Thursday, August 7, 2014

ESCAP held the 10th annual consultation meeting with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, on 18 July 2014. Both organizations took stock of the progress made in the main collaboration areas and agreed on the priorities for the coming year, in particular on the post-2015 development agenda. Recognizing the transformative role social protection plays in long-term inclusive and sustainable development, ESCAP and ADB identified opportunities for enhancing their partnership in this area.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mr. Nikolay Pomoshchnikov, Head of ESCAP North and Central Asia Office, attended the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development on 19-21 May 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This ground-breaking Forum, which brought together over 700 participants from all over the globe – including youth policy practitioners from diverse sectors and governmental and a non-governmental experts, took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 28 to 30 October 2014.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To better mainstream women with disabilities in development policies and programmes, a luncheon side event was held on 17 November 2014, on the first day of the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review. The event featured a moderated panel discussion with disability and gender experts.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ESCAP was invited to the “Inter-Sectoral Consultation on the Development of a Plan of Action for the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection,” held on 8 and 9 December 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In collaboration with other development partners, ESCAP provided technical inputs to the Plan of Action that was drafted by ASEAN member States, and ensured that the document was harmonized with the post-2015 Development Agenda.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

In 2013, more than 1.2 million migrant workers left the Philippines to work in various countries – about one third of them to work in Saudi Arabia, about one fifth in the United Arab Emirates and about 15 per cent in Singapore. Singapore is becoming an increasingly important destination for migrant workers from the Philippines, but also from Bangladesh and Thailand.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Secretary-General thanked staff members for their hard work and effort towards achieving the MDGs and shared his vision for developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that could be supported by all UN member countries. He also talked about the significance of the newly created Green Climate Fund (GCF) which will be located in Songdo, and the challenges as well as the potential that GCF holds as a champion for realizing a sustainable future for all.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In support of the Government of Viet Nam in its efforts to monitor the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities, ESCAP conducted a fact-finding-cum-advisory mission to Hanoi from 9 to 11 June 2015.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

ESCAP participated in the Tripartite Seminar on Enhancing Social protection in an Integrated ASEAN Community, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), 25-26 November 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ESCAP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nepal, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy (GYLA) convened the “South Asia Subregional Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace” on 23 and 24 April 2016, in Lalitpur, Nepal. The Forum, where 200 - mainly youth - participants from 13 countries were present, involved interactive discussions around issues pertaining to three clusters, namely environmental service, disaster management, and peace and harmony.

Friday, August 19, 2016

ESCAP and AIESEC, along with other United Nations agencies and youth organizations, held the Partnership Meeting on Youth and the SDGs on 19 August 2016 at the UNCC, Bangkok. Over 20 participants from the aforementioned entities as well as government, academia and the private sector were present. The ESCAP Youth Policy Toolbox, which mainly focuses on SDG 4 and SDG 8, was discussed, with valuable feedback provided on how it can have a greater impact on policymaking and youth participation.

Monday, March 20, 2017

UNDP, ESCAP and other partners from the United Nations and civil society convened a session to inaugurate the Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange 2017 (APYE 2017), on 10 January 2017 at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok. Around 160 youth delegates from over 21 countries across the Asia-Pacific region participated, along with representatives from government, civil society and the private sector.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Samoa Bureau of Statistics (SBS) has just released a water account for FY2014 to FY2015 using the System of Environment-Economic Accounting (SEEA). ESCAP provided technical support to SBS to produce an experimental water account for the periods FY2011-12 to FY2013-14, released in September 2015. ESCAP provided technical support to review a draft of the latest water account.

Download Samoa’s Water Account for the period FY2014 to FY2015:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ESCAP has developed the Sustainable Urban Transport Index (SUTI), an Excel based tool that can help summarize, track and compare the performance of sustainable urban transport systems in cities. SUTI is a framework of indicators to assess urban transport systems and services. The index is based on ten indicators representing, transport system, social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable urban transport. The indicators and SUTI can reflect state of urban transport performance in a city. The carefully selected ten SUTI indicators covers elements of planning, access, safety, quality and reliability, affordability, and emissions. Indicators on different scales are normalized and performance of each indicators is compared on a scale of 1-100 and illustrated in a spider diagram. SUTI is derived by geometric aggregation of ten indicators, based on equal weighting. SUTI tool can help cities to assess the achievement of the SDG target 11.2 and support implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

A data collection guideline and Excel SUTI data sheet are available for guidance for data collection and analysis. Pilot application of SUTI was completed in four Asian cities: Colombo; Greater Jakarta; Hanoi; and Kathmandu. A capacity building workshop was held in Colombo in October 2017 to share the results of pilot application. ESCAP is currently supporting SUTI application in Dhaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Surabaya and Bandung.

ESCAP would like to encourage cities and developing member countries to use SUTI for assessment of urban transport systems and use results to plan and implement measures to improve urban transport systems and services. ESCAP is also looking for collaborating partners to support collection of urban transport data and application of SUTI in more cities.
Interested cities and countries wiling to use SUTI tool for assessment of urban transport systems and host capacity building workshop on improvement of urban public transport systems in may contact the Transport Division.

For further information:
- SUTI Brochure
- Colombo Workshop

Monday, September 10, 2018

Libraries have an important role to play to reduce inequality in public access to information. Studies show that public access to information, including through libraries, is particularly important for minority groups and other marginalized population groups. While wealthier or advantaged households may have broadband access to the Internet and other information sources at home, many of the more marginalized households and groups lack reliable and timely access to information that concerns them, including important financial, social and health-related information.