Regional Conference Highlights Youth and HIV Responses

10th February 2010,Vientiane - Regional Conference Highlights Youth and HIV Responses Underscoring the vital role of youth in ASEAN priorities, a regional conference on increasing access for young people to HIV responses was held in Lao PDR recently. Drawing the participation of youths and Government officials from ASEAN Member States, the conference also discussed creating a supportive environment to dissolve any barriers and stigma and discrimination against young people who are most at risk of HIV infection. Held in the capital Vientiane on 9-10 February 2010, the ASEAN Regional Conference on Youth Who are at Risk of HIV Infection highlighted the involvement of young people in identifyi...

Joint Statement of the Fifth ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting

28 January 2010, Cebu, Philippines - The Fifth ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting (5th ASED) 1.    The Fifth ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting (5th ASED) was convened on 28 January 2010 in Cebu, Philippines, in conjunction with the 45th SEAMEO Council Conference. 2.    Recalling their views expressed at the 1st ASED that education permeates through all three pillars of the ASEAN Community in enhancing the competitiveness of individual Member States as well as ASEAN as a region, the Ministers welcomed the adoption of the Cha-Am Hua Hin Declaration on Strengthening Cooperation on Education to Achieve an ASEAN Caring and Sharing Community by the ASEAN leaders during the 15th ASEAN Summi...

Philippines: Children Worst Hit by Economic Crisis

30th October 2009, Philippines - 'Fifty pesos ‘kada adlaw; ang beinte niana pamasahe’ (I get an allowance of 50 pesos (about one U.S. dollar) a day, of which 20 pesos (40 U.S. cents) is for fare),' says 17-year-old Dana Jane Estrada.The second-year college student in a state university in the suburbs of Davao City—a major metropolis in the southeastern part of Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines—is taking up Bachelor of Science in Community Development. She is the eldest of three siblings that mainly depend on their father, a passenger jeepney driver, and their mother, a cook for poultry farm workers. The remaining 30 pesos (63 U.S. cents) is spent for lunch, afte...

Strong progress on poverty reduction and education in Asia,but only slow gains for women

11th September 2008, Bangkok, New Dehli – The percentage of people living below the newly redefined poverty line of $1.25 a day in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia fell from 56 per cent in 1990 to 18 per cent only fifteen years later, according to a United Nations progress report released today. These two regions have already met the Millennium Development Goals target of reducing 1990 levels of extreme poverty by half. Progress in reducing extreme poverty was slower in Southern Asia, where the pace will need to accelerate for the region to be able to meet the target. In India, for example, poverty decreased from 52 to 41 per cent between 1990 and 2005. Because of population growth, howeve...

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