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Call for Expressions of Interest - Civil Society Members of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023-2032

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Deadline to submit expression of interest (EOI): 31 January 2024, 17:00 Thailand Standard Time

EOI information detail and application guidelines: available here

Application submission requirements: 1) A completed Nomination Form, 2) Supporting documents A and B as instructed in the Nomination Form. Please note that EOI is only accepted if it follows guidance and instructions and use the templates provided.

For any questions regarding the EOI and for submission of EOIs, please contact the Social Development Division, ESCAP by email to [email protected] with copy to [email protected].

 

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) by civil society organizations (CSOs) that wish to become a member of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023-2032. Applications are open to all CSOs, including organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), operating at the regional and subregional levels in the Asia-Pacific region.  

Background

The Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was established during the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, to inform the implementation of the Decade with its expertise and knowledge. The Working Group consisted of an equal number of government and civil society members. The nature of membership enabled a multi-stakeholder approach to guiding the implementation of the Decade of 2013-2022.

In 2022, members States of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) adopted the Jakarta Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023-2032, promulgating the fourth regional disability Decade. The Jakarta Declaration was then endorsed by the Commission through its Resolution 79/5 in May 2023 entitled “Implementation of the Jakarta Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023–2032”. Through the declaration, member States requested to continue to utilize the guidance of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, as appropriate, to support the effective implementation of the Jakarta Declaration. In this context, the ESCAP secretariat is facilitating the formation of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023-2032.

Objective

The objective of the Working Group is to provide technical advice and support to members and associate members of the Commission in the full and effective implementation of the Jakarta Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023–2032.

Membership

The Working Group shall be composed of representatives of ESCAP members and associate members and CSOs, including OPDs operating at the regional and subregional levels in the Asia-Pacific region. As a general principle, the Working Group should be composed of an equal number of governments and CSOs.

For CSO members, preference will be accorded to organizations of and for persons with disabilities, including organizations of, and for, women with disabilities. Among the CSOs represented in the Working Group, at least half of the seats shall be allocated for organizations of and for persons with disabilities. Representation of diverse groups of persons with disabilities and ensuring a balance across subregions will be given due attention in the constitution of the Working Group.

For more information about the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023-2032, the Working Group functions and expectations for its members, as well as selection criteria for CSO members, please refer to the following documents:

EOI information detail and application guidelines: Here 

Resolution 79/5: Implementation of the Jakarta Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023–2032: Here  

Jakarta Declaration on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023–2032: Here 

Terms of Reference of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2023–2032: Here 

Application deadline: No later than 17:00 Thailand Standard Time on 31 January 2024, by email to [email protected] with copy to [email protected].

Applications must follow the provided guidance and submission format as outlined in the Nomination Form (here).

 

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Capacity building workshop on public investment planning and management for Pacific Small Island Developing States

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A regional capacity building workshop was convened in Samoa from 27 November to 1 December 2023, aimed to strengthen public investment planning and management in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  The need for efficient and effective public investment policies and legislation has been long recognized, and most recently at the 2023 Pacific Forum Leaders meeting through the endorsement of the Implementation Plan for the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.

However, as most Pacific SIDS lack institutional and technical capacities required for improved infrastructure outcomes, the workshop focused on project identification and planning, appraisal and selection, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The workshop offered a platform for participants to share country experiences and lessons, and to identify actions at national level which could strengthen public investment outcomes. Workshop participants also utilized a guidance note on public investment and project planning in Pacific SIDS developed by ESCAP using country-level work and practical recommendations for capacity building purposes.

Around 50 participants attended the workshop, including representatives from Ministries of Finance and Planning from Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The regional capacity building workshop was convened by ESCAP in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Government of Samoa, the International Monetary Fund and the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre.

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NEASPEC Celebrates 30 Years of Environmental Cooperation in North-East Asia

Submitted by TPARK1 on Thu, 30/11/2023 - 07:53
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The North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) commemorated its 30th anniversary today. Established in 1993, NEASPEC has been a vital force in promoting environmental cooperation and sustainable development in North-East Asia.

The commemorative event in Seoul, Republic of Korea, brought together government officials, representatives from partner organizations, environmental experts, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations, and stakeholders from member countries to reflect on three decades of achievements and discuss the future of environmental cooperation in the subregion.

“We are delighted to commemorate this significant milestone in the history of NEASPEC,” said Ganbold Baasanjav, Head of the ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia . “Over the past three decades, NEASPEC has emerged as a beacon of regional collaboration, fostering environmental sustainability and promoting shared responsibility. With renewed dedication, we can achieve even greater milestones, further solidifying our role in shaping a brighter, greener future for our region and beyond.” 

