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Subregional Meeting Analyses Clean Energy Recommendations

From 9 to 10 June, a meeting was held to review the initial findings of a working paper that examines the critical determinants of clean energy in North and Central Asia and analyzes the relationship between clean energy and the 2030 Agenda. ‘Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable and Clean Energy in North and Central Asia’ […]

eLearning Course Developed to Address Marine Plastics  

On 8 June, to mark World Oceans Day, ESCAP launched an e-learning course to help reduce the impact of plastic pollution. Cities and Marine Plastic Pollution: Building a Circular Economy demonstrates state-of-the-art technologies and techniques that measure and monitor plastic waste in urban and marine environments. The course, developed as part of the ‘Closing the Loop’ project, is available […]

Asia-Pacific Regional Food Systems Dialogue – a call to action

Asia-Pacific Regional Food Systems Dialogue – a call to action

Bold new thinking and decisive action will be needed to reshape and re-engineer food systems in Asia and the Pacific to make them more responsive, more dynamic and more equitable to meet the nutritional and other needs of the most populous — yet most undernourished — region of the world, a specially convened high-level meeting […]

ESCAP: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 23/1 June 2021

Research and analysis A primer on quantifying the environmental benefits of cross-border paperless trade facilitation (Working Paper – 28 May) Visualizing Broadband Speeds in Asia and the Pacific (Working paper – 26 May) Visualizing Broadband Speeds in Asia and the Pacific: Summary (Working paper – 26 May) Outward Foreign Direct Investment and Upgrading by Emerging […]

Regional Frameworks to Become National Actions 

The focus of governments around Asia and the Pacific has shifted from containing the spread of COVID-19 towards recovering from socio-economic disruptions. Recovery frameworks have been articulated over the last year, emphasizing the streamlining of regional and national development strategies across all levels. Most notable among regional plans is the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework. Yet, to […]

Raising Awareness of Agriculture Risk Management 

Understanding the importance of developing and strengthening capacities in Agriculture Risk Management (ARM) was central to a webinar hosted by ESCAP, the Platform for Agriculture Risk Management (PARM) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) elearning Academy. Held on 26 May, the panelists demonstrated the benefits of adopting a holistic and integrated risk management strategy and […]

ARTNET Launches ‘InnovaTea’ Platform

Innovation policies themselves require innovation if Asia and the Pacific are to overcome, recover and rebuild from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet the ambitions of the SDGs, the region needs innovation policies that go beyond economic imperatives, including social and environmental goals, and integrating inclusive dimensions into these policies to leave […]

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 […]

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