ESCAP is planning to hold two National Consultations on reducing inequality in the Pacific sub-region. The Consultations will be held in Suva, Fiji on 15 June 2016 and in Tarawa, Kiribati on 17 June 2016, respectively. The objectives of the Consultations are: i) to examine the drivers and impact of multidimensional inequality ; ii) to share knowledge and good practices on measuring, analyzing and combating inequality; and iii) to build awareness and capacity on key policy measures required to reduce inequality towards realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
ESCAP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nepal, the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and the Global Young Leaders Academy (GYLA) convened the “South Asia Subregional Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace” on 23 and 24 April 2016, in Lalitpur, Nepal. The Forum, where 200 - mainly youth - participants from 13 countries were present, involved interactive discussions around issues pertaining to three clusters, namely environmental service, disaster management, and peace and harmony.
ESCAP organized a national consultation on disability statistics for the Government of the Marshall Islands in Majuro from 15 to 17 February 2016. The 3-day consultation aimed at supporting the Government in its efforts to establish by 2017 the evidence base on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy to "Make the Right Real" for Persons with Disabilities and involved many stakeholders including the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office, the Nitijela (Parliament) and disabled people's organizations.