Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ESCAP delivered the United Nations Secretary-General’s message at the Commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held in Bangkok on 3 December 2014. The theme for this year’s commemoration was “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”. ESCAP also underscored the critical role of its close collaboration with the Royal Thai Government and civil society organizations for the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in the course of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Creating Enabling Legal Environments: Conducting National Reviews and Multi-Sector Consultations on Legal and Policy Barriers to HIV services is a guidance document for the Asia-Pacific Region developed in 2014 by the Ad-Hoc UN Regional Interagency Team on AIDS on Enabling Legal Environments (Ad-Hoc RITA) to assist countries to identify and remove legal and policy barriers to their national HIV responses in pursuance of the regional framework for action (ESCAP Roadmap to 2015).

Friday, April 17, 2015

Transport Division organized a two-day National Stakeholder Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop on Development of Sustainable and Inclusive Transport Policy in Thimphu from 9 to 10 April 2015. The event was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications (MOIC), Bhutan. The workshop identified potential elements that could be included in new sustainable and inclusive transport policy for Bhutan. H. E. Mr. D.N.

Monday, June 22, 2015

ESCAP has produced a series of notes based on in-house research and analysis on "Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific". These notes are a contribution by ESCAP to The Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade (July 2015) organized at the WTO on the theme of "Reducing Trade Costs for Inclusive, Sustainable Growth".

The notes are available at:

Friday, August 28, 2015

On 20 August, ESCAP Transport Division, along with other divisions and regional commissions is implementing a project entitled “Deepening Regional Connectivity: Strengthening Capacities of Asian Developing Countries to Increase Intra-regional Trade by Implementing Paperless Trade and Transport Facilitation Systems”.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ESCAP participated in the official launch of the Urdu version of the Incheon Strategy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The move came as part of renewed efforts by the Government of Pakistan to strengthen laws and policies that protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Governments of Bhutan and Cambodia have recently launched online Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Portals which will act as official gateways for information on PPPs in these countries.

Through the online portals both Governments will be able to increase awareness regarding PPPs in their country, attract investment, and further establish PPP as a significant approach through which infrastructure and services are delivered, bringing both economic and social benefits.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Regional Capacity Development Workshop: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in Sustainable Development Planning took place from 13 to 16 September at the ESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia (SSWA) in New Delhi. The workshop was jointly organized by ESCAP and the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Achieving better health outcomes remains a major policy priority for Pacific island developing economies. In addition to hampering social development, poor health outcomes also undermine economic development through, among other channels, output loss due to illness and death, and forgone income for family members taking care of patients. In the context of Pacific island developing economies, healthy workers are especially needed to boost the currently low level of labour productivity.

Monday, September 26, 2016

UN ESCAP organised a Training Programme on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) for Asia Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Nadi from 14-16 September 2016.

Participants in attendance were from statistics offices and line ministries/ departments representing: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Resource persons from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Statistics Department of UNDESA also participated.

This training programme was another milestone in cooperation efforts towards the implementation and achievement of sustainable development, by focusing on capacity building for strengthening environment statistics, in particular through the SEEA Central Framework.

The outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference which mandated setting of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), reconfirmed that “integrated social, economic and environmental data and information … is important to decision-making processes”. Evidence based sustainable development policies rely on availability of environmental, social and economic statistics. Better measurement of environmental resources will also assist in monitoring and evaluating relevant national development goals and international initiatives, including the SDGs and the SAMOA Pathway for SIDS.

Mindful of existing capacity and institutional challenges, and status of environment statistics compilation in Asia-Pacific SIDS, the training programme aimed to:
(i) Enhance understanding of basic concepts and applications of the SEEA Central Framework, as well as, data requirements in the compilation of water, waste and energy accounts;
(ii) Facilitate experience sharing among countries present; and
(iii) Identify country plans for the SEEA implementation, while noting the opportunities for cooperation.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A paper prepared by the Pacific Office of ESCAP on the lessons and achievements from implementation of the System of Economic-Environment Accounting (SEEA) in the Pacific, was recently published by the World Bank Group. The paper highlights SEEA accounts complied in the Pacific, outlines lessons, and points to future directions.

Publication can be accessed here:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The theme of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” The specific goals under review are SDGs 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action), and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), together with SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).

As a way to enrich the regional dialogue among governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and other stakeholders on this theme, we are seeking inspiring, informative and credible case studies that illustrate practical measures for empowerment and inclusion that have led to more equitable outcomes for specific marginalized and vulnerable groups/communities.

Selected case studies may be featured in a variety of ways, but will mainly support analysis for a report on the theme by UNESCAP, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNDP to be launched at the 2019 APFSD.

The report will pay special attention to elements of an empowerment and inclusiveness approach to policy making as emphasized by the 2030 Agenda, which includes addressing harmful norms and practices (e.g., socio-cultural or institutional); protection of rights and access to justice; an enabling environment for participation and voice; and access to, and the mobilization of resources and capabilities.

Informed by a series of sub-regional consultations held in South-East Asia, the Pacific, North-East Asia, North and Central Asia, and South and South West Asia, the report will explore regional challenges such as climate action and livelihoods; resource mobilization for the SDGs; and civic participation and engagement, as well as others.

If you have direct insights on a relevant case study, you are invited to fill in the form below with details related to the initiative:

Case studies may support action and improved outcomes at the household, community, provincial, national, or regional levels and help reveal the importance and impact of people-centered and planet-sensitive approaches to development.

For more information, please contact Christopher Dekki ([email protected]).


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Asia-Pacific Regional Expert Group Meeting on Reviewing Implementation of Commitments from the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS Beyond 2015 was jointly organized by ESCAP and UNAIDS Co-sponsors on 27 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand at the United Nations Conference Centre.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Mongolia successfully concluded negotiations with all participating States for its accession to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) at the close of last week.

The Standing Committee of APTA at its forty-second session reached a consensus officially welcoming Mongolia as the seventh member of the Agreement. Current members include Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka.

Monday, April 28, 2014

ESCAP, in collaboration with Rehabilitation International and the Nippon Foundation, organized the “Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets through Knowledge” in Sendai, Japan, on 22 and 23 April 2014.