Social Development Division at the 75th ESCAP Commission Session

Social Development Division held several events at the 75th ESCAP Commission Session:

Theme Study

Closing the Gap
Empowerment and inclusion in Asia and the Pacific
Equality lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its ambition to leave no one behind. This report, prepared as the theme study for the 75th Commission Session, gages recent progress towards equality in three key outcomes: education,       full-time employment and income.

Covering the past ten years, the report assesses whether women, rural populations, persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups have fallen further behind, been included in overall national development gains, or empowered to catch up with outcome levels of more privileged groups.

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High level panel

Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality
27 May 2019, 10:00-12:00 hrs., ESCAP Hall

Drawing from the findings of the 2019 theme study, this high-level panel discussion reviewed policy options that have proven to not only promote availability and accessibility of services for all but also to empower disadvantaged populations to use them. It also explored challenges and opportunities for strengthening inclusion and empowerment of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including women and girls, persons with disabilities, rural residents, older persons and migrants.

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Fifth Committee on Social Development

The fifth session of the Committee on Social Development reviewed strategies for leaving no one behind and for strengthening social protection in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The deliberations led to a call for stronger regional cooperation on social protection. The Committee also recommended that the secretariat continue its analysis, knowledge-sharing and technical assistance on social protection, women’s empowerment, population dynamics and disability inclusion. Read about the outcomes of the Committee here.

Statement by Mr. Chea Chantum, Secretary-General of the General Secretariat for Population and Development, Ministry of Planning, Cambodia, Chair of the fifth session of the Committee on Social Development can be found here.

Agenda Item 4b Social Development

Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development

At the 2018 Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development, ESCAP member States renewed their commitment to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the 2013 Ministerial Declaration. They identified the following achievements and challenges. The Chair of the Midterm Review presented findings and remaining challenges as identified in the report of the meeting and in the Chair’s summary

  • Summary of progress in the implementation of Commission resolutions (ESCAP/75/3, resolution 71/13)
  • Summary of the meetings of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission held in the period 2018-2019 (ESCAP/75/4, report of the Committee on Social Development on its fifth session)
  • Report of the Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development (ESCAP/75/6)
  • Report on the fifth Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022 (ESCAP/75/7)
  • Statement by Mr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III, Undersecretary for Population and Development and Executive Director, Commission on Population and Development, the Philippines, Chair of the Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development delivered under the Agenda Item 4(b) can be found here.

    Special Event

    Advancing gender equality through the economic empowerment of all women and girls: Key catalysts for innovative change
    27 May 2019, 13:00-14:00 hrs., Meeting room H

    Special Event organized by the Government of Canada and ESCAP, during the 75th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
    Through an interactive panel discussion, the Special Event looked into the barriers that hold women back from their effective participation in the economy, and strategies to support women's economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. Key enabling factors, including gender-responsive policy, planning and budgeting as well as access to financing and technology, were addressed.

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    Side Event

    Moving the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development Agenda forward: Filling the gaps identified by the Midterm Review
    29 May 2019, 13:00-14:00 hrs., Meeting room H

    Through an interactive panel discussion, this side event highlighted the main findings of the 2018 Midterm Review of the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development and identified its contribution to achieving relevant Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. It addressed areas of progress and challenges to the full implementation of the actions of the Ministerial Declaration and the implications for sustainable development in the region.

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    Exhibitions

    Using ICTs to empower older persons to self-monitor their health status (Chulalongkorn University)
    27-31 May 2019, level 1, UNCC

    The exhibition, co-organized by ESCAP and Chulalongkorn University, provided a concrete example on how ICTs can empower older persons and ensure that they are not being left behind. A robot was on display which reports the health status of an older person automatically to a designated doctor and family member and calls help in case of critical situations.

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    EQUIVALENCE: An Exhibition by Chow and Lin
    27-31 May 2019, Ground Floor, UNCC

    The ESCAP secretariat was hosting the Equivalence exhibition by Chow and Lin, a Beijing-based, Singaporean-Malaysian artist duo who have exhibited internationally in museums and academic institutions.

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