What's Ahead @ ESCAP: 1-15 May 2014

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What's Ahead @ ESCAP: 1-15 May 2014

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

An Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on ‘Development of the Technical and Policy Frameworks for Transboundary Air Pollution Assessment and Abatement of North-East Asia’ will be held in Incheon on 1 May. Proposed and funded by the Russian Federation, the project aims to facilitate joint scientific assessment and consultations among Member States on a potential subregional framework for addressing transboundary air pollution. Organized by ESCAP’s North-East Asian Office, as the Secretariat for the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation, the EGM will discuss the overall implementation plan for assessing data and technical approaches and developing modelling methodologies of transboundary air pollution, as well as formulating the concept of a subregional cooperation framework. The meeting will also identify the roles of each national implementing body and experts in the project implementation.

Country Course on Basic Statistics and Basic MS Excel, 5- 23 May 2014, Dili, Timor-Leste

The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with BPS-Statistics Indonesia, Timor-Leste General Directorate of Statistics (GDS) and ESCAP’s Statistics Division, will conduct a Country Course on Basic Statistics and Basic MS Excel, from 5 to 23 May in Dili, Timor-Leste. The main objective of the training course is to enhance participants’ ability to understand basic statistics, present data displays and summary statistics for quantitative and qualitative variables. It also aims to increase understanding around selected core economic, population and social, and environment statistics/indicators, as well as how to use Basic MS Excel for selecting and constructing appropriate tables and charts for exploring, organizing, describing and presenting statistical data. Approximately 30 staff from GDS and other ministries of Timor-Leste are expected to participate in the course.

Awareness raising workshop in the Lao People's Democratic Republic on the ASEAN Economic Community, 6 May 2014, Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic

An awareness raising workshop will be held in the Lao People's Democratic Republic on the changing economic and business environment as a result of multilateral and regional trade and investment liberalization, particularly in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community on 6 May. Participants will include government officials, academics, civil society, and private sector representatives. The workshop is being organized in partnership with International Institute for Trade and Development and the Department of Trade Negotiations and the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand. ESCAP works with Member States, and particularly the least developed and landlocked developing countries, so that they can benefit from the multilateral and regional trading systems.

Fifth Basic-Level e-Learning Course on Introduction to System of National Accounts (2008 SNA), 12 May-11 July 2014, Chiba, Japan

The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific will conduct the Fifth Basic-Level e-Learning Course on Introduction to System of National Accounts (SNA) from 12 May to 11 July. The course aims to introduce the basic tenets of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA2008) to junior statisticians engaged in some aspect of compiling national accounts statistics or data collection of its source statistics. Statisticians intending to broaden their knowledge of official economic statistics and who are considering working in national accounts statistics will benefit from this introductory course. This online course will be conducted over nine weeks. During this period, participants will have access to learning materials that will be posted on the course website. The materials will include reference notes, Power Point slides and a set of assignments. Course lecturers will guide participants by responding to queries and problems that participants encounter in their learning. Lecturers will grade assignments and provide feedback to participants.

Third Intermediate-Level e-Learning Course on System of National Accounts (2008 SNA), 12 May-11 July 2014, Chiba, Japan

The Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific will conduct the Third Intermediate-level e-Learning Course on Introduction to System of National Accounts (SNA) from 12 May to 11 July 2014. This course is intended to increase knowledge on the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA2008) of junior and middle-level government statisticians with experience and basic knowledge in the compilation of national accounts statistics and its source data. It gives special attention to changes in the national accounts framework introduced in the SNA 2008. This online course will be conducted over nine weeks. Learning materials, including assignments, will be posted on the course website. The course lecturers will respond to queries and problems that participants encounter in their learning. Lecturers will grade assignments and provide feedback to participants.