What's Ahead @ ESCAP: 16-30 June 2014

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN-APCICT launches Academy module on ICT for disaster risk management in Chinese, 16 June 2014, Shanghai

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Center for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) will launch the Chinese version of the ‘Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders (Academy)’ module on ‘ICT for disaster risk management’ at the Metropolis Public Security and Emergency Management International Conference in Shanghai, China on 16 June. The module is part of UN-APCICT’s Academy programme - which helps government officials and policymakers in their capacity building efforts by providing knowledge and skills on how to leverage ICT for national and regional socio-economic development. The localized module will bolster the available disaster risk management training materials in Chinese. Co-organized with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the Shanghai Administration Institute (SAI), the launch of the localized version of UN-APCICT’s module will be followed by a national workshop on ICT for Disaster Risk Management on 18 June. The workshop will introduce the Academy programme and the localized module to 40 emergency management professionals.

Training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration, 16-18 June 2014, Thimphu, Bhutan

ESCAP and the Bhutan Agriculture Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) will organize a three-day training session on ‘Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration’ from 16 to 18 June in Thimphu, Bhutan. 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 to be able to export their products in Europe. This event is being held under the Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agriculture Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia (SATNET) Asia project. Public and private sector participants including the department of agriculture, department of trade, exporters associations and other relevant stakeholders are expected to attend.

Training on Vegetable Genebank Management and Seed Production Systems, 16-19 June, 2014, Bandung, Indonesia

The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) and The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) will organize a national training session on ‘Vegetable Genebank Management and Seed Production Systems’ in Bandung Indonesia from 16 to 19 June. The session is targeted towards extension workers and agricultural officers from government and the private sector. It aims to enhance their knowledge and skills on seed production technologies, seed saving practices and the management of community seed banks. Overall, the training is expected to improve participants’ understanding of the vegetable seed industry in their country and define appropriate and applicable seed production technologies they can transfer to farmers. As part of the event, participants will receive an opportunity to develop a plan on how to extend the knowledge and skills gained during the training to final beneficiaries. The training is being organized in close partnership with national stakeholders including the Indonesian Vegetables Research Institute (IVegRI) and the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development of the Ministry of Agriculture.

19th Session of SPECA Project Working Group on Transport and Border Crossing, 18-19 June, Almaty

ESCAP’s Subregional Office for North and Central Asia (SONCA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize the 19 th session of the Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) Project Working Group on Transport and Border Crossing (PWG-TBC) to be held on 18-19 June 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, co-hosted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan. SPECA was launched in 1998 to address challenges faced by Central Asian countries. It particularly aims to strengthen sub-regional cooperation and integrate the region into the world economy. The Project Working Group on Transport and Border Crossing is a subsidiary body of SPECA, and focuses on developing new, and extending existing, road and rail networks in the region, as well as implementing the Almaty Programme of Action. The session will discuss the latest developments on transport infrastructure, progress on transport regulatory environment and implementation of facilitation measures. It will also touch upon the development of transport-related databases, promotion of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for financing transport-related projects, and review the progress in road safety.

SATNET Asia National Training Programme on Post-harvest Technologies for Increasing Shelf Life of Agricultural Products, 18-20 June 2014, Pondicherry, India

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) is organizing a training session on ‘Post-harvest Technologies for Increasing Shelf Life of Agricultural Products’ from 18 to 20 June in Pondicherry, India. Approximately one-third of the food produced in the world goes to waste – a staggering 1.3 billion tons every year. The training aims to provide exposure to participants on a wide range of technologies and best practices related to increasing the shelf life of agricultural products. The training session is expected to attract representatives from smallholder farmer groups and small-scale food processing industries from across India. Participants will develop a clear understanding of strategies to increase the shelf life of their agricultural produce and network with each other to learn best practices related to food processing and preservation. The training is being held in partnership with the Department of Food Science and Technology, Pondicherry University. The session is part of the Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agriculture Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia (SATNET) Asia National Training Programme.

