Connections E-Newsletter Issue 12, April - May 2014 View this email in your browser
In This Issue
- Director's Message
- Highlight
- Activities
- Upcoming Events
- Other News

Director’s Message

On 17 May, we marked the fourth anniversary of our office. As a subregional development arm of ESCAP and the UN, we strive to support and promote inclusive and sustainable development in Northeast Asia. For the past four years, we have worked on topics ranging from environmental cooperation, trade and transport facilitation, disaster risk reduction to ageing and disability.

None of these would have been possible without close coordination and engagement with our member States and two associate members in the subregion, as well as various partners and stakeholders. We extend our genuine gratitude for your support and collaboration, and look forward to building more inclusive and constructive partnership in the coming years.

At ESCAP Headquarters, the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was successfully concluded last week. The Forum brought together representatives from across the region to discuss the post-2015 development agenda in the Asia-Pacific.

The three-day meeting, aligned with the theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), was to ensure wide participation and exchange of views in order to share regional perspectives and focus attention on the challenges of integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, including a special session on the rule of law.

APFSD was preceded by a civil society consultation and a Regional Dialogue on Technology Facilitation for Sustainable Development (TFSD), jointly organized by our office and the Green Technology Center Korea. Some countries in Asia and the Pacific have graduated from recipients to major source of technology innovation and promoting technology facilitation themselves, while many developing countries still struggle with technological capacity required to cope with climate change and sustainable development.
The meeting highlighted ongoing initiatives related to cross-country technology facilitation and lessons learned in light of assessment of needs, gaps and achievements, as well as prospects for coordination with other initiatives. I encourage you to find out more in the following page.
Another activity I would like to bring to your attention is the rapid assessment of migratory birds habitat at the Rason Migratory Bird Reserve in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). As the secretariat of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC), we jointly carried out the survey with Hanns Seidel Foundation in late March.
This survey has generated critical information by enabling us to collect baseline data on the habitat and on the diversity threatened and vulnerable species of birds for conservation of the Tumen River Delta. Experts tell us that the Reserve meets Ramsar criteria as 'internationally important wetlands' supporting globally near-threatened and vulnerable species. Together with other follow-up activities, the survey will establish the scientific and technical basis for conservation of the overall transboundary habitat at the Tumen River Delta among China, DPRK and Russia.
In closing, the programmatic work we are doing in this subregion is ultimately to create and build a sustainable future together, and we hope that you will continue following and supporting us in these endeavors. In addition, we have started featuring our bi-monthly newsletter in a new format from this issue, and hope you enjoy it as well. As always we look forward to hearing from you!  

ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Akhtar (center on first row) and regional experts, government and UN officials at the Regional Dialogue on Technology Facilitation for Sustainable Development in Pattaya.

Regional Dialogue on Technology Facilitation for Sustainable Development
18 May 2014, Pattaya, Thailand

As the Asia-Pacific region covers the two thirds of the world population, it has been a major user and source of clean and environmentally sound technologies. In particular, the East and North East Asia subregion has made rapid strides in the development and utilization of technologies such as renewable energy. On the other hand, many member States of ESCAP are still dealing with low capacity in developing and using such technologies. The East and North-East Asia Office thus organized a regional dialogue to map out ongoing initiatives and existing institutional frameworks for technology transfer in the region. Read more

NEASPEC Tiger and Leopard DNA Analysis
15-16 April 2014, Incheon, Republic of Korea

Amur tigers and Amur leopards are critically endangered animals that require large habitats for their prey requirements. Their territories spread across North-East Asian countries and can often be found in transboundary areas and crossing national borders. It is therefore key to understand and enable their transboundary movements in order to sustain the populations. For that reason the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) has been working on enhancing transboundary protection measures of Amur tigers and Amur leopards and aims to improve ecological corridors connecting habitats in range countries. Read more

First Consultation Meeting on Legal Instrument for Operationalization of Asian Highway Transport Route
22-23 April 2014, Beijing, China

