The 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-20) will take place in Tokyo, Japan during 1-2 February 2016. The SOM reviews institutional matters and plans for NEASPEC activities going forward in the field of transboundary air pollution, nature conservation, desertification and land degradation, low carbon cities and marine protected areas. The upcoming SOM will adopt the 5-year Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and discuss the role of NEASPEC in subregional processes for broader global development agenda, particularly, the Sustainable Development Goals.
Amid gradual yet steady economic recovery in the United States in recent quarters, the Federal Reserve raised its policy interest rate by 25 basis points in December 2015; the first increase in nearly a decade. The new target range for the federal funds rate increased from 0-0.25% to 0.25-0.50%. The Federal Reserve’s projections suggest that monetary policy normalization would be relatively gradual, with the federal funds rate rising from about 0.4% in 2015 to 1.4% in 2016, 2.4% in 2017 and 3.3% in 2018, before reaching the long-run rate of 3.5%.
Recognizing the importance of regional cooperation and integration in achieving sustainable development for the region as a whole, ESCAP Commission, at its 70th Session, endorsed the Bangkok Declaration on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific.
These are presentations for the WTO/ESCAP 11th ARTNeT Workshop for Empirical Trade Analysis: Impacts of Trade Facilitation and Aid for Trade, 21-24 December 2015.
Presentation 1: Introduction to Stata
Presentation 2: Advanced review of econometric methods
Presentation 3: Gravity
Presentation 4: Aid For Trade
Presentation 5: Trade Facilitation
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 represents a critical milestone for development through people, planet and prosperity. The 2030 Agenda, which comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offers a transformative pathway to eradicate poverty and hunger and provide a life of dignity to all, while protecting the environment. It incorporates a shared vision to achieve the goals through strong means of implementation and a renewed global partnership.