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Regional UN forum to explore scaling up social protection for all

Bangkok - 02 Sep 2022

News Number: N/13/2022

Committee on Social Development, Seventh Session

Photo credit: ESCAP

Our workforce is the bedrock of our societies and the engine of our economies. Yet today, the working-age population of Asia and the Pacific is under pressure, denied the decent work opportunities it needs to fulfil its potential.

A new UN report Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific: The Workforce We Need - set to be released next week - further warns that workers in the region are ill-equipped to respond to the ongoing and emerging mega trends of climate change, ageing societies and digitalization.

Against this backdrop, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene the seventh session of the Committee on Social Development in Bangkok to discuss regional strategies for building a healthy, protected and productive workforce.

The Committee will also review policies and good practices to further strengthen social protection, the situation of older persons, and disability-inclusive development in the region.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:

What:                Committee on Social Development, Seventh Session

When:               6- 8 September 2022

Where:              United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok and webcast live at  

Key speakers:

  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Ariunzaya Ayush, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chief of the Prime Minister's Office, Mongolia
  • Boros Samheng, Minister, Delegation Attached to Prime Minister and Secretary of State of Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, Mongolia
  • Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics and Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Catherine Haswell, United Nations Resident Coordinator Maldives
  • Celia Reyes, Former President of Philippine Institute for Development Studies

For the full programme:

For media interested to attend in-person at UNCC Bangkok or to obtain an advance copy of the Social Outlook report, please contact [email protected]

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