Regional Conference/Forum and Meeting of Chief Executives of National Associations for Freight Forwarders, Multimodal Transport Operators and Logistics Service Providers, 20 June, Beijing

ESCAP, in cooperation with the China International Freight Forwarders' Association (CIFA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), is organizing the annual Regional Conference/Forum and Meeting of CEOs of National Associations for Freight Forwarders, Multimodal Transport Operators and Logistics Service Providers. The meetings operate as a platform for the industry in the region to share experiences, discuss latest developments and identify innovative solutions to common challenges. The meetings also promote the development and enhancement of effective dialogue between stakeholders in logistics, including the government, international organizations and the business sector. The meeting is organized in conjunction with the FIATA Region Asia-Pacific Field Meeting for the eighth year.

WTO/ESCAP Regional Workshop on Trade in Services for Asian Economies, 25-27 June 2014, Beijing

ESCAP and the World Trade Organization (WTO) will organize a regional workshop on ‘Trade in Services for Asian Economies’ in close collaboration with the Government of China, from 25 to 27 June in Beijing. This workshop aims to assist government officials from Asia in enhancing their knowledge and understanding of trade in services, covering relevant policy and regulatory instruments as well as approaches to negotiations. The workshop will also provide a forum for participants to exchange views and share experiences with respect to the opportunities and challenges in services trade.

Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25-27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

In partnership with ESCAP, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) is organizing the third regional workshop on ‘Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus,’ from 25 June to 27 June in Da Nang, Vietnam. The workshop is being held as part of a joint project implemented by ESCAP and GIZ, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Over 100 participants from Asia comprising of senior level policy makers from national and city governments of partner cities, representatives from regional networks and international and regional experts, are expected to gather for the three-day regional workshop. The workshop aims to review the progress in designing urban nexus project initiatives in participating countries and cities and current policies and programmes in support of urban nexus approaches. It also aims to discuss the governance dimension of urban nexus and the institutional arrangements required for an effective implementation of urban nexus approaches on the ground.

FAO/CSAM High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific, 26-27 June, 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

The Center for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) is organizing a high-level multi-stakeholder consultation on ‘Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific,’ in Bangkok, Thailand from 26 to 27 June, under the theme ‘Sustainable Mechanization Across the Food Chain.’ The consultation will seek to formulate a Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization Strategy (SAMS) and develop a regional network for SAMS in the region. SAMS is expected to serve as the foundation to create a policy, institutional and market environment in which farmers and other end-users have the choice of machinery and equipment suited to their needs within a sustainable delivery and support system. The event is being co-organized with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

UN-APCICT highlights use of Social Media for Development (SM4D), 30 June-2 July 2014, Incheon, Republic of Korea

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT) is organizing a regional workshop on ‘Social Media for Development’ from 30 June to 2 July in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Social media has emerged in recent years not only as powerful and widespread communication platform but also as a useful tool for development. Recognizing the need to leverage social media for socio-economic development, the workshop will feature experts and practitioners from governments, development organizations, civil society, academe and the private sector. Participants include representatives from the non-profit human development organization FHI360, mobile messenger KakaoTalk, Internet search portal Naver, as well as senior media and communications government officials from Bhutan, Indonesia, Laos and Republic of Korea. The event will also mark the official launch of the Module on Social Media for Development under the UN-APCICT’s flagship ICT capacity building programme for government officials and policymakers, the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders.

Sub-regional Training Workshop on Changes in 2008 SNA affecting GDP Compilation, 30 June -4 July 2014, Astana, Kazakhstan

ESCAP, together with the Agency of Republic of Kazakhstan, Russian Federation Federal State Statistics Service (ROSSTAT) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will organize a subregional training workshop on changes in SNA 2008 affecting GDP compilation. SNA 2008 is a system of National Accounts published in 2008 and serves as an integrated framework for economic statistics. The event aims to enhance the capacity of Central and North Asian countries to apply SNA 2008 concepts and definitions in the compilation of national accounts statistics and to expand the coverage of GDP. Hosted by the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Statistics, the training will be held in English and Russian languages and will bring together more than 20 participants from Central and North Asia. The training is funded by the Russian Federation as part of capacity building efforts under the Regional Programme for the Improvement of Economic Statistics.

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