What's Ahead @ ESCAP: 2-15 June 2014

SATNET Asia National Training Programme on Food safety and Quality Assurance for Agricultural Trade Facilitation, 1-2 June 2014, Dhaka

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), is organizing a national training programme on Food Safety and Quality Assurance for Agricultural Trade Facilitation from 1-2 June 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As food production and distribution systems become more interdependent, integrated and globalized, contamination and hazards in food and agricultural products can occur in every stage of the food supply chain - from the farm to the fork. This training programme is aimed at strengthening the capacity of key researchers and stakeholders working in the food safety and quarantine related aspects in Bangladesh. APCTT is organizing the training as part of its capacity building programmes for South Asian countries under the Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and Southeast Asia (SATNET) project. APCTT is based in New Delhi and is one of ESCAP’s five regional institutions.

ESCAP/World Bank High-level Regional Roundtable on Telecommunications Connectivity in Central Asia, 3 June 2014, Almaty

ESCAP and the World Bank are co-organizing a High-level Regional Roundtable on Telecommunications Connectivity in Central Asia on 3 June 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The roundtable will identify policy measures to improve global and regional telecommunications connectivity across Central Asia, including opportunities to exploit infrastructure synergies across energy and transport networks. The ESCAP intergovernmental agreements on the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway will be presented as key platforms for supporting the efficient deployment of telecommunications infrastructure across Central Asia and beyond. Regulatory reforms that support competitive markets and open-access Internet infrastructure will also be explored. The roundtable will be attended by government representatives, leading regional and global telecom operators, policy research institutions and regional and global development banks.

SATNET Asia National Training Programme on Biological Control of Agricultural Pests and Diseases, 3-5 June 2014, Dhaka

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), is organizing a National Training Programme on Biological Control of Agricultural Pests and Diseases from 3-5 June 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the past few decades, excessive use of chemical pesticides in agricultural crops has resulted into multiple undesirable effects such as environmental damages, ecological imbalance and pesticide residues in food, vegetables, soil and ground water, as well as adverse impacts on human and animal health. This training programme will offer a platform for research scientists and extension workers in Bangladesh to learn best practices and the latest trends in biological control for agricultural pest management and for maximizing the yield of specific agricultural crops of economic value in Bangladesh. APCTT is based in New Delhi and is one of ESCAP’s five regional institutions.

UN-APCICT engages youth in ICTD community development, 3-5 June 2014, Selangor, Malaysia

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) will hold an international conference on Engaged Learning & ICT for Development (ICTD) in the University Curriculum in Selangor, Malaysia from 3-5 June 2014. The conference is being organized in collaboration with Cornell University (USA), the University of Selangor (Malaysia) and the Asian Institute for Development Communication. Recognizing the importance of building the capacity of today’s youth to build a cadre of future leaders, the three-day conference aims to promote ICTD education in university curriculum. It also seeks to enhance understanding of engaged learning as a way to link classroom-based ICTD learning to community development. To support the application of engaged learning, Cornell University and APCICT will introduce and collect feedback on a draft guidebook for managing an engaged learning course in ICTD and explore future strategies for using the guidebook to incorporate the approaches into university curriculum. APCICT is based in Incheon and is one of ESCAP’s five regional institutions.

ESCAP participation at the World Summit on the Information Society +10 High-level Event, 9-12 June 2014, Geneva

ESCAP will actively contribute to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 High-level Event held from 9-12 June 2014 in Geneva. WSIS was a pair of United Nations sponsored conferences on information, communication and the information society that took place in 2003 in Geneva and in 2005 in Tunis. The WSIS +10 forum will review the outcome of the WSIS process - which aimed to bridge the global digital divide separating rich countries from poor countries by spreading access to the Internet in the developing world. ESCAP will contribute to the discussions on the final WSIS target review and present ESCAP activities in a session on International and Regional cooperation in ICT, organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). ESCAP will also participate in meetings on the role of regional commissions in WSIS and the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) and will showcase the Asian information superhighway maps in a dedicated session. A side-event will also be held on digital content and linguistic diversity.

Sixth session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development, 11 June 2014, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

ESCAP and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) are co-organizing the sixth session of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development on 11 June 2014 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. SPECA was set up to strengthen subregional cooperation in Central Asia and its integration into the world economy. The working group promotes and supports policies on knowledge-based development, facilitates cooperation between SPECA member countries and other regional initiatives and coordinates capacity-building and institutional strengthening activities. During this session, the working group will review programme implementation in 2013 and adopt the programme of work for 2014-2015. The session will be attended by national representatives from SPECA member countries, experts on various aspects of knowledge-based development, relevant subregional organizations, as well as bilateral and multilateral organizations working on knowledge-based development issues in SPECA member countries.
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