SDG10 Reduced Inequalities
Assessing the impact of COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific and designing policy responses: An Excel-based model
COVID-19 is an unprecedented socio-economic crisis and calls for unprecedented policy responses. Asia-Pacific region is no exception.
In this context, an Excel-based model is developed to help countries ensure effective policy design and to align policy responses with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The model produces a snapshot of the socio-economic situation facing the country/territory, and allows simple policy scenarios to be studied.
The Youth Toolbox acts as a repository of knowledge, experiences, and good practices, with the aim of providing policymakers with a comprehensive resource facility for developing inclusive and responsive youth policies in a process that optimizes engagement of youth-led organizations. It strives to engage the participation of a range of stakeholders, increasing the amount and diversity of knowledge and views.
The Social Protection Toolbox is a platform that provides support to policymakers and stakeholders for moving toward broader and more robust social protection systems. Using multimedia and data visualization techniques, the Toolbox aims to present the argument for strengthening and broadening social protection in a user-friendly and interactive fashion.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will launch its flagship report, the “Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2021: Towards post-COVID-19 resilient economies,” on Tuesday 30 March (9:00 Bangkok time).
The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual and inclusive intergovernmental forum and a regional platform for supporting countries, in particular those with special needs, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while serving as a regional preparatory meeting to the high-level political forum.
Between 13 February and 20 March 2020, Media for Community Empowerment (MACS) aired #ClaimYourWaterRights radio shows in Morogoro and Zanzibar, Tanzania. MACS' work is part of End Water Poverty's international mobilisation campaign, which aims to awaken people to the injustice of water shortages and spur them to claim their human rights to safe water and sanitation.
Countries in Asia and the Pacific need to extend social protection coverage for all. Doing so would help them build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic. It would also help them tackle a range of compounding challenges arising from population ageing, migration, urbanization, technological advancements, disasters and climate change.
Yet, as this report finds, social protection systems in the region are riddled with gaps.
his is the first of a webinar series to strengthening the protection of indigenous peoples in Asia, organized by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, UN Human Rights Regional Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR Bangkok) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). The webinar will be hosted online through Microsoft Teams (see below).
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) and its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) with the support of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Malaysia are co-organizing an Online Training Workshop on “Government Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups” to pilot the Training Toolkit on the same topic.