What's Ahead @ ESCAP: 15-30 April 2014

9 June 2010 - Gazipur, Bangladesh - Employees of a garment factory :  Women are paid considerably less than men. Women earn 50% of what men earn for the same work. When women work, they usually have fewer opportunities than men to work in the industry and services sectors. In the South and South-West Asia sub-region where in 2008 only 33 % of working-age women worked, compared with 77 % of men. (OECD in 2006, UNESCAP 2009) Photo Credit: Kibae Park/Sipa Press

What’s Ahead @ ESCAP, 15-30 April 2014

National Training Workshop on Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanisms (TTFMM), 15-17 April 2014, Dhulikhel, Nepal

As an important step towards establishing a national sustainable Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism (TTFMM), a training workshop will be jointly organized by the Nepal National Trade Facilitation Committee, ESCAP and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Nepal from 15 to 17 April 2014. The workshop aims to equip relevant government officials, industry and private sector actors with skills and knowledge on the key components of TTFMM. Experts from ESCAP, the Asian Development Bank, World Customs Organization (WCO), research institutes and industry will share their expertise at the workshop.

Expert Group Meeting on Capacity Development for Disaster Information Management in South and South-West Asia, 16-17 April 2014, New Delhi

The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Capacity Development for Disaster Information Management, which will take place on 16 and 17 April 2014 in New Delhi, aims to identify the critical gaps in disaster information supply chains and the related institutional and policy issues in South and South-West Asia. The EGM also intends to further promote South-South cooperation for the purpose of sharing information, exchanging good practices and promoting collaboration in the pursuit of building resilience to natural disasters in the subregion. Opportunities for capacity development through regional and South-South cooperation in order to narrow down the existing gaps in disaster information management will be discussed. The EGM is organized by the ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of ESCAP and the ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office.

Joint Workshop to promote ICTD capacity building and collaboration between Africa and Asia-Pacific, 15-18 April 2014, Incheon

UN Asia and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT) will organize a capacity building workshop on e-Government, information security and privacy in collaboration with the Telecommunications Technology Association of the Republic of Korea in Incheon, Republic of Korea from 15 to18 April. The workshop will convene 26 government officials, policymakers and civil servant trainers from nine developing countries in Asia-Pacific, and six countries from Africa. The workshop aims to raise awareness on ways that Information Communication Technology (ICT) can be applied in different areas of government and build their capacity for information security policy formulation.

UN APCICT organizes workshop to promote ICTD education for youth in Asia-Pacific, 15-18 April 2014, Incheon

Over 20 professors and educators from institutions of higher learning across 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region will convene from 15-18 April in Incheon, Republic of Korea for UN APCICT’s Regional Training of Trainers Workshop on Primer Series 2 on “Project Management and ICTD” and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of the Primer Programme. Aimed at equipping participants with the skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate ICTD projects, the four-day event will cover content from the second issue of the Primer Series on ICTD for Youth (Primer Series) on Project Managements and ICTD (http://www.unapcict.org/pr). The workshop will also introduce the Primer Series Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit, designed to better measure progress in the implementation of the Primer Series programme. Through the training sessions, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver training on covered topics, further expanding the integration of the Primer Series programme and promoting ICTD education across the Asia-Pacific. The training will also include a special session introducing engaged learning as a way to translate classroom learning into ways of giving back to the community. In particular, the session seeks to promote linking ICTD concepts in the Primer Series to practical experience

Expert meeting on Model Paperless Trade Provisions in Free Trade Agreements /Regional Trade Agreements, 21 April 2014, Bangkok

ESCAP, with the support of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT), is organizing the Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Model Paperless Trade Provisions in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)/Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) on 21 April in Bangkok, Thailand. Bringing relevant legal and technical experts of paperless trade from the region and beyond, the EGM intends to develop model provisions on paperless trade to be used in FTAs and RTAs, which would help members in working on paperless trade provisions in their future FTAs and RTAs.

ESCAP to organize the Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets through Knowledge, 22-23 April 2014, Sendai, Japan

Asia-Pacific is the region most adversely affected by disasters and persons with disabilities are among the primary victims of any disaster. The Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, through Goal 7, calls upon Governments to strengthen disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (DRR) planning and action. ESCAP, in cooperation with Rehabilitation International (RI) and the Nippon Foundation, is addressing these issues by organizing the Asia-Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets through Knowledge on 22 and 23 April, in Sendai, Japan. The Meeting has two objectives. Firstly, to take stock of lessons learned from Asia-Pacific practices of disability-inclusive DRR. Secondly, to agree on the outcome document, which aims at mainstreaming disability perspectives in the post-2015 disaster risk reduction global framework. The outcome document is expected to feed into discussions at the Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (22-26 June 2014, Bangkok) and the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan).

