Regional UN meeting to advocate for stronger social protection, reaching the furthest behind

Developing countries in the Asia and the Pacific only spend about 3.7 per cent of the GDP on social protection, compared to the world average of 11.2 per cent. This underinvestment is the reason why 60 per cent of the population in the region has no protection if they fall ill, have a disability, become unemployed, pregnant or old.

Regional strategies for strengthening social protection and leaving no one behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be at the centre of discussions of the ESCAP Committee on Social Development Fifth Session, held from 28 to 30 November 2018 in Bangkok.

Held every two years, the Committee will bring together high-level policymakers, development experts, representatives of international organizations and civil society to review the regional implementation of internationally agreed goals and commitments to social development, address emerging and core issues, and discuss policy responses and strategies relevant to countries in the region.

ESCAP will also launch the first issue of the Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific, a new flagship publication focusing on the region’s social development issues. Entitled ‘Poorly Protected’, the report zooms in on poverty and the gaps in social protection in the region.

What: Committee on Social Development, Fifth Session
Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand
When: 28-30 November 2018
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • H.E. Clinical Professor Emeritus Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Minister of Public Health, Thailand
  • H.E. Mr. Thavrak Tuon, Secretary of State, Ministry of Planning, Cambodia
  • Mr. Madhusudan Burlakoti, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Population, Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal

Media Highlights:
28 November 2018
0900 – 0945 Opening of the Session - Launch of Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific: Poorly Protected
1000 – 1130 Panel discussion: Strategies for Leaving No One Behind in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

29 November 2018
0900 – 1030 Panel discussion: Strategies for strengthening social protection in Asia and the Pacific
1200 – 1400 Side Event: Closing the gaps – social protection and poverty in Asia and the Pacific

This will be the first ESCAP committee to provide real-time captioning of the proceedings for persons with hearing disabilities.

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Ms. Kavita Sukanandan, Associate Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP,
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