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Asia Pacific Regional Collaboration Platform Newsletter
(June-September 2021)

Highlights
  • A Deep Dive Session on COP26 was organized on 14 September featuring an interactive exchange among the Co-Vice-Chair of RCP/USG Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, ASG Mr. Selwin Hart, and near 200 participants including14 RCs and representatives from over 20 agencies. It helped colleagues to better understand Secretary-General's asks and priorities to address remaining gaps and avail regional expertise to support the engagement with national governments.
IBC on Building Resilience

The policy paper on Climate and Disaster Resilient Infrastructure: Building Resilience to Future Uncertainties and Shocks was launched during the Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Week on 23- 27 August. 

The research brief on Weathering the Storm, Covid-19, Disaster Displacement and Internal Displacement in Asia-Pacific was published on 22 September, featuring case studies from Afghanistan, Philippines, Vanuatu and Bangladesh. 

The risk and resilience marker enabling project teams to self-evaluate the degree to which disaster, climate and conflict risks are integrated into their projects was piloted in UNIDO, UNOPS and UNFPA. 

(Presentations on the above could be offered on demand to interested teams.)

The 2021-2025 UN- ASEAN Joint Strategic Plan of Actions on Disaster Management was endorsed and will be formally launched during the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) meeting on 14 October. 

The implementation of the Bangladesh National Strategy on the Management of Disaster and Climate Induced Internal Displacement is being supported through the development of an Action Plan. Virtual consultations were conducted. 

IBC on Climate Change Mitigation and Air Pollution
The regional commemoration of the 2nd International Day of Clean Air for blue skies  was held virtually on 7 September. UNEP, ESCAP, UNICEF, UNIDO and Member State representatives stressed the need to accelerate regional cooperation to address air pollution in Asia Pacific. To follow up, ESCAP will soon launch a dialogue series to discuss sub-regional initiatives and focus attention on potential regional modalities to strengthen cooperation.
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IBC on Human Rights, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
Regional multi-stakeholder dialogues on gender-based violence; economic justice and rights; bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights; feminist action for climate justice; technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist movements and leadership, were convened as part of the global Generation Equality Forum
Knowledge products looking at the intersections of Violence against Women and Children in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and  Viet Nam were developed. Based on the country studies, the regional report explores opportunities and challenges for integrative approaches that meet the specific needs and rights of both women and children.
Training and technical support on HRBA-GEWE-LNOB has been provided to the UNCTs in Malaysia and Mongolia as well as a training on the gender equality markers for the UNCT Cambodia.
Asia-Pacific Interagency Network on Youth
The APINY is contributing to the development and operationalization of the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2021-2025, which covers five priority areas for tracking and advancing youth progress - Education, Health and Well-being; Employment and Opportunity; Participation and Engagement; and ASEAN Awareness, Values and Identity. Members of APINY have been supporting the mapping process of indicators and provided technical support to the M&E Framework. 

In commemoration of International Youth Day, Asia-Pacific Youth Voice: Rethink Safe, Sustainable and Healthy Food was convened on 14 August. 
  
Learning and Education 2030+ Networking Group 
LE2030+ conducted a side-event at the Global Education Summit in July on ‘Responding to Continuous Disruptions to Education- Reflections and Solutions’ during which key findings from COVID-19 situation analyses on Education in East, Southeast and South Asia were presented and discussed and successful practices at country level were presented.

Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group developed 368 e-books in 27 languages over the course of December 2020 - August 2021 to support learning of ethnolinguistic minority children in Cambodia, P.N.G and Timor-Leste.
Asia-Pacific Disability - Inclusive Education (IDEA-P) Working Group conducted a regional webinar on teacher training on 2 September that raised the understanding among partners on ways to transforming initial and continuing teacher training to support teachers in providing individualized attention to children with disabilities. 

Asia-Pacific School Health, Nutrition & Well-being Technical Working Group conducted a stocktaking webinar on 28 September on the safe school reopening with a focus on pandemic preparedness and response, and more specifically on good practices, lessons learned and remaining challenges in relation to WASH in schools.
Asia-Pacific Informal Regional Network of Ageing
This new Network includes ESCAP, ILO, ITU, OHCHR, UNFPA, WHO, ADB, and HelpAge International. It focuses on facilitating UN system-wide support to Member States in implementing the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA). The Network supported the launch of the MIPAA survey as well as the 1st and the 2nd round of consultations which allows Member States to assess the national implementation of MIPAA in preparation for the Fourth Review and Appraisal of MIPAA in 2022. 
Upcoming events
October:
  • 6 October: Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Asia-Pacific: Lessons for a human-centred recovery will be co-organized to facilitate knowledge sharing towards the promotion of effective youth employment and entrepreneurship interventions in the COVID-19 recovery. Register HERE.
  • 6-8 October: The ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform to promote knowledge sharing and propose learning opportunities on urban development for the ASEAN Member States, cities, and people. Register HERE.
  • 6-10 December (tbc): IBC Inclusion-Connect on-line Conference on the Extension of Social Health Protection in the Asia-Pacific region will bring together a broad range of stakeholders to discuss the progress and challenges but also solutions lying ahead to make universal social health protection a reality for all.
  • 11 October - International Day of Girl on the theme "Digital generation. Our generation." The commemoration will highlight the importance of breaking the gender digital divide by sharing promising practices and inspiring adolescent girls’ programming in South Asia.
  • 13 October: Launch of 2021 Global Monitoring Report following the theme “Non-state Actors in Education
  • 19 October: Formal launch of the conducted “Sub-regional situation analysis on the effects of and responses to COVID-19 in the Education Sector”.
  • 25-29 October: The 3rd Asia Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting will facilitate the exchange on the latest trends and development of urban forestry in the region and the implementation of the Seoul Action Plan. The Meeting will also include a Mayors’ round table and an innovative virtual field trip. Register HERE.
November:
  • A side event "Is 1.5 degrees within reach for Asia Pacific region?" is to be held during COP26. Details and programme will be announced soon. 
  • 25 November onwards - 16 Days of Activism on the theme “Orange the World: end violence against women now”. Event calendar will be available soon.
  • 29 November - Regional launch of VAW Data Estimates led by WHO in partnership with UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA.
December:
  • 10 December - Human Rights Day on the theme of Equality. A regional celebration, led by the IBC on Human Rights and GEWE and the Asia Pacific Human Rights Working Group, is envisaged.
  • Q4 - Economic costing studies will be undertaken calculating the returns of climate adaptations interventions for health systems tentatively in Cambodia and Lao PDR. 
  • Q4 - Launch of a research initiative on promotion of human rights and protection of vulnerable groups whose mobility is affected by slow onset of climate change measures.
The Asia Pacific Regional Collaborative Platform is the central platform to ensure consistent joint planning and collaboration by the UN development system presence at the regional level in support of the 2030 Agenda. It is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and co-chaired by heads of ESCAP and UNDP Regional Bureau. It is supported by i) Issue-based Coalitions (IBCs), ii) Means of Implementation Groups; iii) Country Support Groups , and iv) Networking Groups. 
To access earlier issues of the RCP-AP newsletter, please click HERE.
For any inquires, please contact: unds-ap-sec@un.org.
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