United Nations, Bangkok, 8 March 2012 — On 8 March, the United Nations observes International Women’s Day. This year, the focus of the Asia-Pacific regional event was young people’s activism to end violence against women and girls. An interactive panel was held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok under the framework of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s global campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
ESCAP and OHCHR appeal for more ratifications and concerted efforts to protect migrants in Asia-Pacific
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the United Nations family of organizations in Bangkok called for more countries to ratify the groundbreaking agreement, as only seven countries in the region have done so, despite the fact that
some one in four of the world’s migrants live in the Asian and Pacific region.
This year’s International Women’s Day will be commemorated by the United Nations system in Thailand in two parts, namely: (1) a commemorative ceremony on 8 March (2) a special substantive session featuring a panel presentation on 25 March. The global theme for International Women’s Day is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all”. Both events will be held in the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok.
With the technical support of ESCAP Transport Division and financial support of ADB, and as agreed by Bhutan and India Customs in consultation with the private sector, trial runs for 80 vehicle-trips are underway along the Kolkata-Jaigon-Phuntsholing transit corridor between Bhutan and India. During the first week of the trial run on 1-5 September 2014, the officials from Bhutan and India Customs have been given extensive training by experts to handle the electronic seals and the software for online tracking of the vehicles and goods.
Amur tigers and Amur leopards are critically endangered animals that require large habitats for their prey requirements. Their territories spread across North-East Asian countries and can often be found in transboundary areas and crossing national borders. It is therefore key to understand and enable their transboundary movements in order to sustain the populations.
ESCAP and the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI) in collaboration with the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation organized the annual seminar in Vladivostok, Russia on 18 November 2014, where government officials and key stakeholders from China, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation attended.
At the request of the Government of China, ESCAP/SDD participated in the APEC High-level Meeting on Equal Access and Inclusive Development and delivered a statement at the Forum on Equal Access and Inclusive Development, emphasizing the potential economic contribution that gainfully employed persons with disabilities can make to the APEC economies. Both events were organized by the Government of China in cooperation with the China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF) in Beijing on 11 November 2014.
Following the massive earthquake that hit Nepal in late April 2015, members of the Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA), began the campaign “Rise Nepal”. This youth-led campaign has mobilized young people to engage in service and volunteer activates that provide relief to those affected by the earthquake.
Suva, Fiji---Representatives from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu are gaining the skills needed to tap into decent foreign employment opportunities at a workshop on Foreign Employment Research and Promotion which opened in Suva today. The three-day workshop is funded by the European Union through the Pacific Climate Change and Migration (PCCM) project.
International labour migration, particularly temporary migration has been identified as a key development priority in Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu where domestic employment opportunities are limited.
ESCAP presented its experiences in supporting national and regional efforts to enhance social protection systems at an international conference on the “Role of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Social Dialogue Institutions in Promoting Social Protection Floors for All,” jointly organized by ILO, the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) and the Korean Economic and Social Development Commission, held in Seoul, from 20-21 November 2014.
Transport Division organized the National Workshop on ESCAP Transport Facilitation Tools, 3 March 2016, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar at the request of the Ministry of Rail Transport of Myanmar. During the workshop, Transport Division made presentations on transport facilitation models, regional facilitation frameworks for road and railways and on the ASEAN customs transit transport system.
New Delhi, 17 April 2014 – Brought together by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), more than 30 experts on disaster management drawn from across South and South-West Asia adopted an action plan to fill the gap in information supply chains and enhance the capacity of Governments to use information more efficiently in reducing disaster risk and building resilience in the subregion.“Bridging the ‘information deficit’ is a prerequisite in disaster risk management.
Fiji Bureau of Statistics has just released its first ever statistics using the System of Environment-Economic Accounting (SEEA). ESCAP provided technical support, and associated training, to compile the experimental accounts on energy, solid waste, and water.