What's Ahead @ ESCAP, 1-15 August 2014

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

70th Commission session (Phase II), 4-8 August 2014, Bangkok

The 70th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Phase II) will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 4 to 8 August 2014.

The Commission meets annually at the ministerial level to discuss and decide on important issues pertaining to inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in the region, to decide on the recommendations of its subsidiary bodies and of the Executive Secretary, to review and endorse the proposed strategic framework and programme of work, and to make any other decisions required, in conformity with its terms of reference.

The Commission session will be comprised of two parts: the senior officials segment, from 4-6 August 2014; and the ministerial segment, from 7-8 August 2014. The following high-level and side events are scheduled to be held during the ministerial segment:

Ministerial Panels and High-level Events

  • High-level Exchange on Development Cooperation in the post 2015 era: Perspectives from Asia-Pacific Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries
  • Ministerial Roundtable on Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity
  • Ministerial Panel on Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Development Financing

Side Events and Associated Events of the Commission

  • Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Fifth Asia-Pacific G20 Consultation Luncheon
  • Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014
  • Mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region: Paving the way to the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 5-6 August 2014, Bangkok

The Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, organized in conjunction with the seventieth session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), will provide an opportunity to feed the perspectives of the Asia-Pacific region into the current global discourse on the future monitoring and accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda. Earlier this year, the President of the General Assembly convened an interactive dialogue on 1 May 2014, to address the "Elements for a monitoring and accountability framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda." The emergent views were that such a framework should be guided by national ownership and leadership, engaging all stakeholders and going beyond the MDG frameworks to close existing gaps, and the importance of an accountability framework at the regional level. In follow up to the global dialogue, and based on the critical role of the regional dimension of accountability, the Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda will share perspectives on elements that may constitute a regional accountability framework. It will examine how this could be nested within an wider framework with national and global links, with an emphasis on the key role of the Regional Commission and intergovernmental platforms, such as the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the annual regional forum to feed into the High-Level Political Forum. The outcome of the consultation is expected to be a Chair’s Summary that will be shared with the United Nations Secretary-General in preparation for the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

Launch of the United Nations Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014, 6 August 2014, Bangkok

Asia-Pacific developing economies are experiencing yet another year of subdued growth, which makes the unlocking of fiscal space and the removal of domestic structural constraints critical to help stimulate growth and support social development, urged the latest flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The 2014 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, lays out a blueprint for mobilizing resources, focused on strengthening tax revenues which fall far short of their potential in most countries in the region.

The flagship publication of ESCAP – the regional arm of the United Nations – provides policy options for governments to overcome these challenges and maintain the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

The Survey will be launched in Bangkok by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary, on 6 August 2014.

National Capacity Building Workshop on Sustainable and Inclusive Transport Development, 12-13 August 2014, Dhaka

ESCAP is organizing a series of national workshops, in countries across the region, to promote the use of sustainable and inclusive transport policies. In this connection a two-day national workshop will be organized in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 12 to 13 August 2014. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and the Roads and Highways Department Bangladesh. The tentative agenda includes: a global and regional overview of sustainable transport policies and practices, an examination of sustainable urban transport systems, and roundtables for mayors, senior city officials and development partners. Senior government officials, related stakeholders and development partners and governors /mayors from Dhaka and other secondary cities are expected to participate in the workshop to develop/refine sustainable and inclusive transport policy and strategy for Bangladesh and major and secondary cities.

Training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration,13-15 August 2014, Vientiane and 18-20 August 2014, Phnom Penh

ESCAP and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR and the General Directorate of Agriculture of Cambodia will hold three-day training courses on ‘Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration’, in Vientiane on 13-15 August 2014, and in Phnom Penh on 18-20 August 2014, respectively. Traceability is the ability to follow the movement of a food item through specified stage(s) of production, processing and distribution. Exporters in developing countries are required to implement traceability so that they can export their products in Europe. Public and private sector participants including the departments of agriculture and trade, exporters associations and other relevant stakeholders are expected to attend the trainings. These events are being held 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.

ACFN Capacity Building Training for the Philippines, 14-15 August 2014, Manila

ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office and the Korea Environment Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI), serving as the Secretariat of the Asia Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN) in collaboration with the Environmental Management Bureau of the Philippines will co-organize a capacity training programme in Manila on 14-15 August 2014. Bringing together various stakeholders from central and local governments, industries, academia and civil society groups, this training is expected to strengthen national capacity and forge different initiatives into a standardized carbon footprint scheme in the country. ACFN launched in 2013 with 14 organizations in Asia and was created to promote the transfer of knowledge and experience related to carbon footprint assessment and reduction.

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