NEASPEC, a unique intergovernmental platform comprising China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation, has played a pivotal role in addressing common environmental challenges. Over the past 30 years, NEASPEC has gradually evolved by developing programmatic work covering air pollution, biodiversity and nature conservation, marine protected areas, low carbon cities, and desertification and land degradation, expanding partnerships from governments to civil society organizations, and strengthening the interlinkages between global, subregional, regional, national and local agendas.  

The commemorative event featured congratulatory remarks from member governments and roundtable discussions focusing on the accomplishments of NEASPEC and the way forward. This engagement provided a valuable opportunity for reflections not only on past achievements but also on the evolving dynamics faced by NEASPEC, shaping its future direction and continued commitment to environmental cooperation in the region.

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UN forum opens with a resounding call to accelerate SDG action and multilateralism in East and North-East Asia

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The East and North-East Asia Multistakeholder Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals convened high-level officials and representatives from various stakeholder groups in the subregion, reaffirming their continued resolve and shared commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Amidst the backdrop of slow progress in SDG implementation across the Asia-Pacific region, the subregional forum serves as a collaborative platform involving various stakeholders to assess progress and challenges within the 2030 Agenda and to collaboratively seek solutions.

In a call to action on the climate emergency, “East and north-East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region continue to struggle with taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Countries continue to regress on Goal 13, and this must be given priority to reverse the persistent negative trend. China, Japan and the Republic of Korea account for more than 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Stepping up multilateral action to achieve the shared goal of carbon neutrality could offer a pathway towards much needed acceleration of climate action in the subregion.” said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

East and North-East Asia is currently not on track to achieve any of the 17 SDGs by 2030. There is good progress on several goals. The subregion gained ground on Goal 3 (Good health and well-being), by now ahead in achieving mortality-related indicators. Countries in the subregion have also advanced on Goal 10 (Reducing inequalities), with its population living below 50 percent of median income. The subregion’s progress on Goal 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) is supported by the adoption and implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies, both at the national and local levels. However, the subregion continues to face acute challenges on environment-related goals. The persisting challenge of resource use inefficiency is reflected on the subregion’s relapse in achieving Goal 12 (Sustainable consumption and production) across all available indicators, except, for renewable energy capacity where there is welcome progress. Most severe is the subregion’s poor performance on Goal 13 (Climate action), with the subregion accounting for over 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. 

More than 70 delegates from six countries are taking part in the subregional forum to share their views and provide recommendations on how to accelerate the progress towards Goal 1 (No poverty), Goal 2 (Zero hunger), Goal 13 (Climate action), Goal 16 (Peace, justice, and strong Institutions) and Goal 17 (Partnership for the goals).

Discussions from five subregional forums in the Asia-Pacific region will also feed into regional and global conversations on the 2030 Agenda in 2024: at the 11th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) in February and the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July.

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Call for Research Proposals – ESCAP Project: Regional integration and cooperation to promote affordable and equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics in the Asia-Pacific region

Submitted by NTUNTIWI on Thu, 26/10/2023 - 16:06
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Background

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inequalities between and within countries in Asia and the Pacific in providing access to universal health care, including access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. The pandemic has also accentuated existing weaknesses and deficiencies in health systems within countries, in terms of financing, human resources and technologies. There is thus an urgent need to diversify production capacity for essential medical products (vaccines, diagnostics and/or therapeutics) and to facilitate their access in Asia and the Pacific, including through securing essential technologies for manufacturing and utilizing regional integration and trade mechanisms.

In this regard, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is implementing the project “Regional integration and cooperation to promote affordable and equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics in the Asia-Pacific region”. This initiative is aimed at strengthening the capacity of countries in Asia and the Pacific to develop coherent policies and practical strategies on trade, investment, technology transfer, and regional cooperation to address inequities in supply and capacity, within the broader objective of enabling greater inclusivity and resilience in national health systems.

The ESCAP Secretariat is seeking to commission five trade-focused national studies (one study for each of the below five target countries), and invites interested researchers and practitioners to make proposals based on the following:

Target countries

Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand.

Research output

A research paper on trade-policy and related challenges for a target country, and possible options for addressing them to ensure more affordable and equitable access to essential medical products, within the broader context of strengthening resilience and preparedness for future health emergencies.

