What's Ahead @ ESCAP: 1-14 April 2014

21 June 2010-Kolkata, India- People on the street,  Photo Credit: Kibae Park
21 June 2010-Kolkata, India- People on the street, Photo Credit: Kibae Park

A summary of upcoming events, seminars and other activities throughout ESCAP for 1-14 April 2014.

Workshops to Strengthen National Capacities on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, 1 April–2 May 2014, Indonesia and Lao PDR

The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) and AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center will jointly organize a series of five workshops in Indonesia and Lao PDR to strengthen national capacities in the use of appropriate technologies and practices for sustainable agriculture, to promote food and nutrition security. Two workshops will be held in each country covering the themes of ‘Postharvest Management Practices and Marketing Systems for Small-scale Farmers’ and ‘Improving Food and Nutrition Security through Development of Home Gardens.’ An additional regional-level workshop on ‘Technology Transfer for Sustainable Agriculture’ will be also be organized in Indonesia, and is expected to see participation from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines and Timor Leste. These workshops, which are being supported by the respective Ministries of Agriculture or affiliated institutions, will reach out to researchers, extension service agents and other stakeholders to address their training needs.

Workshops on Strengthening Social Protection and on Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2-3 April, Thimphu

Two multi-stakeholder workshops are expected to build the capacity of stakeholders in Bhutan to design and manage inclusive social protection policies and to actively promote the rights of persons with disabilities through innovative business practices. The Workshop on Social Protection in South and South-West Asia and the Workshop on Disability-Inclusive Business will be held on 2 and 3 April 2014, respectively, in Thimphu. The two workshops are being co-organized by ESCAP, the Ministry of Education and Bhutan's Disabled Persons Association. Social protection and disability experts from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also join the workshops to share their countries’ initiatives to broaden social protection with Bhutanese meeting participants. The experts are also expected to actively engage in discussions and group activities to analyze and draw lessons from good practices from across South and South-West Asia. During the two-day meeting, ESCAP will present the Social Protection Toolbox and the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Bhutanese Government will also officially launch the Incheon Strategy to 'Make the Right Real' for Persons with Disabilities.

ESCAP to participate in ADB Workshop on the Social Protection Index, 3-4 April 2014, Manila

ESCAP will participate in an inception workshop on updating and improving the Social Protection Index (SPI) at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, on 3 and 4 April 2014. The aim of this knowledge-sharing event is to strengthen the technical capacity of countries in the region for monitoring and assessment of social protection programmes using the SPI. During the workshop, ESCAP will share with participants its development strategy for the Social Protection Toolbox.

ESCAP-BFTI-UNIDO Training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration, 7-9 April 2014, Dhaka

ESCAP is organizing a series of capacity building events for seven South and South-East Asian countries on Electronic Traceability for agricultural products. Exporters in developing countries are required to implement Electronic Traceability in order to market their agro-food products in Europe and to other trading partners, however there is still a need for building capacity on this front. Since agriculture in the target countries is mostly dependent on small producers, there is an opportunity for smallholders to integrate into agricultural supply chains through Electronic Traceability systems. This training will be co-organized by Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Bangladesh. The events are being delivered as part of the ‘Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agriculture Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia (SATNET Asia)’ project.
Management of Statistical Information Systems meeting (MSIS 2014), 14 -16 Apr 2014, Manila

Management of Statistical Information Systems meeting (MSIS 2014), 14 -16 Apr 2014, Manila

ESCAP is jointly organizing a meeting on the Management of Statistical Information Systems (MSIS 2014) from 14 to 16 April 2014, with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Eurostat, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It will be held simultaneously in Dublin and Manila and will have a partly common agenda with the two locations being linked through video-conference. Hosted by the ADB, the meeting aims to provide a forum for the exchange of experiences on statistical information systems in support of the modernization of official statistics. The meeting will notably collect, discuss and make available examples of good practices in the implementation of relevant standards in that domain. Focusing on topics related to innovation, MSIS 2014 will also examine the implications of big data on the work of national statistical offices.

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