Ad hoc Intergovernmental Meeting on a Regional Arrangement for the Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade, 22-24 April 2014, Bangkok

ESCAP is organizing the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Meeting on a Regional Arrangement for the Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade on 22-24 April 2014, Bangkok, Thailand. Organized as part of efforts to implement the Commission resolution 68/3 as well as the request of the Committee on Trade and Investment at its third session, the meeting will review, negotiate and consider adoption of the draft text developed as part of implementation of the Commission resolution 68/3.

Capacity Building Workshop on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade, 22-24 April 2014, Bangkok

ESCAP, with the support of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT), is organizing the Capacity Building Workshop on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade on 22-24 April 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Workshop, organized in parallel with the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Meeting on a Regional Arrangement for the Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade, intends to identify issues of cross-border paperless trade, share lessons from regional experiences and discuss measures and solutions for a regional arrangement to take into account.

Organizational meeting of the Network for the Coordination of Statistical Training in Asia and the Pacific, 22-24 April 2014, Chiba, Japan

An organizational meeting of the Network for the Coordination of Statistical Training in Asia and the Pacific will be held at the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific Headquarters in Chiba, Japan from 22 to 24 April. The Network will facilitate information sharing and promote coordination among national statistical training institutions, regional and international statistical training providers and donor agencies providing funding for statistical training in the region.

Lao People's Democratic Republic towards the AEC, 22 and 24 April 2014, Luang Prabang and Udomxai, Lao People's Democratic Republic

These workshops will raise awareness 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. Participants will include government officials, academics, civil society, and private sector representatives. In collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and the International Institute for Trade and Development, Thailand, ESCAP is delivering technical cooperation and capacity building programmes on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) for ASEAN members States with LDC status. In 2013, workshops were delivered in Lao PDR and Myanmar. Following the success of those events, ESCAP and partners have been requested by Lao PDR to deliver the workshops in other provinces this year.

UN-APCICT launches ICTD human capacity building programme in Bangladesh, 28-30 April 2014, Dhaka

On 28-30 April, UN-APCICT will launch the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders (Academy), its flagship capacity building programme for government officials and policymakers on ICT for development, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Organized by the Bangladesh Computer Council, a statutory body under the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, this launch will make Bangladesh the 28th country in the Asia-Pacific region to officially adopt the Academy programme.

The launch ceremony will be officiated by the Minister and State Minister from the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology. In addition to the launch ceremony, approximately 100 trainers comprised of junior to mid-level officers from 64 districts and from the leading public sector training institutions in Bangladesh will participate in a three-day workshop. The workshop will cover UN-APCICT’s Academy Module 1 on ‘Linkage between ICT Applications and Meaningful Development’, Module 3 on ‘e-Government Applications’ and Module 6 on ‘Information Security and Privacy.’ It will further develop the participants’ knowledge and skills to deliver training on these topics throughout Bangladesh.

Civil society consultation, 30 April-1 May 2014, Bangkok

A civil society consultation will be held on 30 April – 1 May 2014 in Bangkok in order to engage civil society on the organization of the inclusive regional intergovernmental review meeting of the regional framework for action on HIV and AIDS. The framework, or ‘ESCAP Roadmap to 2015,’ supports ESCAP Governments in accelerating and monitoring national efforts towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support through regional cooperation, including the sharing of information, experiences and good practices in the HIV and AIDS response. The main aims will be to provide civil society with an overview of the preparatory process, obtain their inputs on the expected outcomes of the meeting as well as to identify strategic means for their engagement. The consultation is being organized by ESCAP in cooperation with UNAIDS, UNDP and other relevant United Nations entities.

ESCAP to publish a resource material on data collection for monitoring the implementation of the Incheon Strategy

The ESCAP publication ‘ESCAP Guide on Generating Data for Incheon Strategy Indicators’ seeks to promote effective data collection by ESCAP members and associate members on the 62 indicators of the our 10 disability-inclusive development goals. This is done by elaborating definitions, relevant methods of computation and possible sources of data collection for each of the Indicators. It will serve as a resource to strengthen national capacities to collect and generate data for effective monitoring of national implementation of the Incheon Strategy. The publication is expected to be released in late April 2014.

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