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Asia-Pacific economies will see subdued growth in 2013 after last year’s sharp slowdown caused by external factors, the United Nations said in the releasing of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 today, adding that efforts to stimulate demand must go hand in hand with macroeconomic course correction to promote broad-based and sustainable development.
For more: UNESCAP press release
Watch the Video Message by Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP here:
1.Sustainable Development Models and Tools: Rae Kwon Chung (UN ESCAP)
2. Economic and social survey of Asia and the Pacific – Oliver Paddison (UN ESCAP)
3. Mongolia: the transformation and challenges for inclusive and environmentally friendly growth – Ch. Khashchuluun, PhD (National University of Mongolia)
The full report can be downloaded here:
Amidst widening income inequalities and depleting natural resources, the Asia-Pacific region is facing subdued growth in 2013. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) estimates that uncertainty stemming from eurozone and United States economic policy since the onset of the global crisis, has shaved 3 per cent off regional GDP, or $870 billion in output. However, ESCAP argues that macroeconomic policies can play a vital role in reorienting the region towards a more inclusive and sustainable growth path.
The 2013 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific: Forward-looking Macroeconomic Policies for Inclusive and Sustainable Development, lays a pathway towards inclusive and environment-friendly growth as the key to creating new sources of economic vitality amidst the ongoing global uncertainty. The flagship publication of ESCAP – the regional arm of the United Nations – provides policy options for governments to overcome these challenges and maintain the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.
Mongolia, One of the World’s Fastest Growing Economies, Named as Global Host of World Environment Day 2013
Forests are vital for our well-being. They cover nearly a third of the globe and provide an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits.
Three-fourths of freshwater comes from forested catchment areas. Forests stabilize slopes and prevent landslides; they protect coastal communities against tsunamis and storms. More than 3 billion people use wood for fuel; some 2 billion people depend on forests for sustenance and income, and 750 million live within them.
By proclaiming the International Day of Forests and the Tree, the United Nations has created a new platform to raise awareness about the importance of all types of forest ecosystems to sustainable development. Read more »
International women’s day, March 8th, 2013
GENEVA– In today’s increasingly mobile and interconnected world, migration has become an integral part of the lives of over 100 million women. At different stages of their lives, a growing proportion of these women leave their familiar surroundings to study, work, marry, reunite with their families or flee a dangerous situation.
“For many women and girls, migration is a way to fulfil their potential, to develop and to exercise their human rights. But being both a migrant and female also exposes them to risk – the risk of being subjected to violence,” says Ambassador William Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM.) Read more »
As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must look back on a year of shocking crimes of violence against women and girls and ask ourselves how to usher in a better future.
One young woman was gang-raped to death. Another committed suicide out of a sense of shame that should have attached to the perpetrators. Young teens were shot at close range for daring to seek an education.
These atrocities, which rightly sparked global outrage, were part of a much larger problem that pervades virtually every society and every realm of life. Read more »
Need for medium-term development strategy highlighted
28 January, 2013 – Nearly 100 representatives from Government, international development partners, civil society, academia and the media participated in a panel discussion on “Utilising mining revenue for Mongolia’s development” organized on January 28 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Mongolia with support of the UK embassy in Mongolia. This was the third event of UNDP’s Development Dialogue series organized in partnership with the Ministry of Finance.
UNAIDS applauds Mongolia for removing restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV
GENEVA, 31 January 2013—The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) welcomes the recent law reforms in Mongolia that have removed all travel restrictions and other discriminatory provisions for people living with HIV. The reforms which were passed by Mongolia’s Parliament in mid-December of last year took effect on 15 January 2013. Read more »
MIGRANT WORKERS HIT BY CRISES NEED COMPREHENSIVE, LONG TERM HELP, SAYS IOM ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY, 2012
GENEVA- 18th December 2012 – The evacuation of more than 200,000 migrant workers from Libya in 2011 focused world attention on the plight of tens of thousands of migrant workers, mainly from low-income, developing countries, who found themselves swept up by the political upheaval, without money, jobs, documentation or any means of getting home to their families. Read more »
Press Release: Global Appeal for Footage Captured on Dec. 12, 2012 — The Last Film in “Time Capsule” ONE DAY ON EARTH Trilogy
Largest Collaborative Film Event to Focus on Theme:
“What Do You Have? What Do You Need”?
