What's Ahead @ ESCAP: 16-31 July 2014

A summary of upcoming events, seminars and other activities throughout ESCAP for 15-31 July 2014.

UN-APCICT bolsters Myanmar’s ICTD education, 17-18 July 2014, Yangon

Preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders is a key factor in sustainable development. To support Myanmar’s education programmes in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD), the United Nations-Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT) is organizing a workshop on its Primer Series on ICTD for Youth. Co-organized with the University of Computer Studies in Yangon, Myanmar, the workshop will be attended by more than 50 lecturers on 17-18 July 2014. The workshop will cover content from Primer Series 1, An Introduction on ICT for Development and Primer Series 5, Social Media for Development.

10th ADB-ESCAP Annual Consultation Meeting, 18 July 2014, Bangkok

ESCAP will hold the 10th annual consultation meeting with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, on 18 July 2014. ADB and ESCAP will discuss the key strategic developments and directions of both organizations, take stock of the progress made in the main collaboration areas and agree on the priorities for the coming year, in particular on the post-2015 development agenda. The collaboration between ADB and ESCAP currently focuses on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), such as social protection, clean water access, environmental sustainability, climate change, regional connectivity and disaster risk reduction.

SATNET Study Tour for Smallholders in South-East Asia, 20-25 July 2014, Bangkok

The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) is organizing a series of five interregional visits (study tours) over the next two months for lead farmers, civil society organization representatives, small-scale entrepreneurs and tradersto complement and enhance the impact of training activities organized under the SATNET Asia project (Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages). The first visit will take place in Thailand from 20-25 July 2014. Around 20 participants from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Indonesia and Myanmar will get an opportunity to visit research centres and farmers' fields to observe best practices in crop production technologies, integrated pest management, post-harvest management and marketing strategies. The participants will interact with local champions and get first-hand exposure to implementation, facilitating local adaptation of good practices back in their home countries.

The 44th session of the APTA Standing Committee, 24-25 July 2014, Bangkok

The Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) is preparing for the 44th session of the APTA Standing Committee at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 24 to 25 July 2014. This session will look into the wording on the draft legal instrument to conclude the 4th round of tariff concessions, make recommendations to the APTA Ministerial Council and discuss the date for the implementation of the 4th round negotiation results. The session is expected to finalize the wording of the Ministerial Declaration to be adopted in October 2014. Furthermore the APTA Standing Committee is expected to continue the negotiations on supplementary criteria for Rules of Origin and finalize the draft protocol for the signature by the Ministerial Council at its upcoming 4th session.

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