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Promoting Gender Equality in the Technology Industry

Hastened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital world is undergoing a rapid transformation. The underrepresentation of women in the industry impacts their future work opportunities in this emerging technological landscape. To ensure that no one is left behind, ESCAP, in partnership with the Korea Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, Nagoya University’s Center for […]

“Let us commit to action”: UN regional leaders call for concrete steps to integrate human rights standards into business practice

“Let us commit to action”: UN regional leaders call for concrete steps to integrate human rights standards into business practice

A leading regional forum has urged a renewed commitment from business and governments to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the global development goals. Regional Heads from eight UN organisations released a joint video statement calling for the “principled collaboration of business and the international community,” to address growing gaps in social justice, public health and environmental […]

ESCAP: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 22/15 May 2021

Research and analysis   Smart Railway Solutions for Trans-Asian Railway Network in the Times of COVID-19 Pandemic (Report – 14 May) ESCAP Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Tsunami Disaster and Climate Preparedness: 2020 Annual Report (Report – 14 May)  Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises’ Access to Finance in Bangladesh (Report – 10 May)   News and […]

Data Integration Community of Practice Expands Across the Region

This month, ESCAP celebrated the 1st Anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Data Integration Community of Practice. The launch aligned with the COVID-19 pandemic that has challenged statistician’s traditional work methods. Fortunately, the Community of Practice has served as an excellent approach to minimize business disruption. Over the last year, membership has dramatically expanded. More than 270 members from […]

How We Can Transition Sustainable Food Systems

Education, capacity development and communication strategies will be critical to accelerate the transition towards nutrition-sensitive and sustainable food systems. To understand these linkages and discuss the nutrition-related capacity development activities in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) eLearning Academy, Agreenium, and Future Food Institute held an international technical webinar on 12 […]

Webinar Looks Beyond COVID-19 for Women Entrepreneurs

The businesses hardest hit by restrictions and closures caused by COVID-19 are often in sectors largely populated by women entrepreneurs in Asia and the Pacific. Many have suffered from a reduced or lost income. In response, ESCAP co-hosted a webinar on 11 May with US-based crowdfunding loan company, Kiva with support from South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) […]

ESCAP: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 21/1 May 2021

Research and analysis The shrinking Asia-Pacific middle class: trends and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (Policy brief – 28 April) Harnessing the Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension in Papua New Guinea (Policy brief – 27 April) Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension in the Republic of Korea (Policy brief – 27 April) Asia-Pacific Countries […]

Asia-Pacific policymakers call for ‘whole-of-society’ response to build back better from crises in the region

Asia-Pacific policymakers call for ‘whole-of-society’ response to build back better from crises in the region

Policymakers from 50 Asian and Pacific countries today called for a “whole-of-society” response to COVID-19 and encouraged coordinated action across the region to mitigate the economic and social devastation brought on by the pandemic. Endorsing a resolution on the final day of its annual session, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and […]

Strengthening social protection, trade, and environmental protection are key to building back better in the Asia-Pacific region, says UN report

Strengthening social protection, trade, and environmental protection are key to building back better in the Asia-Pacific region, says UN report

Broadening social protection, investing in a sustained recovery, keeping goods and information flowing, and protecting environmental health will be key to emerging stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a flagship report released by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) today. The theme study for the 77th session of […]

ESCAP: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 20/15 April 2021

Research and analysis Working Paper on Structural Transformation, LDC Graduation and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: Policy Options for Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Myanmar (Working Paper – 12 April) Working Paper Series (SD/WP/13/April 2021): Big data for environment and agriculture statistics (Working paper – 6 April) Working Paper on Socioeconomic Impact of Coronavirus […]