The refreshed Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, First Quarter 2014, provides information on statistics in the post-2015 development agenda; features an interview with Ms Carmelita N. Ericta; announces important events and meeting; and provides update on the areas of work.
Many governments have established specialized Units or Programmes to develop and supervise PPP projects, which have generally been successful in playing a ‘catalytic’ role in promoting and developing PPP solutions. They have been particularly relevant in building internal capacity as they allow the concentration and availability of required expertise through the accumulation of experience and the possibility of adequate training. The list of PPP Units and Task Forces active in the Asia-Pacific region is presented in the document.
“The Future We Want”, the outcome document of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, reaffirmed the significance of regional frameworks that complement and facilitate effective translation of sustainable development policies into concrete action.
The World Water Development Report, or WWDR, is produced by the World Water Assessment Programme, a programme of UN-Water hosted by UNESCO, and is the result of the joint efforts of the UN agencies and entities which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
The aim of this PPP-Readiness Self-Assessment is to provide a diagnostic tool for identifying the key areas that governments need to address in order to involve the private sector more actively in the infrastructure development process.
The key function of the Assessment is that it is to be used to diagnose problems in attracting private investment for infrastructure development as distinct from using it to develop benchmarks against which different sectors or countries could be compared.
The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.
Space applications encompass many different space based technologies, tools and techniques. These can range from the use of Earth Observation (EO) satellites for obtaining satellite imagery, Geospatial Information (GI) or integrated location based data along with socio-economic data, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as positioning systems, Remote Sensing (RS) and imagery analysis, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for aerial photography etc. This paper will discuss ways to improve disaster management through the use of space applications.
The analysis revealed that the region is greatly reliant upon trans‐border terrestrial fiber optic connectivity, which places it at a distinct competitive disadvantage relative to coastal markets, which benefit from submarine fiber optic cable systems offering higher capacity, greater cost effectiveness, and more extensive reach than the region’s existing terrestrial connectivity. With the exception of the Russian Federation, none of the countries in this study have oceanic coastlines.
Since the 1970s in particular, the countries of Western Asia and those of the Asia-Pacific region have been closely linked to each other through highly extensive movements of people. Opportunities created by the rapid development of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), but also other countries in the ESCWA region, have attracted a large number labour migrants from the Asia-Pacific region.
This paper examines how freedom of transit and transit facilitation are addressed in trade and transport (as well as transit-specific) agreements in the ESCAP region. The objective is to identify good practices and understand the extent to which existing agreements meet the transit facilitation provisions set out in the draft text of the WTO trade facilitation agreement (TFA).