Formulating and implementing transport facilitation measures and promoting cross-border and transit transport among member States have been a priority area for ESCAP. Organized by ESCAP Transport Division and ENEA Office, the first consultation meeting among China, Mongolia and Russian Federation on the Legal Instrument for Operationalization of Asian Highway Transport Route was held in Beijing, China. Read more

Regional experts in discussion on accessing and mitigating transboundary air pollution in Northeast Asia on 1 May 2014 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Expert Group Meeting on Development of Technical and Policy Frameworks for Transboundary Air Pollution Assessment and Abatement in North-East Asia
1 May 2014, Incheon, Republic of Korea

The North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the project titled ‘Development of Technical and Policy Frameworks for Transboundary Air Pollution Assessment and Abatement of North-East Asia’ on 1 May 2014.
The project, which was proposed and funded by the Government of Russian Federation, aims to facilitate joint scientific assessment and consultations among member States on a potential subregional framework for addressing transboundary air pollution. Read more
Upcoming Events

Workshop on Disaster Risk Management
3-5 June 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

ESCAP and the Mongolian government will organize a workshop on Disaster Risk Management and Assessment in Mongolia through the application of space technology and Geospatial Information System (GIS), with the focus on urban floods, steppe and forest fires, and earthquakes in June. Findings and outcomes of the workshop will be delivered at the ceremony of the 10th anniversary of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mongolia.

Sustainable Development Course at Kyung Hee University
1-31 July 2014 (tentative), Seoul, Republic of Korea

As part of the Global Collaborative Summer Programme organized by Kyung Hee University in Seoul, we are offering a course on sustainable development with regional perspectives to international students from around the world. This is the second time ENEA Office is collaborating with the University on its summer course. Detailed programme information will be available on our website in June 2014.
Other News

Heads of international organizations including the UN offices and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Republic of Korea.

Meeting with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROK
2 April, 2014

On the occasion of the annual gathering of Ambassadors of the Republic of Korea to other foreign countries, a meeting was held between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Korea and international organizations located in the country at G-Tower, Incheon.

Heads of 13 international organizations, including ESCAP-ENEA, UN Office for Sustainable Development and UNDP Seoul Policy Centre attended the meeting. Participants from the Foreign Ministry included Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs Shin Dong-ik and the Ambassadors to the UN system and international organizations, including OECD and ASEAN.

The meeting provided an opportunity to promote communications and strengthen cooperation between the government and international organizations in the Republic of Korea. This gathering is expected to be held regularly from now on.

Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA).

Talk with Secretary-General of WFUNA
14 May, 2014

Secretary-General of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) Bonian Golmohammadi visited the UN premises in Incheon on 14 May 2014 during his visit to the Republic of Korea.

He gave a talk on the work of WFUNA and its global network, including the office in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. He shared with us a range of initiatives and advocacy work of his organization, including awareness raising campaigns and youth training programmes in order to contribute to the United Nations agenda. WFUNA is a global non-profit organization coordinating over a hundred United Nations Associations around the world.

Attended by over 50 audiences, including graduate students from Kyung Hee University, who also visited the East and North-East Asia Office for a briefing, Mr. Golmohammadi underlined the importance of public involvement in formulating the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also said that the voice of the civil society has to be heard and practical actions must be taken to address global challenges.

Students and a teacher from Inhwa Girls' High School in Incheon visited ENEA Office for a briefing on 9 May 2014.

Student Visits: April - May 2014

ESCAP-ENEA Office gave a briefing to the following groups of students in the last two months. The briefing included an overview of the UN and ESCAP-ENEA. The introduction of transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was part of the presentations as well as career opportunities at the UN and ESCAP. The visitors from the Taipei Mission in Korea also had the opportunity to learn about the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC).
University of Seoul, 18 April Kyung Hee University, 14 May
Inhwa Girls’ High School, 9 May Taipei Mission in Korea, 27 May
Established in May 2010, the East and North-East Asia Office of ESCAP supports and promotes inclusive and sustainable development and cooperation among six member States and two associate members (Hong Kong and Macau) in Northeast Asia: China, Japan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation.
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