Asia and the Pacific is at the forefront of the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution, ranking as the largest producer and exporter and as one of the main consumers of ICT. Understanding the benefits and costs of ICT has become more complex, making it more challenging for policymakers to analyse its social, economic and environmental impact. Consequently, governments urgently need accurate, relevant and internationally comparable data.
The Government of Sri Lanka presents its compliments to the secretariat of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and has the honour to transmit to the secretariat the text of the outcome document of the Regional Expert Consultation on Connecting a Digital Society in Asia and the Pacific in order to Build Resilience, held in Colombo on 5 and 6 September 2012, and further requests that the outcome document be brought to the
The present report explores avenues for optimized cooperation for sharing knowledge and analysis for disaster management in Asia and the Pacific. It provides a preliminary overview
of major existing regional cooperation initiatives and networks in disaster-related fields, including their activities, territorial coverage, types of disasters addressed and services
provided. Based on the overview and findings, the secretariat proposes increased and enhanced regional cooperation towards establishing a network of networks on knowledge
The present information note contains a preliminary list of major national, regional and international initiatives and networks which have been assisting the ESCAP member States in
knowledge sharing and analysis for disaster management. The methodology for compiling this list was online research, review of literature and informal interviews with disaster experts. The
compilation of this list is an ongoing initiative and therefore its contents are not exhaustive. In order to better serve member States, the secretariat would appreciate receiving any relevant
The present document briefly describes the policy and administrative framework of the national disaster management mechanism of China, illustrated by its response to the catastrophic Wenchuan earthquake in May 2008. The case study is intended to stimulate policy debate by the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction regarding the development of national disaster management mechanisms, related issues to be addressed and regional cooperation to assist the development and improvement of the emergency response capacities of member countries.
The present document presents major regional disaster risk reduction initiatives and efforts towards the achievement of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the region and reviews collaborative efforts to address major disasters in the region, such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. It also highlights the outcomes of the Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which was held in Kuala Lumpur from 2 to 4 December 2008, and proposes future work that can be undertaken by ESCAP on regional cooperation in disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific region.