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The rights of migrants across the Asia-Pacific region have seen considerable progress in the three years since the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) was adopted. However, much remains to be done, particularly ahead of the first international review in 2022 (International Migration Review Forum), to effectively face both longstanding and emerging challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The past year has seen an encouraging rise in companies that promote gender equality in the workplace, with over 1,500 organizations in the region adopting the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Despite the limiting effects of the pandemic, a growing number of firms now have women in leadership positions, giving them greater representation in boardrooms and a louder voice in critical business decisions.
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The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum brings together representatives from government, business, workers organisations and the international community for wide-ranging discussions on maximising the positive contribution of business to human rights and developmental goals in Asia.
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For immediate release, Bangkok (4 June 2020) – The annual United Nations Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum will this year be held online, June 9 – 12.  Where: Online When: June 9 – 12 Time: Event begins at 10.00 am (Bangkok time, GMT+7) Webcast: Journalists are invited to register and view the event on our dedicated platform The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum brings together representatives from government, business, workers organisations and...
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[Updated] Over the course of two weeks in early March, stock exchanges across Asia, in partnership with the joint European Union-UN Women programme, WeEmpowerAsia, will hold a series of “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” events in a symbolic gesture to mark International Women’s Day (8 March).
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Private sector leaders, social entrepreneurs along with European Union and UN officials will meet in Bangkok to discuss the business case for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment at a panel hosted as part of the ASEAN Women CEOs Summit.
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On 1 February, 2017 UN Women in Lao PDR will launch two landmark reports in Vientiane Capital, on the importance of gender equality, women’s empowerment and advocacy for gender-responsive policies. The reports are: (*) Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, and (*) Baseline Study on Situation of Women Market Vendors in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. The launch event will also include a robust discussion panel by expert panellists...
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The Colombo Process has identified five thematic areas to guide its work: skills and qualification recognition, fostering ethical recruitment, pre-departure orientation and empowerment, remittances, and labour market analysis. They reflect the complex and often unpredictable global trends of labour mobility in the twenty-first century, especially here in Asia. They all speak to ... Your Excellency, Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Foreign Employment of the Government of Sri Lanka, Chair in Office of the Colombo Process, H.E. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration,Distinguished delegates from Colombo Process Member states, Representatives from the Abu Dhabi...
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The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” The UN will observe the day by building momentum for the effective implementation of Gender Equality principles and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day will be organized by the Asia-Pacific UN RCM Thematic Working Group on Gender...
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Good morning and Namaste. I am very pleased to join you here today at the 7th Annual General Meeting of Sabah. The past year has been a challenging one for Nepal in light of the earthquakes in April and May and the ongoing challenges related to the political developments in the country. Let me begin by acknowledging our deep appreciation...
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Thank you all for joining us today. On behalf of UN Women, I extend our appreciation to the Government of the Philippines, in particular the department of Trade and Industry and the Philippine Commission on Women, for co-hosting this High Level Dialogue on “Economies that work for women. This is a good...
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UN Women Philippines, in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women, is organizing a High-Level Dialogue on ‘Economies that Work for Women’ in conjunction with the visit of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. The Dialogue will provide an opportunity to discuss the research and recommendations of UN Women’s Flagship Report, Progress of the World’s Women (POWW) 2015-2016:...
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UN Women joins the UN system and the international community in extending our solidarity with the Government and people of Nepal. As the Post Disaster Needs Assessment notes, because of intersecting inequalities and gender roles, many women and girls were and continue to be affected differentially by the earthquake’s aftermath. Because of their limited access to assets and economic opportunities, limited educational attainment and the burden of care for families, many women, especially...
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Closing remarks by Gitanjali Singh, Deputy Representative, UN Women at the UN Women and ILO joint regional workshop on the effective social and economic reintegration of women migrant workers, 19-21 August 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Remarks by Gitanjali Singh, Deputy Representative, UN Women Nepal at the National Consultation of Women Entrepreneurs organized by the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Associations of Nepal (FWEAN) : Closing Session, Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Date: 25 October 2013