with HIV and those at higher risk of HIV exposure.

As part of a global drive to remove barriers to progress in the AIDS response, policy

makers and community advocates joined experts from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in Bangkok on 17 February for the first in a series of regional dialogues to be held across the world.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Asia-Pacific Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day was held on 8 March 2012 at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The event is being organized by ESCAP and UN Women with members of the Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Older persons are playing an increasingly significant role in society as they grow in number and as healthcare improves in some parts of the world.

The number of older persons is expected to more than double, globally, from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050. By that year, nearly 8 in 10 of the world’s older population will live in the less developed regions.

Friday, November 29, 2013

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).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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.