NYC/LA, 19 NOV 2012 – The world’s largest annual media collaboration event, which brings together filmmakers, over 100 nonprofits, and the United Nations, is confirmed for December 12, 2012 (12/12/12). One Day on Earth, a grassroots online community of filmmakers, aid workers, educators, and everyday inspired media creators has held worldwide filming events on both 10/10/10 and 11/11/11, making this December 12th the end of a trilogy of films. Read more »
Everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their community. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and fully integrated in international law, especially in article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Over the past century, we have made undeniable progress along the path of inclusion. Read more »
Press Statement: United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, Mission to Mongolia
Members of the press, ladies and gentlemen,
I am addressing you today at the conclusion of my official mission to Mongolia, which I undertook at the invitation of the Government from 2 to 7 December 2012. My objective during this visit has been to evaluate the situation of those living in extreme poverty in the country, and the following statement contains my preliminary findings and recommendations. I will present my final report to the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2013.
ULAANBAATAR (7 December 2012) – “The Mongolian economy has continued to show impressive double-digit growth despite the global economic and financial crisis, yet the poorest of the poor are not enjoying the benefits of such growth,” warned today the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, at the end of her first fact-finding mission* to the country.
“While some parts of the country are being transformed, poverty remains very high and is becoming entrenched not only in rural areas but also in urban centres as the income gap widens and inequality increases” Ms. Sepúlveda noted. “The fact that poverty levels remain high and there are increasing inequalities is a clear demonstration that the benefits of economic growth have not trickled down to the poor.” Read more »
The International Volunteer Day 2012 was celebrated in Mongolia on 5 December at the Chinggis Khan Hotel. The celebration was attended by over 130 participants from Mongolian civil society and volunteer involving organizations, international development cooperation agencies and five government offices including the Office of the President, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Education and Science and the National Statistical Office. Read more »
The UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report for 2012 reveals significant progress in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS in the past two years. The number of people accessing life-saving treatment rose by 60 per cent and new infections have fallen by half in 25 countries – 13 of them in sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS-related deaths have dropped by a quarter since 2005. Read more »
Mongolian President HE Elbegdorj Tsakhia receives WHO Regional Director’s First Special Recognition Award for Alcohol Control
The World Health Organization (WHO) awarded HE Elbegdorj Tsakhia, President of Mongolia the Regional Director’s special recognition plaque. The honour recognizes the public health leadership of a country leader and is the first of its kind for alcohol control in Western Pacific Region.
The award was conferred on 24 October, 2012, in a ceremony led by Dr. Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn, WHO Representative in Mongolia in behalf of Dr. Shin Young–soo, Regional Director of WHO Western Pacific Region. Dr. Wiwat praised the President’s leadership in the fight against increasing prevalence of alcohol related diseases.
This recognition will hopefully make countries around the world aware of a good example on how the leadership of the Head of a country can make a difference in the fight against non-communicable disease and reduction in the harmful effects of alcohol. Read more »
Mongolia: Unclear responsibilities between government and business and weak enforcement threaten to leave human rights on the sidelines, says UN human rights expert group
ULAANBAATAR (17 October 2012) – The UN expert Working Group on Human Rights and Business today welcomed the inclusion of human rights in the new Government’s action plan. However, it called on the Government of Mongolia to further clarify the respective roles and responsibilities of Government and business with regards to human rights. The Working Group also called on the Government to strengthen the enforcement of laws to ensure greater accountability and compliance by business enterprises, and access to effective remedies for affected individuals. Further, the Working Group called on companies, across all sectors, to ensure that they meet the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, including through compliance with national laws and regulations and international standards on the environment, human rights, occupational safety and labour. Read more »
WR Mongolia Dr Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn received the Outstanding Health Worker Award from Minister of Health Dr N. Udval for his outstanding leadership and contribution to development of Mongolian health sector, more specifically strengthening of communicable diseases’ prevention, control and surveillance system. Read more »
The newly appointed Permanent Representative of the UNICEF to Mongolia, Mr. Mohamed Fall has handed over a letter of credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. L. Bold. After the ceremony, that took place on October 15, L. Bold exchanged with Mr. Fall opinions on Mongolia-UNICEF relationship and cooperation. Read more »
This year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction seeks to highlight the need for women and girls to be at the forefront of reducing risk and managing the world’s response to natural hazards.
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On October 4-5, Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) paid a visit to Mongolia by invitation of the Government of Mongolia.