Launch of APCICT Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders
An increase in extreme weather events and unprecedented natural calamities have set back Asia-Pacific economic recovery and development gains and require a joint regional response, the United Nations told a meeting of 31 countries here today.
Ministers and senior officials and 22 international organizations working in one of the world’s most disaster-prone regions are meeting in Bangkok from 29 June to 1 July at the Second Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction to discuss a regional strategy to minimize the human, environmental and economic impact of disasters.
The National University of Singapore, a leading global centre of higher education, has honoured the top United Nations official in the Asia-Pacific region with its eminent alumni award for 2011.
The award was conferred today during a ceremony at the National University of Singapore on Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Noeleen Heyzer.
United Nations agencies and entities based in Thailand will mark 62 years of the world body’s presence in the Thai capital on 24 October with the launch of Bangkok as the “UN Hub in Asia and the Pacific”.
Effective partnerships with the private sector to create viable economies, and boosting investment in human development, such as in education and health, are two of the key measures the Pacific islands could take to reduce high unemployment in those countries, the most senior UN official in the Asia-Pacific region said.
Energy policy must fit in broader framework of inclusive and sustainable development
A United Nations workshop in Bhutan concluded today, with participants agreeing on the need for technical cooperation projects that would help bolster the Himalayan kingdom’s defences against future financial and economic crises.
UN meeting on social and economic development issues in Geneva concludes
Agreement at United Nations Committee meeting on the use of information and communication technology for inclusive and sustainable development
New ESCAP agreement expands the scope of the former Tsunami Trust Fund to cover multiple coastal hazards in the world’s most disaster prone region
The global economic crisis is an opportunity for nations to promote inclusive and sustainable growth, the top United Nations Asia-Pacific official told a global forum held in Salzburg, Austria last week to discuss lessons Asia and the world can share in developing effective social protection systems in which economic growth and social protection are approached as part of a holistic and coherent development agenda.
The United Nations today launched two weeks of training for government officials from Central Asian countries, aimed at enhancing the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in support of development initiatives in the subregion.
With the rapid growth in e-trade, regulators need better ways to ensure the security of online transactions. The UN’s World International Property Organization (WIPO) has used its online dispute resolution (ODR) mechanism to arbitrate 25,000 cases of cyber squatting since 1999. This combined with the more than one million online disputes that have been handled by private companies, makes ODR a necessary for secure online trade.
Much Improved, Much Left to do
ESCAP can help strengthen links between Central Asia and the rest of Asia-Pacific