Issues to be examined and discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • Review of relevant existing literature, including on (target country’s) experience and policy action taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Identifying, for the target country, important source and destination countries for essential medical products and the inputs or goods required for their manufacture and distribution.
  • Trade policy environment for essential medical products and associated goods, including tariff and non-tariff measures, as well as related regulatory approval processes.
  • Regional trade agreements (RTAs) that the target country is involved in, and scope for leveraging these agreements and collaborating with RTA partners.
  • Wider considerations including industrial policy, value chains, domestic production capabilities, logistical networks, infrastructure, supply and demand dynamics, etc., that could impact (potential) production of or access to essential medical products. The discussion should provide insights into the target country’s (potential) positioning in the value chains of essential medical products.
  • Relevant emerging areas including technologies, new ways of production, and/or business models and opportunities.
  • Recommendations for domestic policy and for regional cooperation, taking into account good practices and existing platforms and mechanisms (including subregional blocs such as ASEAN and SAARC, and initiatives such as the WHO mRNA technology transfer hub) and what could be proposed moving forward, including through collaboration with international organizations, regional organizations, and development partners.

The scope of diseases and medical products to be discussed may take into consideration:

  • The top causes of mortality for the target country, including diseases identified as priorities by public health authorities. 
  • The top medical products prescribed or used in the target country that address diseases or illnesses affecting the largest number of people. 
  • The above, as well as neglected diseases, that are relevant or common across countries in the target country’s (sub)region.

Primary data sources, particularly from relevant stakeholders, should be utilized where appropriate.

The paper is expected to be 8,000-12,000 words, excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.

(Please refer to the Annex for references and associated ESCAP resources.)

Research duration, benefits and activities

  1. Duration:  1 December 2023 – 31 May 2024
  2. Consultancy fee:  Up to USD 13,000, depending on the proposed scope, methodology, and experience of the researcher.
  3. Other benefits and activities for selected proposals:
      • Presentation of findings in ESCAP events on or related to “Regional integration and cooperation to promote affordable and equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics in the Asia-Pacific region”, where relevant;
      • Publication of research findings in UN publications or through ESCAP regional networks, including ARTNeT and UNNExT, where relevant and suitable.

Submission

Please apply as soon as possible or no later than 17 November 2023.

Individual(s) with relevant expertise are invited to submit research proposals for a selected target country to Mr. Yern Fai Lee, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP [[email protected]] with a copy to Ms. Nucharat Tuntiwigit [[email protected]].

The submission should include:

  1. An email expressing interest.
  2. In 500 words or less, a research proposal, including (1) a summary of the research, including scope, methodology, and detailed tentative outline of the paper, (2) research schedule/timeline, and (3) main expected outcome/finding/recommendation.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) and any other evidence of relevant work.

Selection criteria

The criteria used to evaluate the proposals will be based on the feasibility of the proposed research plan (75%), with heavy bearing on expected outcome/findings; and previous work experience of the applicant(s) in the areas related to the research topic and target country of study (25%).

Notes:

  1. Only selected candidate(s) would be contacted.
  2. Considering the specialized nature of topics, successful proposals are expected to come from researchers who already have work/research experience, particularly in the target country of study.
  3. Where applicable, candidates are welcome to make a proposal jointly with other researchers and practitioners to maximize synergy and complementarity of expertise.

For further information:

Please email Mr. Yern Fai Lee ([email protected]) should you have any questions.

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UN-Backed Green Bond Framework positions Sri Lanka to unlock green finance

Submitted by SSUPHUTT on Fri, 14/07/2023 - 11:46
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The Government of Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has given the green light for the country’s Green Bond Framework, which was developed by the Ministry of Finance, with support from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The development of the Framework underwent consultation and received inputs from a number of Ministries and Regulators including but not limited to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Environment, the Sustainable Development Council, as well as development partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

The Government of Sri Lanka has set an ambitious agenda to develop the country’s sustainable finance market, by focusing on the development of tools and policy guidance that is needed to effectively manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and meet the country’s climate objectives. Despite these ambitions, Sri Lanka continues to face the worst financial crisis that it has seen in decades. The economic crisis, that followed the COVID-19 pandemic, threatens the achievement of the country’s SDG and climate commitments.

In April 2022, the Government of Sri Lanka announced it would be suspending payments on its foreign debt, resulting in the first default in the country’s history and plunging the country’s sovereign credit rating below investment grade. Throughout the financial and political challenges faced over the past year, ESCAP has been working to support the Government of Sri Lanka to achieve both its short-term and longer-term green finance goals.

