The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017 , the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's (ESCAP) annual flagship report launched last week, highlights that despite a broadly positive economic outlook for 2017, Asia-Pacific economies are vulnerable to rising global uncertainty and trade protectionism.
At the seventy-fourth session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, SDD, in partnership with the ESCAP Library, organised a booth showcasing its analytical and advocacy products on social protection. Participants of the Commission had the opportunity, through live demonstrations, to learn more about the Social Protection Toolbox, an innovative online platform that identifies national coverage gaps, provides countries with over 100 good practices for inspiration and cross-country learning, as well as other online tools.
At the Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP delivered the keynote address on socioeconomic trends and evolving social protection needs, and brought to the fore the demographic development underway as well as social development successes and challenges based on its recent research. The Forum was organized by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and hosted by the Social Security Organisation (Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial – PERKESO) of Malaysia, 2-4 October 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.
The Population Data Sheet, published annually by ESCAP, features a range of key indicators on population dynamics- including population size and growth rates, fertility rate, life expectancy and age structure, at country, subregional and regional levels. It is a useful tool for reference by researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders active in the field of population and development.
The First Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) was launched last week as an effort in East Asia to support the use of product labels that tell customers the carbon dioxide emissions created as a by-product of manufacturing, transporting or disposing of the item they are buying.
On 13 March 2014, Georgia became the 34th country in Asia and the Pacific, and the 143rd in the world, to join the group of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006, through its resolution 61/106, and came into force on 3 May 2008, upon the 20th ratification.
Although the Asia-Pacific region was instrumental in drafting the Convention, it did not keep the expected pace for signature and ratification after the CRPD was open for signing in 2007.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) held its fourth national consultation on social protection in Delhi on 4 July. Over 50 participants from Government, academia, civil society reviewed and provided feedback on the research conducted by Dr. Ratna Sudarshan on expanding social protection to the informal sector in India.
10 January 2013 – ESCAP, on behalf of the UN Regional Commissions, assumed the chairmanship of the Global Migration Group on 1 January 2013, for a period of six months. The Group is an inter-agency body bringing together 15 UN entities and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to promote the wider application of relevant international and regional instruments and standards relating to migration and development.
A group of 30 women enrolled in a one-year leadership programme run by the NRSP Institute of Rural Management (NIRM) of Pakistan visited ESCAP on 8 December 2010 to gain an overview of issues related to women and leadership in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the United Nations. The group was led by Ms. Erum Wali Khan, Team Leader. They were welcomed by Ms. Nanda Krairiksh, Director, Social Development Division (SDD) and Mr. Don Clarke, Chief, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Section, SDD and other ESCAP staff.
ESCAP Online Statistical Database has been updated with the latest data available for the 630 data series covered by the database. This update, part of the regular (twice yearly) update cycle of the database, includes new data on child health, education, food security, CO2, energy, natural disasters, GDP, ODA, FDI, information technology and transport.
The next round of update will take place by end of September 2014.
We welcome your feedback and comments (stat.unescap[at]un.org) on how to improve the online database to ensure its greatest value to your work.
ESCAP, in collaboration with several developments partners, recognizes that youth voices matter. Hence a survey has been developed as part of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, to be held in Bangkok from 24 to 28 November 2014.The survey aims to:
ESCAP North and Central Asia Office and the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) organized the Expert Group Meeting on Capacity Development for Disaster Information Management on 26-27 February 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
ESCAP’s Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (ESCAP-ENEA), in cooperation with the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC), organized the North-East Asia Development Cooperation Forum on 31 October to 1 November 2014 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
The two-day Forum aimed to facilitate discussion on policies and practices of development assistance and cooperation among Northeast Asian countries and to strengthen the network of researchers and practitioners working in the area of development cooperation.
On 26-27 November, Around 50 representatives from the public and the private sector in Myanmar participated in this event. The workshop also greatly benefited from the presence of several international experts (e.g. PwC, SMBC, VDB-loi) and other development partners (e.g. ADB and IFC).