Thematic bonds, such as green bonds or blue bonds, can support countries in catalysing financing to support climate and SDG related ambitions. While bonds are indeed a type of debt instrument, they can also be leveraged to restructure existing debt, which can be beneficial to countries facing debt distress. Sri Lanka’s Green Bond Framework has been designed to support the country in the short term and long term, by providing a framework that can be utilized for debt restructuring and for the long term to raise green finance, once debt sustainability has been reached.

“ESCAP is pleased to have provided technical and financial support to the development of Sri Lanka's Green Bond Framework. In the face of the present crisis, the Government has remained steadfast in its environmental and SDG commitments. We believe that this Framework will help Sri Lanka to be one step closer to mobilizing green finance for Sri Lanka's socio-economic growth and environmental resilience,” said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP.

“It is in particular an opportune time to put in place a framework for the issuance of Green/Blue financing instruments to help Sri Lanka to access international capital markets again. The Green Bond Framework can be used by the Government of Sri Lanka to support the restructuring and repackaging of a portion of its existing debt towards green and sustainable initiatives, therefore, allowing the debt to be realigned toward long-term sustainable outcomes,” said Ranil Wickremesinghe, President of Sri Lanka.

As a next step, ESCAP and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), have agreed to co-finance the cost of a Second Party Opinion to ensure the framework is aligned with the highest standards and market best practices. Additionally, ESCAP, UNDP and GGGI are working together to provide support to move forward the Sri Lanka’s sustainable finance agenda.

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Capacity building for efficient cross-border transit through dry ports development

Submitted by TPARK1 on Thu, 06/07/2023 - 10:24
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ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, Mongolia Maritime Administration of the Ministry of Road Transport and Development, and the Investment Research Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia jointly organized a training on dry ports development on 20-21 June 2023 in Ulaanbaatar. Government officials (national and local) and representatives from sectors in Mongolia involved on dry ports development participated in the training. Experts from Republic of Korea, China, Lao PDR and international organizations including the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) delivered the training sessions. The two-day training focused on selected policy issues including automation on dry port management for customs, PPP approaches for dry ports projects and country experiences on dry ports developments. Participants also learned about ESCAP’s e-learning module on Fundamentals of Freight Transport Connectivity and Logistics in Asia and the Pacific.  

 

The training on dry ports development was conducted based on the recommendations of the technical assessment study on dry ports development in Mongolia discussed during the technical consultation workshop held at Ulaanbaatar in October 2022.

 

 

For more information on the training, visit:  https://unescap.org/events/2023/training-dry-ports-development-mongolia

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Call for the 2025 Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth Network Project Proposal

Submitted by VAMPHAN on Thu, 01/06/2023 - 14:23
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The purpose of the Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth (SINGG) Network Project is to share the Green Growth concepts and policies with member States. With funding support from the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea (KME), member States can integrate green growth strategies and policies into the implementation of sustainable development. The outcomes and lessons learned from the Network projects will be shared among member States at the national and subnational levels.

With your interest, you can submit the application for SINGG Network Project using the attached template to Mr. Seung Hoon Lee at [email protected], preferably no later than August 2023.  

2025 Seoul Initiative Network Project Proposal

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Call for Papers Asia Pacific Sustainable Development Journal (APSDJ, Vol. 31, No1 (May 2024)) Thematic Section: Sustainable Development Challenges in the Pacific Small Island States (PSIDS) and the role of regional cooperation and integration

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Papers are called for the May 2024 issue of the Asia Pacific Sustainable Development Journal (APSDJ, Vol. 31, No. 1) under the theme, Sustainable Development Challenges in the Pacific Small Island States (PSIDS) and the role of regional cooperation and integration.

The thematic section will be guest edited by the APSDJ Editorial Board Member, Professor Dr. Rukmani Gounder, Professor of Development Economics, School of Economics & Finance, Massey University, New Zealand.

Interested authors are invited to submit their papers to the Guest Editor, Professor Gounder by e-mail ([email protected]) with a copy to the Managing Editor, Professor Anis Chowdhury ([email protected]; [email protected]) by 16th October, 2023. Authors from the Pacific Small Island States are particularly encouraged.

Papers should focus on:

  • any aspect of the three pillars of sustainable development – economic (e.g., stable & sustained growth), social (e.g., inequality & social exclusion) and environment (e.g., ocean health; climate change vulnerability & adaptation);
  • either the whole region, or at least major countries, or a comparative country analysis. Paper (s) focused on a single country can be considered under normal submission provided it meets the academic standard;
  • how regional cooperation and integration can address the sustainable development challenges.

In preparing their papers, authors should follow APSDJ submission guidelines for authors, available at: https://www.unescap.org/knowledge-products-series/asia-pacific-sustainable-development-journal. Please note:

  • Papers should not exceed 8,000 words including the footnotes, references, etc.
  • Abstract should not exceed 100 words.
  • Paper should include 4 to 5 keywords and JEL classification codes.

All papers will be peer reviewed, following ASDJ’s editorial policy

Background

The Pacific Small Island States (PSDIS) cover a vast expanse of 30 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. In this vast and diverse region, PSIDS are made up of countries and territories with varying land sizes, populations, natural resources, economies and cultures. The main economic sectors in the region are tourism, fisheries, forestry and agriculture. Remittances play an increasingly important role in the economies of Pacific SIDS, contributing towards economic growth and sustaining livelihoods, including meeting education and basic needs.

Geographic isolation and the small land area and population sizes of SIDS result in unique challenges in all three aspects for sustainable development – economic, social and environment. Pacific SIDS suffer from diseconomies of scale in production and exchange of goods and services, remoteness from export markets and a high vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change. 

Many PSIDS, although in general ranked as medium and above on the Human Development Index prepared by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), still face persistent challenges linked to poverty and inequality. These countries still need to improve the quality of, and access to health and education. Those are important goals in themselves, but also vital for building resilient societies.

For some PSIDS, youth unemployment is among the highest in the world. This is a serious challenge and limits the full human potential of all men and women and their access to equal opportunities. In addition, people with mental and physical disability and the elderly are particularly prone to exclusion in the Pacific. Exclusion and inequality are significant challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG5 which relates to achieving gender equality, and SDG10, relating to reduce inequalities. Increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is also a barrier to socio-economic progress.

Pacific island nations are among the most vulnerable to on-going climate change, with many already experiencing higher temperatures, shifts in rainfall patterns, rising sea levels and changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events. Further changes on top of an existing, naturally variable climate are expected long into the future because of global warming.

Nevertheless, the uniqueness of their environment, culture and geography, especially isolation, has also produced resilient communities with strong traditions, cultures and coping capacity. However, for most SIDS, fiscal challenges have limited the capacity of governments to deliver social services. For many PSIDS, debt servicing has diverted resources from investments in social, human and economic development as well as climate change adaption and mitigation. Regional cooperation and economic integration may offer an avenue to address some of the sustainable development challenges facing PSIDS.

More information about the Asia Pacific Sustainable Development Journal (APSDJ), please visit https://www.unescap.org/knowledge-products-series/asia-pacific-sustainable-development-journal

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Call for Expressions of Interest - Partnerships for promoting women's entrepreneurship in the climate change adaptation and mitigation context in Fiji and Samoa

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the project ‘Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship’ (CWE), funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, and implemented by ESCAP.

The objective is to partner and provide grant funding in Fiji and Samoa, two of the Catalysing Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) programme’s focus countries, under the following themes:

Theme 1) Increasing the economic empowerment of rural and remote indigenous women entrepreneurs.

The proposals submitted under this theme should aim to increase the economic empowerment of rural and remote indigenous women entrepreneurs in Fiji and / or Samoa through collective structures, that will promote individual women as key actors to strengthening village and community-based economies with access to increased resources, training, and/or other forms of support.

Theme 2) Promoting women's entrepreneurship in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation, with a focus on agriculture, fisheries, and tourism.

The proposals submitted under this theme should provide innovative approaches to supporting women's entrepreneurs in the agriculture, fisheries, and/or tourism sectors to adapt their business models and ways of working to the context of climate change and/or to develop business solutions tailored to the Fijian and/or Samoan context, which contribute to climate change resilience and adaptation.

The proposals, which address one or both of the above themes are welcome.

Project Implementation Timeline: 15 July 2023 to 31 March 2024, or any shorter timeframe proposed within these dates.

Applications are open to all organizations which hold a not-for-profit status in Fiji and / or Samoa. A proof of the organization’s not-for-profit status will be required as part of the application process. Applications are also open to other UN, government and multilateral entities, who have the skills and expertise in developing similar initiatives.

EOI information detail and application guidelines: Here 

Application deadline: No later than midnight on 11 June 2023, ICT, UTC +7, by email to [email protected]

Applications must follow the provided guideline and submission format as outlined in the Application Template and Budget Proposal.

More information about the ESCAP’s Catalyzing Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme, please visit https://www.unescap.org/projects/cwe


 

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